Story: COLIN DAWSON
THERE’S nothing worse than losing your stock, the tools of your trade – or even your van – to some thieving oik. Not only is it a huge pain, it could seriously jeapodise your livelihood. If the low-lifes can’t keep their hands off your van, then security is of prime importance.
So it’s good news for Nissan, whose van range achieved two accolades at the recent British Insurance Vehicle Security Awards 2012. The highlight for Nissan was winning the Van Manufacturer Award, which saw the company’s six-vehicle range (NV200, Primastar, NV400, Cabstar, Navara and Pathfinder Van) beat serious competition from the rest of the light commercial industry.
The Award acknowledges the work Nissan has done across its van range to protect vehicles from being stolen or being broken into. This ultimately helps insurers reduce premiums for operators.
The Nissan Primastar, which has an alarm fitted as standard, won the heavy van category for the second year running, beating the Renault Trafic, Ford Transit and Vauxhall Vivaro.
Andy Connell, category manager for LCVs at Nissan Motor (GB), told Update: “Insurance is a major outlay for all van operators and Nissan has spent years improving all aspects of its van security across its extensive vehicle range.”
Peter Shaw, chief executive chief executive of Motor Insurance Repair Research Centre Thatcham, said: “Congratulations to Nissan. For many business van owners any potential threat to their vehicle is not only an inconvenience, but can also represent a genuine threat to their livelihood. Strong vehicle security is imperative and in winning the Best Van Manufacturer Award, Nissan has demonstrated a real focus in this area across its commercial vehicle range.”
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