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The commercial vehicle (LCV) represents a variety of body types, including utes, vans and light trucks, all of which are designed for professional use to carry loads and/or tow. Key considerations for commercial vehicles include cargo space, payload, towing capacity and Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM), which take priority over comfort and design.

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Mitsubishi Triton 2024 review
8/10
Mitsubishi reckons the Triton deserves to be the third best-selling ute in the Australian market. In fact, it thinks it deserves to be challenging the Ranger and HiLux for out-and-out dual-cab supremacy, but how about we start with third place and see where we go from there, hey?Third place, of course, is currently occupied by the Isuzu D-Max, which means Mitsubishi will need to unseat it. To do it, it has launched a new-gen Triton, which is now bigger, more powerful, more practical, and has more space in the cabin.In fact, Mitsubishi says the Triton has been improved right across the dual-cab board.But has it done enough? Let’s find out. 
Ford F-150 2024 review: Lariat LWB - GVM test
8.1/10
A foreign visitor could be excused for thinking Australia was on its way to becoming the 51st state of the USA, judging by our national carpark.Not only have Aussies adopted one-tonne dual-cab utes like the Ford Ranger and Toyota HiLux in ever-increasing numbers, but full-size American pick-ups, which are locally remanufactured in RHD form, are also gaining popularity.The most recent arrival is Ford’s legendary F-150, which we recently tested from a tradie’s perspective to see how it measures up as a potential alternative to a one-tonne ute or van.
Mercedes-Benz eVito Panel Van 2024 review: GVM test
7.5/10
Numerous commercial van manufacturers are adding battery-electric vehicle (BEV) variants to their model line-ups.Anecdotal evidence suggests these vehicles are best suited to city and suburban fleet duties, in which they cover short-loop daily driving distances that are comfortably within a manufacturer’s claimed battery range and return to depots each day to be recharged.However, given that it’s still relatively early days for electric vans, potential buyers are faced with numerous potential deal-breakers compared to conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) equivalents.These include higher purchase prices, limited driving ranges, longer 'refuelling' times, heavier kerb weights (due to their large batteries) and resulting smaller payload ratings. And they are usually not rated to tow.However, they can also offer lower operating costs. And they produce zero tailpipe emissions, which according to Mercedes-Benz "creates a powerful marketing tool (for buyers) to demonstrate their commitment to operating sustainably".We recently trialled M-B’s Vito-based contender in this pioneering LCV market segment, to see how it measures up in Australia’s highly competitive medium-sized (2.5-3.5-tonne GVM) van market.
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