Citroen clinches van deal

In a highly competitive market featuring heavyweights such as the Vauxhall Astravan and Ford Transit, the French manufacturer is one of the fastest growing van manufacturers in the UK.

Ford, buoyed by sales of the popular Transit van has seen an increase in van sales of 2.73 per cent this year so far and Vauxhall sales have increased by 0.88 per cent compared to last year.

However, Citroen has recorded an impressive increase of 21.38 per cent in the first five months of 2010 and has just signed a deal to supply 43 more vans to an auto supply company.

Citroen has sold 41 Nemo and two Relay vans to Central Auto Supplies (CAS) as part of the deal and more than 50 more are expected to be delivered later this year.

The cans will be used as part of the delivery fleet and as such boast a large flat load deck of 2.5 metres and rear glazed doors.

On securing the deal, CAS operations manager Peter Jipson hinted at the reasons behind the growth of the French manufacturer’s van sales.

He said: "The Nemo – which is the UK’s most fuel efficient van and has the lowest CO2 emissions for a high cube LCV van – is an excellent fit for our business.

"We are delighted with the Nemo’s 60+mpg fuel economy capability on our multi-drop delivery pattern and its low cost of operation – while our drivers benefit from a high level of comfort and safety equipment.”

Citroen is now the fifth best-selling van manufacturer in the UK, ahead of fellow French marque Peugeot and Italian manufacturer Fiat.