10 Interesting Van Facts

There are millions of van lovers in the UK alone and here at Vanzone we aim to keep you updated with interesting facts, deals, offers and lots of fun stuff. Here are a few facts we would like to share with you today…

1) FORD TRANSIT’S 50TH BIRTHDAY

This year, the Ford Transit celebrates its 50th birthday. It may no longer be made in the UK, but it’s still the backbone of Britain.To celebrate the anniversary, Ford painted its current Transit range gold and toured the UK with the latest range of vans.

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2) PEUGEOT - THE FIRST PETROL DRIVEN 4 WHEELER

1890 the first petrol-driven 4-wheeler equipped with a Daimler engine. Armand Peugeot abandoned steam in favour of petrol and produced Peugeot’s first petrol-driven 4-wheeler: the type 2. It is equipped with a Daimler engine.

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3) NISSAN WASN’T ALWAYS NISSAN

Nissan was founded in 1933, and the headquarters are in Nishi-ku, Yokohoma, in Japan. The Nissan brand was originally known as “Datsun,”

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4) VAN POPULARITY

There are some 29 million vans on the EU’s roads today.

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5) THE VW T1

65 years ago, the first ever right-hand drive VW Transporter arrived in the UK. Simple, cleverly engineered and more practical than anything else on the road at the time, the T1 marked the start of a revolution in the commercial vehicle industry. The jewel in the commercial vehicles’ crown is one of the world’s biggest-selling light commercial vehicles, with variants such as the camper enjoying cult status across generations of owners.

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6) THE UK CAMPERVAN FESTIVAL

The UK holds it's very own campervan festival every year. Featuring vanlife talks, practical workshops, expert contributions, special guests, music, food, drink and loads of quirky vans to look round. Dates: 10th to 13th May 2019 Location: Northamptonshire

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7) WHITE VAN MAN

Where did the term ‘WHITE VAN MAN (WVM) come from? The term "White Van Man" was coined in 1997, by Sarah Kennedy on Radio 2.

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8) Where are the most white van drivers?

1ST ESSEX

2ND KENT

3RD LANCASHIRE

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9) Which is the fastest growing category of vehicle in the UK?

The Van! The number of vans on Britain’s roads has been rising more than 2.5 times quicker than cars. Every tenth vehicle on the road is now a light commercial vehicle (LCV).

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10) The Nissan e-NV200 is the best selling plug-in electric van or delivery vehicle in the UK

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Glenda Willis