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“I really like the shape of the vehicle,” explains Alan, “not least because unlike the ugly fridges you see on the roofs of most vans, the Kerstner unit looks more like part of an air management kit.”

As a Sport model, the Vito boasts an extensive specification that includes luxury touches like cruise control, air-conditioning, a leather steering wheel and gearshift, electric windows and mirrors, as well as exterior features such as 17-inch allow wheels and eye-catching chrome foot rails. Its metallic black paintwork wears a World of Fish livery, expertly applied by local firm D B Signs.

“The Sport version really stands out from the crowd and is an eye-catching advertisement for the business,” enthuses Alan, who has now begun loading his van with boxes of fish for wholesale customers. The refrigerated rear compartment is easily accessed via the Vito’s two sliding side load doors – one on each side – and top-hinged rear tailgate.

Indeed, it was the vehicle’s striking good looks that won him over. “I was probably a sales executive’s dream customer,” he recalls. “When I went into my local dealer, Orwell Truck & Van, at Ipswich, I’d already decided what type of van I wanted and in what colour; I didn’t even take a test drive.”

Making maximum use of the six-speed manual gearbox (a five-speed automatic transmission is optionally available), Alan slots easily into the traffic on the busy A12 as he sets off on his deliveries. The tourquey, yet frugal 2.2-litre, common-rail turbodiesel engine is barely audible as he accelerates smoothly away. With maximum torque of 330Nm available from 1,800 to 2,400rmp, the Vito Sport is capable of reaching 60mph in 12.7 seconds. It has a top speed of 113mph, but can still return an impressive 44.1mpg.

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