Export & Freight Jan-Feb 2019

Welcome to a New Year! Can it be any more challenging than the past? Everything changes and nothing changes. 2018 was a year of highs and lows, the year ‘Brexit’ became firmly embedded in the English language, and one suspects it will hold centre stage for the foreseeable future.

Brexit means many things to many people, but to those in the transport and logistics sectors, it has been complex, confusing and at times contradictory. Perhaps things will become clearer over the next couple of months. At the time of going to Press, we suspect not!

Nonetheless, life goes on, and while the political and business landscape continues to evolve, we all have to keep our heads on, our shoulders to the wheel and our focus, though foggy at times, on the future, come what may. We in the industry are a resilient lot!

So, what have we got in this edition, the first of 2019? We report on our first opportunity to get behind the wheel of what is regarded by some as ‘the future.’ We are talking here about natural gas-powered trucks, Iveco’s latest Stralis NP 460 6×2 to be precise. Diesel is not dead, but it may have a serious rival. Electric, too, has entered the ‘mix’ in the form of the world’s first all-electric light truck in series production, the FUSO eCanter, which was revealed recently to Irish customers.

In other news, vans feature prominently in this issue. We have been taking a closer look at the new Peugeot Partner, Citroen’s Berlingo and Vauxhall’s Combo – and they have a lot in common! Ford, of course, continues to power ahead regardless of what is happening in the world around them! We hear that the arrival of Ford’s new Transit Courier and Transit Connect vans is set to propel the market-leading blue oval towards another record CV year.

Meanwhile, to all you truck drivers out there, congratulations seem due.
According to a recent survey lorry- and delivery – drivers are considered to be
the safest on the road! Not so good news for those who drive a BMW 1 Series, a Vauxhall Corsa or a Ford C-Max. The survey reports they are typically the worst! Make your own mind up.



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