Van Reviews

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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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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