CC Global: 2011 Opel Vivaro 2.0 CDTI And 2015 RAM 1500 5.7 Hemi V8 – Different Kind Of Crew Cabs

Light commercial vehicles with a crew cab, mostly in the form of a panel van, are typically used by building contractors, construction companies and the like. Many self-employed handymen also drive them, as a combination of a family car and a workhorse.

Yesterday, this Opel crew (or double) cab panel van had its exercise by towing a trailer, loaded with a legendary little Suzuki mud wrestler.

The first generation of the Opel -and Vauxhall- Vivaro was introduced in 2001. The same van was also offered as Renault Trafic and Nissan Primastar. Renault took care of the development. Very wise, better leave it to Renault or PSA to come up with excellent front-wheel drive vans.

Some direct competitors in this mid-size van segment are the Volkswagen Transporter, Mercedes-Benz Vito/Metris and Ford Transit Custom. Since last year, the Vivaro is a rebadged PSA product (Peugeot Expert-Citroën Jumpy).

The long wheelbase Vivaro is powered by a 2.0 liter turbodiesel, 114 DIN-hp. Long as in 3.50 m (137.8”), the short wheelbase is 3.10 m (122”). The van’s registered payload capacity is 1,159 kg (2,555 lbs).

Hooked up to the Opel is a 1995 Tijhof trailer. A perfect match, as the van’s towing capacity equals the trailer’s maximum GVM: 2,000 kg (4,409 lbs).

Around 15 minutes later -I was walking- I came across another combo, although the trailer wasn’t attached (yet). The 1982 Equipe flatbed trailer, naturally with dropsides, carried a pile of trestles. I don’t think those are the factory rims, by the way.

This 2015 RAM 1500 needs no further introduction, I assume. Since we’re in the Netherlands, its V8 is running on LPG. Mind you, the RAM 1500 is the best selling pickup in my country. Now don’t think FCA sells them by the thousands a year; more like 400 to 500…