DFSK budget van range returns to the UK

DFSK vans are back on the UK market after a deal was struck with a new UK importer to sell the C31, C32, C35 and C37 compact vans

Chinese budget van manufacturer DFSK is coming back to the UK commercial vehicle market after a new company was established to import and distribute its range of compact vans. Vehicle Import & Distribution Ltd will be living up to its name by supplying the C31 (a flat-bed single cab), the C32 (a flat-bed double cab), the C35 (a micro panel van) and the C37 (a tiny 6-seat minibus) to UK customers. 

The DFSK importer is a new venture from the firm that already brings the 4x4 passenger car and pick-up truck model range of Korean manufacturer SsangYong to these shores and it’s expected that the DFSK van range will be available through the existing SsangYong dealer network. 

• Best small vans on sale now

DFSK models have been available on the UK market in the past but the new range is said to represent a significant improvement over the Loadhopper microvan that the brand offered last time out. The C series of models are a class up the size scale from the old DFSK Loadhopper with the C35 panel van measuring 4,500mm in length and 1,680mm in width, while offering a maximum payload of 710kg. While all the models share the same platform, the C35 panel van and C37 people carrier have a different interior and exterior design to the two flat bed trucks - the front end of the C35 actually bears some resemblance to Ford's Transit.  

Power for the whole line-up is expected to be from a 1.5-litre variable valve timing petrol engine with 113bhp and 148Nm of torque. The importers also have access to a 1.3-litre petrol unit and a 1.5-litre turbocharged range-topper but it's not currently thought that these will be brought to the UK. It's more likely that we will see the successor to the Loadhopper arrive on these shores eventually, with the smaller DFSK K series model line another option that the company is considering for the UK market.

Prices for the C series models are expected to kick off below £10,000, positioning the van as a low cost alternative to the likes of the Nissan NV200 as well as the long wheelbase versions of the Volkswagen Caddy and Renault Kangoo.

DFSK Operations Director, Doug Lincoln said. “We believe there is a huge opportunity for DFSK in the UK. From small independent businesses through to local authorities, cost-saving and value-for-money is today’s mantra. Why pay more when a DFSK delivers such a great return on investment?

“We particularly see huge opportunities in metropolitan areas where the vehicles’ compact size, manoeuvrability and economical petrol engines are ideal for short, stop-start urban journeys.”

Get more of the latest van news on the Auto Express van channel

Recommended

Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian X: long-term test review
Long-term tests

Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian X: long-term test review

Third report: Does our Mitsubishi L200 pick-up live up to its predecessors?
10 Sep 2020
New Volkswagen Caddy California officially unveiled
Vans

New Volkswagen Caddy California officially unveiled

Volkswagen has launched the dinky Caddy California campervan – and it’s loaded with clever space-saving technology
4 Sep 2020
New 2020 all-electric Fiat e-Ducato on sale now
Fiat Ducato

New 2020 all-electric Fiat e-Ducato on sale now

The pure-electric Fiat e-Ducato panel van is on sale now with a starting price of £47,675 and a maximum range of 192 miles
20 Aug 2020
Pricing confirmed for all-electric Mercedes eSprinter panel van
Vans

Pricing confirmed for all-electric Mercedes eSprinter panel van

The pure-electric Mercedes eSprinter is available to order now, with a starting price of £51,950 and a maximum range of 96 miles
14 Aug 2020

Most Popular

Energy firms want the right to switch off electric cars charging at home
Electric cars

Energy firms want the right to switch off electric cars charging at home

New powers being sought to allow energy providers to turn off high-drain devices to manage electricity network
18 Sep 2020
Audi A3 vs Mercedes A-Class
Car group tests

Audi A3 vs Mercedes A-Class

The Audi A3 and Mercedes A-Class are strong competitors in the premium hatchback market - we find out which is best
19 Sep 2020
New Rolls-Royce Ghost 2020 review
Rolls-Royce Ghost

New Rolls-Royce Ghost 2020 review

The all-new luxury Rolls-Royce Ghost saloon brings new levels of refinement
18 Sep 2020