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Cabstar. With the UD logo mounted on the front grille, the rebadged model keeps all the technical specifications from its donor and apart from a slightly redesigned grille there isn’t any major difference between the two models.

The new model is known as the UD Condor Light Duty and has a load capacity between 1.15-1.5 tonnes. For the moment the UD Condor Light Duty is available only in Japan and is offered with a choice of 2.5 and 3.0-litre diesel engines. It comes with a three-year/60,000-mile warranty, while the service intervals are set at 18,000 miles.

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The LPK model is part of Tata ’s Construck range of trucks so the vehicle was especially built for construction sites and different harsh working conditions.

The LPK isn’t at the same level with the European and Japanese trucks when it comes to build quality and reliability, but it comes with a fairly cheap price tag.

Thanks to its versatile platform, it can be used for a wide range of applications and it’s offered with GVWs (gross vehicle weight) ranging from 16200 kg to 25000 kg. With a wheelbase of 3880 mm and an overall length of 6830 mm, the Tata LPK is a pretty big medium duty truck and it’s usually used for light mining, construction and road work.

Under the cab, the Tata LPK can be equipped with two Cummins engines which develop 183 hp and 235 hp.

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Mazda revealed the new generation of its iconic BT 50 model at the 2010 Australian International Motor Show in Sydney.

Compared to previous generation the new model received a radical makeover together with a bunch of technical upgrades to keep it in trend with today’s requirements.

The new model is available in single, extended and double cabs and features a pretty SUV like design with tasty fluid lines which give it a futuristic appearance.

The new Mazda BT 50 is offered with a choice of 2.2 and 3.2 DOHC diesel engines which develop between 147 and 200 hp.

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Citroen ’s lineup of commercial vehicles is pretty wide and the company has also a pretty healthy experience in this segment.

The Nemo is among the most versatile platforms offered by Citroen and is available in both van and passenger car versions.

With a payload of up to 610 kg and a load volume of 2.5 m3, the Nemo is a pretty practical small LCV. Moreover thanks to its compact exterior dimensions (only 3.86 m long), the vehicle is pretty agile around the city as well. The Citroen Nemo is available with a 1.3 HDi diesel engine which meets the latest Euro 5 emission norms and delivers low fuel consumption.

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The Mazda BT 50 2006 model was launched in the middle of very good market conditions. The interest for light duty trucks was at its peak, but the downside was that were many competitors in the game so Mazda’s BT 50 did managed to get only a small piece of the big cake.

While its exterior design didn’t have the power to take on more stylish competitors, Mazda had its own advantages and the biggest one was its competitive price tag ($18.800).

The 2006 Mazda BT 50 shared the same technologies and underpinnings with the old Ford Ranger, but unlike its sibling was a little cheaper and less well equipped. Power came from a 2.5 liter which developed 143 hp and 280 Nm of torque.

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The first generation Citroen Berlingo received a very good response from the market and was sold in good numbers. With this success in mind, Citroen decided to keep the van in its lineup despite the fact that has introduced a completely new generation in 2008.

The first Berlingo however is offered to a very affordable price ($17.000) and makes a lot of sense being a bit different that the new model. The Citroen Berlingo First has a maximum payload of 600 kg and is equipped with a Euro 4 diesel engine which develops 75 hp and 170 Nm.

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The Tata LPT was designed to provide solutions to a wide range of urban and regional transportation. The LPT is the bigger brother of the SFC and it has a highly versatile character being available with various wheelbases and engines.

The main advantage of the Tata LPT is its cheap price and the strong workhorse character being also easy to repair and cheap to maintain.

With GVWs (gross vehicle weights) of 5500 kg, 7200 kg, 7500 kg, 8720 kg and 9600 kg and a 3 years warranty, the Tata LPT is a good option if you are searching for a basic and cheap LCV.

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Even if it was introduced in 2008, the latest generation Citroen Berlingo is sold next to its predecessor who is called the Berlingo First. The new generation however is a big improvement over the previous model. Apart from its modern design it’s also bigger and fitted with newer technologies.

The Citroen Berlingo is offered in two body lengths. The standard length model offers 3.3 m3 of load space with a load length of 1,800mm, while the longer version comes with a more generous load area providing 3.7m3 and 2,050mm respectively. The Citroen Berlingo is offered with three gross payloads namely 625kg, 750kg and 850kg.

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Tata ’s range of light commercial vehicles was definitely starting to show its age, but the company was fully aware of this fact and decided to take some action. As a result, it presented a new truck named Ultra at this year’s New Delhi Auto Expo.

The new Tata Ultra was designed to replace the existing SFC range and features a modern design and contemporary technologies.

The LCV will be offered with in a wide range of models with GVW (gross vehicle weights) ranging from 5 tonnes to 14 tonnes. The new Ultra represents a big step forward for Tata, as it has anything it needs to compete with success against the best models in LCV the segment.

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While there are a lot of vehicles that claim to be the best off-roader, there is only one which truly deserves this distinction.

With GVWs (gross vehicle weights) between 7,5 – 14, 1 tonnes, the Mercedes Benz Unimog is the ultimate off roader and was build from the ground up to never back down regardless of the working conditions.

Built on the strong base of the legendary Unimog, the 3000-5000 series are the biggest Unimogs ever built and are offered with a choice of two cab configuration and two Euro 5 engines which develop 177 hp and 218 hp.

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