Relay gets the stop-start treatment


Citroen  Relay vans stop startCitroen is to make its Relay vans greener and more efficient after adding the stop-and-start function to their popular medium-sized van.

The manufacturer recently announced the move at the CV Show in Birmingham, unveiling two editions of the Relay which are set to join the Nemo and Berlingo in having the stop-and-start system fitted.

That means the van drivers have a choice of three Citroen vans which use the system which is designed to slash emissions and make their van more fuel efficient.

The Relay 30 L1H1 and 35 L3H2 are the versions which will carry the stop-start system, with each feature a six-speed manual gearbox and e-HDi 130 diesel engine.

Fuel economy for the Relay 30 on a combined cycle is claimed to be 39.2mpg with an urban cycle figure of 32.5mpg. This represents a 9.2% increase in fuel efficiency on the Relay 30 L1H1 HDi 110. The new Relay 30 also boasts a 10g/km reduction in CO2 emissions to 189g/km.

The Relay 35’s urban cycle figures are claimed to be 27.7mpg, which represents a 5% improvement on the model which doesn’t feature the stop-and-start technology. The cut CO2 emission isn’t as big as the Relay 30, with just 5g/km trimmed off the non-stop-and-start edition, with the new model chugging out 224g/km – still, it’s going in the right direction.

Prices kick off at £19,660 for the Relay 30 and £24,660 for the Relay 35.

Citroen feel that the new technology should attract customers operate mainly in urban surroundings.
“The new Relay Stop-and-Start equipped vans will appeal to all operators, but particularly those working in urban environments, where they will deliver worthwhile financial, operational and environmental benefits, as well as reduced traders insurance costs” said Scott Michael, Citroën’s Head of Commercial Vehicles & Business Centre Programme.

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