CC Outtake: 1994 Mitsubishi L300 Panel Van – Long Time No See

2011 VW Caddy - 1994 Mitsubishi L300 - 2000 Toyota Corolla (1)

On the left, a 2011 Volkswagen Caddy 1.6 TDI. On the right, a 2000 Toyota Corolla E110 1.6 VVT-i. The little ol’ fellow in the middle is still holding its own, and is apparently not retired yet.

2011 VW Caddy - 1994 Mitsubishi L300 - 2000 Toyota Corolla (2)

A third gen Mitsubishi L300 (Delica) with the 1.6 liter 4G32 gasoline engine. So what these three have in common, is the engine displacement, that’s about it.

I was surprised by the 1,075 kg (2,370 lbs) registered payload capacity of that classic, forward-control van. That’s a genuine, one-tons commercial vehicle.

Over the past decades, shiploads of these and comparable Japanese vans and light trucks must have been exported to Africa and the Middle East. Nice to see that this one is still around, alive and kicking, hauling farm machinery parts.

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