It’s haul right now in Mo­vano van

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Et Business - By JOHN KRALEVICH

WE’RE ask­ing an in­creas­ing amount of our com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles.

Panel vans were once lit­tle more than wheeled ship­ping con­tain­ers, tools for mov­ing car­gos from A to B with all the crea­ture com­forts of a sin­gle room in a Mon­go­lian prison. To­day, the driver is much closer to the heart of van de­sign and Vaux­hall’s lat­est Mo­vano panel van aims to set the class stan­dard for in­stalling smiles on the faces of the peo­ple be­hind the wheel.

Do­ing the don­key work in the Mo­vano is a spe­cially de­vel­oped 2.3-litre CDTi diesel en­gine. Be­ing de­signed with com­mer­cial ap­pli­ca­tions in mind, it’s well-en­dowed in the torque depart­ment. In en­trylevel 99bhp guise, it delivers 285Nm of the good stuff: you get 310Nm from the 123bhp ver­sion and a full 350Nm in 148bhp form.

Power is dis­trib­uted ei­ther by the stan­dard six-speed man­ual gear­box or by Vaux­hall’s Techshift semi-au­to­matic trans­mis­sion. From there, it’s di­rected ei­ther to the front or the rear wheels depend­ing on the model cho­sen. In the past, the Mo­vano has been a front-wheel-drive panel van but the op­tion of rear-wheel-drive opens the pos­si­bil­ity of car­ry­ing larger pay­loads. The rear-wheeldrive ver­sions can be or­dered with dou­ble rear wheels for ex­tra trac­tion and ca­pac­ity. The front-wheel-drive vari­ants have lower load­ing heights and su­pe­rior fuel econ­omy.

Vaux­hall is par­tic­u­larly proud of its ef­forts in the Mo­vano cabin. The var­i­ous seat­ing op­tions give a broad range of ad­just­ment while the po­si­tion of the steer­ing col­umn can also be tweaked to taste.

Vis­i­bil­ity is en­hanced by the large door mir­rors, the huge ex­panse of wind­screen and the ve­hi­cle’s steeply slop­ing nose.

More than just an area to sit in and drive, the cabin has been de­signed as a work­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

There’s a clip on the dash­board to hold de­liv­ery notes or pa­per­work and the op­tional cen­tre seat that can fold down to form a desk com­plete with swiv­el­ling lap­top ta­ble.

Op­er­a­tors will also find the usual ar­ray of cup hold­ers, door pock­ets and other stor­age re­cep­ta­cles to keep the area tidy in­clud­ing a cav­ernous 7.6-litre glove­box.

Ac­cess to the Mo­vano’s load area is slid­ing side doors and side hinged rear doors depend­ing on the model cho­sen.

Load vol­umes range from 8 cub m to 17 with load lengths of up to

SMILES OF MILES: That’s the aim for peo­ple be­hind the wheel of the Vaux­hall Mo­vano panel van. 4.4m. The gross ve­hi­cle weights for the Mo­vano are 2.2, 3.3, 3.5 and 4.5 tonnes.

The en­gines have been de­signed to max­imise ef­fi­ciency as well as pulling power and com­bined cy­cle econ­omy as high as 33mpg is pos­si­ble from the smaller mod­els. The pow­er­plants also keep costs down with long ser­vice in­ter­vals and, ul­ti­mately, a 250,000-mile life­span.

It’s tough to choose be­tween the lead­ing large panel vans as their big load car­ry­ing re­mit means they tend to fol­low a sim­i­lar for­mula.

Vaux­hall’s Mo­vano aims to make the de­ci­sion mak­ing process a lit­tle eas­ier for busi­nesses not by do­ing any­thing rev­o­lu­tion­ary, but with solid im­prove­ments across the board. With ad­vanced en­gines, a sprawl­ing model range and a fo­cus on keep­ing driv­ers on­side, it can’t re­ally go far wrong.

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