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The Tata Xenon is based on a heavily modified TL chassis. The vehicle uses a body on a ladder frame chassis combined with a live axle at the back, leaf springs and a pretty high ground clearance announcing us that it’s build to tackle the harshest terrains. The Tata Xenon is available in both 4x2 and 4x4 configurations, but it’ not quite in the same league as its strong Japanese rivals.

Due to its serene character it can be considered more like a lifestyle vehicle that a genuine work horse. The Xenon is powered by a 2.2 VTT DICOR engine that develops a maximum output of 140 hp. The load body is 1518 long, 1414 mm tall and 405 wide, the pickup being able to carry 260 kg.

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The Hino brand is a part of the Toyota company and was launched in 2008. The brand has managed to build a pretty solid image in the trucking industry, thanks to its sturdy and reliable vehicles that share the same quality standards with Toyota’s cars.

At the moment the brand’s lineup consists of two trucks which cover a wide range of GVWs (gross vehicle weights) from class five to class seven models.

The conventional cab model is available as a class 6 and 7 truck with gross vehicle weights ranging from 23.000 to 33.000 lbs. The class 6 versions are equipped with a 220 hp engine, while the class 7 trucks come with 260 hp on tap.

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The Skoda Praktik van is based on the Roomster passenger car. The vehicle comes with a pretty generous load volume which is separated from the driver’s cabin with a sliding panel. The relatively compact exterior dimensions make the Skoda Praktik best suited for delivery services, traders, florists and other small business owners.

The vehicle is offered with two petrol engines (1.2 12V HTP and 1.4 16V) and one diesel engine (1.4 TDI PD). Skoda says that the standard payload capacity of 560 kg can be increased up to 640 kg. The Skoda Praktik is priced from $26,990.

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The Ford F-150 was for a long time, America’s best selling pickup. Unlike the actual generation which can be considered both a life style vehicle and a work partner, the older Ford F-150 models were designed mainly as utilitarian work horses.

The 2004 generation was sold until 2008 and compared to the previous version it was built on an all new platform which gave it better driving dynamics and off road abilities. Apart from the upgraded underpinnings, the 2004 model had also received a set of exterior modifications the most obvious, being the adoption of the stepped driver’s window from the Super Duty trucks and the completely new front fascia.

The 2004 Ford F-150 was available in regular-, extended-, and crew-cab body styles. All versions have four doors and are 6 inches longer and 4 inches wider than their predecessors. The powertrain lineup includes two engine choices, namely a 4.6 liter and a 5.4 liter, both mated on an automatic transmission.

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The heavy duty pickup trucks represent a very special niche of vehicles. These trucks are usually bigger than you’ll need, stronger than you’ll need and they surely drive worse than expected, as their gargantuan dimensions aren’t exactly suited for speedy driving. Not to mention about the high center of gravity and the bone breaking suspensions.

Yet models like the Toyota Tundra had always managed to attract a lot of attention and most of them are equipped with monstrous engines which are capable of towing massive loads without breaking a sweat.

The Toyota Tundra made its big entrance in 2007, but it was met by a pretty unenthusiastic response from the market. Despite the fact that it was the biggest pickup ever build by Toyota, the Tundra never managed to attract the same interest as its American counterparts.

The Toyota Tundra is priced quite competitively with the regular cab model starting at $25,155 and it’s offered in both 2WD and 4WD configurations.

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The Toyota Tacoma is basically the US version of the Hilux pickup. However, between these two models there are significant differences which make them perfectly suited for their unique markets.

The Tacoma is the smaller brother of the Tundra and was designed for those who need the rugged character of a pickup, but without the heavy duty hauling and towing abilities.

The vehicle is available in a wide range of body styles including three cab configurations - regular, extended and crew, all three with short or long cargo beds.

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The passenger car based vans are the perfect solution for those who need only a minimum load volume but better comfort and driving dynamics than a normal full-sized van.

One of the smallest vans of these types is the Citroen C2 Enterprise that was sold between 2005 – 2009. The vehicle is also the smallest commercial vehicle in Citroen’s lineup and was received with interest by couriers companies or security firms which need to transport dogs or other small items.

The vehicle has a maximum payload of 330 kg and is powered by a 1.4 liter HDI unit which delivers 70 hp. The Citroen C2 Enterprise may be the smallest car based van in the segment, but it’s also the cheapest, with a starting price of $15.300.

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The new generation Opel Astra Van was launched in 2006 and was build on the base of the previous model that was available since 1998.

The new model comes with an increased load capacity and a more modern look continuing to offer the same advantages as the old Astra van.

The Opel Astra Van was designed for those for whom personal comfort is more important than the cargo capacity hence the vehicle can be considered to be closer to a car than to a van.

The new generation Opel Astra Van is available with 1.4 liter petrol, 1.4 liter diesel, 1.7 liter diesel and 1.9 liter diesel engines which develop between 89 and 120 hp. The strongest engine can tow up to 685kg unbraked.

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Besides the Corsa van , Opel is also commercializing the bigger Astra van model. The Astra van is significantly bigger than the Corsa van and offers a better balance between practicality and driving dynamics.

The van is based on the Astra estate and the old generation was available between 1998 -2006. To obtain the van, Opel removed the rear seats of the passenger car and replaced the rear windows with a set of metallic panels. The Opel Astra van was priced from $ 18000 and was available with petrol and diesel engines, with gross vehicle weights of up to 1100 kg.

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The old generation Ford Fiesta van was far behind the current model, but despite this fact it still managed to make a compelling case for itself.

The previous model was sold between 2003 - 2008 and was based on the three door version of the Fiesta passenger car. The Ford Fiesta van looked pretty good and was fairly agile around town, offering a pretty ergonomic cabin as well.

There were two basic engines on offer namely a 1.3 petrol and 1.4 diesel. For those looking for sportier performances Ford also offered a 1.6 liter engine that was the quickest in the range.

The Ford Fiesta van was priced from $ 15500 and payload capacity varied from 512 kg to 543 kg depending on the engine.

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