What is the right image for a business vehicle?

What is the right image for a business vehicle?

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DoubleD

9,730 posts

56 months

Tuesday 19th November
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DaveTheRave87 said:
Dacia Duster.

Nobody will question your pricing.
Or they will look at it and think that you are a struggling company so aren't very good at what you do.

Its a tricky balance.

designforlife

3,266 posts

111 months

Tuesday 19th November
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Ardennes92 said:
Is the OP looking for something new and/or official UK, as the fj hasn’t been on sale since 2014 and would have to be an import anyway.
I’d stick with LR, although wait on a new defender might be awhile
Bit of a non-factor really, JDM import toyota parts are widely avilable and dead easy to get through the UK dealer network, I order plenty and my imported Toyota is knocking on 20 years old.

PistonBroker

1,824 posts

174 months

Tuesday 19th November
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The Surveyor said:
Surely the answer is a Volvo.

Has enough prestige without being perceived as extravagant. Look at the XC60 / XC90.
I was struggling to answer the question, but I think this may be a good shout.

I turned up to a farm this morning and he took the mickey out of my Disco Sport - he drives Defenders and VW T5s. But then he said about another broker turning up in an '02 Focus and how that didn't look very impressive. So there's no winning!

Agreed on all points OP - the Land Rover product is just the right image, but having got through 2 DPFs in 12 months I'll not be going back for another. Touch wood, it's been flawless otherwise though.

Interesting to hear thoughts about Porsche.

troika

862 posts

99 months

Tuesday 19th November
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Subaru Outback sounds perfect.

LimaDelta

4,126 posts

166 months

Tuesday 19th November
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troika said:
Subaru Outback sounds perfect.
Yes. I had one of these. Very unassuming and 'authentic'.

Edit: That CVT makes it thirsty though. But you can get a good discount through BASC which helps!

A500leroy

756 posts

66 months

Tuesday 19th November
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Kia Sorento.

Dont like rolls

506 posts

2 months

Tuesday 19th November
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Citroen C6

Waft over the rough driveways, be different !

Jonny_

2,598 posts

155 months

Tuesday 19th November
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Once upon a time the answer would have been an Isuzu Trooper. Tough, capable, unpretentious.

I think the nearest thing on offer now is the Land Cruiser Utility Commercial:

https://www.toyota.co.uk/new-cars/land-cruiser/com...

Does anyone else still make a full sized, utilitarian 4x4 that isn't a pickup truck? All the big SUVs have become very expensive and gaudy, and are either too posh or too flimsy (or both) to be used as a workhorse.

DoubleD

9,730 posts

56 months

Tuesday 19th November
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Jonny_ said:
Once upon a time the answer would have been an Isuzu Trooper. Tough, capable, unpretentious.

I think the nearest thing on offer now is the Land Cruiser Utility Commercial:

https://www.toyota.co.uk/new-cars/land-cruiser/com...

Does anyone else still make a full sized, utilitarian 4x4 that isn't a pickup truck? All the big SUVs have become very expensive and gaudy, and are either too posh or too flimsy (or both) to be used as a workhorse.
The demand for that type of vehicle is obviously not there anymore. Vans and pick up trucks do the job now.

ZX10R NIN

15,678 posts

73 months

Tuesday 19th November
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Isuzu D Max? I think they'll be good image wise & they're very robust.

talksthetorque

6,672 posts

83 months

Tuesday 19th November
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DoubleD said:
Jonny_ said:
Once upon a time the answer would have been an Isuzu Trooper. Tough, capable, unpretentious.

I think the nearest thing on offer now is the Land Cruiser Utility Commercial:

https://www.toyota.co.uk/new-cars/land-cruiser/com...

Does anyone else still make a full sized, utilitarian 4x4 that isn't a pickup truck? All the big SUVs have become very expensive and gaudy, and are either too posh or too flimsy (or both) to be used as a workhorse.
The demand for that type of vehicle is obviously not there anymore. Vans and pick up trucks do the job now.
Land Rover disco commercial? I can’t think why just now, but there’s something that’s telling me it’s not for the op......

Crumpet

1,824 posts

128 months

Tuesday 19th November
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Catatafish said:
Why can't landrover make a reliable product? or how do they manage to be so consistently crap at making cars for decades? that in itself is quite impressive...
Clearly the reputation comes from somewhere but I honestly don’t think they’re any worse than other brands that produce hugely complex vehicles. It does seem to be a bit of a lottery - get a Friday afternoon car and it’s endless trouble, get a good one and it won’t put a foot wrong.

My brother’s DS and my Dad’s D5 have been fault free. My last D4 never put a foot wrong and my new D5 has got off to a good start. I’d say take a punt on another D5, even though they’re a bit more bling than the D4 they’re still about the only large 4x4 that doesn’t have the negative image that comes with an X5 or RRS. Great cars as well, which helps!

dmsims

3,232 posts

215 months

Tuesday 19th November
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Crumpet said:
Clearly the reputation comes from somewhere
Every single reliability survey
Which?

Maybe if live in the SE which seems to be infested with them the image is OK but most people don't need a heavy diseasel to run Johnny to school and pop to Waitrose

dmsims

3,232 posts

215 months

Tuesday 19th November
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OP

Lexus or Volvo estate ?

https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/new...

Edited by dmsims on Tuesday 19th November 21:42

ChevronB19

1,180 posts

111 months

Tuesday 19th November
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Transit connect? Some sort of van?

talksthetorque

6,672 posts

83 months

Tuesday 19th November
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ChevronB19 said:
Transit connect? Some sort of van?
Disco to a transit connect?
I'm glad you're not my boss.
You wouldn't be for much longer if you pulled a stunt like that biggrin

Chuggy

250 posts

111 months

Tuesday 19th November
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Just remember, if the vehicles are wrapped and branded and parked with 2 wheels on a pavement, they don't advertise the company, they advertise the company employs selfish inconsiderate personnel.

talksthetorque

6,672 posts

83 months

Tuesday 19th November
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Chuggy said:
Just remember, if the vehicles are wrapped and branded and parked with 2 wheels on a pavement, they don't advertise the company, they advertise the company employs selfish inconsiderate personnel.
They tend not to have pavements on farms, the sheep find them a bit chewy.

Redarress

513 posts

155 months

Tuesday 19th November
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Thinking mans vehicle is the SsangYong. No real image but superb reliability and fantastic drive when towing.. Take a look at the number of vehicle delivery companies that have moved away from historically run JLR product and their fleet now consist of SsangYong product ......There is a reason for this

Justin Case

1,187 posts

82 months

Tuesday 19th November
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Where is Tarpa Tow when you need him? I am sure that he would recommend a BMW X6 as something that would project the right image.The only drawback that I can see is the likelihood of a sheep eating the key as soon as it has been strategically placed on the farm table 😦