The Renault Mascott was introduced in 1999 and it was discontinued in 2010, when it was replaced by the third generation Master. The Mascott was available in many body configurations including vans and chassis cab models. Thanks to its versatility and a relatively low acquisition price, the vehicle received a good response from the market.
The Mascot was equipped with a Euro 4 engine and featured a pretty spacious cab with a good overall ergonomy. The Mascott offered a wide range of versions from 3.5 t to 6.5 t, with single or dual rear wheels. The vehicle was also available with a choice of body lengths ranging from 2,575 mm to 6,460 mm.
Citroen has announced that at the upcoming Commercial Vehicle Show (April 24 -26) will present the facelifted versions of its Dispatch and Berlingo LCVs. The new models received both style and technical modifications and also a few interior upgrades.
Together with the new models the company will also showcase the latest Euro 5 Nemo, Berlingo XTR+, two Relay Enterprise panel vans and a Relay Specialist tipper.
Scott Michael, Citroën’s Commercial Vehicle Operations Manager, said: “The 2012 Berlingo and Dispatch ranges offer further fuel economy gains and emissions reduction benefits. These improvements will put the Berlingo and Dispatch models even further ahead of their competitors.” The 2012 Citroen Dispatch is available in standard and Enterprise trim levels with a choice of 1,000 or 1,200kg payloads.
The Renault Trafic is one of the best looking commercial vehicles available on today’s market. The Trafic is not only good looking, but has also a very flexible nature being able to deal with a wide range of commercial applications.
The Trafic occupies the gap between the smaller Kangoo and the bigger Master, and shares the same design and underpinnings with the Opel Vivaro and Nissan Primastar.
With a starting price of $20230 (excluding taxes) and a maximum payload capacity of up to 1.2 tonnes the Renault Traffic can be considered a pretty affordable vehicle that comes with a wide choice of body shapes and is pretty cheap to maintain. There are also two wheelbase options (3098mm and 3498mm) and two roof heights available.
The new Fiat Ducato shares the same design with Peugeot Boxer and Citroen Relay. Between the three models however, there are a few minor differences when it comes to specifications and price.
Since its first introduction the Ducato has prove to be a surprisingly success for Fiat and it was sold in nice numbers. The current market response isn’t bad either, as the vehicle is very practical and has a versatile nature being available in van and chassis cab versions with both single and double cab configurations. With a starting price of $22.000 the Fiat Ducato is also among the cheapest options available in its segment and offers a good value for money.
Fiat says that its latest generation Doblo Cargo is 90 percent new over the older version. Designed for light commercial applications the Doblo Cargo comes in a wide range of models, has a spacious interior and is available with a bunch of capable Multijet engines.
The main competitors of the Doblo Cargo are models like the Volkswagen Caddy, Citroen Berlingo or Ford Transit. However, despite the fact the all three models share the same segment, the Doblo Cargo offers a bigger load capacity which gives it a major advantage over its rivals.
The Fiat Doblo Cargo has a starting price of $23.200 and is available with different body styles including short or long wheelbases, a combi and even a chassis cab model.
The Mercedes Vario is one of the most versatile vehicles built by the German manufacturer. The Vario can be used for a wide range of commercial and construction purposes and is available in many variants which include panel van, box body, tipper pickup and even bus. There are also two cab configurations available which include the standard and the crew cab models.
The model was introduced back in 1986 when it was originally named the Transporter 2. The vehicle received the name Vario in 1996 and since then it was continuously improved and upgraded.
The Mercedes Vario has a starting price of $55.550 and is equipped with a 4 cylinder diesel engine which meets the latest Euro 5 emission standards being among the most fuel efficient units in its class.
The Volkswagen Transporter range cab was launched for the first time in 1950. Since then it was continuously improved and today is one of the most capable commercial vehicles from the market. The model received major style and technical modifications in 2003, to be able to compete with success against models like the Ford Transit or Opel Movano. The most recent upgrade was made in 2010, but most of the changes were made under the bonnet and the overall designed remained mostly the same.
The Volkswagen Transporter chassis cab is available in both long and short wheelbases with either front or all wheel drive configurations and comes with a choice of single or double cabs.
With gross vehicle weights between 2.8-3.2 tones the vehicle has a starting price of $20.204 and is available with two diesel engines with maximum outputs, ranging from 85bhp 1.9 TDI to the 174bhp 2.5 TDI.
Vauxhall (Opel) announced its lineup of models for the 2012 Commercial Vehicle Show (24-26th April). At the UK show, the company will showcase the Movano, Vivaro, Astravan, Corsavan and the new Combo.
A special place at Vauxhal’s stand will have the Movano range. The model will be presented in panel vans, passenger carriers Tipper and Dropside conversions. The Movano Tipper conversion are available with either a chassis or crew cab and features a five-stage under-floor ram and a 50-degree tipping angle, powered by a 2kW electro-hydraulic pack connected to a remote hand-held tipping control.
The Movano Dropside also is also available with both chassis or crew cabs and features a flat load platform with up to 4470mm in length. For more versatility, the Movano Dropside can be also fitted with an optional large toolbox behind the cab.
The New Combo is presented for the first time in UK and it will be available in a number of versions including three wheelbases and different roof heights. The New Combo has a maximum payload of up to 1000kg and a driving range of 777 miles. Vauxhall’s best sold model in UK was the Vivaro which will also be presented at the CV Show in a new version.
The GMC Savana is a rebadged version of the Chevrolet Express and is available in two trim levels naming the LS and LT. The chassis cab version of the model can be ordered with both rear-wheel-drive or full-wheel-drive configurations, and thanks to its solid chassis the vehicle can be used for a wide range of light-duty missions. The truck is powered by an inefficient but strong V8 engine and has a GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating) of 12,300 pounds pounds. The GMC Savana received its latest significant updates in 2009 and with a MSPR of $27,780 is among the most affordable cutaway models from the market.
The Nissan Patrol chassis cab was built for lightweight duties and features a rugged off road character enhanced by a capable all wheel drive system and the generous ground clearance. With a gross vehicle mass of up to 3400 kg, the vehicle is one of the most versatile chassis cab models available on today’s market and feels like home on any terrain, being able to deal effortless with river crossings, sand dunes or muddy construction sites.
The rear axle of the Nissan Patrol chassis cab can be equipped with either leaf suspensions or with coil springs.
Under the hood the vehicle is equipped with a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel engine which has a maximum output of 160hp.
The Nissan Patrol chassis cab has a starting price of $50.000 and is available in two trim levels - the DX and the ST.