Like many other professionals, house painters prefer a mid-size panel van as their commercial vehicle. Compactness and excellent fuel efficiency, combined with enough cargo capacity to transport everything needed for the job. With the exception of the Mercedes-Benz Vito (Metris), all of them are front wheel drive.
The 2007 Opel Vivaro 2.0 CDTi, on the left, is a clone of the Renault Trafic. This generation was also offered as a Nissan Primastar. The Opel’s registered payload capacity is 1,120 kg (2,469 lbs).
Now to the 2013 Citroën Jumpy (Dispatch in English speaking markets) 1.6 HDi with a payload capacity of 981 kg (2,163 lbs). The Peugeot version is called the Expert, PSA’s Sevel Nord partner Fiat called theirs the Scudo.
Later on, Toyota wanted a slice of the cake too -their HiAce van was withdrawn from the European market- and named the very same van the ProAce.
In 2017, PSA bought Opel/Vauxhall from GM. The current compact and mid-size Opel vans -the Combo and Vivaro, respectively- are now rebadged PSA products. Previously, the Combo was fully based on the Fiat Doblò, aka Ram ProMaster City. The latest Combo van is a Peugeot Partner/Citroën Berlingo, naturally with a Blitz on the grille.
Recently introduced, the new Opel Vivaro…
…clearly the same van as the latest Citroën Jumpy (or Peugeot Expert, or Toyota ProAce).
Meanwhile, Fiat has left the Sevel Nord building, so what happened to Fiat’s mid-size van? Well, meet the Fiat
Scudo Talento, a rebadged….Renault Trafic! Which leaves the Volkswagen Transporter, Ford Transit Custom and Mercedes-Benz Vito as the last one-of-a-kind European mid-size vans. For the time being, that is.