Light Commercial Vehicle - LCV

Light Commercial Vehicle - LCV

  Light Commercial Vehicle - LCV

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The Renault Clio has managed to conquer a lot of fans, mostly thanks to its affordable price and the low costs of ownership. The vehicle was available with a wide range of engines and apart from the standard version it was also offered a van model.

But, while the passenger version of the Clio was received with open arms by the market, the van (based on the Clio coupe) didn’t receive the same treatment.

The Renault Clio Van was sold between 2001 and 2005 and was offered with a single diesel engine which developed a maximum output of 65 hp.

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The new generation Renault Kangoo represents a big step forward compared to the previous model as it’s both more practical and comfortable.

Despite the fact that the small van market is very competitive, Renault had always known how to attract buyers due to the good compromise between price, performances and economy.

Thanks to the old Kangoo van that was a very good product, Renault had a very strong foundation to build up the new generation which has anything it needs to be considered a practical and efficient small van.

The new Renault Kangoo is available in Compact, Van and Maxi shapes offering a wide choice of body styles and engines which make it ideal for urban deliveries or other light transportations.

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The new Nissan NV400 is a highly versatile vehicle and it’s available in a wide range of configurations. While until now the company didn’t revealed too many details about its range of factory build NV400 conversions, now it has finally decided to break the silence.

The new Nissan NV400 is now available in six and nine seat minibuses, crew vans and both single and double cab dropside and tipper conversions. Apart from the models listed above the new Nissan NV400 will be also available as a box van, Luton and refrigerated van, plus a 14-17 seat minibus.

Firstly, the NV400 chassis cab is offered in a total of 13 versions with mid or long wheel bases and single or twin rear wheel drive. The NV400 chassis cab is powered by the 2.5 dCi diesel engine which is available in two power outputs – 125 hp and 150 hp.

The NV400 minibus offers space for up to nine people but it’s also available with a six seats configuration. This version has a starting price of £26,575 and comes with a choice of two engines with 100 hp and 125 hp on tap.

Appealing to those seeking for crew transportations, the crew van comes with seven seats and a generous load area. For this version you’ll have to pay not less than £25,565 and you can choose from numerous payloads of up to 1398 kg and both front or rear wheel drive configurations.

There is also a dropside model on offer, with a starting price of £23,365 for the single cab and £25,765 for the double cab. The Nissan NV400 dropside is offered with a choice of either single three seat or a double seven seat cab, front or rear wheel drive and a range of payloads up to 1,462kg.

For those looking for a reliable construction partner designed to go head to head with arduous working conditions without backing down, Nissan offers its NV400 tipper. The tipper’s load deck tilts automatically at 45 degree for easy unloading and comes with a wide range of payloads of up to 1,227kg. This model is offered in two versions with prices starting from £24,765 for the single cab and £27,165 for the double cab.

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Similarly with the new model, the old generation Peugeot Boxer was developed together with the Fiat Ducato and Citroen Relay and shared the same design and engines with its two brothers. Though, there are a few differences between these three models, and consist of unique warranties and also different prices.

The vehicle was commercialized between 1994 and 2006 and has received a small facelift in 2002. After the 2002 upgrade the Boxer was fitted with new common rail diesel engines that developed 104 hp and 127 hp. The Peugeot Boxer was offered with three wheelbases and four gross vehicle weights of 2.5, 2.9, 3.3 and 3.5 tonnes.

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The Nissan Kubistar is basically a rebadged version of the Renault Kangoo and shares the same exterior design and technologies with its French sibling. Nissan started to sell its own versions of the Kubistar, Primastar and Interstar models after Renault took a stake in the company back in 1999.

The vehicle competes in the small van segment with models like the Ford Transit Connect and Peugeot Expert. Similarly with its rivals, the Nissan Kubistar was designed for short urban transportation and thanks to its compact dimensions it’s pretty agile around the city. With a maximum towing capacity of 800 kg, the Kubistar is also pretty practical and would appeal to small business owners that need a compact and efficient van to do their work. The engines lineup consists of both diesel and petrol units which develop 60 hp, 70 hp and 80 hp.

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For a pretty long period of time, the old Sprinter was considered the best van on the market, but in its latest years of existence the German LCV was starting to show its age and some rivals caught up and managed to overtake it.

The previous sprinter was sold between 1995 – 1996 and has managed to conquer the world of big panel vans pretty fast, thanks to its superior technologies and the famous German reliability.

Even today, the used Sprinters hold their value well and you can pay a pretty big price for vehicle in decent condition.

Like the new model , the old Mercedes Sprinter was also offered in various shapes with gross vehicle weights ranging from 2.8 tonnes to 4.6 tonnes with three lengths and roof heights. Mercedes had always lead the way when it comes to modern technologies and the old Sprinter made no exception as it was the first van to come with standard ABS brakes (from 120 versions above). Moreover, since 2003 the ABS was offered as standard equipment on the entire Sprinter range and ESP was also added.

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While the new generation of the Peugeot Expert represents a huge improvement over the old model, its predecessor opened the road of a new van segment which today is highly appreciated.

At its time (1996 – 2006), the old Expert was an innovative concept being situated between the big panel vans like the Peugeot Boxer and the small ones represented by the tiny Partner.

The compact dimensions of the Expert brought both advantages and disadvantages. On the plus part were its good maneuverability combined with the cheap costs of maintenance and ownership, while on the less good side it was the small payload capacity which limited its practicality.

Due to its compact load bay that was rated at only 4 cubic meters, the Peugeot Expert was obligated to deal only with small jobs, appealing to those who were content with a limited payload capacity.

Still, the Peugeot Expert was offered in two gross payload versions namely the 800 kg and 900 kg models which help it to deal with a pretty wide range of commercial applications. The old Peugeot Expert shared the same body with the Citroen Dispatch and Fiat Scudo and was available with two diesel engines that developed 71 and 110 hp.

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The Ford Escort van was a small economy car sold between 1991 – 2002 and offered a perfect blend between economy, practicality and performance. The vehicle was based basically the van version of the subcompact Escort model, and thanks to its efficiency and versatility has managed to win a lot of fans.

The Ford Escort van never had the pretention to be considered anything else than a rugged work horse and it wasn’t as charming as some of its more upscale rivals. However, thanks to its strong build quality and the simple mechanics it represented the perfect choice for those seeking a hard working and reliable partner for light commercial duties.

The vehicle benefitted from noticeable changes in 1996 when it received a few exterior modifications and upgraded engines. The latest facelift left the car with a 1.3 liter petrol engine and a 1.8 liter diesel. The petrol unit however was dropped in the favor of the diesel engine that was now available in both standard and turbo versions.

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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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The Fiorino is the smallest van in Fiat ’s lineup and shares the same body and technologies with the Peugeot Bipper andCitroen Nemo .

The Fiat Fiorino was especially developed for small city deliveries hence it has compact dimensions and it’s fairly easy to drive on the narrow streets and congested traffic situations. However, despite its small dimensions, the Fiat Fiorino is also a pretty practical work horse as it has a gross vehicle weight of 1800 kg and a maximum payload of up to 660 kg.

The Fiat Fiorino has a starting price of 19.500 $ and is offered with a choice of two engines namely the 1.3 liter Multijet diesel and the 1.4 liter petrol.


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