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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.


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.


Nissan Eyes Growth in Commercial Sector

New NV to be followed by battery van and other models.

by on Mar.12, 2010

The 2011 Nissan NV commercial van will be offered in standard and tall configurations and, eventually, with battery drive.

Nissan rolled out its new commercial van at the National Truck Equipment Association’s annual Work Truck Show in St. Louis, this week, and is also suggesting the small van will be among the first electric vehicles to follow the Nissan Leaf sedan into the market.

Before the work truck show, Nissan North America Vice President of Commercial Vehicles Joe Castelli said the company is determined to expand its presence in the commercial market. Nissan’s commercial vans already are sold in 75% of the world’s markets, including Japan, China, Mexico, Europe, South America, Australia and the Middle East. Other manufacturers including Daimler AG, Chrysler, General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. have or are promising to step up their activity in the commercial vehicle segment over the next couple of years.

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The new NV, however, is only one of the commercial vehicles Nissan is planning to sell in the US. A small van will also be introduced in the US next year and, after that, an all-electric version of the small van will come to the US market, Nissan officials said.

The new full-size van, which was shown in St. Louis, comes in two versions — standard and tall. It capitalizes on Nissan’s experience around the world. The tall version comes with a cargo box that is 76 inches tall and the standard 4-foot-by-4-foot by 4-foot cube-shaped palate slips easily into either the tall or standard-size cargo box, Nissan officials said.