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Fiat Chrysler Stakes Claim in Van Market with ProMaster

Maker using Euro-based design to carve out place growing segment.

by on Dec.22, 2014

The Ram ProMaster City is smaller than the traditional body-on-frame vans employed by variety of users in the U.S., but easier to maneuver.

Until recently, the commercial van business was a quiet, dusty corner of the automobile world where old-school vehicles managed to help keep the wheels of the economy moving on their aging springs and axles.

However, the segment is undergoing something of a revolution as American businesses, large and small, turn to smaller, Euro-style vans ranging from the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter to Ford’s Transit Connect to carry tools and cargo through increasingly crowded urban centers around the United States.

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles won’t be left out of the growing market as it is bringing the ProMaster City, which is based on the successful Fiat Doblò, a two-time International Van of the Year winner, winner with more than 1.3 million units sold, to the U.S. market. (more…)

Ford Transit Helps Conquer Commercial Truck World

New van comes in 58 different configurations to suit everyone.

by on Jul.09, 2014

The 2015 Ford Transit can be configured 58 different ways, including two wheelbases, to allow it to meet the needs of the commercial vehicle market.

Over the years, the Ford Motor Co. has outflanked its rivals by quietly conquering the world of work.

In the U.S., roughly 41% of the vehicles used for commercial purposes. It’s a broad category that includes airport shuttle vans as well as vehicles used by government agencies, mining companies, energy companies, and at construction sites and on farms, are now built by Ford. In addition, 20% of all vehicles sold around the world are used commercially so staying on top is a strategic priority for the company.

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So Ford has invested $1.3 billion dollars in the development of a replacement for the big commercial E- Series van, which, with few changes, has been a mainstay of the Ford fleet for a half-century, and the best-selling commercial van used by plumbers, contractors and companies that offer delivery service of various kinds. (more…)

Mercedes-Benz Mulls Expanding Sprinter Line-up in US

Growing small commercial van market powerful draw.

by on Mar.28, 2014

Mercedes-Benz is considering expanding the Sprinter van line-up with a smaller, commercial version.

The tall, awkward-looking Sprinter van may be getting a little brother in the U.S. in the near term. Mercedes-Benz is looking at adding a small, commercial-oriented van to the Sprinter line in the U.S., a key MBUSA executive said this week.

Bernhard Glaser, vice president of MBUSA’s new van division, said during a visit to Detroit that demand for small commercial vans is expected to grow rapidly in the next few years, making it a promising market for potential expansion of the maker’s van lineup in the U.S.

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“It’s certainly something that we’re keeping an eye on,” he said. (more…)

Ram Adding New Small Van to Lineup in 2015

New city van to compete with Transit Connect, NV200.

by on Dec.03, 2013

Ram is introducing a new small commercial van, the ProMaster City, to its lineup.

Chrysler Group’s Ram lineup is going to expand next year as the brand is adding an all-new small van in North America: the 2015 Ram ProMaster City.

No official release date has been announced for the new van, but full volume production won’t happen until 2015.

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It joins the Ram ProMaster as an additional van offering for Ram and it’s designed to compete with small commercial and passenger vans, such as the Ford Transit Connect and the Nissan NV200, which will also sell as the Chevrolet City Express. (more…)

2014 Sprinter Coming This Fall

Daimler revamps the multi-use commercial van.

by on May.07, 2013

Daimler hopes to expand its share of the commercial van market with the 2014 Sprinter this fall.

Daimler AG is aiming to cash in on latest shift in the rapidly changing market for commercial van-style vehicles in the United States.

When the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter first went on sale in 2001, its silhouette was somewhat unusual, noted Claus Tritt, general manager of commercial vehicles in the United States, during a briefing for reporters at the Mercedes-Benz Technical Center in Ann Arbor, Mich.

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“We are no longer the exception. We are the benchmark,” Tritt said, adding that other vehicle manufacturers including Ford Motor Co., Chrysler/Fiat and Nissan are now bringing tall, narrow commercial vehicles to the U.S.


VW Eyes Opportunity for Commercial Battery Vans with e-Co-Motion

Clean delivery option for polluted megacities.

by on Mar.04, 2013

VW sees opportunities for a battery-battery commercial van in crowded and polluted megacities.

While battery power has severe range restrictions, automakers see great potential for small city car applications. But with the e-Co-Motion concept it unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show this week, Volkswagen has yet another opportunity in mind.

The German maker’s truck subsidiary sees a promising niche for short-distance commercial vans that could meet growing demand for clean vehicles in polluted megacities.

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VW’s e-Co-Motion concept vehicle offers a large cargo area and the carrying capacity of eight hundred kilograms – nearly 1,800 pounds — of payload, while also producing zero emissions from its electric drive system, VW officials said.

“Electric mobility – especially in light commercial vehicles – could play a crucial role in meeting the growing transport needs of the world’s megacities,’ explains Eckhard Scholz of the Brand Board of Management.


Transit Connect Aimed at Keeping Ford Tops in Truck Market

Replacing an old workhorse.

by on Dec.17, 2012

The 2014 Ford Transit will replace the maker's aging commercial workhorse, the old Econoline.

Contrary to what Wall Street believes fleet and commercials customers represent a vital and profitable part of the automotive business and Ford Motor Co. plans to use its “One Ford” strategy to nail down more of that business in the U.S. and abroad.

The maker has formally unveiled the all-new U.S. version of its Transit and Transit Connect vans – and with the exception of a “Wagon” version of the smaller model, the target market will be fleets and individual commercial buyers, such as contractors, florists, plumbers and caterers.

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Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s new president of the Americas, said the all-new 2014 Ford Transit full-size van will be the critical replacement of the maker’s durable Econoline van, also known as the E-Series, which was last redesigned in 1992.


Nissan Looks for Big Niche With Small NV 200 Van

Food truck anyone?

by on Feb.08, 2012

Nissan's newest commercial truck, the NV 200, makes its Chicago Auto Show debut.

Cupcakes to go?  How about some macaroni and cheese?  The food truck at the corner of the Nissan stand suggested just one of the reasons why the Japanese maker is optimistic about the opportunities for its new NV 200 van, which is getting its U.S. preview at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show.

Even after loading in a mobile kitchen, 4-wheel restaurants can be put on the road for less than $75,000, a company spokesman told, potentially positioning Nissan to take advantage of the food truck boom sweeping the U.S. market.

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Of course, there are plenty of other applications the maker hopes to take advantage of, said Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division, Nissan North America Inc., including New York’s huge cab fleet as a result of the maker winning the city’s Taxi of Tomorrow competition.


First Drive: Nissan NV

Nissan jumps off deep end into commercial van segment.

by on Feb.03, 2011

Nissan enters the commercial cargo truck segment with the new NV line.

Nissan, which does 20% of its business worldwide in light, medium and heavy commercial vehicles, trucks and buses, has never offered a commercial van in the North American market.  Until now.  And the one they’ve finally introduced is the biggest one available.

Starting next month, at 250 carefully selected dealerships in the U.S., Nissan will offer a whole family of what it calls its NV vans, in 1500, 2500HD, and 3500HD conventional and 2500 and 3500 high-roof versions, all in a heavy-duty, body-on-frame construction.

Each participating dealership has committed to the installation of higher service-bay doors to accommodate the high-roof versions, plus at least one heavy-duty service lift, along with special training for mechanics and parts department personnel.