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Toyota has taken the wraps off the new Toyota Corolla Commercial Hybrid Electric Van.

The world premiere of the new Corolla Commercial van will make it the first full hybrid van in its class when it goes on sale next year.

It will be built at Toyota’s Burnaston plant, where all Toyota Corollas are made for Europe and will use the same self-charging tech as the Corolla hatchback and Touring Sports passenger models.

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Only one model of the Corolla Commercial is due to be built and will be based on the Corolla Touring Sports 1.8 Hybrid model. The rear seats will be removed and replaced with a proper load area. No other changes are necessary with the same multilink rear suspension and expected fuel economy of between 55.3mpg and 62.7mpg.

That will mean the Toyota Corolla van will have CO2 emissions of between 102g/km and 115g/km. Toyota also says the Toyota Corolla Commercial will have a towing capacity of 750kg with a braked trailer.

Other figures, include payload and volume will be confirmed once the vehicle has been homologated.

The Toyota Corolla Commercial will be able to drive with the diesel engine running or as a pure electric when in EV mode. The new hybrid van will line-up alongside the current range of diesel vans that include the Toyota Proace, Proace City and Land Cruiser Commercial as well as the Proace Electric and Proace City Electric.

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“Toyota’s hybrid technology has well-proven reliability and delivers day-to-day savings on running costs with its fuel efficiency. It’s a unique addition to the Toyota Professional range and the wider LCV market and we’re confident will attract strong interest,” said Mark Roden, Toyota (GB) operations director.

Order books will open later on in the year with early indications from Toyota of it having an on the road price of £22,134.

Word on the street in Burnaston is that there'll be a Toyota Corolla van built at the plant next year.

The Derbyshire plant already produces the Corolla family and a hybrid van would do nicely in helping Toyota reduce their overall CO2 outputs from all those Toyota Hilux pick-up trucks they sell.

Don't expect much more than the rear seats to be removed and some sticky black film on the rear windows but a Corolla van would be a welcome addition to a segement of the market that disappeared many years ago when the Vauxhall Astravan went off sale.

The Corolla commercial vehicle will join the rapidly expanding Toyota commercial vehicle range which includes the small Toyota Proace City and medium-sized Toyota Proace. There is also the Toyota Hilux pick-up truck and Toyota Land Cruiser Commercial.

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Toyota will unveil the new van at the CV Show on Tuesday. Stay tuned for more from the show.

London black cab maker LEVC has revealed the first details of its new LEVC e-Camper, claiming to be the world’s first electric campervan.

Based on the LEVC VN5 electric van and the LEVC TX5 taxi, the LEVC e-Camper is a plug-in hybrid leisure vehicle capable of 60 miles of electric only driving with a total range of more than 300 miles.

Produced in partnership with Wellhouse Leisure deliveries are expected to begin in Q4 of this year with a starting price of £62,250.

The e-Camper has sleeping room for up to four people with one bed in the main body and another bed in the pop-up roof. It features an integrated kitchen with electric cooking facilities, and has a central folding table.

The first row of seats can swivel 180-degrees to provide dining and socialising space, while the pop-up roof means that an adult can stand upright inside.

LEVC will also be launching a range of accessories for outdoor activities like mountain biking and surging with a range of rack solutions.

LEVC e-Camper

LEVC recently announced the VN5 taxi-based van would get Sortimo van racking options after being names as a new conversion partner for the London taxi-based electric van.

Sortimo’s SR5 van shelving has been customised to fit into the LEVC VN5 and will have a range of folding racking, drawers, roof racks and load boxes all available.

Customers are also able to choose their perfectl van storage options with the help of the mySortimo online configurator tool, as well as being able to get vehicle decals created for their vehicle.

Volkswagen has premiered the latest update in its range of medium sized passenger mover based on the new Transporter van. The Volkswagen Multivan T7 is the replacement for the current Volkswagen Caravelle and wil have the same seven seat capacity with even greater comfort, practicality and technology on offer.

The Multivan has an all-new exterior design but plays reference to the vehicles that have come before it, while also updating the van for better visibility (with narrower A-pillars) and distinctive front and rear light designs.

The Multivan has a longer wheelbase than the previous version and sits wider and lower on the road. But, it is the addition of a new hybrid powertrain that is the most radical update. The Multivan eHybrid combines a 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine with 147hp to an 85kW electric motor to produce a combined power output of 160kW (215hp).

A diesel engine will also be available with 147hp next year, but will launch with front-wheel drive four-cylinder turbocharged 1.50litre petrol engines with 134hp and 201hp.

Known for safety systems, the new Volkswagen Multivan T7 is the most advanced VW commercial yet. There are now 29 driver assist systems. These include Front Assist area monitoring system with City Emergency Braking, Dynamic Road Sign Display, and Lane Assist. Another system is Car2X which allows local communication with other vehicles and the highways infrastructure, in order to provide warnings of any danger.

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There's also side protection, cross wind assist, turn-off assist (that warns of any oncoming traffic when turning across a carriageway) and an exit warning system. This tells you if, when opening a door, there are any bicycles or vehicles approaching.

What's the Volkswagen Multivan T7 like inside?

The interior of the van has has a redesign. There's a new dash, steering wheel and infotainment system. As well as a 10.25-inch dash cluster and 10-inch infotainment screen. There's also a remote connection to the vehicle called We Connect Plus.

Along with seven seats, the Multivan also gets a new smart multi-function table . It can be moved between any of the rows or used as a centre console between the front seats. The table is also completely removable, as well as being height height adjustable.

The styling of the Multivan will indicate the looks of the new van scheduled to go on sale next year. In partnership with Ford, the next Transporter will be based on the Transit Custom.

Order books are not yet open, but VW is asking customers to sign up to register their interest.

The LEVC VN5 will be available with official internal racking after Sortimo was revealed as a new conversion partner for the London taxi-based electric van.

Sortimo’s SR5 van shelving has been customised to fit into the LEVC VN5 with folding racking, drawers, roof racks and load boxes all available. Customers be able to specify their ideal van storage options with the mySortimo the online configurator tool and be able to get vehicle decals created.

Joerg Hofmann, CEO of LEVC, said: “It is extremely important that we can offer VN5 customers flexible, bespoke solutions to meet their individual needs. Sortimo will play a vital role in ensuring we can offer high quality racking solutions that will make VN5 even more versatile and accessible to a wider range of markets.”  

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