For whom Pick-ups interesting, can be

«Originally, they served the farmers as commercial vehicles. Everything that you wanted to have in the car, transport them to the loading area, for example, Bales of hay or Pets,“ says Marcel muehlich from the Auto Club Europa (ACE). Today’s Lifestyle Pick-ups, but are part of equipment and the comfort of a normal car.

By a high ground clearance, usually optionally available all-wheel drive with a reduction gear and a differential, the flatbed vehicle for off-road use are made barrier — for example, for the construction industry, hunters, farmers, forestry, or landscape gardener.

Due to different body structures, and drives Pick-ups for different applications to configure — for example, to transport sports equipment. With a settling cabin of a Pick-up is the all-terrain motorhome. They allow a lot of payload, sometimes more than a ton. Depending on the model, also, you can pull up to 3.5 tonnes heavy trailers, where, for example, sport boats, or horses loaded.

More and more manufacturers are bringing Pick-ups on the market. Now you have Ford, Fiat, Nissan, Renault, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Mazda, VW, and most recently, Mercedes in their product range. The X-class shares the technical base with the Nissan Navara and Renault Alaskan.

Compared to big SUVs and off-road cost-Pick trolleys-ups often significantly less in cost, however, they have usually a higher fuel consumption.

Technically, the body of the Pick-ups similar to that of a Truck: On a frame, the suspension with leaf springs, as well as the drive technology. A most in driver cabin and load area, a split body is placed. The Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (KBA) leads to Pick-ups, therefore, either under the Truck or in the passenger Car Segment in the case of the so-called Utilities, which can be multi-purpose vehicles.

«Pick-up vehicles are mostly approved as a Truck,» says Thorsten Rechtien, expert at Tüv Rheinland. In the case of the insurance buyers have no choice Is a Pick-up approved as a Truck, it must be as a Truck insurance, explains a spokesman of the General Association of the German insurance industry (GDV).

For Trucks, the Automobile tax is at least cheaper. But Pick-ups do not automatically benefit from it. Only if the loading surface is greater than the vehicle cabin, may be taxed in the Pick-up Truck. For models with double cab and five-seat it was for tax purposes, usually a Car, Mühlich. The classification as a passenger Car would have cost more taxes — that’s what the insurance is cheaper.

In everyday life, the size of Pick-ups may be the obstacle. «With usually well over five metres in length and two meters width of Parking lots, and the left lane of the motorway construction sites are off-limits,» explains muehlich. Also, the Parking can be difficult.

From a practical point of view, the Pick-ups are actually more for people who live in the country. «If you want to often transport bulky things, have nothing to look for in the passenger compartment, is to consult with a Pick-up right,» says muehlich.

Mercedes added as the first Premium manufacturer to the Pick-up market with The X-class there since November of 2017, to buy. Photo: Daimler AG/dpa-tmn
PHOTO: Daimler AG

Mercedes added as the first Premium manufacturer to the Pick-up market with The X-class there since November of 2017, to buy. Photo: Daimler AG/dpa-tmn
PHOTO: Daimler AG

The open loading area, as seen here on a Renault Alaskan, is the most characteristic feature of Pick-ups. Photo: Renault/dpa-tmn
PHOTO: Renault

The open loading area, as seen here on a Renault Alaskan, is the most characteristic feature of Pick-ups. Photo: Renault/dpa-tmn
PHOTO: Renault

Fights over sandy slopes: The Nissan Navara is designed for off-road use. Photo: Nissan/dpa-tmn
PHOTO: Nissan

Fights over sandy slopes: The Nissan Navara is designed for off-road use. Photo: Nissan/dpa-tmn
PHOTO: Nissan

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