The small (under 2.5 tonne GVM) commercial van market in Australia is characterised by fewer sales and competitors than the medium (2.5-3.5-tonne GVM) van segment. The requirements of small vans tend to be more specialised, typically involving light loads, stop-start city traffic and confined pick-up and delivery locations.

The undisputed leader is VW’s Caddy Van, which has grown its market share from around 46 percent in 2016 to more than 55 per cent this year. Its sales dominance is due to a variety of factors, including a choice of petrol or diesel engines, manual or dual-clutch automatic transmissions, different wheelbase and body configurations, and clever use of space.