Monday, 24 June 2019

  • Around 80 PEUGEOT vans will help the Guide Dogs charity to move trainers and dogs through their training months
  • Around 40 Expert van and Crew Van models soon to be joined by Partner Crew Van
  • By 2022 vans will progressively replace cars for transporting dogs and their handlers

Long-standing PEUGEOT customer Guide Dogs, which provide guide dogs and a wide range of services for people with sight loss, has begun a programme of replacing the charity’s vehicles used to transport its dogs. A key element of the replacement programme is to ensure that by 2022, all cars used to transport dogs and handlers will be replaced by specially-adapted, multi-purpose PEUGEOT vans, which are able to perform multiple roles and offer increased capacity for carrying dogs. The PEUGEOT vans include Expert and Expert Crew Van conversions, which will be joined by around 40 all-new PEUGEOT Partner Crew Vans later this year.

40 Expert Long Professional models have been delivered to date. 29 of these have been converted to transport up to eight puppies at a time, during the early months of the puppies’ lives. The remaining vans are specially converted Crew Van models designed to carry up to four dogs, as well as their professional guide dog mobility instructors and eventually their partners, during their training programme. These vans have been converted by James Alpe of Clitheroe, Lancashire, specialists in producing conversions for transporting dogs.

The Expert Crew Vans* are equipped with glazed, twin sliding doors to access the folding second row seat. This seat, equipped with three point seatbelts in all positions, can carry up to three people and can be folded forward to provide additional storage space or provide access to the dog cages from the front, instead of the rear of the vehicle, giving alternative emergency access to the cages if needed.

The spacious cages provide plentiful room for the dogs to travel in comfort. Both panel vans and crew vans are equipped with the optional tailgate in place of twin rear doors, to give shelter when the dogs leave and enter the cages. The cages are equipped with both temperature monitoring and video cameras to ensure the wellbeing of the animals.

Karen Mumford, Operations Support Manager at Guide Dogs said: “Dog welfare is paramount to Guide Dogs, so we are delighted that these vans will help us transport our life-changing dogs in comfort and safety, enabling us to reach more people with sight loss with our services.”

“The versatility of the PEUGEOT Expert range and Crew Van in particular is perfectly demonstrated by the vans we have delivered to Guide Dogs over the past few months”, commented Groupe PSA Fleet Director, Martin Gurney, “We are delighted to be extending our relationship with Guide Dogs and to help them develop the best means of transporting their trainers, service users and dogs safely and efficiently.”

*The specific Expert Crew Vans provided to the Guide Dogs are not part of the commercialised range in the UK, but have been supplied by our specialist fleet department*

Since 1810 PEUGEOT has been producing durable products of excellence, since 1858 all are branded with the Lion logo – chosen to demonstrate strength, suppleness and swiftness to personify the durability of its products. As one of the earliest automotive producers, the PEUGEOT brand can trace its roots back to 1889 when it began producing automobiles and since then over 65 million vehicles have been produced, advancing technology with style and efficiency to enhance the customer experience. PEUGEOT is present in 160 countries, has 10,000 franchised Dealerships and is recognised the world over for the quality and design excellence of its products.

The UK is the third largest market for PEUGEOT with its UK Headquarters located in Coventry. The UK car line-up includes the 108, 208, all-new 208, 308, 2008 SUV, all-new 2008 SUV, 3008 SUV, 5008 SUV and all-new 508 supplemented by people-carriers and a van range that includes the all-new Partner, Expert and Boxer. The standard car and van line-up is supported by Electric Vehicles. The range includes the iOn and the Electric version of their most popular small van, the Partner Electric.

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