Europcar has deployed 100 new Citroën Berlingo vans – winner of the Small Van of the Year and Van of the Year titles at this year’s Great British Fleet Awards – to its nationwide hire fleet.
It means that fleet drivers and operators have the opportunity to experience the new Berlingo for themselves, bringing a variety of benefits.
“The van rental market is changing,” said Martin Gurney, Groupe PSA fleet sales director. “Organisations that use rental vehicles for extended periods are looking for specification that will enhance their drivers’ safe and comfortable working environment, while private van rental customers expect the comfort and convenience features of a modern car. The Enterprise versions of the new Berlingo Van give Europcar customers all they could wish for.”
The addition of the Berlingo to the Europcar fleet also provides operators with increased ULEZ and CAZ-compliant transport options, in particular the electric model. Europcar has said it’s already receiving more interest in zero-emission vehicles for ‘last-mile’ deliveries and van fleets operating in low-emission zones.
“The commercial vehicle needs of businesses have changed significantly in a very short space of time,” added Stuart Russell, director of commercial vehicles, Europcar Mobility Group UK. “There’s a high focus on driver efficiency – particularly in relation to deliveries, but also in respect of the day-to-day job while on the road.
“Our customers are at the heart of what we do. We are passionate about listening to the requirements of their businesses and offering them the solutions they need. Features in the New Berlingo Van such as air-con and cruise control can make driving a much more pleasant experience. But it’s the rear parking sensors that stand out for me. They don’t cost businesses any extra and can save hundreds of pounds a year, giving drivers a level of safety and security above and beyond what they’re used to.”