The Ford Courier was especially developed for the Australian and South African Markets and features a tough character that helped it gain a tremendous reputation among pickups.
The truck is offered with both 4WD and 2WD configurations and has a maximum towing capacity of 1800 kg.
Power comes from either a 2.5 petrol or a 2.6 turbo intercooled diesel unit. The truck’s exterior design has been refreshed in 2003 and the same year has also marked a few technical upgrades and some interior modifications.
However, the most significant change to the Courier line-up was the addition of an all-new Super Cab model fitted with reverse opening doors that can be open only together with the front doors.
The Tata brand may not sound familiar to many of you, but the company is the biggest player in the Indian automotive industry and builds car, commercial vehicles and even trucks.
The company has interest in over 100 countries and its vehicles are starting to be sold in more and more countries with every year that passes.
The TL model is a pretty basic pickup, designed to get the job done without all the bells and whistles that can be seen its Japanese or American rivals. The TL it’s also among the cheapest pickups you’ll ever find in this segment and comes in both 4x2 and 4 x4 configurations.
The 4x4 model bares the TL4 badge and is priced from $14,000, while the 4x2 version is known as the TL2 and cost from $11,670. The single cab TL models can deal with a maximum payload of 1,280kg, while the five-seater double cabs can hold up to 1,030kg.
The first pickup trucks constructed by Mitsubishi were designed solely for utilitarian purposes. Since 1996 however, things started to change a little bit and the old Triton (also known as the L200) truck was now suited for family transportation too.
The Triton was still a working-class truck, but thanks to its high versatility it started to be used as a lifestyle vehicle.
The fourth-generation Triton was sold until 2006, when it was replaced by the new model but during its lifespan, it was among the best pickups you’d find around.
The Mitsubishi Triton range included ute models, chassis cabs, club cabs and dual cabs. The vehicle was also offered with either 2WD or 4WD configurations.
The Mitsubishi L200 is around from some time now, but even since its inception the vehicle was considered a strong and reliable vehicle. Apart from its work horse character, the Mitsubishi L200 has also a pretty unconventional design which is a perfect combination between dynamism and practicality.
The vehicle is available in both chassis cab and pickup versions with single-, extended- and double-cab configurations. Worldwide, the L200 is highly appreciated and in UK is the best sold vehicle in its class.
The chassis cab version of the L200 leaves behind all the bells and whistles of the lifestyle models and offers a rugged and basic work horse able to get the heaviest jobs done without worrying about broking a nail or two.
Ford’s trucks have a very long history behind and one of the best sold models in the company’s lineup was the legendary F Series.
In its long life, the truck has received a lot of upgrades and even today it continues to keep the standards high.
The previous generations were fairly capable as well and the F Series was always considered the perfect choice for those seeking for a reliable and strong working partner.
One of the most significant upgrades made to the F Series was marked by the year 1997. Back then, the F Series received new engines, dual airbags, side impact protection, new suspensions and a new exterior design. Also new for 2007 was the introduction of a third access door for the rear compartment for all SuperCab models.
The biggest players in the commercial van segment are part of GM and Ford teams. Everybody knows that the Ford E Series has always struggled to stay in front of its rivals and most of the time had succeeded.
The E Series is around since 1992 and since then, it received a lot of upgrades which helped it stay on top of the sales chart. However, Ford’s E Series has its roots planted back in 1960 when it was known as the Econoline.
Ford’s van was always considered a practical, utilitarian workhorse and every generation was stronger and more refined than the previous one.
The 2003 model received a few major upgrades and was available in a wide range of body configurations. The 2003 upgrades included new engines, a new transmission, standard rear disc brakes, four new exterior colors, standard battery saver, optional AM/FM/CD audio system and remote keyless entry on cutaway models.
The 2003 Ford E-Series gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) ranged from 6,700 lbs. to 19,000 lbs, depending on the engine.
Even since its first launch in 1996, the GMC Savana managed to attract buyers’ interest and for many years was the second best sold van from the US market, after the Ford E Series.
The van received a set of significant modifications in 2003 when it came with upgraded engines and a few style modifications.
The year 2003 has seen the introduction of a four wheel drive system that was a premiere for the Savana. The 2003 GMC Savana was also offered for the first time with four wheel disc brakes.
New driver-side 60/40 access doors have been added as an option together with larger stabilizer bars and a stronger frame. The cabin was slightly revised as well and Chevrolet added new seats, upgraded the lighting and ventilation systems, and also offered dual-stage airbags.
The Chevrolet Express has been around since 1996, when it came as a replacement for the old Chevrolet Van. The second generation was launched in 2003 and featured a series of style and technical upgrades which helped the van remain competitive. However despite the constant struggles made by Chevrolet’s marketing team, the Express was always a half step behind the Ford E Series when it comes to sales charts.
For the second generation Express, the year 2003 brought four wheel disc brakes with ABS, new driver 60/40 access doors, larger stabilizer bars and a stronger frame. The 2003 Express was also offered for the first time with an all wheel drive system. The entire range of V8 units was replaced and th eold 6.0 liter turbo diesel was ditched.
The GMC Savana shared the same design and underpinnings with the Chevrolet Express and was launched for the first time in 1996 as a replacement for the old GMC Vandura.
Thanks to its generous payload capacity and the strong engines, the vehicle was fairly practical and even since its debut, has managed to stay on top of the sales charts.
The van was build with versatility in mind and thanks to its flexible character in could’ve be converted into various commercial vehicles being perfectly suited to be used as an ambulance or bus.
The GMC Savana was offered with a choice of redesigned Vortec petrol engines which developed between 220 and 290 hp. There was also a 6.5 liter turbo diesel V8 unit which came with 190 hp on tap. The van is offered with two wheelbases, three gross vehicle weights and an Extended version.