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Round-Up: ‘Most capable 4×4 minibus’ revealed, Volvo app upgrade, AFP adds LCV committee

New vehicle claimed to be ‘world’s most capable 4×4 minibus

A new VW Crafter-based off-road minibus is due to go on sale in the UK this autumn. Available in various configurations up to 21 seats, the Torsus Terrastrom uses VW’s 4×4 Crafter 4Motion chassis, and the Czech company said the vehicle will be “capable of getting to places other vehicles will not be able to get to”.

Torsus Terrastorm 2020According to the firm, its new model “will appeal to people, businesses and organisations that need a truly dependable, rugged and incredibly capable vehicle. It is a vehicle engineered to be ready to transport people and cargo to and from some of the toughest jobs such as mining and emergency aid wherever and whenever it is needed – no matter the location.”

App upgrade allows Volvo PHEV drivers to view driving patterns

Ödgärd Andersson, Chief Digital Officer, VolvoAn update to the Volvo on Call now allows the brand’s plug-in hybrid drivers to check the distance they have driven in full electric mode, as well as electricity and fuel consumption figures. The move is described as aiming “to further encourage” Volvo’s PHEV drivers to plug-in their cars as often as possible to maximise the driving on electric power. Updates planned for later this year will also allow drivers to see their CO2 footprint and the estimated fuel cost savings due to driving on EV mode.

“We want the Volvo On Call app to make life easier for you as a user and create a more personal experience,” said Odgard Andersson, Volvo’s chief digital officer. “As the car becomes ever more connected, the potential of the app increases and we intend over time for the app to be as much a part of the Volvo as the car itself.”

New LCV committee for Association of Fleet Professionals

The Association of Fleet Professionals has announced a new Light Commercial Vehicle committee designed to “serve as a major industry forum” on the area of the industry.

Stuart LightbodyThe AFP, formed of a merger of ACFO and ICFM, is the fleet operators’ association and the new committee will be led by AFP deputy chair Stuart Lightbody, joined by Julie Summerell of TR Fleet, Steve Openshaw of Eric Wright, Steve Winter of Centrica, Duncan Webb of the Royal Mail, Cliff Lewis of Interserve, Jo Hammonds of Sanctuary, Matt Hammond of Altrad, Lee Rossall of BES Utilities and Glenn Ewen of Clear Channel.

AFP has also announced that Caroline Sandall, formerly chairman of ACFO, has stepped down as co-chair. Paul Hollick has been elected as chairman, having previously been head of ICFM.

 

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