Conventional small 'Bakkie' or pick-up VS. OPEL'S NEW COMBO – which is BEST?
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?
The canopy (usually made of fibre glass) is also an extra expense and is secured by only a few clips - the first element to rip apart in the event of an accident. Hinges and gas shocks often give problems or rip out, the load bay is not part of the air-conditioned space, often has to be sprayed (for the more discerning bakkie owner if the bakkie is not white), offers little headroom and has little to no second-hand value.
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 further creates a mobile and weather proof working space for drivers or operators. The van's lower load floor height can be a blessing for technicians who are accustomed to pulling tools, equipment, and cargo out of a pick-up bed. Think of the number of cycles these drivers go through - having to load and unload cargo between twenty and sixty times a day!
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.