Van Reviews

SPRINTER UPDATE | VAN REVIEW – Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Brenton O’Connor takes the wheel of the rear-wheel-drive Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 314 Long Wheelbase Van Late in 2018, Mercedes-Benz Australia launched the all-new Sprinter range. This included, for the first-time, front-wheel-drive offerings in addition to the rear-wheel-drive, all-wheel-drive, cab chassis and transfer bus options that Sprinter customers have come to expect. It’s this expansive product offering of 1700 variants that is ...

Read More »

DAILY DELIVERY | VAN REVIEW – Iveco Daily

Iveco shows it is well placed for local urban distribution – Words and Images by Brenton O’Connor. With the massive growth in e-commerce and online business, including a grocery home delivery trend led by the likes of Coles and Woolworths, light trucks sales have risen dramatically. When someone is contemplating purchasing either a single van or a fleet of light ...

Read More »

SIXTH SENSE | VAN REVIEW – Toyota HiAce

Toyota announces its sixth-generation HiAce It has taken 15 years for Toyota to finally replace its current but ageing cab-over-engine delivery van with a shift to the SBV (Semi-Bonneted Van) design that has been so successful for its global competitors. The HiAce story started in 1967 with the first HiAce, which was offered as a cabover ute, a delivery van ...

Read More »

PLUG & PLAY | VAN Review – Renault Kangoo ZE

With an EV in the family it’s a question of maintaining the right connections – Words by Scott Murray The jury in the case of light commercial electric vehicles hauling any form of significant payload is still out, because of the traditional nature of heavy battery technology. In the real world, where small business goods need transporting 24/7, there’s a ...

Read More »

The French Reconnection | VAN REVIEW – Peugeot

Peugeot returns to the Australian LCV market  By Richard Robertson The combined entity of French brands Peugeot and Citroen has always been a niche player in Australia, even though Citroen celebrates its centenary here this year. From peak sales figures of close to 13,000 in 2007, combined brand sales dwindled to just over 4000 in 2016 and the following year, ...

Read More »

FORD FIASCO | Company Review – FORD

Can Ford regain lost ground with Transit? – Words by Chris Mullett Recent history shows that Ford Motor Company has been incapable of performing even basic marketing activities when it comes to presenting its light commercial range to the Australian buyer. Despite producing excellent products such as the Ford Transit Custom and Transit standard van that rank competitively against all-comers ...

Read More »

WORK AND PLAY | VAN REVIEW – Renault Trafic

Renault’s Trafic Crew blends business and pleasure – Words by Warren Caves, Images by Torque it Up.  The European assault on the hotly contested, 1.0- to 3.5-tonne van market continues to gain traction, with the likes of Mercedes Benz, Volkswagen, Fiat and Renault all taking firm swipes at traditional Australian consumer choices, Toyota’s HiAce and Hyundai’s i-Load. If you move ...

Read More »

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 ...

Read More »

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. ...

Read More »

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 ...

Read More »