The IAA Show at Hanover in Germany is one of the world’s largest commercial vehicle shows, with over 250,000 people expecting to visit over the two-week event. Among the 2,000 exhibition stands, there was quite a lot of exciting metal and here is our take on the Top 10 Vehicles at the 2018 IAA Show.
10 – Volkswagen Transporter Rockton
Just making the Top 10 cut is the VW Transporter Rockton. Based on the VW Transporter panel van, the Rockton benefits from VW’s 4Motion 4-wheel drive technology, a 30mm higher ride, heavy-duty underbody protection and a mechanical diff lock.
9 – Peugeot Expert 4×4
It’s another 4×4 panel van in ninth position. However, this Peugeot Expert was converted into 4-wheel drive by French specialist Dangel. The 4×4 system has three settings; 2-wheel (front) drive, 4-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive with diff-locks.
8 – Volkswagen Transporter 4Motion Tipper
This Transporter Tipper would be a great little workhorse for landscaping and construction firms. The cab has room for six occupants and the 3-way tipper body – manufactured by Schutz – has a payload of just over one tonne and can accommodate items up to 2.2 metres long.
7 – Renault Alaskan
Renault UK is still adamant that it’s a case, and not if, the Alaskan comes to the UK, but the French manufacturer has been very quiet about the new model recently. This ‘Formula Edition’ Alaskan celebrates Renault’s Formula One heritage and is finished with touches of gold on the grille, lower doors, skip door and sports bar.
6 – Volkswagen Amarok Dark Label
The Volkswagen Amarok Dark Label is the current special edition Amarok (Volkswagen tends to change them every couple of years), which also featured at this year’s CV Show and we put it to the test over the summer. The Dark Label upgrades are largely cosmetic, on the inside and outside, although it does receive the ‘Discover Media’ system with satellite navigation.
5 – Ram 1500
The Ram 1500 is one pickup that we’d certainly like to see go on general sale in the UK. The American pickup entered into its fifth generation this year, and is powered by a choice of a 3.0-litre ‘EcoDiesel’, a 3.6-litre V6 ‘Pentstar’ petrol or the mammoth 5.7-litre V8 Hemi.
4 – Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4×4
This was one of the first showings of the all-new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4×4. Developed in conjunction with 4×4 specialist Oberaigner, the current generation employs exactly the same system as the previous gen. The chassis has been raised 120mm and there is a choice between a part-time or permanent 4WD system.
3 – Nissan Navara Dark Sky Concept
Taking centre stage on the Nissan stand was the Nissan Navara Dark Sky concept, which consists of a heavily modified Navara and trailer designed specifically to transport astronomers and large telescopes to remote locations to showcase the capabilities of its new ProPilot system.
2 – Mercedes-Benz Zetros
Considering its gigantic size, the Zetros should be nowhere as versatile as it is. This particular model is capable of carrying up to 10 tonnes and is powered by Merc’s own 12-litre OM457LA engine which produces up to 326hp and 2,100Nm.
1 – Ford Ranger Raptor
Topping our list, of course, is the Ford Ranger Raptor. The Raptor is based on the 2019 updated Ford Ranger and features the new 2.0-litre EcoBlue engine from the Ford Transit, producing up to 213bhp and 500Nm – more than the current 3.2TDCi Duratorq.