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The Fiat Ducato has been totally revised in 2007, but the old generation received the same amount of respect as the new model.

The old Fiat Ducato shared the same underpinnings with the Citroen Relay and Peugeot Boxer and it was even produced at the same factory with its siblings. Though despite their strong bound there were small differences between these three models as they came with slightly different prices and specifications.

The vehicle was sold between 1994 and 2006 and was offered with a choice of two engines which consisted of 2.2 liter and 2.8 liter units. There were also numerous versions available with payload capacities ranging from 945 kg to 1505 kg.

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In the recent years we’ve had the occasion to see the big panel van segment making a big step forward in terms of design and technology.

The older models however, were far from offering the comfort and performances found at today’s vans and the Citroen Relay made no exception.

Its rugged exterior lines were a solid statement about its highly utilitarian character, but the interior wasn’t as bad as expected and for its time it was in fact a pretty attractive environment.

Yet, the Relay was a fairly capable partner and despite its faults it was able to get the job done with dignity.

Similarly with the current generation , the old Relay shares the same underpinnings with the Peugeot Boxer and Fiat Ducato and had a very competitive price, with the cheapest version starring from under $12.000.

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There are many vans on today’s market and you have plenty of models to choose from. But one model however, had always stood out from the crowd.

The Ford Transit is one of the most appreciated vans in the segment thanks to its proven reliability and the tight pricing.

The fourth generation of the Transit was sold between 2000 - 2006 and despite the fact that it didn’t represented the huge evolution that everyone expected, it was still a highly capable workhorse build on the solid foundation of the previous model.

The Ford Transit was represented by a 1.2 tonnes payload capacity, low running costs, easy repairs and a wide choice of body styles.

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The previous generation of the Renault Master was commercialized between 2003 and 2010. The vehicle was pretty popular and was sold in good numbers. Its main attributes were the capable engines and the generous payload capacity.

The vehicle shared the same platform with the Nissan Interstar and Opel Movano , and had anything it needed to be a practical panel van.

The Master offered a perfect balance between price, performance and practicality and was available in short, medium and long wheelbases with either standard or high roof configurations. There was also offered a wide range of engines which consisted of 1.9, 2.5 and 3.0 liter units. The vehicle’s gross weights ranged from 2.8 to 3.5 tonnes with payload capacities between 985kg and 1,606kg.

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The Multicar Tremo is a compact implement carrier and transporter designed for tight working conditions. The vehicle has a width of only 1.30 meters which makes it the perfect choice for municipal or light industry applications.

The Multicar Tremo is equipped with a powerful hydraulics system as standard. Thanks to its tandem gear pump (2 x 58 l / 210 bar) and four control functions, the vehicle can be used for a wide range of service application implements such as a snow-plough, grit spreader, forward-mounted rotary brush, and watering equipment.

The Multicar Tremo is equipped with a four cylinder Volkswagen CJDA turbo diesel Euro 5 engine with a maximum output of 102 hp.

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Multicar is a small German company that is specialized in multifunctional equipments. Multicar’s lineup consists of three models namely the Fumo, M27 and Tremo.

The Multicar Fumo is a compact and versatile utilitarian vehicle. The Fumo features three attachment points that permits it fast conversions for over 100 possible implements. Thanks to its flexible and versatile character, the Fumo can be converted for various applications with just a few manual operations.

The vehicle is available in both Single and Crew cab configurations and is powered by a 145 turbo diesel engine which is compliant with the latest Euro 5 emission norms. You can also choose between short and long wheelbases or between 4 x 2 and 4 x 4 drive configurations.

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The Freightliner Columbia is a medium duty truck designed for short or regional transportation. The vehicle has a highly versatile character and can cope with various medium duty jobs. At the moment the truck is sold in South Africa, New Zeeland and Australia.

Designed to for construction or short haul applications, the Freightliner Columbia offers a light tare weight and ideal axle positioning, being available in 6x4, 8x4 and 10x4 configurations for construction work, and 4x2 or 6x4 for distribution jobs. Furthermore there is also the option of a Day Cab or a 34” Mid-Roof Sleeper.

Under the hood, the Freightliner Columbia is equipped with a Cummins ISLe5 engine which delivers a maximum output of up to 400 hp and 1,254 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to its powerful engine and the solid chassis the Freightliner Columbia can be rated to 40,000 kg Gross Combination Mass.

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The Condor model is part of the past, as at the moment the truck has stopped being manufactured by Freightliner. For its time however, the truck was seen with pretty good eyes thanks to its flexible character and its capable performances.

The truck had a low entry cab configuration designed especially for refuse industry and offered a maximum GVW (gross vehicle weight) rating of up to 98.000 lbs.

To make it cope with tight city streets or congested traffic situations, the truck received a set-back front axle which improved the over-all maneuverability. The Condor was offered with a wide range of Cummins and Caterpillar engines which developed between 275 hp and 375 hp.

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The old Combo model was sold very well and thanks to its success it continues to be part of the current lineup of Opel ’s commercial vehicles.

The new generation was launched in 2008 and came with a radically changed exterior design that took everyone by surprise.

Continuing to bare the practical genes of its predecessor, the New Combo is available in two wheelbases, two heights, two Gross Vehicle Weights (GVWs) and two trim levels, namely Combo and Sportive.

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In the world of trucking there are a few brands which are instantly put into the “not good” category and don’t even get the chance to prove themselves. Of course that everyone loves the well known and proven European models from DAF, Mercedes, MAN and so on, but what about the less known trucks? Are those trucks that bad to deserve to be treated with ignorance?

Let’s take a closer look at Tata’s Novus model, which is part of the heavy duty league and it’s the first Indian truck that passed the 300 hp barrier and went against the legendary European giants.

After has acquired the truck section from Daewoo, the first model launched by Tata was the Novus. The new truck is based on the Daewoo Novus model which is sold in South Korea.

The Tata Novus features a cab over engine configuration and is available in a wide range of version being able to suit various heavy duty applications. The truck is powered by a Cummins C8 engine which develops between 320 and 420 hp.

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