Once again, Citroën’s Berlingo has been named "Fleet Van’s Small Van of the Year."
Judges at the Fleet Van Awards awarded Berlingo with the award for the third time and said this year’s model was in “a highly competitive shortlist, but new eco models, an electric vehicle derivative and Teletrac as standard swing it in the Berlingo’s favor."
The Berlingo is available in a wide range of models, as well as two load lengths, a Crew Van, enhanced traction versions, choice of payloads and trims levels, and a platform cab for specialist conversions.
Each one of the Berlingo panel vans include Teletrac's telematics platform, which feature Teletrac’s Smartnav intelligent satellite navigation and Trackstar stolen vehicle tracking. The vans also offer access to Fleet Director real-time fleet management system.
Smartnav, a fully integrated navigation system, allows drivers to stay directly connected to a call center at all times, simply with the touch of a button. While destinations can also be easily entered through a touchscreen, Smartnav lets drivers to speak to a live person 24 hours a day.
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Drivers can make inquiries about specific locations and receive verbal navigation directions to that destination within seconds. Every route within the system is dynamic, helping drivers navigate through congestion and other various traffic issues that may potentially slow the journey down.
As one of the first manufactures in the United Kingdom to offer standard satellite navigation on their van range, Citroën is a model case study for the effectiveness of Smartnav. The Teletrac offering has proven extremely popular and ensures Citroën has a significant advantage in a very competitive market where value-added services are becoming increasingly important to customers.
Citroën has fitted over 70,000 vans with the Smartnav system, ensuring those companies that have already bought a future of high fuel economy and low carbon emissions. Smartnav saves Citroën users thousands of dollars in fuel costs per year, allowing companies to save an excess of six hours of work per vehicle each month.
Smartnav also offers the peace of mind of stolen vehicle tracking. Over the past 12 months alone, approximately 97 percent of Citroën vans stolen were recovered through Teletrac’s stolen vehicle tracking recovery.
There is no other van manufacturer in the U.K. that offers standard vehicle tracking. More than half of stolen Citroën vehicles have been recovered within the hour, thanks to Teletrac's GPS tracking platform.