By now y’all must know I’m more interested in utility than in fancy. A good long walk on a sunny Saturday yielded a wide variety of pure, functional vehicles and machinery. Starting with this fresh-fruit-hauler, which I caught just a few hundred meters from my house.
It’s a well-used Fendt 260 V smalspoortrekker (narrow track tractor), ready to tow a bunch of single axle trailers, each carrying a standard size crate. Such tractors are used by fruit growers and horticulturists.
This trio on the other side of the road is about to get loaded in the orchard.
Right now it’s peak fruit plucking season. When talking apples and pears, that is.
Over to the building contractor, a 2011 Peugeot Boxer 2.2 HDi panel van with a low roof. Clearly very much related to the Fiat Ducato~Ram ProMaster.
On the move, a Peugeot 306 wagon with a tandem axle flatbed trailer. A sunny Saturday is also an ideal day to hook up a trailer and get yourself the materials needed for your home improvement job. If you don’t own a trailer, you simply borrow or rent one.
From left to right: a Volkswagen Transporter, a Mercedes-Benz Vito, two Volkswagen Caddies and a Peugeot Expert.
The shipyard’s runabout, a 2014 Peugeot Bipper panel van. A shorty, with a wheelbase of only 251 cm (98.8″). The Peugeot Bipper is a rebadged Fiat Fiorino, just like the Citroën Nemo. The van is powered by a 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet II turbodiesel.
2016 Volkswagen Caddy 2.0 TDI panel van, longest wheelbase model (301 cm – 118.4″).
A Liebherr tracked excavator and a few crew members.
2008 Peugeot Expert 2.0 HDiF panel van with a 2010 Henra tandem axle dump trailer with dropsides all around, the combination is owned by a gardener.
This series of vans was also sold with a Citroën (naturally) and Fiat badge. Later on Toyota also joined the club and called theirs the ProAce.
2018 DAF CF 370 FAN 6×2 truck, its job is to transport an asphalt milling machine. It seems to be all set and ready for a Dukes of Hazzard type of stunt.
In the foreground a 2011 Volkswagen Transporter 2.0 TDI, in the background a 2002 Opel Combo 1.7 D panel van and a 2007 Toyota Land Cruiser 120-series (Prado) 3.0 D-4D van-conversion. Never mind the Volvo.
Fancy a brutal V8 Scania?
The last one for today, a 2011 Volkswagen Caddy 1.6 TDI, owned by the ANWB Wegenwacht (roadside assistance). No matter where you go here, you simply can not avoid the VW Caddies and Transporters.