Van Reviews

Pub, Club or Sightseeing trip? | Van Review

Luxury travel with your designated driver and seven mates – words and images by Ed. Higginson When it comes to luxury vehicles, Mercedes-Benz usually leads the way and if you need the capacity for eight people, then the Mercedes-Benz V-Class is a great place to start. The updated V-Class hit Australian showrooms in late 2019 when Mercedes-Benz gave the class ...

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CUSTOMISED | Van Review – FORD Custom Van

Ed Higginson investigates the latest Ford Transit Custom in its various versions. When it comes to vans, the Ford Transit is one of the oldest names on the market and has experienced years of success with the number-one sales spot in many countries around the world since its debut in 1965. While it might not have reached number one in ...

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Jamming with the Trafic | VAN REVIEW – Renault Trafic

Warren Caves enjoys a little French distraction from Renault.  When you’ve been flat out all day, installing power points, swinging a hammer or laying carpet, the last thing you would want to do on the way home is swap cogs in a work van with a manual transmission. While this may not bother some, Renault must have recognised that it ...

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FAMILY FIRST | VAN REVIEW – Toyota Granvia

Warren Caves finds the new Granvia is rather more than a Mum Bus As Toyota drops the long serving Tarago to make way for the Granvia, does it have what it takes to fill the rather large, family-friendly Tarago boots? The Toyota Tarago hit the Australian market in 1983, largely unopposed in the people-mover market. Prior to that time, families ...

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MAINTAINING MOBILITY | IVECO DAILY joins forces with AVIDA

Iveco’s Daily joins forces with Avida for maximum mobility camping Regular readers will be aware of the many attributes of the IVECO Daily van and cab-chassis range but here’s one example that’s particularly impressive and appealing to those with mobility challenges. Motorhome manufacturer Avida was the first local motorhome manufacturer to provide a wheelchair access motorhome as a production unit. ...

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VAN MAN STYLE | Van Review – Toyota Hiace

Stuart Martin tackles Toyota’s latest diesel Hiace and finds smaller horses are definitely better If ever there was a company that lived by the motto “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” it’s Toyota. The now-superseded Hiace was an epic example of that mantra, remaining largely unchanged for 15 years. It dominated the segment in the face of ever-stronger competition, ...

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FORWARD HO! | VAN REVIEW – Mercedes-Benz MWB 314

The new Mercedes-Benz MWB 314 brings front wheel drive for Sprinter fans.  – Report by Warren Caves, images by Torque it Up.  The third-generation Sprinter van provides substantial upgrades over its predecessor to provide market-specific solutions to cover a wide spectrum of operational needs. While that explanation may sound like something a marketing person would mutter in their sleep, Sprinter ...

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DUTY CALLS | Feature -The nation’s Ambulance service is one of Australia’s largest logistical operations

The nation’s Ambulance service is one of Australia’s largest logistical operations – Words by Stuart Martin A 3600-strong fleet covering more than 140 million kilometres annually is nothing at which to sneeze, although if that’s all you’re doing then you don’t need to add to their workload. The $3 billion a year ambulance service is saving lives across the country, ...

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ACE PLAYS ITS CARD | Van Review – Ace Cargo

Delivery’s Stuart Martin takes his first drive in the ACE Cargo  A small electric delivery van is showing that automotive manufacturing in Australia may have taken a beating, but the industry is far from dead. While the major global brands no longer build vehicles here, smaller niche operations are taking the industry in a new direction. Adelaide-based Aldom Motor Body ...

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PLUG AND PLAY | Van Review – Renault ZE

The plus and minus part of going green For the past month, Delivery has been greener than green when it comes to reducing emissions, through taking on a new addition to the road test family, a Renault Kangoo ZE. With solar panels on our building roof, we plug in the little blue van to a standard 240-Volt house socket for ...

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