The Fiat Scudo was launched for the first time in 1996 and is a highly versatile commercial vehicle being available in both van and chassis cab versions. The Fiat Scudo received a major facelift in 2004 when it shared the same platform with the Peugeot Expert and Citroen Dispatch. Despite its “van nature” the Fiat Scudo offers a car-like feeling inside with a surprisingly level of comfort for a commercial vehicle.
The Fiat Scudo has a starting price of $21.000 and is offered with a choice of four engines which develop between 90 hp-165 hp. The vehicle is also offered with a wide range of configurations which include panelled or glazed body, short or long wheelbase, 2 interior lengths, high roof or standard roof, load space of 5, 6 or 7 m3, cab with 2 or 3 seats, mechanical or air suspension and double cargo doors or tailgate.
The Boxer was born thanks to the joint venture between Citroen, Fiat and Peugeot and is basically a rebadged version of the Fiat Ducato and Citroen Relay.
The Peugeot Boxer is available in different lengths (L1, L2, L2S, L3, L4), and three different HDi engines. Thanks to a wide range of specifications, the Boxer is a highly versatile light commercial vehicle that can be converted into tippers, boxes or even dropsides.
The vehicle has a starting price of $ 18.900 and is available with both single and crew cab configurations. With a payload capacity of up to 4 tones and equipped with capable suspensions the Boxer is a trusted partner for any kind of commercial application.
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 Kia K Series, also known and the Bongo or Pregio is a lightweight commercial vehicle launched for the first time in 1980. Since then it was continuously improved and upgraded and now is offered with a choice of 2.5, 2.7 and 3.0 liter diesel engines which deliver maximum outputs between 80-130 hp.
The Kia K Series is available with single, extended and crew cab configurations. The cargo area has a length of up to 3.1 meters and 1.6 meters width, while the maximum payload capacity can go up to 1500 kg with a towing capacity of 1400 kg.
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.
At Mid America Trucking Show, LOUISVILLE, Continental Tire presented a new tire pressure monitoring system developed especially for commercial vehicles.
The new system is named the ContiPressureCheck and constantly monitors the pressure and temperature of each tire on the vehicle in order to provide real-time, on-demand tire status information and to warn the driver of tire-related problems before they become a critical concern.
Clif Armstrong, director of commercial vehicle tire marketing for the Americas, said: “ContiPressureCheck is a unique product that brings together all Continental’s expertise in tires, inflation, in-cab displays, sensors and monitoring technologies for a direct system that not only provides advanced, accurate pressure data, but also addresses fleet concerns about fuel economy and operating cost reductions.”
ContiPressureCheck integrates its sensors, communication system and data processor into a single module that is housed inside a rubber container and glued to the inner surface of the tire. The sensors continuously monitor both air pressure and the tire’s temperature, and transfer data wirelessly to the truck’s electronic control unit (ECU). This processes the data, saves warnings and sends them directly to a display in the driver’s cab.
Armstrong explained: “Since a tire’s contained air pressure naturally increases as a vehicle moves, it can be difficult to tell if a hot tire is underinflated. Without some form of temperature compensation, a hot tire that is underinflated might appear to be fine, because the contained air pressure is at or above its cold inflation pressure”.
Thanks to proper tire inflation, the fleet owners will benefit from low fuel consumption and a longer life for tires which translates directly in reduced operating costs. ContiPressureCheck will be available to the North American trucking marketplace in fall 2012.
The Opel Movano is a mid-sized commercial vehicle that made its debut in 1998. The vehicle is sold in the United Kingdom under the Vauxhall badge and received its latest upgrades in 2010.
The vehicle features a maximum GVW (gross vehicle weight) of up to 4500 kg and is based on the actual generation Renault Master while both generations are based on the current Renault Master. The vehicle is available in single cab or crew cab configuration and comes with front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive and heavy-duty twin rear-wheel drive options. Moreover, all models come with a three-year/100,000 mile warranty on both the chassis and the conversion (when factory built). With a starting price of 13.000 GBP (ex taxes) the Opel Movano is one of the most affordable chassis cab models from the market.