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Revealed: Sat navs named top LCV optional extra as fleets crave efficiency boost

By Kyle Linsay
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 10:52

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OPTION: Sat navs number one for fleets

Satellite navigation is the feature fleet decision-makers desire most in new vans, due to the increased importance of boosting efficiency.

Latest Nissan Van Report research shows 45% of van drivers and 40% of fleet operators felt sat navs were the essential option in a new LCV.

The system, which nowadays re-routes drivers to avoid traffic jams, reflects fleets’ battle to achieve fuel and time savings by taking the most efficient course.

More than 80% of respondents drove at least 200miles every day, with almost three-quarters of operators looking to save on fuel costs.

Sat navs beat parking sensors, Bluetooth and vehicle trackers, as well as comforts such as electric windows, heated mirrors and air conditioning.

Nissan say that such findings hint that fitting sat navs as standard on vans could be the way forward for van manufacturers.

Barry Beeston, Corporate Sales Director at Nissan GB, said: “We are always keen to find out what our customers are looking for and what they want in a van.

“While this research is quite light-hearted, it does have a serious side which feeds into the development for future commercial vehicle products, as we are focused on delivering what our customers want.”

Nissan currently offer satellite navigation as a factory fitted option across various models and specifications within their LCV range.

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