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Diesel vs Petrol vs Electric

Diesel vs Petrol vs Electric

As 2018 rolls by the lines between Diesel vs Petrol vs Electric is becoming blurred, and  with the Geneva motor show in full swing it’s clear to see that every car manufacturer is finally serious about battery power.

From Jaguar with their i-pace

through to Tata touting their E-vision (via Jaguar Land Rover partnership)

However these are all consumer cars, the question is how competitive and more importantly good are commercial electric vans? Especially when compared to their Diesel and Petrol counterparts?

There are, at the moment a few questions to ask, when it comes to considering whether to purchase / lease a diesel, petrol or electric van

1. What is your budget
2. What is your payload
3. What is your distance / route
4. How long do you keep your vehicles.

There are a few more questions which may also be applicable, but for now, let’s use the above to justify whether an electric van is a suitable option.

Budget,

Why is this important?

Aside from the obvious i.e. how much you have to spend, the cost of batteries must also be taken into consideration.

Lithium isn’t cheap! Currently all vehicles run on lithium ion batteries, the distance is proportional to the size of the battery which in turn dictates the cost.

Just a few years ago the cost a Tesla car was estimated to be 50% battery, but over the past 6 years Lithium ion costs have dropped by about 80%

tesla

So what do you get for your money?

Let’s take a look at the

Renault e-Kangoo

Kangoo electric Van

Price / Cost
The starting price is: around £17,000 on top of this you will require a monthly battery hire, (this is calculated based on the amount of miles per month) for 6k miles a year this is £780 a year or £65 a month.

Miles per gallon

Naturally electric cars don’t go via miles per gallon, rather a range, bear in mind to keep the price down the battery is smaller than those used in a lot of the latest electric cars

This E-Kangoo has a a full NEDC range of 170 miles*

*Please note that like ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) counterparts, this figure is optimal, and can vary due to:

  • Driving styles
  • Driving conditions, i.e. terrain
  • Payload
  • Passengers

Batteries are also adversely affected by temparature, optimal running temperature is 20 Degrees, which, if like us you live in Wales accounts for approxiamtely 2 days of the year, followed by 363 days of rain, not really, but, with the recent winter temperatures below 0 Degrees and a payload of 500Kg can take this van from 170 miles -> 95 miles (average speed 50mph)

Cost of Refueling

This is where electric vehicles come into their own, a fully charged battery can cost as little as £2.50.

Using this cost and fairly terrible conditions as above that’s

£2.50 per 95 miles.
or £10 for approximately 400miles**

**Little leeway in there for temp / speed / and assuming payload would decrease on return.

That’s pretty cheap, given these are not using optimal figures.

So what of Petrol vans

Let’s take a similar sized van, the Ford Connect Double Cab petrol 1.0 Eco Boost.

ford transit connect petrol

Price / Cost
Starting price for this is around £16,270

Miles per gallon

Stated miles per gallon are 50.4 Miles per gallon
and c02 – 129g/km however these like battery vans are optimal figures.

Cost of Refueling

Therefore if we compare this to the electric van £10 will equate to roughly 94miles*. of course this is at optimal speed, weight and conditions.

(* 50.4mpg = 11 miles per litre, average cost per litre of petrol £1.17, so 8.54 litres = £10 x 8.54 = 94 miles)

The final choice is of course is

Euro 6 Diesel

For simplicity we’ll take the same Ford Connect, this time with a diesel.engine. –

ford transit connect petrol

Side note did you know the diesel engine was invented in 1890’s by Rudolf Diesel, some of the reasons why commercial vehicles use Diesel is:

  • Better Mileage
  • Power (Torque) maximised at much lower Revs (compression 17:1 vs 9:1 for petrol)
  • Longevity of engine

However, back on point.

Price / cost

Arriving smack bang in the middle of the two at £16.070

Miles per gallon

With start stop and a 1.5 TDci engine this connect has an average mpg of 65.7 and c02 111g/km

That said and in keeping with the calculations of an average petrol version we see £10 equates to –

(* 65.7mpg = 14.45 miles per litre, average cost litre diesel £1.19, so 8.40 litres – £10 x 14.45 = 144.5 miles)

So what is the best choice Diesel vs Petrol vs Electric?

Simply put.

  • Short inner city journeys with light loads may well suit electric vans.
  • Medium journeys either inner city or rural and with heavier loads will favour either petrol or diesel.
  • Long journeys with heavy loads and Diesel is still the preferred choice.

It’s clear to see that the future is electric, at one point it looked very likely the fastest electric van may yet bring the electric evolution sooner than we thought, check out Edna

Unfortunately Edna is no more and has morphed into another consumer electric car, the lucid air from the guys at Lucid

lucid air

What do you think?

Are you moving from Diesel to Petrol or taking the early plunge for electric?

Did you spot we left out hybrids? Check out the post on the upcoming Ford Hybrid, this could well be the solution to bridge the gap from petrol / diesel to fully electric.

Let us know in the comments below.

 

New 2018 Ford Ranger

Its quite flattering to see the Aussie Beach Patrol wearing Swiss Uniforms.
Anyway The 2018 Ford Ranger is back bigger and better.

VW Caddy Sportline For Sale ?

VW Caddy Sportline For Sale? Thats a phrase I havent said in a while.
The VW Caddy Sportline was killed off a few years back with Volkswagen  saying it was too expensive to produce in comparison to the volume of sales. Well its back.

The VW Caddy Sportline lives on as the Caddy WASP. The WASP is a styling pack rather than a simple version the is more open to more people. Your the customer its your choice

The original VW Caddy Sportline had
Rear Spoiler
Black Leather Seats
Lowered Sports Suspension
UK Made 17 Ich Alloy wheels
Sidebars

The New Caddy Sportline or rather the Swiss Caddy WASP – Spec varies but this is what we suggest

VW Caddy  Splitters front and back – We even move the reversing sensors!
Painted Rear spoiler-
Side bars
Bridgend Leather- Fine Hex Nappa leather 35 colour choices
Satnav is standard on all VW Highline Caddy Vans

Check back here in a week for some images and details when we update this.

Pre Registered Vans

First things first.  What is a Pre Registered Van?

As the name suggests, pre-registered vans are vehicles which have been ‘previously registered’.

These brand new vans are purchased by a dealer, usually in bulk.  When purchased this way, they often have larger discounts and buying in bulk enables salespeople to hit targets.  The process isn’t just a good situation for the dealer, the manufacturer does well by selling in large volume too.  As the customer, the DISCOUNTED PRICES are then passed on to you.

They are delivered using a transporter so should have very little by the way of mileage.

The first registered keeper of the van is the dealer.  Once delivered, the van will remain in storage or on the forecourt until sold.

Is it a complete win-win situation?

As with all things in life.  There are pros and cons.

The biggest ‘pro’ is the discounted price.  Everybody likes to save money.  How much you save can depend on the make and model of the car and also at what time of year you buy.  There tends to be more to chose from during March and September when the new registrations are released.

Although not technically ‘new’ these vans are likely to be just a few weeks old and still have the scent and shiny finish of a brand new vehicle.

Because the vans are held in stock, delivery can be very fast.

The aim of the dealer is to move these vehicles on quickly.  To make this possible, they tend to stock the higher spec, more popular models.  So, you can often bag yourself a bargain in a van with plenty of extras.  Although remember, you can’t make any changes or request extras like you would with a factory order vehicle.

So, if you don’t mind being the second name on the log book, there are great savings to be made.

Ex-Demo Bargains

The vans you test drive at your local dealership are also pre-registered.  Many dealerships and traders will have DEMO VANS.  Swiss are no different.  We have a small army of demo vans being driven around South Wales by various members of the Swiss Team.

Our demo vans tend to be a very high spec.  We like to show off what we can do, so our Swiss WASP (Wheel & Styling Package) vans are often used as demo’s and are available for you to come and see.  We also change them frequently, so there are often ex-demo vans available to buy.

This is the latest… If you’re interested, contact the Sales Team.

 

 

Check out the latest Pre Reg Deals from Swiss Vans Here

van life

Van Life: Van Conversion Inspiration

“Van Life”

NOT a hobby, an ACTUAL way of life.

Literally filled with the things dreams are made of.

We’ve seen a diverse range of home and professional conversions, in all sorts of vans.

From the popular Transporter to, a larger scale, fully converted Volkswagen Crafter.  We have even seen a Volkswagen Caddy successfully converted with sleeping quarters and pop top!

With an influx of imagination, the possibilities for a conversion are endless.

There are groups and forums dedicated to vans from all of the large manufacturers.  Here, thousands of people come together across the globe to share experiences and tips for conversion, maintenance and modifications.

 

Check out our recent Van Owners Blog Here:
13 Pinterest boards every van owner should visit…

Owning a van really does seem to introduce you to a whole new family of fellow van fanatics, all very willing to share knowledge, for free!

Once you start surfing the web for inspiration, it’s easy to get lost in the dream of someday living a simple ‘van life’.

One such British couple call themselves ‘Two Adventurers”

They have transformed a Luton Box Van into an incredible camper.

Their twitter page documents the journey around Europe.  Their story in pictures, the highs, the lows, and the breathtaking adventure.  Check them out here:

This was the second conversion project for Two Adventurers.  Even so, every van conversion project has to start with a base van and a conversion budget.

Two adventurers chose a Luton Box van and with an incredibly low budget, purchased it, taxed, insured and converted the Luton into their ‘New Home On Wheels’.  They got on the road in their fully converted van, for under £5,000!! See how they started here:

Two Adventures offer inspiration in abundance. The Box Van conversion is not the most common choice but fitted their needs and budget.  I wonder what project they will take on next…..

Perhaps a full conversion seems a larger project than you’d like to take on right now, but the idea of travelling through Europe is something that appeals to you?

What are your options?

Perhaps a middle ground would be a VW Caravelle or a VW Kombi?

The flexible seating arrangement, particularly in the Caravelle, make it versatile enough to be able to arrange a sleeping area.  Many people add a bed to the rear of a Kombi van, behind the rear seats.

You need to consider how ‘self-sufficient’ you would like to be in your van.  Are you happy to eat out, and feast on takeaway every day?  If budget would allow you to, that would be great! However, it may be sensible to consider some kind of cooking facilities, even as basic as a camping stove to use outside.  This may then lead down the path towards an awning for shelter, and a little extra space it creates.

I don’t think its possible to have a complete list of desires and wishes for your conversion.  The list simply gets longer and longer.  As you fit an extra bit of kit, it sparks the idea for something else, it goes on and on, a viscous, expensive cycle!  Priority is key,  decide what is the most important to you.  Somewhere to sleep, heating, solar power, a leisure battery, cooking facilities, refrigeration, storage….so much to consider.

Insulation and soundproofing would be essential for a comfortable night.  Swiss offer this service in house at our workshop, the service usually includes LED lights in the rear compartment.

All this is before your imagination runs wild on the exterior look of your van.  How important is kerb appeal to you?

Stylish, sporty looking vans are our speciality.  Take a look at our Wheel & Styling Package (WASP). Designed by us, and available on our most popular vans.

Swiss WASP

If you are considering one of our WASP vans for a potential conversion, speak to our sales team.  We have great deals on vans from the major manufacturers.    Contrary to common belief, you can modify a van which is on finance lease.  You OWN the vehicle under this method of finance.

With a finance lease deal, you can probably afford a better, higher spec van than you think.  Give us a call, you may be pleasantly surprised.  We have 100’s in stock, and even with mods such as the WASP, we can deliver your van in as little as 14 days, so you can get started on your dream.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pickup wars

Pick Up Wars

Its Pick-Up Season.

We sell more pick up trucks during the winter than we do at any other time of year.  Why?

These vehicles were designed for driving in extreme conditions, and they do it well.  The British winter is no challenge for a rugged Pick-Up.

So, you’ve decided you want a Pick-Up. But which one?

Our Best Selling Pick-Ups: Volkswagen Amarok Highline and Ford Ranger Wildtrack.

We tend to stock the higher spec models of both the VW Amarok and the Ford Ranger.

Ford Ranger Wildtrack Lease Deals

The UK’s best-selling Pick-Up and voted Pick up of the Year in 2013, the Ranger is a proven popular choice.    New for 2017, the Euro-6 version meets Euro 6 standards for exhaust emissions.  This more economically friendly version of the Ranger requires AdBlue alongside Diesel and cannot run without it.  Although an extra expense to consider, the large 20 litre AdBlue tank should last for thousands of miles.

AdBlue is used in the Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system.  It lowered the amount of harmful NOx emissions which contribute to poor air quality.

The top of the range Wildtrak is packed with extras making it a great option as a ‘lifestyle’ choice for weekend enjoyment as well being a practical workhorse.

  • 18in Machined Alloys
  • Dual Zone Electric Auto Air Conditioning
  • Cruise Control+adjust Speed Limit Device
  • Front Fog Lights
  • Heated Power Folding Mirrors

  • Aluminium Effect Roof Rails
  • Rear View Camera
  • Dab Radio/Cd/Sat Nav+sync 2+touchscreen
  • Heated Driver And Passenger Seat

 

Also, check out our Modified Wildtrack WASP

 Ford Ranger Lease from Swiss Vans

  • Ford Ranger Wildtrack Lease £249.00

    Ford Ranger WildTrak Double Cab 3.2

    Ranger Pick Up 3.2 TDCi Double Cab Manual Wildtrak. Best Stock In UK of Ford Ranger

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Volkswagen Amarok V6 Lease Deals

The NEW VW Amarok V6 brings more power with a 3.0-litre V6 TDI engine.  This impressive pick-up can reach 62mph in 8 seconds and reach a top speed of 119 mph.  The Volkswagen BlueMotion Technology means it is now more efficient.  The permanent 4MOTION all-wheel drive system gives a balanced weight distribution on all terrains.

On the outside, a fresh new look featuring a new grille, double chrome trim, and bi-xenon headlights.  The redesigned interior feels spacious. The load space accommodates a euro pallet with ease.

  • 18″ ‘Manaus’ alloy wheel
  • Rear View Camera
  • Two Double chrome trims on radiator grille
  • Chrome-plated rear bumper
  • Bi-xenon headlights
  • Sidebars in stainless steel
  • ‘Vienna’ leather seat upholstery
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Heated driver and front passenger seats
  • Composition Media DAB+ radio system with 6.33″ touch-screen
  • Sidebars in stainless steel

VW Amarok V6 Lease from Swiss Vans

 

tsi mod ball entry

Delivery of the MOD BALL T6 TSI

We Shall Go To The Ball!

The Mod Ball Rally Entry from Team Swiss, UK.

Exciting times for Swiss Vans!!  You may have read previously that we will be entering the 2018 Mod Ball Rally!  If not, check the details out here …..  Swiss Vans Entry Confirmed at the Mod Ball.

SATURDAY JUNE 23RD – SATURDAY JUNE 30TH 2018:

In 2018, the Modball Rally will begin in London, then on to Paris,  Lyon, and be passing through Monaco and Venice before coming to a race track end in Vienna.

Ian Hill, MD at Swiss Vans decided that the Volkswagen Transporter TSI will be used at the Swiss Vans Entry.  This decision was made months ago, back when Volkswagen announced the release of the petrol engine within the Transporter range.    The order was placed for the base vehicle and we sat patiently waiting…..

Until……

Delivery of the VW T6 Petrol TSI Mod Ball Rally Entry

Its here!! We took delivery of the Volkswagen Transporter TSI last week.  There’s no hanging around.  Work started almost immediately at our workshop in Bridgend.

This Indium Grey, Volkswagen Transporter T6 TSI 200bhp Highline will be the base for our entry.  The Mod Ball rules state that all vehicles entered should have a minimum of two modifications.  This T6 will be highly modified.   Swiss have BIG plans for this VW Van.

 

Team Swiss at the Modball Rally 2018

Here is the latest list of confirmed entries.:

1. Modball Girls – UK – Jeep Wrangler
2. TBC – Switzerland – TBC
3. TBC – UK – TBC
4. Billofski – Sweden – 911 Turbo S Convertible
5. Gorgen – Netherlands – AMG GTR
6. TBC – Germany – Porsche GTS
7. TBC – UK – Mercedes GTS
8. TBC – UK – Ford Msport
9. What Could Possibly Go Wrong – UK – Porsche 911 Carerra S
10. TBC – Denmark – Ferrari 458 Spider
11. BellaJoJo’s – UK – Ferrari 458 Spider
12. Sol – UK – Lamborghini
13. TBC – UK – TBC
14. TBC – UK – TBC
15. TBC – Denmark – Ferrari 458 Spider
16. TBC – Romania – TBC
17. TBC – UK – TBC
18. Gravy Train – UK – TBC
19. TBC (Totally Boring C’s) – UK – BMW X5M
20. Speed Racer – Lamborghini Aventador S
21. TBC – Feed The Pony – Ford Mustang GT
22. 10Q Racing Team – Germany – AMG
23. Lines N Nines – Scotland – BMW M4
24. No Limits – Sweden – Ferrari 458 Spider
25. TBC – UK – TBC
26. The Fast & Ferocious – Switzerland – Bentley Continental GT
27. Hilljet – UK – Bentley Continental GT
28. EspenWide – France – Porsche GT3RS
29. AP-Vision – Poland – TBC
30. Mr Rickno – Sweden – Lamborghini Huracan or Ferrari 488 Spider
31. Junk Crew – Portugal – Jeep Wrangler Lifted
32. TBC – UK – Aston Martin Rapide S
33. Madev Crew – France – TBC
34. TBC – Scotland – TBC
35. Tremma – UK – Ferrari F430
36. Girls From Fenyx – Netherlands – Fiat Abarth 595C Competizione
37. TBC – UK – Porsche 997 Turbo
38. C Jonas – UK – TBC
39. Team Rawling – Sweden – Austria – Mercedes GTS
40. Dirty Blonde – Wales – TBC
41. Team Absolutely Cars – UK – Mclaren 570S
42. SF Conception – France – Mini Cooper Coupe S
43. This Time Next Year – UK – Lamborghini Aventador
44. Carwerk Berlin – Berlin – Lamborghini Aventador Pirelli Edition
45. MNK Racing – USA – Mclaren 650s
46. Vision Cars – UK – TBC
47. Mr Team – Spain – TBC
48. Team Germany – Germany – Porsche 911 Carrera S
49. Funemployed – France – Rolls Royce Wraith
50. TBC – UK – Mclaren 570GT
51. Bonnie & Clyde – Switzerland – TBC
52. TBC – Germany – Audi R8
53. The Lucky Ones – UK – Abarth 595C Competizione

54. Team Swiss – UK – VW Transporter T6 WASP

55. Project Mac – UK – Mercedes AMG GTR
56. Diesel Brothers – UK – Land Rover Defender
57. TBC – Austria – TBC
58. Alpha – UK – Lamborghini Performante
59. TBC – Luxembourg – TBC
60. TBC – USA – TBC
61. Gok – Sweden – Bentley GTC
62. George – Spain – Aston Martin
63. Half ‘N’ Half – UK – Mercedes C63
64. Ballers – UK – TBC
65. Team Lanned – Sweden – Tuned BMW M5 650hp
66. Empire – UK – TBC
67. Piston Broke – UK – Nissan GT-R
68. Catch Me If You Can – UAE – Nissan GT-R R35
69. Only For Fun – Germany – Mercedes SLS
70. Team Steam – Sweden – Ferrari 488
71. TBC – UK – TBC
72. Rust One – UK – Mustang
73. Flash Gordon – USA – Ferrari 458
74. TBC – Norway – Ferrari California
75. MTD – UK – Aston Martin Vantage S
76. NO 1 BC – Germany – Audi RS 6 MTM
77. Excel Twinstar Racing – UK – TBC
78. BagJump – Austria – Porsche 993 Turbo
79. Fat Farmers – UK – Porsche GTS
80. My Epic Year – USA – TBC
81. Turmoils – Ireland – Supra
82. Tropp – Netherlands – TBC
83. Castle Hill Nomads – UK – Porsche 991 GT3
84. Mighty Mini – UK – Mini John Cooper Works
85. Inglerude – Switzerland – Lamborghini Huracan
86. Low Profile – Qatar – BMW M3 Widebody 650+ whr
87. Gym Freaks – Belgium – Ferrari 458 Libertywalk
88. Team Navi – Switzerland – Shelby GT350
89. Team Navi – Switzerland – Mclaren 570S
90. TBC – Netherlands – TBC
91. Team Navi – Switzerland – McLaren MP4-12C
92. Team Navi – Switzerland – Audi R8 Capristo
93. RS Tuning – United Kingdom – Nissan GTR
94. Clog Race Team – Netherlands – Mercedes SLS
95. Sprinters – Italy – Lamborghini Murcielago
96. TBC – UK – TBC
97. Team Germany/Greece – Germany – Porsche Panamera Turbo S
98. Four88 – UK – Ferrari 488 GTB
99. 1 Wyn – Wales (UK) – Bentley Mulsanne Speed
100. Sammie From Rhyl – Wales (UK) – Porsche 911
101. Team WGA$ – United Kingdom – Aston Martin DBS Carbon Black
102. #BPPF – Portugal – TBC
103. TBC – UK – TBC
104. Bag Jump – Austria – Porsche 911
105. Vandam – Sweden – AMG GTC
106. Zeedels – UK – Corvette
107. Fast Eds – UK – Nissan GTR
108. Drakers – France – Cayman GT4
109. Ricky Bobby – Ireland – Mustang
110. Lint Mode – Sweden – Porche Cayenne Turbo
111. Dog Team – France – Lamborghini Huracan Performante
112. TBC – Germany – TBC
113. WHPH – UK – Nissan GTR
114. Drop Line – Sweden – Ferrari 458/Lamborghini
121. TBC – Luxembourg – TBC
122. TBC – France – TBC
123. CK MLT – Malta – TBC
124. Tigerland – Switzerland – Ferrari 458 Spider
125. TBC – UK – Mercedes GTS
126. 8 Inches In Stock – Russia – Porsche 930 RWB
127. TBC – Germany – Mercedes C63
128. Phantom – UK – TBC
129. Cartel – Russia – MB C63s AMG
130. TeamMadCroc #130 – Finland – TBC
131. Invia – Austria – TBC
132. Invia – Austria – TBC
133. TBC – Germany – Porsche GT3RS
134. Princes Of Bel-Air – France – Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano

144. 2 Rookies – Switzerland – Porsche 911 GT3RS

150. TBC – UK – TBC
151. TBC – UK – TBC

169. Suicide Squad – Slovakia – Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R (500whp)

black kombi wasp

Fully Loaded Black VW Transporter Kombi WASP

Impressive looking vans are a daily occurrence at Swiss.  Our workshop sees upwards of 50 vans each month for various modifications and fits.

Every now and again one stands out…..

As soon as the order was placed for this fully loaded black VW Transporter Kombi WASP, we were eager to see the finished project.

Our Customer placed an order for a Volkswagen T6 T32 SWB 2.0TDi 150PS Highline 7 Speed DSG Kombi Van, in Deep Black Metallic.  The standard spec of this vehicle is impressive in its own right.  Add to this, the modifications and fits specified and WOW!

Full loaded black vw transporter kombi wasp

Volkswagen Factory T6  Extras and Mods included:

  • Discover Media Nav
  • Comfort Dash
  • Heated Seats
  • Electric Folding Mirrors
  • 2+1 Rear Bench.
  • 30mm VW Lowering

Swiss Vans T6 Mods included:

  • Full WASP: Front Spoiler, Chrome Side Bars, “18” Alloy Wheels, Rear Spoiler
  • Swiss Leather
  • Black Roof Bars
  • 12” Drop Down DVD With Wireless Headphones
  • Carpet And Sound Proofing With LEDs

 

VW T6 Van Leasing from Swiss Vans

Are you thinking of a T6 Lease Deal?  Speak to our Sales Team today.  We can quote for your dream van.

This customer did exactly that and will be taking delivery of this Incredible VW T6 Kombi WASP this week.

Swiss WASP

The Swiss WASP (Wheel & Styling Package) Includes a front WASP splitter, sidebars (chrome or black) 18″ Upgraded Alloys (choose from many), rear spoiler.  A WASP pack will typically add around £35-£40 to your van lease deal monthly payment.

retro-twist-new-t6

A Retro Twist for a New T6

Each week at Swiss Vans, we speak to hundreds of people contemplating a new van purchase.  Some of these people aren’t sure exactly what they want  What colour?  A manual or a DSG? Kombi or a panel van?

Others know EXACTLY what they want.  Chris was one of them.

A Factory Order VW T6 Kombi

Chris contacted Swiss in Spring 2017.  He had an image in his head of his dream T6.  Translating that dream into a reality wasn’t a fast process.  Purchasing or leasing a new VW T6 is a large investment, it simply has to be right and fulfil all expectations.  Negotiating and planning took place over several phone call between Chris and Dean (Sales Specialist at Swiss Vans).  It was confirmed that the van would be a factory order from Volkswagen.

An order was placed for a VOLKSWAGEN TRANSPORTER T32 SWB 2.0 TDI BMT 150 Highline Kombi DSG in Metallic Oryx Mother of Pearl White.

Chris also requested 6 seats, which would include a 2:1 rear seat split seat, 30mm lowering and asked that the T6 be de-badged.

The factory ordered van arrived at Swiss Vans in September 2017.  Chris had been patient and waited five months to get this far.  Some things are definitely worth waiting for!!

Swiss Vans Modifications

Once at our Workshop our talented team of fitters got to work on the mods. –

Swiss WASP Kit:
Front splitter
Side bars (polished)
18 “ Alloys ( Classic)
Roof rails (polished)

Custom Leather Interior  with orange stitching and VW logo
Rear carpeting with sound reduction and LED compartment lights.

retro-t6

 

As soon as the Swiss Mods were completed.   Chris chose to collect the van himself, rather than opt for delivery.   Chris flew from Scotland down to South Wales!! There was a method in the madness though, plans for the van didn’t stop there…..

 

Further Van Mods via the Scenic Route

On leaving Swiss Vans, the journey home began was a pit stop for a bed to be fitted in the rear of the T6 Kombi.  Chris and his family but the van to immediate use with the trip back to Scotland taking them north via the Lake District.

‘Van Life’ Begins

Finishing Touches: Vinyl Van Wrap

Part of the original vision was for a half vehicle vinyl wrap in bright orange.  We have been sent some great shots of the van, now complete.  We think it looks amazing.  Congratulation to Chris and family, you had a dream and have seen it through to the end.  It is an incredible looking, highly spec’d Volkswagen T6 Kombi.

 

Swiss Vans Five Star Reviews

Another Happy Customer from Swiss Vans.  Thank You, Chris!

5 star review

If you have purchased a Swiss WASP, and you’d like to be featured in a story. Get in touch!

Ford Transit Custom 2018

2018 Ford Transit Custom

Ford has announced a modern day facelift on the extremely successful Transit Custom.

The Ford Transit has been a top-selling van in the UK for years. This new generation is set to take the Ford Transit Custom to a new level. It will no doubt be a necessity amongst today’s environmentally friendly, and economically conscious, van drivers. Especially given the change in law across the UK regarding diesel engines.

The New Ford Transit Custom arriving early 2018

We will be taking orders for this New Ford Transit Custom by the end of the year.

So, what has changed?

A Safer 2018 Ford Transit Custom.

Ford has safety in mind, the 2018 Ford Transit Custom Base additional features include:

  • Intelligent Speed Limiter
  • Traffic Sign Recognition system
  • Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert

 Inside the New Transit Custom:

The New Ford Transit Custom has an attractive new style which boasts an array new technology.
The cab has been completely redesigned, the dash looks modern and the entire cab provides you with masses of storage space and compartments. Much thought has gone into creating a ‘mobile office’ for drivers on the road. You can even use an A4 hanging file in the glove compartment. so there’s no excuse to be unorganised!

If you’re looking at the higher spec trim, you’ll be impressed with the 8.0 inch touch screen central display which is a huge improvement on the current smaller screen.

Ford hasn’t overlooked the necessities either. Extra cup holders and more comfortable, supportive, and durable seats guarantee a comfortable ride.

Outside the New Transit Custom:

Outside, the changes are clear to see.

HID Xenon headlights have been slimmed down and appear more modern. You may recognise the striking, ‘trapezoid grille’, which has been influenced by the Ford Car range. It gives the front end a drastic new look.

Under the Bonnnet of the New Transit Custom

The release of the 2018 Transit Custom will welcome efficient new Econetic and Plug-in Hybrid electric versions.

The Econetic has an official fuel economy figure of almost 50mpg.

The Transit Custom Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle will deliver several miles of emissions-free driving. You can read more about the Plug-In Hybrid version here.

The new Custom will be available with a smoother, more efficient 2.0-litre diesel engine. Available with either 105hp, 130hp or 170hp, all of which meet the stringent Euro 6 emissions requirements.

Ford Transit Custom Econetic

With emphasis being on fuel efficiency and lower CO2, 2018 will also see the launch of a Ford Transit Custom ECOnetic Version.
Based on the 105bhp, this super-efficient model has been calibrated and claims to emit a mere 148g/km whilst returning an impressive mpg of 49.6. This is achieved with a speed limiter, acceleration control, low rolling resistance tyres and a start-stop engine.

2018 Transit Custom Specifications.

We can only assume at the moment that the Base, Trend and Limited models will remain. What we do know is that a variety of Sports models will be available.

Practicalities have stepped up. The maximum payload has been confirmed at a massive 1450kg, as well as a useful load-through hatch within the bulkhead and the helpful collapsible roof rack for carrying those longer or awkward items.

What will the 2018 Ford Transit Custom Cost?

No official figures have been released yet. If you are interested to find out more, register your interest wit Swiss Vans today. As information becomes available, we can keep you updated and provide finance lease and cash price quotes as soon as we are able.

Ford Transit Custom Hybrid

Ford Transit Custom Hybrid

Trials of the Ford Transit Custom Hybrid have been confirmed.

This multi-million-pound Ford Transit Custom Hybrid Project from Ford has been designed with the aim to help improve air quality in London.

The 12-month trial begins in London in December 2017, and is supported by Transport for London.

Twenty Plug-in Hybrid Transit Customs will be trialled across London. The first five fleets have been confirmed as:

The Metropolitan Police will trial two of the Transit Custom PHEV vans.  The first will be marked and used as a second response vehicle to traffic accidents and the other will be un-marked and used as a forensic support unit. The PHEV vans are fitted with range extenders, this means that they are capable of longer journeys and essentially, the emergency services will not be limited by their battery mileage range.

Transport for London will also be taking advantage of the range extenders and will be using three PHEV vans for freight services. This will dramatically reduce local emissions by running wholly on electric power for the bulk of inner-city journeys.

The trialling fleets have been selected to gather data from a diverse cross-section of businesses in the City.

The trial Ford Transit Custom PHEV Vehicles will use a telematics system which will provide data on the vehicle statistics. It will monitor their day-to-day usage and provide information on the vehicles’ financial, operational and environmental performance.

Results from these trials will be used to maximise the benefits of this kind of PHEV Vehicles.

When can expect to see the Transit Custom PHEV available to buy?

Ford plans to release the Transit Custom PHEV to the commercial market in 2019.

 Technical Details of the Ford Transit Custom Plug-in Hybrid Engine

The Ford Transit Custom hybrid has a ‘range-extender’ with an electric motor powered by the combination of a lithium-ion battery pack and a tiny 3 cylinder turbo, 1.0 litre EcoBoost petrol engine.

The range extender means that the electric motor always provides power to the wheels, the petrol engine acts as a generator for additional electricity required when the battery has been drained.

Ford Transit Custom Hybrid

Will the Transit Custom PHEV still be practical?

Ford has eliminated the issue of heavy batteries by reducing the number required with the assistance of the small petrol engine.

With this in mind, it is understood that the PHEV will still have a one-tonne payload when it hits the market in 2019. As the battery pack is installed under the floor, the load volume will not be affected.

Advantages of a Plug-in Hybrid Van

The PHEV battery can be pre-charged using mains electricity before your journey. It makes sense to charge the vehicle overnight. The battery within the Transit Custom can offer up to 31 miles of completely emission-free driving.

The PHEV takes away the worry of running out of range that you would have if you were driving an all-electric vehicle. Once the battery is low, you switch to petrol power and then refuel at any petrol station along your route.

Will the Transit Custom Hybrid be suitable to travel into zero-emissions zones?

Using the battery power as much as possible will obviously dramatically reduce the running costs and efficiency. With the ability to switch between battery and petrol power, you can choose to save some of your battery power for the parts of your journey within the ‘low emissions’ zones. Simply switch to battery power on entering these areas.

Will I be restricted in mileage range of the Transit Custom PHEV?

Ford Transit Custom Hybrid

On top of the 31 miles of completely emission-free driving, the extra electricity generated by the Ecoboost petrol engine will mean that the Transit Custom hybrid has a maximum combined range of approximately 355 miles! That’s pretty impressive!

The Transit Custom PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) is the first of Ford’s long-term plan to release 13 new electric vehicles over the next five years.

 

VW Kombi WASP Stage 3

VW Kombi WASP Stage 3

VW Kombi WASP Stage 3: Transformation Complete!

To re-cap:  This VW Kombi arrived at our workshops just over a week ago.  It already had a few factory extras, but the owners required a sportier look and a few added luxuries.  Our team have converted this factory standard Volkswagen Kombi into something to be desired.  A van that will stand out in the crowd and on the road.  VW Kombi WASP Stage 3: Transformation Complete, ready for delivery!

Swiss WASP included:

  • Front Splitter, Rear Spoiler, Polished Side Bars
  • 18inch Wolfrace EuroSport Scorpio Alloys

Additional Swiss Extras Specified:

  • Carpet Lining, Insulation, Sound Deadening
  • 10 LED Lights
  • Custom Leather

 

Impressed? Who wouldn’t be?

VW T6 WASP Lease

Owning a WASP is more affordable than you think.  The WASP adds around an extra £35-40 to your monthly payment.  The Sales Team at Swiss are VW WASP experts and are here to give advice on both your vehicle and suitable finance package.

Why drive a standard T6 Kombi, when you could drive a T6 WASP?

Check out the WASP here:

 

 

 

VW Kombi WASP stage 2:

VW Kombi WASP Stage 2

VW Kombi WASP Stage 2: – Transformation Underway!

VW Kombi WASP stage 2:  The Blackberry VW Kombi has been in our workshop for a couple of days.  Progress is made very quickly.

Our fitters have tonnes of experience, fitting on average over 50 WASPs every month.

This VW Kombi is also being treated to a custom leather interior.  The seats have been removed and sent away for their new leather trim.  Looks a little ’empty’ at the moment.

VW Kombi Blackberry

 

With the seats out of the way, for now, the sound deadening, insulation and carpeting commences.  The LED spotlights will be fitted at this point too.  They make a massive difference to the interior look of the van.

VW Kombi Balckberry Soundproofing

 

On the outside, 18″ Wolfrace Eurosport Scorpio Alloys, as chosen by the customer, patiently await fitting.

VW Kombi Blackberry Wolfrace Alloys

 

 

 

All systems go…

This vehicle will be delivered to its eager new owner very soon.  But, not before I get some shots of the finished product!  Check back in a couple of days…

 

 

 

 

 

VW Kombi WASP Stage 1

VW Kombi WASP Stage 1:

All of our VW Kombi WASPs start life as a run of the mill factory standard van.  Often the Highline Specification, but we have been known to transform a mid-range Trendline too.

VW Kombi WASP Transformation. Stage 1: Delivery to our Workshop

Pre WASP: Transporter T32 SWB Kombi 150PS Highline, Just arrived at our Workshop in Bridgend.

 

Factory Options on this Kombi: Swiss Fits Specified on Order:
  • Electric Folding Wing Mirrors
  • Electric Folding Wing Mirrors
  • Power latching Tailgate
  • LED Rear Lights
  • 2/1 Split Rear Bench
  • Twin Side Loading Doors
  • Swiss Wasp Kit:
  • Front Splitter
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Polished Side Bars
  • 18inch Wolfrace EuroSport Scorpio Alloys
  • Carpet Lining, Insulation, Sound Deadening
  • 10 LED Lights
  • Custom Leather

So, what is a WASP?

‘WASP’ is the name we have given to our Swiss Vans designed, exclusive modification pack. It simply stands for Wheel And Styling Package – see what we did there?!

The pack consists of :

  • 18″ Alloy Wheels
  • Sidebars
  • Roof bars
  • Front Splitter

18″ Alloys

You can choose from a large range of 18″ upgraded wheels from  British Designed Wolfrace or Supermetal.

Front Splitter

Our WASP Splitter will completely transform the look of the front end.

Side Bars

Your choice of either chrome or black.  Choose your preferred option to compliment the look of your van.

Rear Spoiler

Body coloured spoiler to complete the look.

A WASP kit can be added to either a panel van or kombi.  You choose the body style and engine size, then leave the rest to us.  Your van will be delivered to our Customisation Workshop where the transformation will take place, often completed and delivered within 14 days.

How much does a WASP cost?

Typically a full WASP will cost an additional £30 – £40 per month on the finance deal.

Money well spent? We think so.

VW WASP Extras?

Depending on budget, of course, there is so much you can do.  I literally don’t know where to start.

Swiss have a customisation workshop in Bridgend, South Wales.   If you are lucky enough to be close enough, you can come down and take a look around.  There is always a work in progress to look at for ideas.  You can sit down with one of the team and look at leather samples, alloy wheel options, sound and satnav systems, reversing cameras and more.  If you are not able to pop down, you can take a look at our online customisation planner for some ideas.

Leather Upgrades

The leather interior is a common addition to the VW WASP.  This is a completely personalised service. so you choose colours, stitching, piping etc.

Take a look at these examples of customised leather upgrades.

 

Volkswagen Kombi WASP Pre-Transformation:

VW Kombi WASP Stage 1

Our experienced team are transforming this vehicle right now.  Stand by for updates…..

 

ULEZ and the impact on pre Euro 6 van owners

ULEZ and the impact on pre Euro 6 van owners

Does your business depend on your van / fleet of vans?

Wonder where you stand with Diesel?

It’s no surprise, It doesn’t seem that long ago Diesel engines were praised for their:

  • Great mileage
  • Lack of ignition tune up
  • Longevity
  • Torque

But with the ever increasing need to clean up the air, and the onslaught of electric vehicles, Government and public demand are pushing forward a clean air agenda / future.

One such initiative is ULEZ (Ultra Low Emissions Zones) popping up around the globe, most notably London in 2019.

So how will this impact your business, and what are the alternatives?

When does it start and what are the requirements?

The latest charging zones are set to kick in 8 April 2019 and are the most significant changes since the original congestion charge started back in February 2003.

ULEZ set stringent guidelines for both cars and vans within London, to be exact, petrol cars that don’t meet the Euro 4 emissions standards and diesels that don’t meet the relatively new Euro 6 emission standards, anything outside of this will have an additional £12.50 on top of the already £11.50 charge.

The ULEZ will replace the new T-Charge which will come into place in on the 23rd October, and will charge pre Euro 4 vehicles with an additional £10 to use the congestion zone.

24 hours 7 days a week

Unlike current charging, the new charges will apply 24/7, so there will be no escaping the additional cost by using out of hours, and if that wasn’t enough it’s set to expand everywhere within the North and South Circular roads.

What are my options?

We are already speaking to Trades people, Directors, and fleet managers about how to navigate the upcoming changes,

In real terms, there are 3 options.

Option 1

Euro 6 TDI, still the best option out there, these engines are not affected by the ULEZ, they provide decent MPG and more importantly meet the current emissions levels, and with a wide range of models / Engines, they really are the best choice for anyone looking to upgrade their current van.

But the zones will change, I hear you say.

Of course, however, that’s the benefit of leasing / contract hire.

Have you noticed how every couple of years the Government changes tack, back tracks on policy, or finally catches up with the rest of us?

It doesn’t seem that long ago they were ‘pushing’ diesel vehicles.

With Leasing or contract hire, you can simply upgrade your van every 2-3 years, we’ve previously discussed the benefit of leasing here.

Some of the most popular vans include:

Ford Transit Custom

Volkswagen Transporter Highline

  • vw-transporter-highline-150bhp £319.00

    Volkswagen Transporter Kombi Highline 150BHP

    Transporter Kombi T32 SWB 2.0TDI EURO 6 150PS Highline BlueMotion Technology

    117667-VW016516

 

So what are my other options?

Option 2

Go electric.

As it stands Ford, Volkswagen, Mercedes, Renault and the other manufacturers have yet to provide a real alternative to the trusted diesel van.

Seems like they are late to the party, falling behind the much praised Tesla batteries (though to be fair, not many would spend £65,000+ on a 300 mile battery van)

Mercedes-Benz Vito E-Cell.

One of the few manufacturers who provide a mid sized van, however with a range of 80 miles, it may not get you from A to B.

Citroen Berlingo.

Citroen have taken the very popular Berlingo and made an electric version, makes sense, on paper, however like the Mercedes-Benz this small van is potentially only suitable for London congestion driving / congestion charge, with a range of 105 miles, top speed 70mph it fails to live up to to its internal combustion engine counterpart.

Renault.

A manufacturer who has shown perhaps the most guts when it comes to electric vehicles, (look at Renault Zoe and the latest Renault Zoe with 250 miles ranges)

However, both their vehicles are sub 200.

Renault Master ZE

The largest van in the list, with a range of 90 – 100 miles.

Renault Kangoo ZE

The best range of the lot, 167 miles. perhaps for those in the inner city, a real alternative for those looking for a small van?

Option 3

Petrol Engines.

In a recent blog post we discussed the upcoming Volkswagen Transporter TSI, however, these will be in limited number and arguably you’d still be better off with the EURO 6 TDi engines (except the ULEZ).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Ford Transit Custom

The Ford Transit Custom

The Ford Transit Custom – Not only a good looking van, an efficient, stylish, practical, affordable van, full of extras and readily available.

Growing in popularity, the Ford Transit Custom is the younger, better-looking brother of the Ford Transit.

Ford provide a good amount of options with this van. From the modestly priced base, through to the limited spec and sport, there is something for every depth of pocket.

The Efficient Ford Transit Custom

All Ford Transit Custom vans run with a new Ford EcoBlue TDCi engine under the bonnet.

These state of the art diesel engines have been designed by engineers to satisfy the stringent Euro6 emissions standards.

Although super efficient, there is no compromise on power or performance on the road. These vans perform outstandingly well, with super efficient fuel economy; as good as 46.3mpg with the start/stop option.

Annual running costs have also been cut. The service intervals have been increased to 36,000 miles or 2 years.

Dependant on what you do, and what role your van needs to play, there are three power outputs to choose from.

  • 105ps – competent for light goods
  • 130ps – running at full load
  • 170ps – great for towing.

The Stylish Ford Transit Custom

Already a great looking van, there are lots of optional extras available including:

  • Electrically-operated and heated door mirrors
  • Quickclear heated windscreen
  • Washer fluid low-level sensor
  • Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Mitigation, Emergency Brake Assist and even Sign Recognition
  • Rear-view camera with Trailer Hitch Assist
  • Lane Keeping Alert
  • High series instrument cluster
  • Auto High Beam

The Sport model really goes to town and includes:

  • Sport styling kit – includes front lower bumper skirt with unique fog light bezel, body colour side skirts, rear bumper skirt, sports style bonnet stripes, front and rear wheel arch extensions.
  • 17″ 10-spoke black/machined alloy wheels with locking wheel nuts
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
  • Partial leather seat trim

If you appreciate the sporty look and have a budget which will allow, you need to take a look at our Ford Transit Custom WASP.

The Practical Transit Custom

The Ford Transit Custom is available as a panel van, a kombi, or the popular Double Cab In Van, as well as a choice of wheelbase length.

We’ve all had the embarrassment of filling up with the wrong fuel.  No? Just me then!!

Eliminating this is the ‘Easy-Fuel capless refuelling system’ This feature is available as standard and protects against your apprentice filling up your TDCi Euro 6 with unleaded.

The clever design also means you don’t have to touch a dirty cap – gone are the days of your cheese sandwich tasting of diesel. Blurgh!

Another ingenious option is the fold away roof rack system.   When not in use, this clever system can be folded flat so not to decrease fuel efficiency.  Clever eh?

It performs well too and can carry up to 130kg (80kg on the Sport, but if you’re driving a Transit Custom Sport, the roof rack capabilities were probably at the bottom of your priority list when purchasing extras).

Although the  Ford Transit Custom looks compact, appearances can be deceiving.  The Custom has cargo space ranging from 6 cu.m to 8.3 cu.m.  Optimising on the available load space, you can fit three euro pallets on the deck.  A cleverly designed flip-up panel in the bulkhead gives you the option to increase the max load length into the storage area under the front passenger seat.

The Affordable Transit Custom

There really is a Ford Transit Custom to suit all budgets.  The modest baseline is available from Swiss Vans for just £185 +vat per month.  even at this entry level, there are things such as electric windows, ABS and power steering for a comfortable drive.

Gradually increasing by a few pounds a month, the Trend and Limited gather more toys.  The Sport will really sting your budget, coming in at up to £350+vat per month.  Ouch!

There’s less ‘sting’ in our Ford Transit Custom WASP.  Available on the L1 and L2, and either the panel van of the DCIV.  If sporty is the appearance you are going for, definitely take a look.

We have been modifying the Custom for a couple of years now.  The Wheel and Styling Package is pretty awesome!  More details can be found here.

 

 

 

 

the all new volkswagen petrol

The All New Volkswagen Transporter Petrol Range

Volkswagen Transporter Petrol TSI engines.

Volkswagen has announced the launch of TSI petrol engines in its Transporter range.

Suprised?

Not really… Diesel engines have been hitting the news of late with warnings that we’re running low on supplies,  add to this the changes in legislation and tax, the petrol option is looking attractive.  The petrol engines are not only cheaper, they also transmit a lower level of harmful emissions.  If you look into the increasing drives towards ultra-low emissions zones in towns and cities, its easy to see why these new petrol transporter vans would be tempting and diesel is becoming increasingly unattractive to some buyers.

The Volkswagen Transporter petrol is a sensible option for drivers who cover a low annual mileage and get a buzz from the agility and a refinement of a petrol engine.

A whopping 95% of vans on the road today are diesel. However, a petrol van isn’t so out of the ordinary. There is already a choice of petrol engines available in the VW Caddy range.  There are several large manufacturers making petrol powered small vans, including the Ford with its Transit Connect.  However, VW is the first to offer a petrol option in the mid sized van sector.

Why are petrol vans considered to be such an odd choice?

Diesel has always been the ‘go-to’ choice for van drivers. Diesel vans offer a high fuel efficiency with better pulling power bought by the higher torque. Diesel was once the cheaper fuel at the pumps too, but this is a thing of the past. Diesel has been priced above petrol for some time now.

What is TSI?

Volkswagen’s breakthrough technology for petrol engines.  ‘Turbocharged Stratified Injection’ the TSI engines are high-powered and more efficient.  This pioneering technology takes the best elements of the TDI diesel and FSI (Fuel Stratified Injection) engines and blends them together for outstanding performance.

Petrol V Diesel?

Which is the right choice for you?  The new petrol TSI won’t suit the needs of everyone,  particularly those covering high motorway mileage in heavily loaded vehicles.

Petrol
Diesel

 

 A lower purchase price or lower fuel costs?

 Volkswagen has announced that the new TSI Petrol Transporters will knock around £1,000 off the on the road price, compared to its diesel counterparts.

With a higher purchase price and a greater fuel efficiency on the diesel option, VW has said that, based on current fuel prices, you would need to cover around 18,000 miles in a 150hp diesel before you would make up the £1000 extra you paid out at the time of purchase. You would also save well-earned cash eliminating the potential Diesel Particulate Filter issues and by not having to top up Ad-blue every 5,000 miles!

If you cover lower miles, on shorter trips, the petrol TSI could be a sensible choice for you. Especially worth considering if you frequently drive in those towns and cities, jumping on ultra-low emissions zones.

Choosing a Petrol TSI Transporter

If you’ve decided that a petrol engine could be right for you, there is a choice of a 150PS or a 204ps, equal power output to the diesel TDI. Both are a 2.0-litre, four cylinder turbo engine.

The 150hp TSI is six-speed manual, front-wheel drive. The 204ps gives you a choice of 4 wheel drive, as well as a seven-speed automatic gearbox.

Van Fuel Economy

A SWB 2.0TDI 150PS EU6 6-speed manual diesel returns 46.3 combined mpg, whereas the petrol equivalent only gives you 31.0 mpg.

We know it can match the power output, but how about the important pull?
If you’re carrying a heavy load, then the pulling capabilities should be carefully considered.
150PS Petrol – 280Nm V’s 150PS Diesel – 340Nm
204PS Petrol – 350Nm V’s 204PS Diesel – 450Nm

This new range of Petrol Powered Transporters is available to order now.

 

modball rally

Swiss at the MODBALL Rally Europe

Swiss Vans are going to the Ball!

The World Famous Modball Rally to be precise.


Modball Rally

The Modball Rally takes place on international public highways across Europe, the USA and Australia.  With a different route planned every year, the rally sees entries from around 100 modified vehicles.  The first ever Modball Rally took place in 2007.  Starting in London, the route passed through AmsterdamColognePragueViennaMilan and finished in Lyon.

The 2016 rally was the biggest to date with 180 modified vehicles lined up at the start line in front of 40,000 fast-car (urm…van) fans. (like you and I!)

The 2018 Modball Rally will start in London, bringing people together with entries from all over the world for a week of entertainment, music and travel.  The Rally will be passing through Paris, Lyon, Monaco and Venice before coming to a race track end in Vienna.

Rally Start Line

The organisers work closely with London City Council to ensure the event starts smoothly.  Spectators are encouraged at the start line.  No spectator tickets are required, you can simply turn up and get amongst the celebrities involved, take pictures, soak up the atmosphere, and appreciate the outstanding display of highly modified vehicles.  It is very much a family event.

Van Modifications

The Modball Rally rules state that you can enter any car, providing it has at least two modifications.   Wow!  Just two? Not a problem for us.  Modifications are what we do.  Knowing where to stop will be the issue here!!

Team Swiss – Transporter TSI WASP

Excitement is building at Swiss Vans HQ, Bridgend.   Our Entry has been confirmed for the 2018 Modball Rally.  All we need now is an extreme van to keep up with the big boys…of course, we’re working on that part already.  We have put the T6 wheels in motion.

What can we tell you so far?  Our Modball entry will be a highly modified VW Transporter TSI, this petrol version launches in the UK later this year.  Obviously, it will be showing off our WASP.

– Stand by for mod updates as they happen.

 Team Swiss at the Modball Rally 2018

2018 EUROPE RALLY INFO – SATURDAY JUNE 23RD – SATURDAY JUNE 30TH 2018:
LONDON START LINE – PARIS – LYON – MONACO (2 NIGHTS) – VENICE – VIENNA FINISH LINE + RACE TRACK

Check out the list of teams and cars entered for the 2018 Modball Rally from London to Vienna.  Team number 54!!!

1. TBC – UK – TBC
2. TBC – Switzerland – TBC
3. TBC – UK – TBC
4. Billofski – Sweden – 911 Turbo S Convertible
5. Gorgen – Netherlands – AMG GTR
6. TBC – Germany – Porsche GTS
7. TBC – UK – Mercedes GTS
8. TBC – UK – Ford Msport
9. What Could Possibly Go Wrong – UK – Porsche 911 Carerra S
10. TBC – Denmark – Ferrari 458 Spider
11. BellaJoJo’s – UK – Ferrari 458 Spider
12. Sol – UK – Lamborghini
13. TBC – UK – TBC
14. TBC – UK – TBC
15. TBC – Denmark – Ferrari 458 Spider
16. TBC – Romania – TBC
17. TBC – UK – TBC
18. Gravy Train – UK – TBC
19. TBC (Totally Boring C’s)  – UK – BMW X5M
20. Speed Racer – Lamborghini Aventador S
21. TBC – Feed The Pony – Ford Mustang GT
22. 10Q Racing Team – Germany – AMG
23. Lines N Nines – Scotland – BMW M4
24. No Limits – Sweden – Ferrari 458 Spider
25. TBC – UK – TBC
26. The Fast & Ferocious – Switzerland – Bentley Continental GT
27. Hilljet – UK – Bentley Continental GT
28. EspenWide – France – Porsche GT3RS
29. AP-Vision – Poland – TBC
30. Mr Rickno – Sweden – Lamborghini Huracan or Ferrari 488 Spider
31. Junk Crew – Portugal – Jeep Wrangler Lifted
32. TBC – UK – Aston Martin Rapide S
33. Madev Crew – France – TBC
34. TBC – Scotland – TBC
35. Tremma – UK – Ferrari F430
36. Team Dream – Germany – Lamborghini Aventador
37. TBC – UK – Porsche 997 Turbo
38. C Jonas – UK – TBC
39. Team Rawling – Sweden – Austria – Mercedes GTS
40. Dirty Blonde – Wales – TBC
41. Team Absolutely Cars – UK – Mclaren 570S
42. SF Conception – France – Mini Cooper Hamann
43. This Time Next Year – UK – Lamborghini Aventador
44. Carwerk Berlin – Berlin – Lamborghini Aventador Pirelli Edition
45. MNK Racing – USA – Mclaren 650s
46. Vision Cars – UK – TBC
47. Mr Team – Spain – TBC
48. Team Germany – Germany – Porsche 911 Carrera S
49. Funemployed – France – Rolls Royce Wraith
50. TBC – UK – Mclaren 570GT
51. Bonnie & Clyde – Switzerland – TBC
52. TBC – Germany – Audi R8
53. The Lucky Ones – UK – Abarth 595C Competizione
54. Team Swiss – UK – VW Transporter T6 WASP
55. Project Mac – UK – Mercedes AMG GTR
56. Diesel Brothers – UK – Land Rover Defender
57. TBC – Luxembourg – TBC
58. Alpha – UK – Lamborghini Performante
59. TBC – Luxembourg – TBC
60. TBC – USA – TBC

63. Half ‘N’ Half – UK – Mercedes C63

64. Ballers – UK – TBC

77. Excel Twinstar Racing – UK – TBC

80. My Epic Year – USA – TBC

84. Mighty Mini – UK – Mini John Cooper Works

130. TeamMadCroc #130 – Finland – TBC

Pick-up v Van v Toilet Roll

The good news is Swiss Vans can supply you with the first two!

Van Lease or Pick Up Lease?

Each carries their own pros and cons.

We’ll start by stating the obvious.  The panel van has an enclosed area for your cargo, whereas the pickup truck has an open load bed.

This aside, they both offer very similar benefits.

Let’s take our most popular Pick-Up at Swiss:

The ‘Ford Ranger

Ford Ranger Lease

To keep things simple, we’ll challenge it with:

The Ford ‘Transit Custom’

Ford Transit Custom Lease

 

Arguably, the Transit Custom is more suited to manoeuvring around city streets, it has an impressive turning circle of just 10.9m on this L1 model.  The Ranger, on the other hand, demands more space at 12.4m, definitely more suited to rugged rural terrain.  

This is where the Four wheel drive system takes the Ranger ahead of the game.  

The 4×4 system includes electronic stability control and traction control which team up to give an excellent driving experience both on and off road.

Keeping on side with the Ranger, another plus over the Transit Custom is the ease of loading.  The open bed of the Ranger makes loading and unloading of bulky or heavy items much more manageable.  It boasts an impressive payload of 1045kg.  The towing power of this is rugged off roader is a huge 6000kg (Max GTM).

So we know you can carry a lot, but how far will a gallon of fuel take you?  This 3.2 200ps diesel engine is pretty nippy!  It will take you 33.6 miles on average for your gallon.

Taking you further for your money, the Transit Custom can also carry an impressive amount of weight. Max payload on this is 1166kg,  towing capabilities are slightly less at 5365kg (Max GTM).

Load Security

Back to the obvious difference, the closed load bed v’s the easy to load open bed.  This will hugely impact your decision on which is right for you.  Firstly, security matters:  The open bed is distinctly lacking in security for your tools and protection from the elements.   If you’re carrying valuable tools or cargo, you need to store, and lock them safely inside.  Emptying your open bed pick up of tools every night isn’t ideal.  You might as well hang up a ‘help yourself ‘ sign if you’re leaving them on display overnight.

Ford have this covered (mind the pun!)  An option on the Ranger Limited Double Cab is a Style-X Hard Tonneau Cover.  This tough, lockable cover has a hinged design and will protect your load from thieving hands and unexpected down pours.  The transit also has the potential to be more organised.  There are many after market racking systems available to keep your tools and materials safely and neatly stashed away.  I wouldn’t fancy £100’s of pounds worth of kit rolling about on the flat bed of a pick-up!

 

Van Vinyl Wraps

 

You may not have thought about the importance of this one.  The great thing about a panel/transit vans is the amount of ‘panels’ it has available for advertising space.  If advertising is important to you, this is a game changer.

In conclusion…

The line of business you are in will determine which is the right one for you.

If you opt for a double cab in either, you can comfortably carry passengers.  Going for the 170ps Transit Custom would give you more power, and be more comparable to the Ranger.  If you’re on rough terrain, the Ranger is the sensible choice.

The security of the enclosed cab, and the ability to plaster your van in vinyl advertising tips the Transit Custom ahead for me.

Ultimately, your choice of vehicle depends on its intended purpose.  The same principle applies when buying toilet roll.  Whats the intended purpose?  If you’re blowing your nose, you might want to go for the security of some added aloe balm!

 

 

VW Transporter T6 Upgrades and mods

VW Transporter T6 & T5 Upgrades and mods

Everybody’s doing it!

Upgrading, modifying, customising…..

Whatever you choose to call it.

As the standard increases and imaginations run wild, a run of the mill, straight off the track VW Transporter doesn’t seem to satisfy the needs of hardcore enthusiasts and sports van drivers.

Standards are high amongst this fan base. Not everyone can stretch their budget far enough to be the king of the road in a Sportline Kombi.

Even with a modest budget, we need more ooomph!!

I say ‘we’ because I am a self-declared VW anorak myself.  There’s always a desire for an extra mod.

There’s always a desire to upgrade and mod a VW Transporter

At Swiss Vans, we can offer all manner of van modifications and van customisation to fulfil your needs.

Whether you drive a shiny new T6 or a humble T5 with 200k on the clock, Swiss will have a modification for you.

Some options are also available with 0% finance (subject to status)…..tempted yet?

Alloys perfect for VW Transporter

Instantly transform the look of your Transporter with a set of Alloy Wheels.  At Swiss, we can fit up to 18″ without invalidating your VW warranty or affecting performance.

There are no rules on colour…….   shiny, matt, black, white. pink, green, purple – whatever you fancy.

We have a vast range of Wolfrace, and Super Metal alloy wheels to choose from.  Our most popular is the Wolfrace Eurosport Assasin GT, often chosen by customers to be fitted to their WASP.

Drop Down DVD

If you’ve got kids, you’ll understand.  Our SwissVanTech Drop Down DVD players are available from just £150.  A small price to pay for quiet passengers and avoid the dreaded “Are we nearly there yet?”

 

VW Transporter LED lights/Angel Eyes

We can offer a fully fitted service, available on the T5 and the T6

Vanorak

You’ll wonder how you ever lived without one.  The days of shopping or small tools rolling around in the back of your van could be over.

This Swiss designed Vanorak offers a simple, yet genius storage solution for your transporter.

 

Carpeting & Lining

A necessary step to take you from a  standard panel van to leisure vehicle.  Quality carpet lining is available from Swiss.  Our seamless finish has hidden fixings.  We use 3-way stretch carpet material or you can upgrade to Alcantara.

This service typically takes two days to complete.  Whilst we are fitting, there is also the option to add LED lighting to the interior.

Leather/Alcantara interior

We offer a mobile fitting service and can upgrade your seats from as little as £1299+vat.

Available for a T5, T5.1 or a new T6, you can choose an old school sportline design, black/grey leather or treat your van to an Alcantara interior.  Lots of leather options are available to add a touch or luxury to your interior.

Sat Nav

Drive your van into the workshop at Swiss and we will replace your rear view mirror with a Rear View Satnav.  This fit while you wait service is available at our facilities at Bridgend.

  • Seamless operation
  • Can be fitted to any vehicle
  • Keep your existing head unit
  • No glare or reflection

http://vanaccessories.swissvans.com/van-satnavs-and-technology/

T5 & T5.1 Badges & Grilles & Bodyparts

Even these small van modifications can make a huge difference to your kerb appeal without breaking the bank.  We have add-ons for your T5. starting from just £19, you can add a black VW badge, an illuminated VW Badge Break light, mudflaps, sidebars or a tailgate spoiler.  If you have more cash to spend; lowered suspension, Forge Big Brakes, front splitter, badgeless grille or we can offer a full Sportline conversion!  Talk to us about Van Modification Finance (available subject to status).

VW Transporter T6 WASP

The most popular van at Swiss. Its clear to see why.  If you’re into sporty vans and looking for new wheels, you have to look at the Volkswagen T6 WASP.  Exclusive to Swiss, designed, made and fitted by us.  This stunning Wheel And Styling Package is available on both the panel van and the kombi.  Prices start from £309 per month on the Volkswagen T6 WASP Panel Van.

T6 ABT

The ultimate modification. The ABT speaks for itself.  Full or partial kits are available and can be fitted to order.  The sales team here can put together a quote, tailored to your own needs and budget.  Heres one we made earlier….

Quad Exhaust

Guaranteed to turn heads.  We have just fitted one to a T5. Check it out!

Sound & Speakers

Bring music to your ears with speaker upgrades, additional rear speakers, sub and amp fitting.  Or replace your head unit with a Pioneer DAB, we hold a stock of various models –  Tell us what you want.

 

This just touches on some of the options available to you.  You can let your imagination run wild in our design studio.  Swiss Vans are here to help.  We van advise on mods and fits for your Transporter.  We can supply and fit, and even arrange finance if needed.

All you have to do is decide which Transporter Modification you’re going to order first!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Van Lease - Transporter V Transit Custom

Van Lease – Transporter V Transit Custom

Do you need a van for your business?

Have you a passion for sports vans?

Do you need lots of space for your large family?

Whichever it is, you know you’re buying, but which one?

At Swiss Vans, our two best sellers are the Volkswagen Transport Kombi and the Ford Transit Custom. It’s clear to see why….

Choosing is easy for some.

Once a die hard VW fan, always a die hard VW fan?

Could you be tempted over to the dark side with a Ford?

Van Lease: VW Kombi or a Ford Transit Custom Double Cab?

The Ford Transit Custom Double-Cab-In-Van Limited 310 130ps

This top of the range ‘Limited’ Spec gives a luxurious feel. It’s packed with extras and features to sway you:

  • 16″ Alloys
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Heated seats
  • A/C
  • Digital radio with steering wheel controls
  • Body coloured body mouldings, bumpers and door handles

So we know it looks good, but how does it perform?

The 2.0 130ps has a max payload of 1275kg. This means you can carry 11,200 more tea bags than you could in the VW Kombi! Handy!

It’s super efficient ECOnetic engine can give you 45.6 mpg. To make life easier there a wide load side door, giving access to 3.5 cu.m of load space. The front and rear parking sensors make parking a breeze.

Tempted yet? The price might just do it for you. At Swiss, we can arrange finance lease on this vehicle from as little as £255 a month. (£2500 deposit, 47 x £255, plus final balloon figure).

So, if the Ford is giving you all you need, why pay more for a VW?

Volkswagen Kombi T32 150ps Highline.

Volkswagen vans are iconic, they draw a loyal fan base of both business and leisure users.

Their popularity means they hold a high resale value. Swiss have these Kombi Vans available on finance lease from £289 a month (£2500 deposit, plus final balloon figure).

So is it worth the extra?

The 2.0 BlueMotion 150ps is capable of 47 mpg.

The Highline is an impressive specification. The T32 gives you

  • 17″ alloys as standard
  • A/C
  • Leather trim steering wheel and gearknob
  • Rear parking sensors.
  • The T32 has a max payload of 1240kg.

The VW name has always been associated with reliability, you can’t put a price on that.

The VW Kombi will cost your more, but will be worth more when you come to trade in. For a lower payment, you’re gaining the extra payload, the parking sensors, and heated seats in the Custom. Is this enough to convince you to move away from the VW badge?

Only you can decide. Swiss always carry a stock of both, so you can have your new Kombi or Custom on your drive in as little as 2 weeks.

caddy Lease

Caddy Lease

The ‘Caddy’ a small van from Volkswagen. Volkswagen is the name everyone associates with reliability. This functional small van made its first appearance in 1980 and has continued to grow in popularity. It is particularly popular with business users and is often taken on a finance lease deal.

Popular amongst tradesmen and couriers, the Caddy Range has a model suited to most needs. There’s a panel van, a maxi version and a Kombi available in both. At Swiss vans, we can arrange a Caddy lease package for you and have your van delivered to you in as little as 2 weeks.

Special Edition

At the end of 2016, Volkswagen released the  Special Edition Caddy Black. This eye-catching, stylish, sporty-looking van fits in well here at Swiss! A mere 500 were made and there is only a handful left. The Black Edition is perfect for those wanting something a bit different. This Black Edition is based on the already impressive 2.0 TDI 102PS Highline. It includes air con, heated windscreen and rear parking sensors. It also boasts an impressive amount of additional features, to include:

  • Leather multifunction steering wheel
  • Deep Black Pearl Effect paint – hence the name!
  • Lowered Suspension,
  • 17″ Canyon Alloy Wheels

We have unbeatable Caddy van finance deals available on this, while stock last. You could lease one from as little as £198 per month, plus VAT. See the Volkswagen Caddy Black Edition page for full details.

If the special edition isn’t for you, we carry a large stock of the Caddy Van. The Startline 1.6 75ps offers an affordable solution if your budget will won’t stretch to the higher spec models. We can arrange finance on this Caddy Startline from as little as £165 (+vat) per month.

If you’re feeling a little more flush, the Trendline and Highline specs offer more gadgets for a slightly higher lease price.

Introducing the Caddy WASP

In true Swiss Vans style, we are excited to announce that our famous WASP is now available on the Caddy. Our WASP (Wheel and Styling Package) takes an ordinary Highline Caddy and transforms it into an impressive head turner. You will certainly be noticed on the road in this! The WASP includes:

  • Side Bars (Chrome or Black, the choice is yours)
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Front Splitter
  • 18″ Alloy Wheels.

As the Caddy is such a popular van, we often stock several variations. The sales team can tailor a quote on your new Volkswagen Caddy, whether its finance lease (our most popular way to finance your van) lease purchase or hire purchase.  Why not contact the team today, they are VW experts and are here to advise you on the vehicle best suited to your needs, and at a price best suited to your wallet.  Call today on 01656 674 620

 

finance lease

Finance Lease – Your Questions Answered

You dream of driving a new van.

A Ford Transit Custom? A humble Ford Transit Connect Base? Or maybe our Volkswagen Kombi WASP  has caught your eye?

Whatever your choice, or budget, you speak to the sales team, and then they hit you with the question…. “How will you be financing your new van?”

The most common method of van finance at Swiss is finance lease.

“What is finance lease?”

A finance agreement which is calculated on your estimated usage. You will have fixed monthly payments and a ‘balloon’ figure payable at the end. The balloon is agreed at the start of the agreement and is based on the estimated value at the end of the agreement.

“Is finance lease available to everyone?”

Yes and No. Sorry to confuse matters! It depends on the vehicle and also the finance company. Some will allow personal finance lease whereas other will only consider business users. Rest assured, whatever your situation, our Sales Team will advise you on the best method of finance available for you.

“Will I own the vehicle?”

No, the finance company will retain ownership of the vehicle. The vehicle is an asset of the leasing company, who then lease it to you. You still benefit from the equity in the vehicle at the end of the contact though. Confused? I’ll give you an example:

The balloon figure at the end of your agreement is £5000. The van is sold for £6000. The £1000 is equity, which is yours to keep, less 2% of the sale proceeds (£6000) payable to the leasing company. The total payable in this example would be £120.00.

Don’t forget, your deposit and monthly payments are tax allowable. In some cases, you can also claim back up to 100% of the VAT.

“How much deposit do I need to pay?”

This is a great advantage of finance lease, your deposit can be as low as £500. Bare in mind, the higher the deposit, the lower your monthly payments will be.

“What happens at the end of my lease agreement?”

Most commonly, our customers will trade in their van for a new one. We take your van in part exchange and arrange a new finance package on another brand new van for you.

You could also choose to sell the van privately and settle your balloon figure, plus 2% fee (see details above).

“Will my mileage be restricted?”

The simple answer is No. Your payments and balloon figure will be based on the mileage estimate you give us at the start of the agreement. There is no restriction on your mileage, but for this reason, it is important that you are as accurate as possible with your mileage estimate. A large increase in miles will affect the residual value of the van and you may find you have negative equity. (Your balloon figure is higher than the value of the van).
The balloon payment at the end of the Van Lease is based on a residual value of the vehicle determined by the finance company.

“Who will my finance be with?”

We use a variety of finance companies. This allows us to be very competitive with our prices. The sales team at Swiss will find you the best deal available.

“Do I need to go through a credit check?”

Yes, you will need to provide us with information to perform a credit check. All finance is subject to status.

“How quickly can I get my van?”

We aim to get the keys in your hand as quickly as possible.  For stock vans, the turn around from order to delivery can be as little as 2 weeks.  If you choose a factory order or a customised van such as a WASP, we ask that you allow a little extra time to allow the modifications to be completed.

The team at Swiss are always happy to answer your questions. Contact the team today on 01656 674 620

vw transporter highline kombi WASP red edition

VW Transporter Highline Kombi WASP Red Edition

Ask a group of Volkswagen enthusiasts which is the best colour for a VW Transporter, and there will never be a consensus.

However, every now and then, one comes along that people can appreciate, even if it’s not the colour they would choose.

One such color is the Red Edition WASP.

If you are looking for a VW Transporter to stand out, Red is certainly one of those colours, add to it, the Wheel and Styling Package (WASP) and it really does look the part!

What is a ‘VW Transporter WASP?’

It’s a question we get asked regularly..

Essentially we take a stock van and ‘pimp’ it up, we add front bumper/splitter, side bars, spoilers, and a set of alloys, final upgrade the interior to a full leather spec.

Over the years the look of the WASP has changed to match the model of the Transporter, from the T4 to the latest version T6.

You really can build you own spec van, to suit your personal taste and/or spec out your ideal business van.

RED WASP Edition.

So what does that all look like on a Volkswagen Transporter.

Below are some photo’s of a recent client van. it literally is specc’d to the max and includes:

  • Full WASP pack with black sidebars
  • Wolfrace Alloys – Assasins 18″
  • Bespoke black red leather interior
  • Additional Bulkhead

Below we highlight those options, please note for a full breakdown we always recommend speaking to one of our specialists.

WASP Bumper/Splitter.

vw transporter kombi WASP red edition

Model shown contains the standard WASP bumper/splitter

Additional options available:

  • Sportline
  • ABT

WASP Sidebars

These come in two flavours, chrome and black.

vw transporter kombi WASP red edition sidebar

WASP Spoiler.

There are two versions to choose from the current WASP spoiler (shown in image) or the Sportline model.

vw transporter kombi WASP red edition sidebar

Alloys

We have a wide range of Alloys, and recommend 18″ Alloys.

vw transporter kombi WASP red edition sidebar

 

Alloys shown – Wolfrace Assassins 18″

WASP Interior

The standard leather interior is black with cross stitching, however for those who wish to go bespoke we offer a customisation service, simply speak to one of our specialists, an example of this is shown below:

vw transporter highline kombi WASP red edition

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CALL: 01656 837 493
ASK ABOUT THE WASP

 

13 Pinterest boards every van owner should visit…

At Swiss, we sell vans to all kinds of tradesman, business users, couriers and leisure van enthusiasts. Whether you are converting a Transporter, spending all day on the road, or running a business from your van, there’s a Pinterest board here for everyone…. Take 5 minutes out of your day today, feet up on the dash….

Loose tools? Clever storage solutions here…

Vans…..

Vans of the yester year…

Futuristic thoughts…

Ever been caught short?

Van life hacks. You’ll wonder how you lived without them.

Simple ideas to organise your van.

Wheeled Wonders.

And on a bigger scale….

For the big kid inside of you .

Camper Ads.

Sing your heart out on the road.

‘Hank Marvin@

Swiss Vans Design Office 2017

Swiss Vans are investing in a dedicated New Van & Car Sales Design  in Bridgend where customers can actually sit with sales people  in a quiet dedicated environment. To design their van or car.  This is augmented with a  range of VW, Mercedes-Benz-Benz-Benz-Benz and Ford Demonstration vans so you can try before you buy.
On offer but varies as these are up for sale at approximately 6 months

Choose from 
Suspensions
Sample Leathers
Sample Wraps
ICE
Carpeting and acoustics
Pendle remapping with and without guarantees
Choice of payment structures
Test drives by prior phone appointment only no walk ins sorry  to preserve our sanity !

lease purchase

Lease purchase an alternative to purchasing a van

In a recent post we discussed van leasing as a method of financing a van.

In this post we will take you through how lease purchase is different and the benefits it may have for you when considering your next vehicle.

Much like other forms of van financing at the outset finance purchase may seem like a mine field, with 100’s of companies offering 1000’s of deals, varying deposits, monthly payment options and different balloon/final payment details.

However you may be at the point where  you require a van and the idea of ownership is high on your list.

So what are your options, moreover what is lease purchase:

Lease purchase is a form of conditional sale scheme.

Finance is spread over 24, 36, 48 months, at the end of the term you are required to make settle the balloon or final payment, The deferred sum (balloon payment) will be determined by the age and mileage of the van at the end of the agreement upon which time the van is yours.

Finance purchase consists of 3 parts:

  1. Deposit
  2. Monthly Payments
  3. Final payment/balloon

Who can apply for finance purchase?

Whether you are an individual, sole trader or limited company you can obtain a vehicle through finance purchase.

What’s the difference between an individual and limited company purchasing a van on finance purchase?

The only difference is VAT, business owners who claim VAT must pay the full VAT amount upfront, at the end of the agreement the deferred sum/balloon has to be made, this may be done through a cash payment or alternatively via a second finance agreement.

Benefits of lease finance

  • Lower monthly payments due to deposits and final balloon payment
  • Option to choose length of the finance agreement
  • Deferring the balloon payment allows time to save to pay off the van at the end of the agreement
  • Lower monthly repayments may allow you the flexibility to afford a higher spec van

Things to remember:

  • There is no return option at the end of the agreement.
  • You must have sufficient funds (or apply for a second finance agreement) to pay off the deferred sum.
  • Depending on current market conditions, the value of the outstanding balloon payment may be higher than the actual market value of the van.

Finance purchase

 

 

 

van conversion

Campervan conversion project 2017 We’ve got the perfect transporter van for you!

Campervan conversion projects are great, allowing those with vision/time and determination, to get a van that is unique to them.

It’s the reason every year in the UK people undertake these self build projects.

Perhaps you’ve sketched out the look, saved images from VW bus magazine, searched the internet for the perfect interior, you’ve got everything lined up, all you need now is the van!

And that’s where it can become, well, frustrating!

We get calls all the time from hobbyist, professional conversion companies asking for vans which can be stripped down and used for their next project.

But that’s the problem.

Self builds for many can be a labour of love, spending many hours pouring the time and devotion into a vehicle that will be a ‘one off’, one that will become part of the family.

Remove the headache of van conversions!

Let’s admit if, who wants to strip down a van, remove seats, carpets, ply lining the list can go on, just to get it in a place you can start your build.

It’s the reason we created the starter van a ‘blank canvas’.

Perfect for any campervan conversion project.

So what do you get?

VW T6 SWB Panel Van.

Transporter T6 T28 / 150BHP / 2.0TDi / 6 Speed / Manual / Highline / Bluemotion.

  • Colour Coded Bumpers, Door Mirrors and Door Handles,
  • Electric Windows,
  • Internal + Remote Central Locking,
  • Trip Computer,
  • Comfort Pack – (Simora Cloth Upholstery, Folding grab handles on ‘A’ pillars, Driver and front passenger seat side storage compartments, twin sun visors with vanity mirrors, two-tone horn, dimmable dashboard illumination and additional noise suppression measures),
  • Cruise Control,
  • Rear Parking Sensors,
  • Bluetooth,
  • 16” Alloy Wheels,
  • Automatic Driving Light Control,
  • Automatically Dimming Rear View Mirrors,
  • Daytime Running Lights,
  • Coming Home and Leaving Home Function
  • Heated Front Windscreen,
  • Multi-Function Display,
  • Start/Stop System with Regenerative Braking,
  • Leather Covered Multi-Function Steering Wheel, Gearknob and Gaiter,
  • Colour Composition 5” Touchscreen Radio – (DAB+ Radio, Bluetooth Phone Connectivity, AUX-IN socket and 4 Speakers, SD Card Slot on device, MP3 Compatible CD Drive).

Extras Included:

  • Glazed Tailgate Heated with Wash/Wipe
  • Single Passenger Seat
  • Swivel Driver and Passenger Seats
  • Deleted Bulkhead

Still looking for something on top?

Perhaps colour, alloys, finance?

Simply call us on 01656 674620 and we’ll happily take you through all your options, you could have your van on your drive within 3 weeks.

We welcome calls from individual or campervan conversion companies.

 

van leasing

Van leasing what you need to know

The world of van hire or van leasing can at times be very confusing.

With hundreds of companies and 1000’s of offers, it’s easy to get lost in all the noise.

Add the options available to hire or purchase a vehicle and at times you may be forgiven for putting the decision aside for another day.

However, if you are at the point you NEED a van, what are your options?

How do you make a decision, one that could affect you for at least 2 years?

Let’s look at one of your options.

For the sake of this post, we will only be looking at finance lease or van leasing,

In it’s simplest form, a finance lease is exactly what it says,

Leasing a van, it is not an ownership scheme!

The lease is spread over 24,36,48 or 60 months, at the end of the term a balloon or final payment is required to complete the finance lease, the vehicle must be sold to a third party, with any profit going back to the person who took out the lease.

So finance lease consists of 3 parts.

  1. Small Deposit
  2. Regular monthly payments (min 24 month – max 60 months)
  3. Balloon / final payment at the end

Am I eligible for finance lease/van leasing?

Finance leasing is available to sole traders, limited companies and individuals alike. and there may be benefits to all.

I’m a sole trader looking to lease a van.

Many sole traders opt for van leasing because it offers them peace of mind when it comes to the monthly expenditure, thanks in part to both the fixed monthly amount and warranty (it is possible to upgrade your van every 3 years to maintain a warranty, cost may apply)

I own, a VAT registered Limited Company, what are the advantages to leasing a van?

It goes without saying, much like the benefits to a sole trader the fixed monthly payments and warranty also apply to limited companies, however, if the Ltd company is VAT registered, you may claim back the VAT every quarter.

I am thinking of personal van leasing, is this possible?

For some individuals the thought of owning a van outright may not suit them, preferring to swap every 2,3,4, or 5 years for a brand new model, in that case, finance lease may well be for you.

So what’s next?

It may seem like an obvious statement, but once you’ve decided to look into finance lease, the next step is to work out your deposit and monthly budget (naturally budget will dictate the make and model available to you).

Once you’ve done the calculations, I wonder…….

Which type of customer are you?

Customers leasing a van usually fall into one of three categories, which one are you?

1. I need a workhorse!

For these guys, they require a van for work, period! whether it’s cheap and cheerful or not, they want something that fits their budget and is solely for ‘the job’.

2. Work/lifestyle balance

Perhaps you’re one of these, you require a van that suits both work and family life. Monday to Friday your van carries you around with your tools and kit, but on the weekend it’s easily converted into the family taxi! 9 times out of 10 these buyers opt for a VW Transporter or Ford Transit Custom.

3. Lifestyle

The final ‘type’ are looking for a lifestyle, their van is less about work and more about allowing them to lead the lifestyle they want, which is usually open roads and weekends away!

So, to recap:

The benefits of finance lease:

  • Fixed monthly costs
  • Minimal capital expenditure
  • Low initial outlay if not VAT registered (when compared to other funding methods)
  • No need to be VAT registered
  • Lease payments from 24 – 60 months
  • Flexibility to adjust balloon payment to reduce monthly payments
  • No excess mileage charges or damage charges*
  • Possibility to settle the agreement early
  • Initial rental – monthly rentals and final balloon payment are up to 100% tax deductible.

(*Please note mileage and condition of vehicle will affect the final sale price)

A few other factors to consider before taking the plunge.

Running costs – Every van comes with a 3-year warranty, however running costs, wear and tear are solely your responsibility, when budgeting for finance lease, remember to include these costs.

Insurance – you must have fully comprehensive motor insurance.

Final balloon payment – The liability of the final ‘balloon’ payment remains with you, as stated above, excessive mileage and/or damage may have a negative effect on the resale / PX price of the van, should there be a shortfall you will be liable for that shortfall.

Please also note fluctuations in the market may also affect the final value.

Finally, as per the finance lease agreement, the vehicle must be sold to a third party – with that said, please note, should you sell the vehicle too early there is a chance of negative equity.

If, after taking all of that into consideration you would like to purchase a van on finance lease, what next?

Easy, speak to someone!

What!

Why?

I can get loads of quotes online!

Yes, you can!

We too provide online quotes.

However, as you can see van leasing or finance lease has many variables, from deposit, miles per annum, the length of leasing, size of the final balloon payment, that any online quote, yes, including ours, are an ‘average price’.

To get an exact figure, nothing beats talking to a ‘human’, only then can you get the best price(s), and specific van(s) for your budget and/or requirements.

Before calling, note there will be a few details you’ll need to prepare.

As with any credit application**, and as part of the loan approval process, personal details will be passed to one or more finance companies, typically the details required will be:

  • Full name
  • Date of Birth
  • Marital status
  • The address(es) you have lived in the last 3 years
  • Homeowner status – owner / tenant
  • Telephone numbers of employees you have worked for, for the past 3 years
  • Bank account number/sort code

So what are you waiting for?

Call us today on 01656 674 620

van leasing

**Credit searches will be undertaken with one or more Credit Reference Agencies.

In the majority of scenarios, the Finance Company decision to accept/decline your loan application will be immediate although some applications might take longer to process.

Once accepted Swiss Vans Ltd will complete the necessary regulatory paperwork with you, making sure you have a clear understanding of the finance agreement you are entering into.

A copy of each applicant’s driving license (both parts) will be required to confirm your identity. you may also be asked to provide supplementary documents as part of the approval process.

Proof of comprehensive vehicle insurance may also be required (please note, the loan approval process for finance obtained via a 3rd party provider(s) may vary from the steps outlined above).

VW ID

The VW I.D. BUZZ Concept, Finally an electric VW bus that will make it to production

This week at the Detroit motor show VW showcased their latest concept electric bus.

Called the iD1 it’s potentially the closest VW have come to a production electric van, and it has some neat features, could this be the next Bus from VW that will entice a new generation of fans?

If we sound cautious it’s because this isn’t the first time VW have teased us with future electric vehicles, does anyone remember:

Volkswagen XL1

VW XL1
Volkswagen e-Bugster

Volkswagen Bulli
vw bulli

Volkswagen Budde
vw budde

Is this a knee-jerk reaction to Dieselgate!

I’d argue not.

Yes, VW have been hit hard, $14.7 Billion  and with further action pending (us brits are to get in on the suit) that’s going to further hit them hard.

However, thanks largely in part to Elon Musk  and his Tesla company  the expansion of electric vehicles is starting to see a real surge.

And for good reason.

It’s not all about the green brigade.

The rhetoric about electric cars used to be
“They’re ugly but great for the environment”.

Not anymore, take a look at the Tesla P100D a 5 seat executive car which sits perfectly next to luxury sedans, it can go 0-60 in 2.4 seconds (yes you read that right 2.4!!!) that’s hypercar territory like the 2.4 million euros Bugatti Chiron – coincidentally owned by VW (0-60 seconds 2.3 seconds).

tesla P100D

Or the Tesla X and it’s ability to seat up to 7 adults with plenty of cabin space, Falcon wing doors, and autonomous driving.

tesla model x

And many more are on the way…..

Rimac
Rimac

A Croatian manufacturer leading the way as an electric supercar manufacturer.

  • 1,088BHP
  • 0-100Kmh 2.6seconds
  • top speed 355Km/h
  • Torque 1600Nm

Lucid Motors
lucid motors

Potential Tesla Rival

  • 400 mile range
  • Spacious Interior
  • Autonomous  & connected driving

Faraday Future 91
faraday future 91

Chinesse backed startup, recently showcasing their car at CES 2017

  • Face recognition
  • Autonomous driving/parking
  • 0-60 seconds 2.3 seconds

Even Chevrolet last year released a $35,000 electric vehicle named the Volt, let’s not forget they are owned by General Motors who shelved the ‘ahead of it’s time EV1’ – watch Who killed the electric car! If they are getting serious, that says a lot about the momentum of the electric car.

Diesel gate or no, this was inevitable.

Finally electric cars provide real advantages over older Internal Combustion Engines (ICE)

Instant torque – electric cars are QUICK!

Space and agility- with none of the associated bits from exhausts, turbos, large engine, only a flat battery on the floor of the car, electric cars provide uncompromised space for interiors and a low center of gravity, for handling, perfect for a VW Bus.

Expanding recharging infrastructure – seems Tesla is the golden child when it comes foreseeing the need for both range and the ability to recharge,

Tesla currently have 5,043 Superchargers worldwide (as of Jan 2017), but they are not the only ones, a recent Reuters article outlines the expansion and investment by Europe’s biggest car manufacturers in advance of the upcoming electric car movement.

Secondly, Battery tech. the advent of Lithium Ion batteries enabled Elon Musk to produce the original Tesla E, a car, at the time capable of 215 miles per charge (recently upgraded to now over 330 miles).

The electric car went from a home to shop car,  into a realistic ICE replacement.

And the future of battery technology promises, super fast charging, longer range, and is getting cheaper by the day, for an interesting read just Google Graphene super capacitors

In the past, VW had the luxury of showcasing electric cars that wouldn’t see the light of day, and from a business standpoint it made sense, feel good factor for the general public all without taking up too many resources.

However, both the public are calling for electric cars and the technology is finally here to provide a REAL alternative to the ICE.

So would an electric VW be a truly great upgrade?

Yes, for the following reasons it would be great to finally get from concept to production.

  • Open interior allowing multiple seating configurations.
  • 0-60 time around 5 seconds, or half that of the current VW T6.
  • 373 miles per charge, expanding recharge infrastructure.
  • Cheaper refueling/recharge cost.
  • Autonomous driving.
  • Zero tailpipe emissions.

And the pictures certainly look impressive, let’s hope this is finally a concept that comes to light.

What do you think?

Will VW finally release a concept electric vehicle and deliver enmass to the general public.

Apply 0% Finance Swiss Vans

If you want your van modded Swiss Vans in Bridgend can do most non camper conversions. Transform you van into something that turns heads and do this with a  single monthly payment at 0% if your DPF Fails , if your DMF needs replacing , your clutch your gearbox it can all go on here

The items we can add to 0% finance 
Minimum balance £600 conversion work or a Pendle remap as special offer
We pay a subsidy for 0% so happy to look at anything providing the margin is there to make it suitable

Example 
£1250 on 0%
£125 deposit now
12 x £93.75

  • T5 t0 T5.1 Conversions
  • Sportline Conversions
  • T6 Conversions
  • Pendle Remapping
  • Alloy wheels, tyres, Satnavs and cameras as long as being fitted
  • Carpet lining
  • Bodywork and paint respraying
  • Towbars and many of our accessories
  • Routine work such as diagnostics  repairsWe can also do buy now pay later 
    Buy today and pay in full in 12 monthsQuestions 
    How much can I borrow  at 0%.
    Good question thats up to you, we will consider any amount depending on how muchCan you do longer terms than 12 months?
    Yes but its interest bearingCommon examples  of 0%£1250   10% down £125 then 12 x £93.75
    £2000 10% down £200 then 12 x £150 a month
    £3000 10% down £300 then 12 x £225 a month
    £5000 10% down £500 then 12 x £375 a month

VW Caddy Kombi Maxxi

The VW Caddy Maxxi Kombi is a small van that can still transport 5 people and a load.
Its compact design makes it ideal for confined spaces and an urban environment or when
using say a T6 would send the wrong messages to customers or staff.
Lease VW Caddy Maxxi 102 Example
£2000 down 59 x £221 a month £4500 balloon
£2200 down 59 x £242 a month £2840 balloon

What is lease purchase

With some many options to purchase, lease or hire a commercial vehicle it can be difficult enough to understand the differences, let alone choose which one is best for you and your business.

What is Lease Purchase?

The first of these options we will explore is lease purchase. Like many of these options, it has it for’s and against.

In a nutshell, lease purchase starts with a deposit, has an agreed monthly payment with a final balloon payment (the balloon payment is based on the estimated residual value at the end of the term, of which mileage is included in this estimation), following which you own the vehicle.

It’s important to note if purchasing through a limited company only the interest payments are an allowable company expense, and your company is also able to claim Capital Allowances to gain relief for the cost of the vehicle , which in turn reduce the company’s taxable profit.

Lease purchase is the least popular for many businesses, the majority of which choose finance lease (We’ll explain that in another post shortly).

Should you have any further questions or would like a quote please call 01656 674620.

What is finance purchase

 

 

T6 Sportline Conversion

Bring your T6 to Swiss for a bit of love with our drive through service

If you fancy a VW T6 SPortline then we can make it happen to your existing T6

Front T6 SPlitter fitted
Rear genuine VW spoiler
Diamond shaped side bars
Black leather – not Sportline but better
Genuine Sportline Alloys

Swiss Vans WASP 2

Swiss Vans offer the WASP 2 which is an exclusive van for an exclusive type of customer.

Example Specification can vary with availability
All plus VAT
SWB 204 Kombi DSG in base colour
Colour change and choice of 31,000 plain and pearl colours
Highline Spec – so aircon, parking sensors etc etc
Sunroof
Heated front seats
Heated nozzles and washer jets
Twin sliding electric doors
LED Headlights and tail lights
Plus all usual highline bits

Performance Handling 
6 Pot Remo Braking system- Standard
40 MM Lowering or Upgrade to Vanslam coilovers £799
Pendle 204 to 235 Upgrade – standard but not compulsary
18 Inch Alloys Coloured and anodised – Optional upgrades
Optional Intercooler upgrade £799

Interior
WASP 2 Leather 5 seats –
Fully acoustic and thermal lined
Alcantara style roof
Colour coded seat belts – standard
Colour coded DSG and steering wheel- standard
Vanorak storage system

Body and paint
Swiss plastic Bodykit with Quad core exhaust – standard
Front colour coded streamer – standard
Optional two tone accessories

ICE
Comes with Alpine 8 inch 3G Multimedia system
Sub, Audison speakers front and Amp recessed to right in panel
Mood lighting to the above.
Tuned to vehicle
Speaker pods to rear with USB phone chargers
Optional upgrades to anything you want

Options
Contrast to body parts and wing mirrors  £399
Contract with fleck  – £599
Intercooler – £799
Alloy wheels POA
Vanslam coilover £799
Factory Satnav with Audio Pack – Satnav price + £1978

Colour Change November

We want to brighten up November so for the whole month its 30% off colour changes on all new vans for the whole month 
Give you van a bit of uniqueness
Our standard  colour change is £4100 on a New Van
So for November this is £2780 a saving of £1320

On a lease a colour change works out at roughly £67 a month
but you will portably get quite a bit of the back when you come to PX
it with us in a few years

Porsche Caymen £399 a Month

Order your 2017 Porsche Caymen from Swiss Vans
As everyone knows Porsche is owned by Volkswagen
Order a Porsche Caymen from Swiss Vans

Typical delivery time 6 – 8 months
Everything is being factory ordered as a new model is out

Typical Deal + VAT
£3500 down
59 x £399 a month
£17000 balloon

Used Van Finance – From Other Suppliers

Even  the Queen has a budget and buying a used van is no different
If you have seen a used van elsewhere  and the monthly payment is too much then give Swiss 2 a Call
Ask for Ian
We do not need a VAT Deposit in most cases on finance lease. There is a little bit of paperwork at the end which we will help with.

01656  763900

Example
Used Motorhome £30,000 + VAT
Traditionally £6000 deposit which is the VAT
We work on 10% which is £3000 + VAT
We are happy to look at financing a van even if we are not supplying it

Van Tuning

Swiss Vans are widely recognised as the landmark in the UK for Van Tuning.
We deal with most makes and models but to a level of performance that is simply not seen by any other dealer.
The level of how far you wish to go with van tuning depends entirely on your taste and budget.
We will attempt to van tune any vehicle but the most popular models are
VW, Ford, Mercedes-Benz-Benz-Benz-Benz, Vauxhall and Renault.
We are happy work on any age of van, and have a range of warranties available.

– Pendle Remapping

-Hybrid turbos

– Intercoolers

– Performance brakes

 

 

Finance Lease Used Vans

Swiss Vans offer finance lease on Used Vans from October 1st 2016

Min 12 months
Max 6 years (2-5 years best options)
Min 10% down (plus VAT if applicable)
Max age of vehicle at end of term 15 years
Minimum amount to finance is £10k approx. but lower values over longer term can be looked at as we have a minimum each deal has to make

This means that many customers can enjoy lower monthly payments and businesses can benefit from tax savings set out over extended periods

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