Van - Utility Van
The utility van, or van, is the most common type of utility vehicle. Vans and LCVs in general have a GVW of less than 3.5 tonnes.
Mainly used for the transport of goods over short distances and often inter-city (deliveries, courier) the van can have a deep cabin which allows it to accommodate several passengers. It is sometimes equipped with a polyfond body which reinforces its insulation, and a tail lift which is particularly useful when moving. Travel enthusiasts and followers of the itinerant life often buy second-hand vans and convert them into vans fitted out like a motorhome.
Utility vans are offered in two versions: front-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive. In the front-wheel drive version, the drive wheels are located at the front, which allows for a larger load volume and reduced weight in the absence of certain driveline components. In the rear-wheel drive version, the drive wheels are located at the rear of the SUV and increase its grip. Rear-wheel drive vans are preferred for towing a trailer.
The size of a van is defined by a designation of the type L2H2, L2 referring to the length and H2 to the height. The exact measurements corresponding to these codes vary from manufacturer to manufacturer but remain in the same order of magnitude. The L1H1 vans are the smallest. The L1H2 benefit from a greater height, and the L2H1 have a greater cargo volume. The L2H2 vans combine a large volume and a great height, and the L2H3, raised, offer approximately 13m3 of loading volume. The L3H2 are over 3.7m indoors, and the L3H3s are the largest models available; they are called high volume utilities.
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