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February 14, 2017 - News

Spartan Sets Up Van Upfitting Near Transit Plant

Spartan Motors' fleet upfitting division has opened a new assembly facility in Kansas City to provide fleets with tailored upfits of cargo vans and other fleet vehicles in close proximity to Ford's Kansas City Assembly Plant that produces the Transit full-size van.

February 8, 2017 - Article

Ford's 2017-MY Fleet-Only Options

Ford offers optional equipment available only to fleets that includes police telematics, orange seatbelts, and adjustable pedals.

February 2, 2017 - News

Nissan NV Cargo X Powered by Cummins Diesel

Built in partnership with off-road builder Ian Johnson, host of Xtreme Off-Road, the NV Cargo X stands more than seven-and-a-half feet tall on 37-inch tires and is powered by a Cummins 5.0L V-8 turbo diesel transplanted from a Nissan Titan XD full-size pickup.

February 2, 2017 - News

Cox Hoping for Exemption to Calif. City's Parking Ban

Cox Enterprises, Inc. has begun discussions with elected leaders in Santa Barbara, Calif., to determine whether a new law banning overnight parking of cargo vans on city streets would affect its drivers, a company spokesperson said.

January 12, 2017 - Article

Sprinter Charges Ahead

Since its introduction to the North American market two decades ago, European-style vans have become a mainstay in the fleet industry. The van that started it all in America continues forging into the future.

January 11, 2017 - News

CARB Certifies Landi Renzo's CNG E-450

The California Air Resource Board (CARB) has certified Landi Renzo to produce a dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) version of the 2017 model year Ford E-450 cutaway van, which now makes it legal to convert the vehicle to CNG in the U.S.

December 21, 2016 - News

Landi Renzo's Dedicated CNG E-450 Certified

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has certified Landi Renzo's dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) conversion of Ford's 2017 model year E-450 cutaway van.

December 19, 2016 - Article

Euro-Style Cargo Vans Break the Mold

A new breed of commercial van is sweeping the country with capabilities and features unheard of just a few years ago. Here’s why many experts think these vans will soon dominate in light- and medium-duty fleets.

December 15, 2016 - News

Most Diesel Pickups Cost More to Operate

More than 90% of the 272 diesel-powered pickups on the market cost more to operate than their gasoline counterparts, while nine diesel passenger cars had a lower total cost of ownership (TCO), according to new data from Vincentric.

December 7, 2016 - News

Auto Truck Group Appoints Sales Manager

Auto Truck Group has appointed Scott Walters as a fleet sales manager who will specialize in growing the company's upfitting business for Mercedes-Benz vans.

December 1, 2016 - News

Older Sprinter Vans Recalled for Brake Warning Light

The recall covers more than 17,000 Dodge and Freightliner Sprinter 2500 and 3500 vans in the 2003 to 2006 model years.

November 23, 2016 - News

Ram's Tablet App Helps Fleets Configure Vans

Fiat-Chrysler's Ram Commercial has developed a mobile app for tablets that allows fleet and business customers to view possible upfits when purchasing one of the 14 configurations of the ProMaster cargo van.

November 22, 2016 - Article

Comparing Vans by Lifecycle Cost

This analysis shows that ownership costs for vans with similar powertrains, GVWR, and capacities can vary by manufacturer as much as $9,000.

November 21, 2016 - News

Mercedes-Benz Van Upfitter Program Now Underway

Mercedes-Benz's MasterSolutions upfitter program has launched for Metris and Sprinter vans to provide common equipment packages for fleets through a Mercedes-Benz or Freightliner dealer.

November 2, 2016 - News

2017 Nissan NV200 Van to Start at $22,115

Nissan's 2017 NV200 compact cargo van has arrived at dealer lots and retails for at least $22,115, Nissan has announced.

October 19, 2016 - News

Ford Transit Becomes Top Global Van

Ford's Transit full-size van has become the top-selling family of cargo vans around the globe with nearly 400,000 registered in 2015 based on IHS Markit data, according to Ford.

October 19, 2016 - Article

Vans Update: Surging Sales, Growing Choices

Sales of commercial vans may set a record this year and helping drive that traffic is a wider array of offerings in three distinct size categories.

October 12, 2016 - News

GM Recalls Vans for Missing Mirrors

The recall affects 40 2016-2017 Chevrolet Express and 2016 GMC Savana cargo and cutaway vans.

September 29, 2016 - News

Sprinter 2500, 3500 Vans Recalled for Seat Belts

The recall, issued by Daimler Vans USA, covers 271 vehicles.

September 28, 2016 - News

Ford Recalls Transit Connects for Sunroofs

In the U.S., the recall covers 887 vehicles in the 2014-model year.

September 28, 2016 - News

EPA Testing Results on Propane Autogas Ford Transit

In a recent Environmental Protection Agency emissions test, the Ford Transit showed dramatic reductions of harmful emissions while performing on propane autogas when compared to the same engine operating on gasoline.

September 22, 2016 - News

Daimler: Electric Delivery Trucks, Vans on the Way for U.S.

Daimler plans to introduce two new electric commercial vehicles into the U.S. in the next few years, it announced at the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hannover, Germany, while also showing off a highly connected and efficient electric concept truck.

September 21, 2016 - News

Daimler Shows Off Vision of Future at IAA Show

Daimler Trucks kicked off the IAA international Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover, Germany, by focusing on the future of the urban city, with the unveiling of its Urban eTruck.

September 8, 2016 - News

Truck and Van News: New Vehicle Details for 2017 and Beyond

A number of companies have announced new details for their 2017 models, including the GMC Canyon and Ram ProMaster. Mercedes-Benz also unveiled a new concept cargo van in Germany.

September 8, 2016 - News

USPS Adds Another 3,000 Ram ProMaster Vans

FCA has started delivering another 3,339 Ram ProMaster cargo vans to the U.S. Postal Service in a second order that follows a 9,113-vehicle order last year.

September 7, 2016 - News

Mercedes-Benz Shows Future Vision of Cargo Vans

Mercedes-Benz has developed its Vision Van concept vehicle that looks to the future of delivery by incorporating mobility concepts, robotics, and automation highlighted by a pair of roof-mounted drones.

September 1, 2016 - News

Ford Van Sales Remain Strong

Ford continues to grow its van sales with 20,355 vans sold in August, a 13% increase over August of 2015 and the top-selling month for the company.

September 1, 2016 - News

2017 Ram ProMaster Becomes More Upfit Friendly

The 2017 Ram ProMaster full-size van will arrive with upgrades designed to improve upfitting for the chassis cab and cutaway models, as well as an updated Uconnect infotainment system.

August 30, 2016 - News

Mercedes-Benz Van Ship-Thru Starts Oct. 1

Auto Truck Group's new facility will be located in Summerville, S.C. seven miles from the Mercedes-Benz van plant. The new service center is expected to be operational by Oct. 1.

August 24, 2016 - News

Ford Recalls Transits for Fuel Injection Pumps

The recall covers more than 2,000 2015-2016 model-year vans equipped with 3.2-liter diesel engines.

August 11, 2016 - News

Truck and Van News: Ford Super Duty Ships Out, Sprinter Worker Lineup Expanded

Among the top news of the past few weeks, Ram recalls many of its heavy-duty trucks, Ford began shipping 2017 Super Duty Pickups, and Mercedes-Benz announced additional configurations for its Sprinter Worker Lineup.

August 10, 2016 - News

XL Hybrids Touts Ford Transit MPG Improvement

XL Hybrids announced vehicle testing results that validate a 26% improvement in mpg on the EPA UDDS (Urban Dynamometer Driving Schedule) drive cycle for Ford Transit vans upfitted with XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive Systems.

August 9, 2016 - News

Depreciation in Most Segments Improves in July

Used vehicles from the 2011 to 2015 model years depreciated 1.5% in July, a slight improvement over June's 1.7% depreciation rate, reports Black Book.

August 3, 2016 - News

Mercedes-Benz Expands Sprinter Worker Lineup

Mercedes-Benz is expanding its Sprinter Worker lineup with additional chassis, engine, and body configurations geared toward the contracting, delivery and transportation service industries.

August 3, 2016 - News

Mercedes-Benz Metris Worker Cuts $3,000 from Price

Mercedes-Benz USA will offer a Metris Worker cargo van for about $3,000 less than its regular model as a more affordable option that's especially targeted at smaller fleets, the company has announced.

August 1, 2016 - News

Knapheide Adds Ship-Thru Capabilities for Mercedes-Benz Vans

Knapheide announced its ability to now provide van and cutaway based upfit solutions for the Mercedes Sprinter and Metris along with ship-thru capabilities to service regional and national fleet customers and fleet management companies.

July 27, 2016 - News

Mercedes-Benz Breaks Ground on $500M Van Plant

Mercedes-Benz will shift production of vans it sells in the U.S. and Canada to North Charleston, S.C., by the end of the decade with a plant that nearly triples its existing manufacturing footprint.

July 27, 2016 - News

Mercedes-Benz Expands Van Offerings, Adds Ship-Thru

Mercedes-Benz Vans is introducing a turnkey “ship-thru” upfitting program for its Metris mid-size van and for Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner full-size Sprinter vans. The OEM is also rolling out a value-priced Metris Worker model, as well as expanding its Worker lineup for the Sprinter.

July 22, 2016 - Article

Creating an Eye-Catching Vehicle Wrap (Without Going Overboard)

Featuring a photo so detailed it reveals a mosquito's hairs, this startup mosquito pest control company's vehicle wrap stands out on the road, helping to market its brand and business.

July 12, 2016 - News

XL Hybrids Vans Granted Voucher Eligibility in Calif.

Fleets who deploy XL Hybrids vans for delivery or service uses in California can now defray the cost of the conversion with a $2,500 voucher, the company has announced.

June 24, 2016 - News

Alliance AutoGas Launches System for Ram ProMaster

The Alliance AutoGas engineered single-plug connector, no cut or drill fuel system, installed on a Ram ProMaster, was spotted at the Government Fleet Expo.

June 20, 2016 - News

HVAC Fleet Adds Hybrid GM Vans

Chicago-area HVAC servicer Climatemp Service Group has added four Chevrolet Express vans to its fleet that have been modified so they operate as hybrids to enhance fuel efficiency for the company, according to vehicle modifier XL Hybrids.

June 9, 2016 - News

Navistar to Build GM's Cutaway Vans

Navistar, Inc. has reached an agreement with General Motors to manufacture GM's Express and Savana cutaway vans at its Springfield, Ohio, plant starting in the first half of 2017.

May 25, 2016 - News

Daimler Recalls Sprinter 2500, 3500 Vans

The recall, limited to 55 vans in the 2015 and 2016 model years, will address the risk of windows separating during a crash.

May 24, 2016 - News

Knapheide's KUV Body Sheds 650 Pounds

Knapheide has reduced the weight of its KUV enclosed utility body for chassis cab vans by 650 pounds, the upfitter has announced.

May 19, 2016 - News

Ram Delivers ProMaster City Vans to N.Y. Dealers

FCA provided 50 additional Ram ProMaster City compact vans to New York-area dealers during a May 17 event to boost dealer inventories in that area for smaller fleet buyers, FCA has announced.

May 18, 2016 - News

FCA Recalls Ram ProMaster Trailer Light Modules

The automaker issues two separate recalls covering 84,252 trailer light modules and 1,576 Ram ProMaster and ProMaster City vans.

May 18, 2016 - News

CARB Certifies Westport's CNG Transit Van

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has certified Westport Innovations’ compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered Westport WiNG Power System that is used in the Ford Transit cargo van and passenger wagon, and the F-150 truck for MY- 2016.

May 5, 2016 - News

Adrian Steel Offers Composite Van Partitions

Adrian Steel has introduced a line of composite partitions for cargo vans that provide more leg room and better climate control for the driver.

May 3, 2016 - News

European Sprinter Gets 990-Pound GVW Boost

Mercedes-Benz Vans has boosted the available gross vehicle weight rating of its European Sprinter by 990 pounds, to 5.5 metric tons or 12,122 pounds. An increase is being considered for North American vans, said a spokesman at the builder's U.S. headquarters.

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