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New models galore tempt fleets

VAN operators will soon have a wealth of new models to choose from as the manufacturers rush to take advantage of a rising sales market.

The new Volkswagen Transporter T5 goes on sale next month, together with the new Mercedes-Benz Vito.

November also sees the launch of the new Renault Master and its twin the Vauxhall Movano and spring 2004 will see a new Volkswagen Caddy.

The Movano and Master will have three common rail turbodiesel engines: 1.9, 2.5 and 3.0-litre, an improved chassis with latest generation ABS and electronic brakeforce distribution, redesigned seats and extra storage compartments. Driver's airbags will be standard.

Service intervals have been extended and a six-speed manual transmission is also available.

The models on offer are 1.9 dCi 80bhp, 2.5 dCi 100bhp, 2.5 dCi 120bhp and 3.0 dCi 140 bhp diesel engines. The van's new interior includes a dash-mounted gearshift which the company says provides easy cross cab access.

The new Caddy (pictured) is larger than the current model, measuring 4405 mm long, 1802 wide, 1833 high and boasts a wheelbase of 2682 mm. The Caddy's payload becomes a class-leading 750 kg, while a load volume of 3.2 cubic metres. A standard sliding door allows loading from the side and an optional second sliding side door will also be available.

There is a choice of two diesel engines – a 2.0-litre 69bhp SDI or 1.9-litre TDI PD 103bhp.

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