The design of most Renault product will always look a little quirky. The company doesn’t go for the conventional if it can demonstrate a little style or introduce a little Gallic ingenuity. This is the case, even in the work horse, Master van, which Diesel News took for a test drive. Read more
The Foton Aumark S fares quite well in the light duty looks department with a design which is clearly in line with the latest truck aesthetic. The grille at the front gives away the strong relationship that Foton has with the Daimler Truck organisation with its close resemblance to the style used on the front of the latest heavy duty Mercedes-Benz in Australia. By the way, this cabin is fully ECE R29 crash test complaint. Read more
The design of most of its product will always look a little quirky, but it is the driver comforts from Renault which stand out. The company doesn’t go for the conventional if it can demonstrate a little style or introduce a little Gallic ingenuity. This is the case, even in the work horse, Master van, which Diesel News took for a test drive. Read more
Fiat Ducato sports a surprisingly stylish, contemporary face for a freight vehicle, complete with swept back headlight assemblies with the option of up-to-the-minute LED daytime running lights. It’s the sort of vehicle most delivery van drivers would be proud to park in their driveways.
There’s one aspect of large vans that continues basically unchanged across the generations, the rectangular shaped box of varying dimensions that comprises up to three-quarters of the vehicle. Clearly the simple reason is that this shape maximises the cargo carrying volume which is obviously the primary purpose for this type of vehicle.
Renault brings its robo delivery concept to life with Renault EZ-PRO, an autonomous delivery design featuring shared customisable robo-pods, which use a field-based human ‘concierge’ for special deliveries and driverless robo-pod fleet management.
As part of its worldwide strategy Mercedes Benz could introduce drones, a new Sprinter and PRO on a Global Scale. Nearly two years ago the company came out with its Sprinter-based concept ‘last-mile’ delivery van that featured a pair of drones that would deliver to retail customers. That concept involved customer lock-boxes to keep shipments safe until collected by the recipients.
The global local delivery scene is examining the latest development in electric delivery vans. This area is changing fast and Diesel News’ US Correspondent takes a look at a few of the developments in the US and Europe which may eventually find their way to Australia.
Renault began direct sales of electric vans in Australia with the Kangoo Z.E. (Zero Emissions) compact van at the end of last year. The Z.E. has been on sale in Europe for six years and 25,000 have been sold in Europe to a wide range of users. It now holds 34.5 per cent of Europe’s electric vehicle commercial market. Read more
Diesel News’ Paul Matthei put a truck through a tilt ’n’ slide test when assessing Hino’s 300 Series Crew Auto fitted with a Kyokuto Slide Tray body. It was part of Paul’s long-held ambition to restore his first car, a 1963 EJ Holden Special sedan, which he has owned since 1985. Read more