Yesterday I visited an agricultural exhibition and fair nearby, held every year in August. More on that in a later article. Also present at the show was a small number of panel vans and light trucks, owned by farm tractor dealerships and other agricultural related companies.
Let’s have a look at them, going from compact to a true mini-semi.
The smallest van was this 2013 Peugeot Partner with a 90 hp 1.6 HDi 16v engine. Compact and nimble, with an overall length of 4.38 m (14’4”). Its payload capacity is 630 kg (1,389 lbs). The Peugeot Partner is identical to the Citroën Berlingo.
This must look more familiar, a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. Mr. Jan Peters and his sons drive this 2007 Sprinter 209 CDI panel van. The 209 CDI is powered by the 2,148 cc OM 646 diesel engine, maximum power output 88 hp @ 3,800 rpm.
It’s very common, certainly in this segment, that a panel van tows a tandem axle trailer. The payload capacity of the Sprinter is 1,068 kg (2,355 lbs) and its registered maximum towing capacity is 2,000 kg (4,409 lbs). The tools, equipment and workshop are in the van, the large chunks are loaded on the flatbed trailer. That’s what I call versatility and efficiency.
The cargo compartment is getting bigger now. Here’s a 2006 Renault Mascott box truck, RWD and with dual rear wheels. The Mascott was basically a heavy-duty truck version of the Renault Master, it was marketed by Renault Trucks. Jan van den Berg’s Mascott has a 156 hp 3.0 liter Nissan ZD3A604 engine. Diesel, of course.
The truck’s legal maximum GVM is 5,500 kg (12,125 lbs) which means you’re not allowed to drive it here with a car driving license (category B, up to 3,500 kg GVM).
The production of the Mascott ended in 2010. A new generation of the Renault Master was introduced in 2011, also offered as a heavy-duty RWD chassis-cab with dual rear wheels. The Master is also sold as Opel~Vauxhall Movano and Nissan NV400.
The last one for today is a downscaled semi: a 2015 Iveco Daily 40C21 tractor unit, towing a 2006 Kuiper single-axle semi-trailer.
The current generation of the Daily was introduced in 2014. Available -in multiple wheelbases- as panel van, minicoach, chassis-cab and tractor unit. Bring the chassis-cab to a coachbuilder and you can get pretty much any truck body you want, from a dropside flatbed to a motorhome.
There’s the fifth-wheel coupling, also visible is the drive axle’s air suspension. The Daily tractor has a 205 hp 3.0 liter FPT engine, which is the most powerful engine offered, and may legally tow a semi-trailer with a GVM up to 7,365 kg (16,237 lbs).
When looking at maximum towing and payload capacity, the Iveco Daily exceeds its competitors like the Ford Transit, Renault Master and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter.
Coming up next: much bigger tractors.