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Mercedes-Benz Introducing U.S. to the Metris

German maker jumps into the compact cargo van segment.

by on Mar.04, 2015

Mercedes-Benz plans to jump into the growing cargo van segment in the U.S. with its new Metris model.

Mercedes is set to become the latest maker to enter the fast-growing U.S. compact cargo van segment – and like rivals such as Ford and Fiat Chrysler, the German maker will turn to a European design.

The Mercedes-Benz Metris is the new U.S. name for the Vito van sold in other parts of the world – and the downsized sibling of the big Mercedes Sprinter van that has been available to commercial buyers for a few years now.

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It targets a niche that a growing number of manufacturers have been successfully exploiting with products such as the Nissan NV200 and the latest-generation Ford Transit Connect. (more…)

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…)

Chrysler Enters Commercial Van Market with 2015 Ram ProMaster City

Set to challenge Ford’s new Transit Connect line.

by on Jun.26, 2014

The new Ram ProMaster City is based on a modified Fiat Doblo compact van platform.

They may not have the visual appeal of a Dodge Challenger or Chrysler 300, nor the macho draw of the big Ram 1500 pickup, but there’s a sizable and growing market for small work vans that Fiat Chrysler hopes to tap into as it readies the launch of its new Ram ProMaster City.

Based on the European Fiat Diablo, but heavily updated for the North American market, the new ProMaster will take direct aim at Ford’s recently updated small world van, the Transit Connect.

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Like the Transit Connect, the new Ram van uses a front-drive powertrain layout to help maximize cargo space, and the ProMaster City will be offered in two different lengths when it goes on sale in the U.S. early next year.


Ford Aims to Build Interest in Work Vans with New Transit

Automakers adding a little style – and lots of functionality.

by on Apr.30, 2014

The new Ford Transit van with Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and Ford President of the Americas Joe Hinrichs.

It’s probably no surprise that Ford has put a lot more effort into heralding the launch of the new 2015 Mustang than into its new Transit and Transit Connect models. Vans are the automotive equivalent of Rodney Dangerfield. They get no respect, at least not from consumers.

But it’s a different story when it comes to business owners, and that means auto manufacturers like Ford love these vehicles because they generate consistent sales – and solid profits.

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The full-size van “is an extremely important product for us,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s President of the Americas, as he watched the official roll-out of the first of the new full-size Transit models on Wednesday at the maker’s Kansas City Assembly Plant.


New Chevrolet Van to Get Chicago Auto Show Debut

GM turns to Nissan for a helping hand.

by on Jan.31, 2014

The 2015 Chevrolet City Express will be available in dealerships in the U.S. and Canada this coming autumn.

One of the big reveals at the Chicago Auto Show next week will be the rollout of a new compact cargo van from General Motors – for which GM has turned to Nissan for a helping hand.

The new Chevrolet City Express van, which is designed to compete with the new Ford Transit Connect, is aimed primarily at commercial customers, such as tradesman and small business owners in need of a delivery vehicle, GM officials explain.

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The new Chevy van could be converted into a people carrier, as well, and is expected to find a strong niche in the small van segment, which has been growing in recent years.


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…)

Ford Rolls Out Some Hot Wheels at SEMA – A Hot Wheels Transit Connect

Detroit maker sends a Kiss to car collecting rock ‘n roll fans.

by on Nov.07, 2013

Ford's life-size Hot Wheels concept began life as a 2014 Transit Connect van.

Ford has rolled out a set of hot wheels for SEMA.  Make that Hot Wheels, the maker becoming the latest to honor the popular Mattel toy line with a running, life-size model – this one based on the latest Ford Transit Connect van.

Dark blue with bright orange accents, a “Hot Wheels” logo and the sort of fins and fender details one might expect on a toy car, the concept vehicle is on display all week at the huge Las Vegas automotive aftermarket show known as the SEMA Show.  Ford is just the latest maker to honor the popular toy with a full-size concept.

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“The Hot Wheels design team jumped at the chance to hot rod a Transit Connect van. The idea was to create a race inspired support vehicle for the average guy to spend a weekend at the track testing his Hot Wheels race car,” said Felix Holst, vice president of creative for the Mattel Wheels Division.


Ford Grows New Tourneo Van Family

U.S. will see it as the Transit Connect Wagon.

by on Mar.05, 2013

Ford's new Tourneo Courier minivan.

Ford has been completely updating its people-mover family – what Americans prefer to call minivans – in recent months, and the latest version of the Tourneo Courier is making its debut at this week’s Geneva Motor Show.

Why does that matter to American motorists? Because it will land in the States bearing the Transit Connect Wagon badge.

“Tourneo stands for smart, do-anything vehicles that are designed for people who live life to the fullest,” boasted Barb Samardzich, vice president, Product Development, Ford of Europe. “However big your personal mission, we have a Tourneo people-mover that will help you squeeze the most out of every moment – whether that’s cycling with friends or a day with the kids.”

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Completing the updated Tourneo family and set for a European launch in the mid-2014 model-year, the maker contends the Courier will have a number of advantages over key competitors, including class-leading space, practicality, fuel economy and safety features.


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.


Ford Back in the Minivan Game with New Transit Connect Wagon

But new 7-seater is 1st in segment to top 30 mpg.

by on Nov.13, 2012

Ford will offer a minivan of the updated Transit Connect in 5- and 7-passenger configurations.

Ford has had a troubled history when it comes to minivans – first rejecting the design that instead became Chrysler’s industry game-changing Voyager and Caravan models, then fielding a fleet of me-too designs that never caught on with consumers.

Now, after being out of the segment for a half-decade Ford is making its return with a 7-passenger version of its European van dubbed the Transit Connect Wagon. It will provide a more traditional, van-like alternative to Ford’s bigger “people-mover,” the Flex.

“Transit Connect Wagon gives young families and people on the go the fun-to-drive and efficient vehicle they’ve been looking for,” said Mark Fields, recently named Ford’s new Chief Operating Officer and the outgoing Ford President of the Americas. “It’s an all-new, smaller seven-seater that has better mileage than larger vans and creates a segment of its own. Customers also will love the unique combination of style, adaptability and affordability this wagon brings.”

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The Transit Connect has been offered in the U.S. market for several years but until now, the focus has been on commercial and fleet users, rather than on retail buyers. The personal use market becomes a major target as Ford rolls out an all-new update of the Transit Connect previewed several months ago at a company-wide product event in Amsterdam.  European buyers have had the option of buying a van-like Transit Connect called the Tourneo.