Van Reviews

CHINA CALLING | Van Review – LDV

Competitive pricing helps LDV to  more than double its market share. Chinese van maker LDV flew under the radar in 2018, quietly growing its market share and producing a growth rate to the end of November of 145 percent (source: VFACTS). Sales increased from 2017 to the corresponding 11-month period of 2018 from 2315 to 5679 vehicles, represented by the ...

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URBANETIC | New Van Concept -Mercedes-Benz has shared its vision for future PUD work in the form of the adVANce initiative

Mercedes-Benz dabbles in the future with some weird results – Words by Chris Mullett. There’s innovation, futuristic designs, the interpretation of market trends, bold styling, and then there’s weird, followed by ‘what the?’ In the van and truck world, perhaps we are generally too conservative when it comes to experimenting with styling themes that take the futuristic path to extremes. ...

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BUSSING ABOUT | VAN REVIEW – Hyundai iLoad

Stuart Martin takes the semi-bonneted van option for transport with the latest upgrade to the Hyundai iLoad. While the dual-cab ute market has taken the spotlight from passenger cars in sales terms, the LCV van market quietly rumbles along in the background … but that segment is changing. Still led by the long-serving HiAce, the Toyota segment leader is under ...

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Sprinter Takes the High Spot | VAN REVIEW-Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Stuart Martin reviews the new Sprinter from Mercedes-Benz.  Shots have been fired back across the bow of former bedfellow Volkswagen with the arrival of the new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. No longer will Sprinter and Crafter follow down the same production line under the terms of the original joint venture with similarities as to body but with differences of engine, driveline and ...

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SMOOTH MOVER | VAN REVIEW – Mercedes-Benz V-Class

The Mercedes-Benz V-Class is much more than just a mum bus  – Words by Stuart Martin.  John Travolta did his level best to make people-movers cool in Get Shorty, and Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt made short work of some nasty Beemer-driving assassins while driving one as well, but the benefits of moving the masses in a vehicle appropriate to ...

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CRAFTER RETURNS | Van Review – Volkswagen Crafter

Volkswagen re-enters the large-van segment with the all-new Crafter range – Report by Stuart Martin. The brand kicking goals with Amarok and Transporter has launched a barrage into the large-van segment with the return of Crafter. No longer shared with Mercedes-Benz, the Volkswagen workhorse is back in the pricelist with an automatic transmission, a requisite feature in the LCV van ...

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THE DAILY ROSTER | Van Review – IVECO Daily

Winning the International Van of the Year Award for 2018 sets the scene for IVECO’s latest Daily – Words by Ed Higginson. With Iveco adding to the appeal of the impressive Daily van and cab/chassis range with several upgrades in 2017, the latest version with Euro 6 technology continues to keep the range as a top contender. Back in late ...

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FIAT DUCATO LWB MID-ROOF | Van Review

There’s an old saying that good things come to those who wait – its been a long time coming, so finally getting our hands on a Fiat Ducato was exciting, and here’s hoping the age old cliché holds true. The particular van tested was the Fiat Ducato 2.3-litre long-wheelbase mid-roof. The Ducato is powered by a 2.3-litre four-cylinder diesel engine ...

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iLOAD to GO | Van Review – Hyundai iLoad

Hyundai’s iLoad shows that a semi-bonneted van design still retains maximum appeal for the average PUD fleet operator – Words by Warren Caves, images by Torque it Up. Hyundai’s popular and hardworking iLoad LCV (light commercial vehicle) range has received a styling makeover and significant appointment upgrades to draw new buyers to the Korean makers 2018 offering. Originally released a ...

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SPRINTER DEBUT | UTE Review -2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

One of the world’s best vans just got better – Warren Caves takes a first drive of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter It’s not often that an existing light commercial vehicle model continues to win accolades and awards when a replacement model is waiting in the wings, but that’s exactly the case for Mercedes-Benz and its Sprinter van range. The current ...

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