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.
The new Dodge Ram Cargo van was launched in 2012 and was designed as a small commercial hauler aimed at small business owners. The vehicle features a class-leading capability and low total cost of ownership offering a generous cargo area which makes it perfectly suited for a wide range of commercial applications.
The Dodge Ram Cargo Van is based on the same platform as the Chrysler minivan, but it features a higher payload capacity.
The vehicle has a starting price of $ 22430 and it’s powered by a 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine which delivers 283 hp and 260 lbft or torque.
The first generation Opel Corsa van was sold between 2001 – 2006 and was part of the micro van movement that took everyone by surprise. The Corsa van competed against similar models such as Ford Fiesta van, Peugeot 206 van and Renault Clio van, all of them being based on regular passenger hatchbacks.
At the launch, the Opel Corsa van was available with three engines including 1.2 liter petrol, 1.4 liter petrol and a 1.7 diesel unit, but in the end the smaller petrol units were ditched in favor of the 1.7 liter diesel.
With a starting price of $ 16.000, the Opel Corsa van was aimed at small business owners who looked for a compact and practical van which offers low fuel consumption and cheap costs of ownership.
As the new Euro 6 Emission standards are just over the corner as they’ll be available from Jan 1, 2014, Volvo has struggle to go in front of the pack and revealed its new Euro 6 engine developed especially for trucks. The new D13 engine develops a maximum output of 413 hp between 1400 -1900 and will be available for order in spring 2013. The engine is standard with a Volvo I-Shift automated transmission.
Mats Franzén, manager of engine strategy and planning at Volvo Trucks declared: “By offering our most popular engine in Euro 6 configuration, we meet the needs of a large proportion of our customers. The rest of the Euro 6 engine range will be launched well before the requirements become obligatory.”
The new Euro 6 standards will cut nitrogen oxide emissions by 20% from current Euro 5 engine standards and cut particulate emissions 50%.
“We have developed a reliable solution that not only meets the emission requirements but also gives customers added benefits in the form of good fuel economy and trouble-free ownership,” added Franzén.
To achieve these efficiency standards, the in-line 6-cylinder D13 engine uses selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology in combination with exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) and a diesel particulate filter.
Today’s supermini vans are more stylish than ever and they still keep all the advantages and the disadvantages of the old generations.
Opel’s Corsavan is among the most attractive vehicles in this class and was designed for those operators who need to deal with only small cargos and drive a lot around town.
The old Corsavan had a pretty dull appearance, but the new one looks fairly sporty, borrowing a lot of lines form the bigger Astra model.
There new Corsavan is offered with a choice of economical ecoFLEX diesel engines which offer reduce fuel consumption and develop between 69 hp and 93 hp. The maximum payload is pretty generous, the van being able to deal with up to 550 kg regardless of what engine option you choose.
The F-150 is one of the best known pickups produced by Ford and its part of the famous F Series which is around for 60 years.
The F-150 is also one of the best sold trucks in the United States and was designed as a tough work horse able to tackle any kind of terrain with poise. Thanks to its versatile nature the F-150 is also able to deal with a wide range of applications and can be used for family transportation as its available in both single and double cab configurations.
Since its inception, the Ford F-150 was continuously improved and the latest models have anything they need to keep their head up against their competitors with dignity.
The 2011 Ford F-150 comes with a choice of four engines including a 3.7 liter, 5.0 liter, 6.2 liter and 3.5 liter units which develop between 302 and 411 hp. When proper equipped, the vehicle is able to tow 11.300 lbs and has a maximum payload of 3120 lbs.
The Ford Ranger has arrived to its third generation and its latest upgrades were made in 2011. The new model features a new exterior design and also improved driving dynamics and upgraded engines.
The latest generation Ford Ranger was developed to be suited for both personal use and commercial applications offering a better compromise between comfort and utility.
In order to raise its new Ranger to the expectations of modern buyers, Ford decided to completely redesign it from the ground up. The company says that the vehicle is completely new and it’s available in a wide range of body styles including regular cabs and double cabs. Depending on the version, the Ford Ranger’s maximum payload ranges from 1.090 kg to 1.309 kg which is slightly above average.
GMC ’s vehicles have been around since the begging of pickups history and the newest model in the company’s lineup bears the name Sierra.
The old Sierras were capable workhorses, but were devoid of a proper cabin and the overall build quality was more on the poor side of things. The new generation however (launched in 2011) is a big improvement over the old ones as the vehicle managed to keep its work horse character and to also offer a high class cabin with a decent build quality and adequate comfort.
The Ford Ranger is around from some time now, and when it was first launched in 1992, it managed to attract a lot of interest thanks to its generous size and payload capacity which placed it slightly ahead its competitors.
The Ranger’s rivals however, didn’t remained long time behind and after a pretty short period of time they’ve recovered the lost ground and came up with better products.
The battle between the Ford Ranger and its rivals continued over the years, and the year 2006 brought a new set of cosmetic and technological upgrades for the American pickup.
Though, despite the fact that the Ranger remained on top of the sales charts, its old platform never managed to catch up with the high standards imposed by its Japanese competitors which are currently the segment leaders when it comes to quality and performances. Even American pickups from Chevrolet , Dodge and GMC are positioned slightly ahead of the Ranger.
Leaving apart the cons, Ford Ranger is offered in two cab configurations (Standard and SuperCab) and two bend length options at a pretty competitive starting price of $ 21.700. Two wheel-drive models can tow 750kg unbraked or 1600kg braked, while four wheel drive Rangers can deal with up to 3000kg braked.
Suzuki isn’t the first manufacturer that will cross your mind when somebody asks you about pickups. There is no secret that the company didn’t had the necessary know-how to build its own 4x4 platform and in order to spare a serious amount of money, Suzuki decided to ally with Nissan.
The result was Equator, Suzuki’s first 4x4 pickup which is basically a rebadged Nissan Navara (also known as the Frontier). The product is a pretty interesting one, offering a good mix between Suzuki’s core values and Nissan’s reliability.
The Equator price starts at $ 17200 and is available as either a four seat Extended Cab or a five seat Crew Cab. There are two power outputs available namely 152 hp and 261 hp, with 883 kg and 1393 kg payload capacities.