The Truth About Cars » Vans http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Thu, 05 May 2016 20:33:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Come Join Me and the Rolling Heavy Vanner Girls For a Party In the Desert http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/come-join-rolling-heavy-vanner-girls-party-desert/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/come-join-rolling-heavy-vanner-girls-party-desert/#comments Mon, 04 Apr 2016 17:30:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1318122 If our comments and emails are any indication, TTAC readers are by and large very sane and sensible men who make sound choices based on reliable data. You’re family men with minivans and bachelors who have CUVs just in case they meet the right girl on eHarmony. You’re introverts who don’t like bright colors. You’re […]

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If our comments and emails are any indication, TTAC readers are by and large very sane and sensible men who make sound choices based on reliable data. You’re family men with minivans and bachelors who have CUVs just in case they meet the right girl on eHarmony. You’re introverts who don’t like bright colors. You’re […]

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Long-term Update: Four Months in the 2015 Honda Odyssey EX http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/long-term-update-four-months-2015-honda-odyssey-ex/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/long-term-update-four-months-2015-honda-odyssey-ex/#comments Wed, 25 Nov 2015 16:00:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1227561 They say the grass is greener on the other side. I say, just give me more grass on my side; any color will do. I’m blessed with a job that enables me to work from home and drive a whole bunch of new cars. Strangely, even with a new vehicle delivered to my driveway each […]

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They say the grass is greener on the other side. I say, just give me more grass on my side; any color will do. I’m blessed with a job that enables me to work from home and drive a whole bunch of new cars. Strangely, even with a new vehicle delivered to my driveway each […]

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What’s Wrong With This Picture: ProMaster Of Rustbits Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/whats-wrong-picture-promaster-rustbits-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/whats-wrong-picture-promaster-rustbits-edition/#comments Thu, 18 Jun 2015 12:00:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1094921 There are few traditions at TTAC as hallowed as that of the “low-quality point-and-shoot photo used as centerpiece of article”. The undisputed master of this genre, the Mapplethorpe of the grainy tree-growing-mysteriously-out-of-a-car’s-trunk-just-above-the-glowing-date-stamped-on-the-shot, was TrueDelta’s Michael “TrueDelta” Karesh, of TrueDelta. Some of his work was so bad it approached the status of art. If I had […]

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There are few traditions at TTAC as hallowed as that of the “low-quality point-and-shoot photo used as centerpiece of article”. The undisputed master of this genre, the Mapplethorpe of the grainy tree-growing-mysteriously-out-of-a-car’s-trunk-just-above-the-glowing-date-stamped-on-the-shot, was TrueDelta’s Michael “TrueDelta” Karesh, of TrueDelta. Some of his work was so bad it approached the status of art. If I had […]

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Volkswagen Considering Trucks, Vans For US Market http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/volkswagen-considering-trucks-vans-us-market/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/volkswagen-considering-trucks-vans-us-market/#comments Thu, 19 Mar 2015 13:00:36 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1024977 Long ago, Volkswagen once sold (non-Chrysler) vans, utes and trucks in the United States. Those days may come again. According to Bloomberg, VW North America light commercial vehicle boss Eckhard Scholz said the automaker was looking into bringing a van and/or a pickup into the U.S. market to help bolster its overall range, as well […]

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Long ago, Volkswagen once sold (non-Chrysler) vans, utes and trucks in the United States. Those days may come again. According to Bloomberg, VW North America light commercial vehicle boss Eckhard Scholz said the automaker was looking into bringing a van and/or a pickup into the U.S. market to help bolster its overall range, as well […]

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Dispatches do Brasil: Hanover Vans http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/dispatches-brasil-hanover-vans/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/dispatches-brasil-hanover-vans/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 14:29:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=921290 The bi-annual IAA Nutzfahzeuge, or, roughly, commercial vehicle salon, in Hanover, Germany is in its 65th edition. Efficiency, connectivity and automation seem to the main themes of the current fair. Picking and choosing among the various van, truck, bus and supplier offerings, I chose three to highlight. The first is the Hyundai H350. For now […]

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The bi-annual IAA Nutzfahzeuge, or, roughly, commercial vehicle salon, in Hanover, Germany is in its 65th edition. Efficiency, connectivity and automation seem to the main themes of the current fair. Picking and choosing among the various van, truck, bus and supplier offerings, I chose three to highlight. The first is the Hyundai H350. For now […]

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Versatile 2015 Mercedes Vito Van Puts Power To Front, Rear Or All http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/versatile-2015-mercedes-vito-van-puts-power-to-front-rear-or-all/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/versatile-2015-mercedes-vito-van-puts-power-to-front-rear-or-all/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:00:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=876185 If you run a very large flower shop somewhere in Europe, and are in need of a van that could be configured to your needs — including where the power from the engine will go — Mercedes has a van just for you. Jalopnik subsidiary Truck Yeah! reports the 2015 Vito — part of Mercedes’ […]

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If you run a very large flower shop somewhere in Europe, and are in need of a van that could be configured to your needs — including where the power from the engine will go — Mercedes has a van just for you. Jalopnik subsidiary Truck Yeah! reports the 2015 Vito — part of Mercedes’ […]

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Cain’s Segments June 2014: Commercial Vans http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/cains-segments-june-2014-commercial-vans/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/cains-segments-june-2014-commercial-vans/#comments Wed, 11 Jun 2014 10:30:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=841841 The only van not capable of improving its May 2013 U.S. sales figures in May 2014 possessed an in-showroom rival last month which didn’t exist a year ago. Ram Cargo Van sales fell 21%, or 209 units, in May 2014. But with the ProMaster making headway, total Ram commercial van sales jumped 84%. FCA is […]

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The only van not capable of improving its May 2013 U.S. sales figures in May 2014 possessed an in-showroom rival last month which didn’t exist a year ago. Ram Cargo Van sales fell 21%, or 209 units, in May 2014. But with the ProMaster making headway, total Ram commercial van sales jumped 84%. FCA is […]

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Mitsubishi Buys Laguna Ford Assembly Plant http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/mitsubishi-buys-laguna-ford-assembly-plant/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/mitsubishi-buys-laguna-ford-assembly-plant/#comments Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:06:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=785649 In a push to expand Southeast Asia sales, Mitsubishi has purchased a Ford assembly plant in Laguna, Philippines for an undisclosed amount. Automotive News reports the plant, which last saw production in 2012, will start back up in 2015 with an initial capacity of 50,000 units per year, expanding to 100,000 annually. The plant will […]

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In a push to expand Southeast Asia sales, Mitsubishi has purchased a Ford assembly plant in Laguna, Philippines for an undisclosed amount. Automotive News reports the plant, which last saw production in 2012, will start back up in 2015 with an initial capacity of 50,000 units per year, expanding to 100,000 annually. The plant will […]

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Cain’s Segments: July 2013 – Commercial Vans http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/cains-segments-july-2013-commercial-vans/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/cains-segments-july-2013-commercial-vans/#comments Sat, 10 Aug 2013 17:06:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=498928 After abnormally high GM commercial van sales results in the United States a year ago, it wasn’t surprising to see dramatic year-over-year sales declines reported by the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana in July 2013. As a result, and in part because of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter’s 13% drop, overall commercial van volume slid 11% in […]

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After abnormally high GM commercial van sales results in the United States a year ago, it wasn’t surprising to see dramatic year-over-year sales declines reported by the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana in July 2013. As a result, and in part because of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter’s 13% drop, overall commercial van volume slid 11% in […]

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PSA, GM Discussing A Return For Peugeot And Citroen Products In The USA http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/psa-gm-discussing-a-return-for-peugeot-and-citroen-products-in-the-usa/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/psa-gm-discussing-a-return-for-peugeot-and-citroen-products-in-the-usa/#comments Wed, 10 Jul 2013 13:50:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=494756 No, the headline is not just empty click-bait. According to La Tribune, GM and PSA are looking at bringing some current Peugeot and Citroen products to America. The only catch is that they’d be commercial vans. The Citroen Jumpy and Peugeot Expert, the two vans in question, are currently built in a joint venture with Fiat due […]

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No, the headline is not just empty click-bait. According to La Tribune, GM and PSA are looking at bringing some current Peugeot and Citroen products to America. The only catch is that they’d be commercial vans. The Citroen Jumpy and Peugeot Expert, the two vans in question, are currently built in a joint venture with Fiat due […]

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800 Workers Walk Out At Sprinter Plant http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/800-workers-walk-out-at-sprinter-plant/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/800-workers-walk-out-at-sprinter-plant/#comments Wed, 02 May 2012 15:42:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=442471 800 workers at a Daimler plant that builds Sprinter commercial vehicles downed their tools and walked off the job after wage talks collapsed. After years of wage freezes, workers are looking for a raise. “Our patience is at an end, we want a 6.5 percent wage increase,” Oliver Burkhard, a regional union leader, said in […]

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800 workers at a Daimler plant that builds Sprinter commercial vehicles downed their tools and walked off the job after wage talks collapsed. After years of wage freezes, workers are looking for a raise. “Our patience is at an end, we want a 6.5 percent wage increase,” Oliver Burkhard, a regional union leader, said in […]

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Digging For Savings, Mazda Cuts Its Roots http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/searching-for-savings-mazda-cuts-its-roots/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/searching-for-savings-mazda-cuts-its-roots/#comments Fri, 23 Mar 2012 19:31:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=436273 Mazda is not doing too well. Stuck with most of its production in high-yen Japan, woefully underrepresented in emerging markets and without the scale necessary for long term success, Mazda is expected to announce a 100 billion yen ($1.2 billion) loss for the fiscal year that ends this March. Mazda has three options for survival: […]

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Mazda is not doing too well. Stuck with most of its production in high-yen Japan, woefully underrepresented in emerging markets and without the scale necessary for long term success, Mazda is expected to announce a 100 billion yen ($1.2 billion) loss for the fiscal year that ends this March. Mazda has three options for survival: […]

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Guess Where This American Ram Van Will Be Built http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/guess-where-this-american-ram-van-will-be-built/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/guess-where-this-american-ram-van-will-be-built/#comments Sat, 14 Jan 2012 16:56:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=426337 Chrysler is dropping half a billion dollars into an expansion of one of its North American plants, Automotive News [sub] reports. This is where Chrysler will produce (to what degree remains open) its Fiat Ducato van, which will be sold as a Chrysler Ram Van. Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Chrysler, told reporters in Detroit that […]

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Chrysler is dropping half a billion dollars into an expansion of one of its North American plants, Automotive News [sub] reports. This is where Chrysler will produce (to what degree remains open) its Fiat Ducato van, which will be sold as a Chrysler Ram Van. Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Chrysler, told reporters in Detroit that […]

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Volkswagen Goes Postal, Develops The Electric “Fridolin” Of The Future http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/volkswagen-goes-postal-develops-the-electric-fridolin-of-the-future/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/volkswagen-goes-postal-develops-the-electric-fridolin-of-the-future/#comments Fri, 18 Nov 2011 18:28:36 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=419184 Are you familiar with the Fridolin? If so, hit the jump. If not, here’s the brief version of its history. Unhappy with its adorable but inadequate, two-cylinder Goggomobil Transporters, the German Postal Service approached Volkswagen and Westfalia in the early 60s, looking for a new interpretation of what it was looking for, namely “arbeitspsychologisch optimaler Ausstattung zu […]

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Are you familiar with the Fridolin? If so, hit the jump. If not, here’s the brief version of its history. Unhappy with its adorable but inadequate, two-cylinder Goggomobil Transporters, the German Postal Service approached Volkswagen and Westfalia in the early 60s, looking for a new interpretation of what it was looking for, namely “arbeitspsychologisch optimaler Ausstattung zu […]

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The Fiesta-Van Cometh… http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/the-fiesta-van-cometh/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/the-fiesta-van-cometh/#comments Sun, 16 Oct 2011 18:06:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=414951 Take one Ford Fiesta. Add four inches to the length, and pop up the roof for some extra headroom. Add a pair of small sliding rear doors, and you’ve got the forthcoming Fiesta B-Max. With Ford soft-pedaling its C-Max plans for the US market, don’t expect this tiny van to ever come to the US… […]

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Take one Ford Fiesta. Add four inches to the length, and pop up the roof for some extra headroom. Add a pair of small sliding rear doors, and you’ve got the forthcoming Fiesta B-Max. With Ford soft-pedaling its C-Max plans for the US market, don’t expect this tiny van to ever come to the US… […]

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The Battle Of The Euro-Van: Ford And Ram To Take On Sprinter http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/the-battle-of-the-euro-van-ford-and-ram-to-take-on-sprinter/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/the-battle-of-the-euro-van-ford-and-ram-to-take-on-sprinter/#comments Fri, 07 Oct 2011 15:51:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=413999 Daimler’s Sprinter Van has been available in the US for ten years now, but thanks to high prices, inconsistent brand strategy (it’s been marketed as a Freightliner, Dodge, and now Mercedes), and some curious marketing choices, it’s never made a huge impact on the market. And with Ram announcing that it will bring Sprinter-sized Ducato vans to […]

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Daimler’s Sprinter Van has been available in the US for ten years now, but thanks to high prices, inconsistent brand strategy (it’s been marketed as a Freightliner, Dodge, and now Mercedes), and some curious marketing choices, it’s never made a huge impact on the market. And with Ram announcing that it will bring Sprinter-sized Ducato vans to […]

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Ask The Best And Brightest: Could This Become The Littlest Ram? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/ask-the-best-and-brightest-could-this-become-the-littlest-ram/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/ask-the-best-and-brightest-could-this-become-the-littlest-ram/#comments Wed, 31 Aug 2011 21:52:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=409702 First of all, let’s not fool ourselves: this is quite the hypothetical question. For one thing, Fiat is unlikely to federalize the Doblo cargo van that this “Work Up” is based upon until a subsequent generation comes out. In the meantime, the only Fiat Professional vehicle the US market will be getting anytime soon (thanks […]

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First of all, let’s not fool ourselves: this is quite the hypothetical question. For one thing, Fiat is unlikely to federalize the Doblo cargo van that this “Work Up” is based upon until a subsequent generation comes out. In the meantime, the only Fiat Professional vehicle the US market will be getting anytime soon (thanks […]

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Secret Service Buys Beastly Campaign Bus http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/secret-service-buys-a-beastly-bus/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/secret-service-buys-a-beastly-bus/#comments Mon, 15 Aug 2011 18:28:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=407284 In the past, when a sitting president has hit the campaign trail, they’ve leased their own campaign bus which the Secret Service would then retrofit with all the latest security features. But no longer, as Talking Points Memo reports that the presidential bodyguards are buying their own bespoke campaign bus, reportedly from Hemphill Brothers Coach Company. Secret Service […]

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In the past, when a sitting president has hit the campaign trail, they’ve leased their own campaign bus which the Secret Service would then retrofit with all the latest security features. But no longer, as Talking Points Memo reports that the presidential bodyguards are buying their own bespoke campaign bus, reportedly from Hemphill Brothers Coach Company. Secret Service […]

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Electric Ford Transit Connect Struck By Killer Depreciation http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/ford-struck-by-killer-ev-depreciation/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/ford-struck-by-killer-ev-depreciation/#comments Wed, 27 Jul 2011 21:50:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=404538 We have no wish to dampen enthusiasm for any new development in the light commercial vehicles sector but at this point the prospects for all-electric vans are fraught with difficulties, despite the clear operating advantages of using one for specific kinds of work The Commercial Vehicle Monitor editor for the British residual value gurus at CAP, Tim […]

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We have no wish to dampen enthusiasm for any new development in the light commercial vehicles sector but at this point the prospects for all-electric vans are fraught with difficulties, despite the clear operating advantages of using one for specific kinds of work The Commercial Vehicle Monitor editor for the British residual value gurus at CAP, Tim […]

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What’s Wrong With This Picture: The Urban Electric Delivery Van Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-the-urban-electric-delivery-van-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-the-urban-electric-delivery-van-edition/#comments Fri, 22 Jul 2011 15:15:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=403860 Would you be a little bit surprised if the man behind this tiny, funky little electric van was the man who styled the VW Passat CC and first-generation Mercedes SLK? Well, Murat Günak has been heavily into the electric car game since leaving Volkswagen, having designed one of my favorite EVs, the fresh-and-freaky Mindset. But […]

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Would you be a little bit surprised if the man behind this tiny, funky little electric van was the man who styled the VW Passat CC and first-generation Mercedes SLK? Well, Murat Günak has been heavily into the electric car game since leaving Volkswagen, having designed one of my favorite EVs, the fresh-and-freaky Mindset. But […]

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Review: 2012 Mazda5 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/review-2012-mazda5/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/review-2012-mazda5/#comments Wed, 01 Jun 2011 19:57:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=397066 In the United States, unlike elsewhere in the world, there aren’t many choices for those who need seating for more than five people but who don’t want to give up the maneuverability of a compact car. Kia gave the segment a go, but withdrew the Rondo from the U.S. market a couple of years ago. […]

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In the United States, unlike elsewhere in the world, there aren’t many choices for those who need seating for more than five people but who don’t want to give up the maneuverability of a compact car. Kia gave the segment a go, but withdrew the Rondo from the U.S. market a couple of years ago. […]

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Are You Ready For: A Smaller Sprinter? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/are-you-ready-for-a-smaller-sprinter/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/are-you-ready-for-a-smaller-sprinter/#comments Tue, 24 May 2011 02:50:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=395934 Ford sold 8,834 Transit Connects in 2009, with sales of the small, Euro-style panel and passenger vans hitting 27,405 units last year. With 9,852 already sold in the first third of 2011, it seems the original German delivery van-slingers in the US market, Mercedes, are taking notice of the segment. The Dodge-branded Sprinter, a larger […]

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Ford sold 8,834 Transit Connects in 2009, with sales of the small, Euro-style panel and passenger vans hitting 27,405 units last year. With 9,852 already sold in the first third of 2011, it seems the original German delivery van-slingers in the US market, Mercedes, are taking notice of the segment. The Dodge-branded Sprinter, a larger […]

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Nissan NV200 Wins NYC “Taxi Of Tomorrow” Contract http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/nissan-nv200-wins-nyc-taxi-of-tomorrow-contract/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/nissan-nv200-wins-nyc-taxi-of-tomorrow-contract/#comments Tue, 03 May 2011 15:40:11 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=393514 Nissan’s NV200-based entrant into New York City’s Taxi of Tomorrow contest has won the contract (reportedly worth over a billion dollars), reports Reuters, beating out two other finalists, one based on Ford’s Transit Connect, the other from Turkey’s Karsan Otomotiv. The decision may be taking a few New Yorkers by surprise, as Reuters reports that […]

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Nissan’s NV200-based entrant into New York City’s Taxi of Tomorrow contest has won the contract (reportedly worth over a billion dollars), reports Reuters, beating out two other finalists, one based on Ford’s Transit Connect, the other from Turkey’s Karsan Otomotiv. The decision may be taking a few New Yorkers by surprise, as Reuters reports that […]

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The Next Generation Econoline? (Hopefully Yes) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/09/the-next-generation-econoline-hopefully-yes/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/09/the-next-generation-econoline-hopefully-yes/#comments Sun, 26 Sep 2010 17:05:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=366823 Yes, I can muster some appreciation of Econolines of yore. But the painful reality is that the current E-Series is an ugly, primitive and inefficient pig virtually unchanged since 1974.  The fact that the American light truck sector hasn’t had the same revolution that European design influences have had on passenger cars is a mystery. […]

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Yes, I can muster some appreciation of Econolines of yore. But the painful reality is that the current E-Series is an ugly, primitive and inefficient pig virtually unchanged since 1974.  The fact that the American light truck sector hasn’t had the same revolution that European design influences have had on passenger cars is a mystery. […]

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May Sales Analysis: Vans http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/06/may-sales-analysis-vans/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/06/may-sales-analysis-vans/#comments Fri, 04 Jun 2010 17:52:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=358133 Minivans, microvans, cargo vans. If it has rolling rear doors, you’ll find it here.

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Minivans, microvans, cargo vans. If it has rolling rear doors, you’ll find it here.

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