There aren’t many light commercial vehicles available on the market that are able to stack up with success against the Mercedes Vito. The vehicle is one of the best built models in its segment and is equipped with a range of efficient Euro 5 engines which offer payload capacities between 850 kg -1.125 kg. The Mercedes Vito is also pretty versatile too and comes with numerous body options including van, crew van, temperature controlled and minibus versions. Moreover, there are also available three body lengths including compact, long and extra-long models with standard or high roof configurations.
With a spacious cab and a generous load area the newest Peugeot Expert offers a high level of practicality packed into an attractive design. The vehicle shares the same body and technology with the Fiat Scudo and Citroen Dispatch .
The Peugeot Expert features a 5.0 cubic meters load box in short-wheelbase standard roof version, 6.0 cubic meters for the long wheelbase and 7.0 cubic meters for the long wheelbase high roof model.
The vehicle is offered with a choice of either 1.6 liter or 2.0 liter diesel engines. With payload capacities ranging from 1,000kg to 1,200kg, the Peugeot Expert is a fairly practical and versatile model that is ready to tackle a wide range of commercial applications with ease.
Heavy duty trucks are the strongest “weapons” of any truck manufacturer and they are usually equipped with powerful engines and an ultra resistant frame which serves as a reliable base for the arduous jobs of the vehicle.
In Hyundai’s lineup, the heavy duty league is represented by the HD range of trucks which are available with a plethora of engines, suspensions and wheelbase lengths. All models share the same exterior design and the same interiors.
Thanks to its flexible character, Hyundai’s heavy duty HD series can take many forms and can be used as a Tractor, Dump, Concrete Mixer or Cargo. The Hyundai HD range is offered with a choice of 4x2, 6x2 or 8x4 axle configurations.
The Isuzu Gigamax is the biggest truck built by the Japanese manufacturer and was designed for heavy duty applications. The Gigamax has a cab over engine configuration which is usually typical for the European trucks and comes with a gross combination mass (GCM) of up to 70 tones.
The truck is sold globally and incorporates Isuzu ’s latest technologies being equipped with strong and torquey Euro V diesel engines which develop between 415 and 510 hp. Isuzu was always appreciated for its proven reliability and the Gigamax makes no exception offering a standard 3 years or 500.000 kilometer warranty.
Together with the Cabstar and NV400, the Primastar completes Nissan ’s lineup of light commercial vehicles. The vehicle was design together with the Renault Traffic and Opel Vivaro and shares the same design and underpinnings with its two siblings.
The Primastar is one of the most versatile models in Nissan ’s lineup and is offered with both long or short wheelbase and two roof heights. Under the hood, the Nissan Primastar is equipped with either a 2.0 liter or 2.5 liter diesel engines which develop 115 hp and 146 hp respectively. The vehicle has a payload capacity of up to 1.2 tones and is priced from $25000.
The Hyundai iLoad was launched in 2009 and was seen as a serious evolution in Hyundai’s lineup of light commercial vehicles. Launched in the middle of the big recession the iLoad was sold in pretty good numbers and its modern design combined with a flexible character managed to attract a few fans.
In Hyundai ’s favor reliability played a major role and also the generous five years warranty that comes as standard for the iLoad. The Hyundai iLoad is also priced pretty competitive at 22.500 (excluding VAT). The vehicle is available in crew and panel van versions and is based on the i800 passenger carrier which is equipped with 9 seats.
The Hyundai H100 is also known as the Porter and is around since 1977. The H100 was initially launched on the Asian market and became the segment leader pretty fast. Being designed as a lightweight pickup truck the vehicle is especially appreciated for its reliable and versatile character.
With both single (4,760-4,795 mm length) and double (5,085-5,120 mm length) cab configurations and available in Deck, Tipper and Chassis Cab versions, the Hyundai HD100 is equipped with an 80 hp diesel engine that develops a peak torque of 170 Nm. The vehicle is priced from $22.700 and comes with a standard 5 Year or 150 000 km warranty.
The Hyundai HD 120 is a lightweight commercial vehicle with a cab over engine configuration designed for medium duty activities. The truck features a standard full floating cab suspension for a more comfortable ride and has a roomy and spacious cabin designed with practicality in mind.
To be able to cope with a wide range of applications, the truck is offered with a choice of numerous wheelbase dimensions and different GVW (gross vehicle weights) ratings which range between 12,520 – 21320 kg. The Hyundai HD 120 truck is available with two engine options which develop 196 hp or 225 hp.
The Opel Vivaro was launched in 2000 at the same time with its twins from Renault and Nissan. With an innovative style the Opel Vivaro was far ahead of its times and its wicked style survived pretty well for over ten years.
The Vivaro is positioned just below the Movano in the Vauxhall’s commercial hierarchy and is aimed mainly against models like The Ford Transit or Volkswagen Transporter.
The vehicle is available as a panel van, passenger carrier and chassis cab and comes with both short and long wheelbases. The Opel Vivaro has a starting price of $25000 and is powered by a range of 2.0 and 2.5 liter diesels or a 2.0 liter petrol unit.
Isuzu ’s F Series is one of the most versatile ranges of trucks available on today’s market. The vehicles have a good reputation regarding their reliability and they also receive good marks when it comes to fuel efficiency.
The F Series shares the same cabin with the stronger FX model, but compared with its bigger brother it has a more serene and subdued character. The Isuzu F Series is available with a choice of four engine outputs ranging from 200 hp to 300 hp and GVM (gross vehicle mass) ratings between 10400 kg - 16.500 kg. Specialist F-Series models include full-time 4 X 4 and 6 X 2 freight carriers, a 6 X 4 refuse compactor and truck tractors.