Van Reviews

ECONOMIES OF SCALE | Review -The rise and rise of LDV light commercials

The rise and rise of LDV light commercials – Chris Mullett reports from Shanghai, China Ten years ago, we looked at the Chinese auto industry with little enthusiasm, in much the same way as we considered the viability of Korean car manufacturing a decade earlier. Time is a great leveller, and today it is increasingly obvious that Australia can no ...

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THE FRENCH RECONNECTION – VAN Review : Peugeot returns to the Australian LCV market

 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, ...

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Boxing Clever | VAN REVIEW -Toyota surpasses all expectations with the all-new HiAce

Toyota surpasses all expectations with the all-new HiAce – Report by Chris Mullett The all-purpose box on wheels that has underpinned Toyota’s fortune for over half a century has now reached a new milestone with the release of the Sixth-Generation model range. Launched originally in October 1967, this one continuous nameplate has sold 6.3 million vehicles in a total of ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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