South Africa has traditionally been 'bakkie crazy' – and many of us grew up with some or the other 'bakkie' in the driveway. Many businesses requiring a versatile workhorse or delivery vehicle, would own a sub-one tonner 'bakkie' or two as part of their fleet. It's no wonder that OPEL's famous CORSA bakkie, later to be re-badged as the Chevrolet Utility, was for many years the best selling bakkie in its class – selling well over 1000 units per month!
Go onto the roads in Europe however, and you will be hard-pressed to see a 'bakkie' on the roads. In Europe, every respectable business has a fleet of 'COMBO's or VANS.
So, what's the attraction of VANS vs BAKKIES?
Let's be honest – in South Africa you can no longer dare to leave anything simply 'in the back of the bakkie' as you could in years gone by. So most commercial owners opt to immediately fit a canopy to their 'bakkie'. Unfortunately the loading bay and canopies don't form part of the alarm system of the 'bakkie' (if fitted at all), and break-in thefts are common place.
In contrast, Cargo vans are designed as versatile load-carriers, offer much more space as a result of lower load beds, keep your valuable cargo and equipment out of sight and enclosed in an alarmed and secure shell that is - an integral part of the vehicle's body. The sides and back are also blocked out with metal sheeting, keeping your contents safe from the preying eyes of criminals.
Driver and Occupant Safety
Side Panels create more Advertising space
Ease of Operation
The OPEL Combo's squarer body shape means there's ample space inside, while a low floor makes access easy. The Combo also allows for up to 600kg of cargo in the back.