The Hino brand is a part of the Toyota company and was launched in 2008. The brand has managed to build a pretty solid image in the trucking industry, thanks to its sturdy and reliable vehicles that share the same quality standards with Toyota’s cars.
At the moment the brand’s lineup consists of two trucks which cover a wide range of GVWs (gross vehicle weights) from class five to class seven models.
The conventional cab model is available as a class 6 and 7 truck with gross vehicle weights ranging from 23.000 to 33.000 lbs. The class 6 versions are equipped with a 220 hp engine, while the class 7 trucks come with 260 hp on tap.
The GMC Canyon is the rebadged twin of the Chevrolet Colorado and shares every bit of technical and design detail with its sibling. The latest model was launched back in 2004 but, during the years it received a few small upgrades to help it deal better with competition. Though, GMC decided to replace the vehicle in 2013 as despite the continuous upgrades it remained behind its rivals it terms of style and technology.
Similarly with the Chevrolet Colorado, the GMC Canyon is offered with three engines which develop 185 hp, 242 hp and 300 hp with three body styles including regular cab, extended cab and crew cab configurations.
The Skoda Praktik van is based on the Roomster passenger car. The vehicle comes with a pretty generous load volume which is separated from the driver’s cabin with a sliding panel. The relatively compact exterior dimensions make the Skoda Praktik best suited for delivery services, traders, florists and other small business owners.
The vehicle is offered with two petrol engines (1.2 12V HTP and 1.4 16V) and one diesel engine (1.4 TDI PD). Skoda says that the standard payload capacity of 560 kg can be increased up to 640 kg. The Skoda Praktik is priced from $26,990.
The Honda Ridgeline is a breed of its own in the world of pickups. Unlike the other vehicles in this segment, which use ladder on frame construction, the Ridgeline received a unibody configuration which gives it better ride and handling abilities than what you’ll find in a regular pickup.
The vehicle is available in just one four-door body style and comes in four trim levels namely RT, Sport, RTS and RTL. All models come equipped as standard with a hidden trunk in the cargo bed, a dent-proof bedliner, a four-wheel independent suspension, a trailer hitch and a power-sliding rear window.
The Honda Ridgeline is priced between $28,450 - $34,430 and comes with a 3 year/36,000 mile warranty. The vehicle is rated as having a 5,000 lb towing capacity and a 1,500 lb bed capacity.
The Ford F-150 was for a long time, America’s best selling pickup. Unlike the actual generation which can be considered both a life style vehicle and a work partner, the older Ford F-150 models were designed mainly as utilitarian work horses.
The 2004 generation was sold until 2008 and compared to the previous version it was built on an all new platform which gave it better driving dynamics and off road abilities. Apart from the upgraded underpinnings, the 2004 model had also received a set of exterior modifications the most obvious, being the adoption of the stepped driver’s window from the Super Duty trucks and the completely new front fascia.
The 2004 Ford F-150 was available in regular-, extended-, and crew-cab body styles. All versions have four doors and are 6 inches longer and 4 inches wider than their predecessors. The powertrain lineup includes two engine choices, namely a 4.6 liter and a 5.4 liter, both mated on an automatic transmission.
The heavy duty pickup trucks represent a very special niche of vehicles. These trucks are usually bigger than you’ll need, stronger than you’ll need and they surely drive worse than expected, as their gargantuan dimensions aren’t exactly suited for speedy driving. Not to mention about the high center of gravity and the bone breaking suspensions.
Yet models like the Toyota Tundra had always managed to attract a lot of attention and most of them are equipped with monstrous engines which are capable of towing massive loads without breaking a sweat.
The Toyota Tundra made its big entrance in 2007, but it was met by a pretty unenthusiastic response from the market. Despite the fact that it was the biggest pickup ever build by Toyota, the Tundra never managed to attract the same interest as its American counterparts.
The Toyota Tundra is priced quite competitively with the regular cab model starting at $25,155 and it’s offered in both 2WD and 4WD configurations.
The passenger car based vans are the perfect solution for those who need only a minimum load volume but better comfort and driving dynamics than a normal full-sized van.
One of the smallest vans of these types is the Citroen C2 Enterprise that was sold between 2005 – 2009. The vehicle is also the smallest commercial vehicle in Citroen’s lineup and was received with interest by couriers companies or security firms which need to transport dogs or other small items.
The vehicle has a maximum payload of 330 kg and is powered by a 1.4 liter HDI unit which delivers 70 hp. The Citroen C2 Enterprise may be the smallest car based van in the segment, but it’s also the cheapest, with a starting price of $15.300.
The new generation Opel Astra Van was launched in 2006 and was build on the base of the previous model that was available since 1998.
The new model comes with an increased load capacity and a more modern look continuing to offer the same advantages as the old Astra van.
The Opel Astra Van was designed for those for whom personal comfort is more important than the cargo capacity hence the vehicle can be considered to be closer to a car than to a van.
The new generation Opel Astra Van is available with 1.4 liter petrol, 1.4 liter diesel, 1.7 liter diesel and 1.9 liter diesel engines which develop between 89 and 120 hp. The strongest engine can tow up to 685kg unbraked.
Besides the Corsa van , Opel is also commercializing the bigger Astra van model. The Astra van is significantly bigger than the Corsa van and offers a better balance between practicality and driving dynamics.
The van is based on the Astra estate and the old generation was available between 1998 -2006. To obtain the van, Opel removed the rear seats of the passenger car and replaced the rear windows with a set of metallic panels. The Opel Astra van was priced from $ 18000 and was available with petrol and diesel engines, with gross vehicle weights of up to 1100 kg.