Picking the right commercial van can be harder than you think. On the surface it looks easy. All you need to do is find one that has enough cargo space to handle your average daily volume. Simple, right? Not quite, unfortunately. There is dependability to consider; dependability leads you to worry about parts availability; that inevitably leads to wondering about the costs of repairs. The next thing you know, you have to worry about getting a good return on your investment by looking at the purchase price. The list could go on until your eyes roll back in your head and you reach for a pint to forget your troubles. Or…
Or, you could simplify the process. The easiest way to simplify the whole process is to copy from your neighbors’ paper. In this case, that is to buy one of the three top selling commercial vans on the market. The Toyota HiAce, Toyota Probox, and Nissan Caravan virtually fly off dealer lots for good reasons. How does that simplify your search? Someone has already done the legwork to figure out return on investment, maintenance costs, etc… that is why sales of these vans are so strong. Let’s have a quick look at each, then you can decide which is best for you.
One of the greatest advantages that the Toyota HiAce line of vans offers is its sheer versatility. The number of body options and layouts are mind-boggling. Since its introduction in 1967, the Toyota HiAce has been configured as an MPV, minibus, van, small truck, a taxi, and an ambulance. Whew, that is one busy chassis.
Now in its fifth generation as a commercial van, the Toyota HiAce is available as a long-wheelbase van, long-wheelbase high-roof van, and a wide super-long-wheelbase high-roof van. The standard powerplant is a DOHC I4 with a variety of displacements. Petrol options are a 1TR-FE 2,000 cc and a 2TR-FE 2,700 cc. The diesel options you may choose are a 2KD-FTV 2,500 cc or 1KD-FTV 3,000 cc D-4D turbo diesel. A 5L-E 3,000 cc diesel engine is available in select export markets. Each of the engines can be paired to either a five-speed manual gearbox or a four-speed automatic.
The current generation of the Toyota HiAce van can be equipped with Toyota’s G-Book telematics service. As we mentioned earlier, the Toyota HiAce is built in many body forms. Another that is an option for transportation companies is the Toyota HiAce Commuter.
The Toyota Probox is a light-duty commercial van that is excellent for many niches. It can carry up to 400 kilos in its voluminous cargo area or it can be configured with plenty of seating and cargo room for a taxi service.
There are three solid engine options that can maximize your profit with great fuel economy. The powerplant options begin with a 1,198 cc petrol I4, move up to a 1,290 cc diesel I4, then round out with a 1,490 cc petrol. These engines can be mated to either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic gearbox. The Toyota Probox has been rated to achieve up to 7.1L/100 km; a boon for your bottom line.
The Nissan Caravan has been in constant production since 1973. Since its debut, the Caravan has been a highly-rated and versatile commercial vehicle. While it is a commercial van first and foremost, it can be used for hobbies or leisure, as well.
Now in its fifth generation, the Nissan Caravan offers best-in-class fuel efficiency from its petrol and diesel engines alike. The current generation of the Caravan uses the YD25DDTi diesel engine with clean-diesel technology. The engine is rated for 12.2 km per liter based on Japan’s JC08 mode test cycle. The petrol engines are rated for 9.9 km per liter (QR20DE engine) and 9.1 km (QR25DE) based on the same test. Additionally, the Nissan Caravan features a bold exterior, a cavernous cargo space, and advanced equipment for greater convenience and comfort.
The three commercial vans that we have listed are far from being the only commercial vehicles that we have to offer here at BE FORWARD. Feel free to browse our entire inventory or to send us an inquiry about a specific model that you are interested in.