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World van debuts at the 1999 Fleet Show

FLEET decision-makers were treated to a double world debut at this week's Fleet Show with Land Rover unveiling its Freelander commercial vehicle and Peugeot taking the wraps of its 206 van. Neither is due to be launched for several months, but the manufacturers said the NEC event was the ideal platform for the vehicles to make their first public appearance.

The Peugeot 206 van is expected to go on sale in October, with a starting price of 'below £8,000', and a similar specification to the car models. The French manufacturer says the new vehicle takes up where the 205 van left off in 1994, re-introducing the larger diesel engine to the small vehicle in its van range. Powered by a 70bhp 1.9-litre diesel engine, the 206 van's standard specification includes power steering, driver airbag, immobiliser, remote control stereo radio/cassette, height adjustable steering column, and a half-height cargo stop.

The Land Rover Freelander van, offering a choice of 1.8-litre petrol and 2.0-litre diesel engines, goes on sale in September at just over £15,000. Standard specification includes permanent four-wheel- drive, driver's airbag, alarm system with immobiliser, height adjustable steering column, electric front windows and radio cassette unit with detachable key pad. Four-channel ABS with Electronic Traction Control and Hill Descent Control is optional.

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