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Laden weight

Maximum Laden weight

The weight of a vehicle including its load. The maximum laden weight is the maximum total weight allowed.

Light commercial vehicles

Light commercial vehicles (LCV) or category N1 is the formal term in the European Union for goods vehicles with a Gross vehicle mass (GVM) of up to 3.5 tonnes. Vehicles which qualify in this catergory are pickup trucks and vans both commercially based or passenger car derived.

Load Space

The internal space in a van that can be used to carry a cargo.


A Luton body is a style of commercial vehicle body incorporating an enclosed box body extended over the cab. It takes its name from the town of Luton, in Bedfordshire, where the Bedford commercial vehicle plant was located. The body style is common in medium commercial vehicles such as the Ford Transit, as well as larger vehicles especially those used by household removals companies. More modern examples may be streamlined to reduce wind resistance. Some commercial vehicles have a wind deflector on the cab roof, but this is not a Luton body: the Luton is functional and can be accessed from the main body. The portion of the body that rests over the cab is referred to as the peak, also referred to, in some quarters as a luton. Many commercial vehicles have tilting cabs. To allow for this the floor of the Luton may be hinged, and there may be a hinged flap at the front.


Long Wheel Base, van with a longer wheel base measurement.

In automobiles, the wheelbase is the horizontal distance between the center of the front wheel, and the center of the rear wheel.