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TheIveco Daily is without a doubt the toughest van from the road. The company is specialized in building big trucks and the Daily is the only van in its lineup. Thanks to its rugged character and the heavy duty origins, we can say that The Daily it’s like a big truck scaled down for light commercial purposes. The vehicle is also much stronger than its rivals and features a ladder frame chassis which is a configuration that’s usually used by trucks.

The vehicle has a long history behind it with the first generation being sold between 1978 and 1993. The subject of this review is represented by the second generation that was available between 1993 – 2006.

The second generation Iveco Daily was offered with various gross vehicle weights that ranged from 2.8 tonnes to 6.5 tonnes and had a starting price of $ 27.300.

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The Peugeot 207 Van was launched in 2007, when it replaced the 206 Van that was around since 2000.

The vehicle represented a huge step forward in terms of style and technology. But like most of the super mini vans found on today’s roads, it will be hard to consider it a genuine commercial vehicle as it’s only a van conversion based on a conventional passenger car.

The Peugeot 206 Van comes with a choice of 1.4 liter petrol, 1. 4 liter diesel and 1.6 liter diesel units. Due to its compact dimensions, rear cargo space is of course limited and such a car will appeal to couriers, florists or people who want to transport dogs or other small animals.

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The Peugeot 206 Van is now out of production, as it was replaced by the newer 207 van in 2007. The model was sold between 2000 – 2006 and was based on the passenger version of the 206 model.

The vehicle was designed for light carrying duties and offered a fairly comfortable interior combined with a small cargo area that was able to soak load volumes of up to 1130 liters.

The Peugeot 206 Van was powered by an efficient diesel engine that was able to deal well with the needs of urban commercial transportation. The vehicle had a starting price of $15.500 and was offered with a standard warranty of two-years with unlimited-mileage.

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Many purists consider that the small hatchbacks converted into vans for commercial purposes don’t have too much sense. The Fiat Grande Punto however is one of the most practical converted vans in this segment and its good looking too.

The standard Grande Punto held a top position on the sales charts for a good number of years. The van version however wasn’t received with the same enthusiasm.

The Fiat Grande Punto Van was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro and is one of the best looking small vans available on today’s market. The vehicle has a starting price of $ 18.700 and it’s powered by a 1.3 liter diesel engine which develops a maximum output of 75 hp.

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Just like the new model , the old The Fiat Scudo shared the same design and underpinnings with the Peugeot Expert and Citroen Dispatch.

The first generation was launched in 1996 and received a small facelift in 2004. The vehicle was part of a new breed of vans, featuring pretty compact exterior dimensions combined with a generous load volume.

The Scudo was based on the Fiat Ulysee MPV and thanks to its donor; it drives more like a passenger car and less like a van. The Fiat Scudo was offered with a choice of two engines namely a 1.9 liter naturally aspired diesel and a 2.0 liter JTD turbo.

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The Strada is the only pickup model in Fiat’s lineup and it’s around from some time now. The latest generation arrived in 2012 while the previous model was launched in 2004. The Strada’s strengths were its affordable price and the generous payload capacity which made it a trustful working partner.

The old Fiat Strada was designed by the famous Giorgetto Giugiaro and borrowed the entire interior design from the Palio. Overall, the vehicle had a pretty conventional appearance, with a generous load bed and a comfortable interior. The vehicle was available in two cab versions namely single and extended, and was powered by either petrol or diesel units.

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The Volkswagen LT was sold between 1996 - 2006 and was replaced by the Crafter . This big panel van was based on the Mercedes Sprinter , but it didn’t get the same attention as its three pointed star sibling.

Though, the vehicle was fairly practical thanks to its big, bulky body and had a spacious and strong built interior.

The Volkswagen LT was available with various engine outputs that developed between 90 hp and 130 hp. Gross vehicle weights varied from 2.8 tonnes to 4.6 tonnes with a starting price of $ 25.300. There were also three wheelbases and two roof heights available.

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There aren’t many vans out there that have the same reputation as the Volkswagen Transporter . This model was always ahead of the pack when it comes to build quality and longevity and is around since 1950s.

The T4 was the fourth generation of the Transporter and was sold between 1996 – 2003. The T4 had the strong genes of the previous Transporters in its bones, which helped it earn itself a tremendous reputation fairly fast.

At that time the turbo diesel technology was only at its beginning, so in 1996 the vehicle was launched only with a standard 1.9 diesel unit, being followed by a 2.5 liter turbo engine in 1999. Continuing the heritage of its versatile predecessors the Transporter T4 was offered in various shapes namely as panel van, chassis cab, crew cab and even a four wheel drive model.

Despite its old age, the Volkswagen Transporter T4 can be still seen on today’s roads and kept its value well on the second hand market.

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The Volkswagen Caddy has always disguised its cost controls beneath a veneer of high quality materials and tidy manners. Unlike most of today’s LCV which come which cheap and rudimentary interiors, the Caddy had always lead the way with comfortable cabs and top notch build quality.

Without a doubt, the new model represents the peak in Caddy’s history, but the previous model wasn‘t far behind it either.

The third generation of Caddy was based on the Touran platform, which gives it a spacious cabin and a big load area. The vehicle was offered with 2.0 SDI and a 1.9 TDI turbo engines.

In the small LCV realm, the Volkswagen Caddy competes against rivals like the Ford Transit Connect, Citroen Berlingo or Peugeot Partner. The Caddy was always slightly more expensive than its rivals, but its biggest advantage was its standard sliding side door which at its rivals was offered only as an optional feature.

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Since it was launched for the first time in 1950 the Volkswagen Transporter range was considered a benchmark in its segment. The newest generation was launched in 2010 and continues to be among the best vans available on today’s market.

The previous model was commercialized between 2003 and 2009 and despite its old age it managed to hold its value well on the used market, being among the most wanted vehicle in this class.

Since its inception, the Transporter range was continuously improved and the 2003 generation was bigger, more powerful and more comfortable than its predecessor. The Volkswagen Transporter goes head to head with models like the Ford Transit or Opel Vivaro and it’s offered with a choice of two diesels which develop between 85 hp and 174 hp.


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