There is a lot of competition in the commercial truck segment and the big manufacturers struggle to make continuous improvements to their products in order to keep them as versatile as possible. One of the most reliable trucks in this segment is the Mercedes Artego which is available in weights of 7.5-16 tonnes.
The Mercedes -Benz Atego range was introduced in 1997. At the beginning all straight-engined rigids built by Mercedes were named Artego, but after the general facelift received in 2005, trucks over 18 tonnes were named Axor .
The Atego is available as a three-way tipper, an all-wheel-drive tipper, a skip loader or even a tipper with a mounted crane. There are also four cab configuration for the Artego namely the Day Cab, Extended Day Cab, Low Roof Sleeper and High Roof Sleeper.
Nissan will present its new NV400 chassis cab range in April at the Commercial Vehicle show.
The new Nissan NV400 chassis cab will be available in both mid and long wheelbases with either front or rear wheel drive. The new model shares a lot of features with the Renault Master and it will be offered with a choice of two engine options of 125hp and 150hp and a total of 13 variants to choose from including a single cab and double cab.
The factory-built conversions will initially comprise a dropside and tipper which are built on the production line and will be delivered to the operator ready for action.
The Good To Go range will include a box van, Luton and fridge van, plus a combi and minibus option that will be built by UK converters handpicked by Nissan and sold by dealers to operators as a complete vehicle.
James Douglas, Nissan Motor GB’s corporate sales director said: “The CV Show is a great platform to launch our new NV400 chassis cab and remind operators that Nissan has one of the widest LCV ranges on offer in the UK. With the NV400 semi forward van based chassis cab and the Cabstar truck chassis cab Nissan has two base vehicles that operators can use to build virtually any size or shape of conversion to match their business requirements. We believe this will help further grow our LCV sales in 2012.”
Nissan’s factory built and Good to Go approach guarantees that operators receive a quality and fully approved conversion complete with a manufacturer warranty, and takes away the hassles sometimes connected with buying a chassis cab from a manufacturer and then having it converted by an external supplier.
The Renault Master Chassis- and Platform-Cab models have a very versatile character perfectly suited for the light commercial vehicle segment. With two types of cabins (Single and Double), four different vehicle lengths and the choice of front- or rear-wheel drive, the Master was designed for delivery services, construction, controlled temperature transport or the transport of equipment.
Its biggest advantages are the competitive prices and the low maintenance costs which make it a cost efficient partner for your daily transportations. Moreover the vehicle can also transport a generous payload of up to 2.5 tones and is available with both Euro 4 and Euro 5 engines. The Master Service intervals are scheduled at every 40,000 km while the full warranty is available for up to three years or 100,000 miles.
The Iveco Daily was launched on 1978 and even since its debut, the truck became a benchmark in the LCV segment. The body on frame chassis gives it the character of a strong mountain horse and it’s available with both rear wheel drive and four wheel drive tractions, thus offering a higher degree of versatility.
The Iveco LCV has received its latest upgrade in 2011 and besides the exterior style changes, the truck was also fitted with new technologies and stronger engines. The new Daily chassis cab offers a range of different models with a useful payload of up to 4.7 tons. Moreover, the LCV is also available in both cab and double cab configurations.
The Iveco Daily has a starting price of 33.359 euro and a three-year/100,000-mile warranty with services intervals set at 25,000 miles.
The first generation of the Toyota Dyna was launched in 1970 and since then the Japanese LCV was continuously improved and has received both style and technical upgrades.
Toyota gave to the latest generation Dyna a breath of fresh air by sharpening up its boxy styling, throwing in a host of new features and, most tantalizingly, dropping a bigger, more powerful engine into the mix. Thanks to the new 3.0 D-4D diesel engine the Dyna was put back in the race against its main competitors, which are the Renault Maxity and Isuzu NKR .
The Toyota Dyna has a gross vehicle weight of up to 3.5-tonnes with a maximum payload of 1.5-tonnes and is available in both single cab and two cab configurations. Moreover, the Japanese LCV is also available as a dropside truck or in tipper form being suited to carry all sorts of loads. The Toyota Dyna has a starting price of 20.447 euro with service intervals set at 20,000 miles and a three-year/60,000-mile warranty.
The Isuzu N-Series range consists of 17 models and the NKR is the smallest model in this lineup. The NKR 3.5 chassis cab range was launched in 1993 and in 2008 has received a bigger cabin and a new 3 liter common rail turbo diesel engine. The engine was tweaked in 2009 to respect the Euro 5 emission norms and is mated on a five speed gearbox.
The Isuzu NKR is available in two cab configurations and three chassis including the NKR-S Dropside, the NKR-S Tipper and the NKR-T Tipper with twin rear wheels. The most capable of these three models is the NKR-S Dropside as it has the biggest payload with 1,400kg. The other two Tipper models can carry 1.180 kg and 1.034 kg respectively.
The Isuzu NKR competes in the 3.5 tones segment with models like the Renault Maxity or Toyota Dyna and it service intervals are set at 10,000 miles.
The Renault Maxity it’s a re-badged version of Nissan’s Cabstar and both models are among the most practical and versatile trucks in the 3.5 tones segment, destined for deliveries or small businesses. In a typical European way, the Maxity LCV features a cab-over-engine configuration which combines the maximum compactness with maximum body length.
The Renault Maxity is available with short cab or double cab configurations and has a wide range of body lengths ranging from 2.65m to 4.96m and has a 1,820kg body plus payload carrying capacity.
Globally, the Renault Maxity is equipped with either a 2.5 or a 3.0-litre diesel engine and has a starting price of 25.000 euro. Maxity features a three-year/60,000-mile warranty while the service intervals are set at 18,000 miles.
The Mitsubishi Fuso Canter received a radical makeover in 2011. While the model was initially launched only with two wheel drive traction, shortly after it was followed by an all wheel drive variant. The vehicle is available in two versions including the single cab and crewcab models with 3 or 7 seats and a wheelbase length of 3415 mm and 3865 mm respectively. Depending on the model, the chassis load capacity ranges from 3500 kg to 3735 kg, offering a higher degree of versatility. The Mitsubishi Fuso Canter 6C18 has a permissible gross weight of 6.5 tones which gives it rough carrying abilities.
The Daimler owned Fuso Canter is the best selling truck in the company’s lineup and it has a starting price of $55,854.