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   Old Thread  #47 22 Feb 2021 at 8.28pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Mercedes Vito 122 LWB, 224 bhp, mapped to 270, lovely auto box, eats up the miles and you can put a bed chair up in the back.
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   Old Thread  #46 20 Feb 2021 at 9.42pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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204 hp hilux will be with me in 1st march

Still got our caddy maxi dsg that won't be going anywhere, fantastic for foreign trips, just get the maxi job done

Tried the transporter but just can't get on with them, find the cabin cramped in relation to the size and its so noisey you can't use your hands free phone thingy, wanted one of these so bad but just not for me, find them flawed, sorry transporter lovers, find the transit customs better.
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   Old Thread  #45 20 Feb 2021 at 6.57pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
The Amorok is a nice enough vehicle for the crewcab/half buck style,but they look to me as if the rear load area is smaller than a Hi lux equivalent?
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   Old Thread  #44 20 Feb 2021 at 6.02pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
My husband and I often travel around Europe at intervals of half a year, but we move in a car and therefore do not take a lot of things with us, we use the services of the transport company https://rslmanandvan.co.uk/services/boxes-packing-materials/ . But soon we plan to buy a van, I think it will be a Ford.
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   Old Thread  #43 14 Feb 2021 at 8.46am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I used to work for them, technically head and shoulders above the rest. Also, a lot of car company’s do run cross functional projects. They was one whilst I was there TPCA, Toyota, Peugeot, Citroen and Audi. And like you say, a lot of company’s use others technology, bullet proof engine designs, right down to the brake disks etc.

I have recently been looking at vans with the thought of converting one myself in the evenings. The Volkswagen campers go for stupid money and for me its the joys of paying for the badge. I was talking to a mate who does a bit in the trade and he recommended a Ford transit. He has one, sporty version, kitted out, looks well, says it’s just as nice as a car to drive, I would have to drive one to believe that

Considering buying one as bit of an all round vehicle, work commute, fishing, bit of camping etc. Perfect for waters where you can fish with the vehicle behind you in this weather, have a break, shut the door, get the kettle and heater on, job done
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   Old Thread  #41 20 Jan 2021 at 11.51am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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think finding your boot & windows opening randomly overnight

An annoying feature of the remote I agree. Took me a while to find out why my windows were open. Fix, don't leave the remote in your pocket! (I have a Caddy)
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   Old Thread  #40 19 Jan 2021 at 9.04am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I had a T5...nothing wrong with it at all apart from it was very agricultural inside. The newer ones including T6 are over priced for what they are.

I flogged that and bought a Transit Custom M-Sport, and i wouldnt swap it for the world. once the bulk head and rear seats are out, i can easily fit two racebikes and all the gear in the back.

for fishing, its perfect and i take far too much gear with me to france with no issues.

put seats and bulk head back in, and its a perfect family vehicle.

in the 4 years ive had it, its not missed a beat, it averages approx 45 mph on a long run.

ive had it remapped to 195 bhp with the power in mid range.

6 speed box, bluetooth, aircon, heated seats, screen blah blah,
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   Old Thread  #39 18 Jan 2021 at 9.59pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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We’re way off topic, but Toyota don’t need to join with anyone regarding product development, especially Hybrid.
Lots of manufacturers already buy old Toyota hybrid tech from them. Toyota are already making cars for some other manufacturers......
Biggest problem is the finite amount of cells that can be produced. You can make 40 Hybrids or 1 EV car. What saves more CO? Which is why Toyota see FCEV as a long term solution as the batteries are the same size as a normal hybrid, and can “refuel” as quick as a normal car. Plus its an incredibly reliable (and old!) tech.
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   Old Thread  #38 18 Jan 2021 at 9.43pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Amarok being dropped and vw coming in with Ford and Toyota was the rumour, as the emissions regs get tighter big engines will not meet them and hibrid or full electric is the future but the investment in development will be high hence companies joining and sharing the costs.
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   Old Thread  #37 18 Jan 2021 at 9.13pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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The current one is only just starting to be delivered now, its not a “tweak”. Its a new truck. Can’t see why Toyota would want to re-badge a vastly inferior truck that worldwide doesn’t have the reputation of the Hilux, or sell anywhere near as well as theirs does. Its more likely that Ford would want to use theirs.

Most manufacturers are dropping models at the mo as they can’t hit average emissions targets, and are facing massive fines (many companies fines exceed their revenues). Toyota hit the targets ages ago, so can afford higher emitting models.

I think its the VW Amarok replacement that you’re thinking of 😉
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   Old Thread  #36 18 Jan 2021 at 9.01pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Didn't mean the current one, rumour is it's stop gap until the Ford deal is thrashed out.
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   Old Thread  #35 18 Jan 2021 at 7.49pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Nope, all Toyota. If it was a ranger the engine would blow every couple of months and there would be no more wars

Its only the nasty Van things they rebadge....
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   Old Thread  #34 18 Jan 2021 at 7.45pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Trailor or back, scopes fit in anywhere
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   Old Thread  #33 18 Jan 2021 at 6.04pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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£40k for a new one and Toyota seem to be heading down the rebadged road, hear the new pickup will be a Ford ranger.
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   Old Thread  #32 18 Jan 2021 at 8.16am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Transit lwb high top or a crafter all day long. The transit dash etc. is basically the same as a custom but you can rack the back to sleep above a loaded barrow and bike or small boat, or be able to stand up.


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