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International Van of the Year: Volkswagen Crafter - and here as E-Crafter
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THE IAA in Hanover is the place to see next year’s must-have Business Van launches.  There were more than 2,000 exhibitors from 50 countries at the German crowd-puller, but here’s five of what we believe are the biggest van debuts at the Hanover Show.

Ford Transit

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Ford Transit and Transit Custom

The Transit and Transit Custom might seem all conquering in van circles, but Ford hasn’t sat still and revealed a new SelectShift six-speed automatic transmission for 130 and 170bhp versions of the 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine.

The SelectShift auto wasn’t the only reveal for Ford in Hanover, as on top of the auto, the company revealed a new air suspension option for passenger carrying Custom models. Plus, a new all-wheel drive system also for the 130 and 170bhp 2.0-litre Ecoblue engines.

Finally, if this wasn’t enough new Transit, Ford revealed its latest, most sophisticated SYNC3 infotainment system, which is now available on Transit, Transit Custom, Connect and Ranger.

MAN TGE

Hanover Show
MAN TGE

We know MAN for its trucks, but not for its vans – but that’s about to change with the launch of the new TGE which hits UK shores late next year. Think it looks familiar to the all-new Volkswagen Crafter, that also made its debut at the show?

Well, you’d be right, as it’s based on the newly crowned International Van of the Year and available in a similar number of versions.

Nissan NV300

Hanover Show
Nissan NV300 van

New nose aside, you can’t fail to have noticed the similarities between the new Nissan NV300 and the Fiat Talento, Renault Traffic and award-winning Vauxhall Vivaro.

That’s because they’re basically the same van – although the Nissan boasts a five-year warranty – which might make the Nissan more tempting over its sister vans!

Renault Alaskan

Hanover Show
Renault Alaskan

Highlight of Renault’s Hanover stand is the final production version of the Alaskan pick-up. What we like most is that although the Alaskan is based on the Navara, it looks quite different to the Nissan. Renault also had many different customised versions of this pick-up on their stand – so it looks to be very versatile.

Volkswagen Crafter

Hanover Show
Volkswagen Crafter

New van of the show in our opinion and the judges of the ‘International Van of The Year’ obviously agree, as Volkswagen’s new ‘big’ van was crowned at the IAA.

Business Vans was lucky enough to see this curvy Mercedes Sprinter rival a couple of weeks back at the reveal – click here for the story.

Powered by a selection of diesel engines and offered with a choice of manual or DSG automatic transmissions, there’s even the choice of three lengths and roof heights. There’s also a selection of special bodied versions of the Crafter that will available straight from the Polish factory. Also revealed at the show, was an all-electric version, E-Crafter, that is to be launched in 2017 and boasts a 120-mile range.

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