Tag Archives: LCV

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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PROGRESSIVE PROCESS | UTE REVIEW-Mercedes’ X-Class continues to appeal to the top end of town

Mercedes’ X-Class continues to appeal to the top end of town – Words by Stuart Martin Beneath the bonnet of the big Benz-badged ute finally sits a venerable V6, although more than a few wishful thinkers (the author included) half-joke about whether we’ll ever see a hotter AMG-tuned version. Hope springs eternal that they might one day shoehorn a twin-turbo ...

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CAUGHT IN TRAFIC |TRANSPORT NEWS – The latest developments in the world of LCVs from France, Japan and India

Australia’s best-selling medium-sized European van, the Renault Trafic, is gaining a new sibling as the French manufacturer rejigs its Trafic range, enabling buyers to take advantage of Government incentives for tax breaks when purchasing new equipment. Into the Renault model mix comes an 85 kW long-wheelbase variant, extending the range lengthwise from the short-wheelbase 5.2-cubic-metre version that uses the same ...

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Gas in the Groove | TRANSPORT NEWS – Alternative Fuels

Australians are known as early adopters, with the take-up of smartphone and tablet technology making us one of the most prolific groups of technology users globally (per head of population). Something does seem to have gone amiss, though, when it comes to the adoption of alternative fuels. Last year, Delivery reported on the lack of enthusiasm evident in the take-up ...

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Stepping Up | UTE REVIEW – International CV

International launches its CV Series as a competitor to the latest US Pick-Ups. It’s being marketed as the small truck made by big truck people and that’s certainly not a description that can be used by International’s competitors to describe their own products. How you perceive the CV Series depends on your own perspective, but coming from a company that ...

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BLACK MAGIC | UTE REVIEW – RAM 1500

Henry Ford set the trend with black paint for the Model T, with RAM continuing with the same thought process for the 1500 Black Pack It’s probably the least practical colour for any vehicle in Australia. But for those who appreciate its visual presence on the road, aligned with class-leading towing ability, the 1500 RAM Black Pack is the pick ...

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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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A new look for Mitsubishi’s Triton

MID-FIELD PLAYER | UTE REVIEW – Mitsubishi Triton

A new look for Mitsubishi’s Triton – Words by Stuart Martin. The top-selling Mitsubishi so far this year sports a new face and upgraded safety features, in the latest incarnation of the Triton nameplate that stretches back more than four decades. Production has topped more than 4.7 million in that time, and, so far this year, sales volumes show no ...

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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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