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February 7, 2014 - News

Auto Truck Group Awarded Ford Transit Ship-Thru

Auto Truck Group was awarded ship-thru status and codes for the 2015 Ford Transit full-size van for the new Auto Truck Group facility in Kansas City, Mo., opening in May 2014.

February 7, 2014 - News

2015 City Express Cargo Van Publicly Unveiled

General Motors debuted its 2015 Chevrolet City Express compact van to the public at the Chicago Auto Show, after showing it to fleet buyers at several events in the past year.

February 5, 2014 - News

Upfitter Introduces Ram ProMaster Passenger Van

The first Ram ProMaster passenger van will be unveiled Feb. 16 by Chrysler Group at the International LCT Show held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

February 5, 2014 - News

Ford's 2014 Transit Connect Gets 30 MPG Highway

Ford's 2014 Transit Connect compact van achieved 30 miles per gallon highway in ratings released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency earlier this week.

January 28, 2014 - News

Ford's 2014 Transit Connect Van, Wagon Arrive

Ford is offering the 2014 Transit Connect as a panel-side cargo van and a passenger wagon it describes as a "spacious and fuel-efficient people mover."

January 22, 2014 - News

FedEx Express to Test Nissan's e-NV200 Van

FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp., and Nissan have announced that the two companies will begin testing the Nissan e-NV200, a battery electric compact cargo van, under real world conditions in Washington, D.C.

January 17, 2014 - News

Ford Accelerates Econoline Order Cutoff

Ford announced that the final order cutoff date for remaining 2014 Econoline models has been pushed up to Friday, Jan. 31.

January 3, 2014 - News

Ram ProMaster Van Sales Strong In Dec.

Chrysler's Ram ProMaster full-size van saw strong demand since its introduction in October, the automaker reported in its year-end sales.

January 2, 2014 - Article

New Van & Truck Products to Re-Energize the Upfit Market

The entry of all-new vans will generate a host of upfit packages, offering new shelving/bin options for walk-in applications and high-roof configurations. These new models, along with new pickups, will re-energize the upfit market.

January 2, 2014 - Article

Ram ProMaster Arrives on the Scene

The long-awaited Ram ProMaster has arrived. Fleets will have a choice of 14 base configurations, which have the ability to be upfit for a variety of vocational needs.

December 27, 2013 - News

Contest Gives Transit Connect Wagon the Ultimate Upfit

The Hackmobile has been selected as the winning design in the Ultimate Maker Vehicle Challenge.

December 20, 2013 - News

Ram Delivers ProMaster Van and Holiday Cheer to San Antonio

The Ram Truck brand, with the support of Chrysler Group LLC’s Southwest Business Center in Dallas, recently delivered mounds of fresh man-made snow, a new 2014 ProMaster 2500 Series Cargo Van filled with toys, diapers and other supplies.

December 12, 2013 - News

Coca-Cola Adds 100 Hybrid Delivery Vans

Coca-Cola plans to roll out 100 gasoline-electric hybrid Chevrolet Express vans into its delivery fleet by the end of the year following their conversion with an XL Hybrids powertrain.

December 6, 2013 - News

Mercedes-Benz Introduces Sprinter 4x4 In Europe

As a crewbus or minibus the Sprinter 4x4 is able to transport hotel guests to snow-covered resorts in the Alps, but it can also deliver below the mountains as well.

December 2, 2013 - News

Ram to Offer Compact Cargo Van

The 2015 Ram ProMaster City, which will be available for order in late 2014, will compete with the Ford Transit Connect and the Nissan NV200.

November 27, 2013 - News

VIA Begins Electric Conversions of OEM Vans, Trucks

VIA Motors has begun producing all-electric conversions of full-size OEM pickup trucks and vans, the Utah-based company announced at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.

November 26, 2013 - News

Bright House Network Acquires CNG Transit Connect

Looking to reduce its footprint, Bright House Networks turned to BAF Technlogies for a dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) powered Ford Transit Connect.

November 12, 2013 - News

Mercedes-Benz Considers Vito Van for U.S.

Mercedes-Benz U.S.A. is considering bringing the Vito panel van to the U.S. market to offer with its larger Sprinter, a spokesman has confirmed to Automotive Fleet.

November 8, 2013 - News

Chrysler Highlights Mopar-Modified Ram Trucks at SEMA

Among its Mopar-modified products highlighted this week at the 2014 SEMA Show in Las Vegas were several Ram work trucks and the all-new ProMaster.

November 8, 2013 - Article

The Compact Van Strikes Back

After a four-year “resting period,” the compact van is back, alive and well, and offering even more options than ever.

October 25, 2013 - News

ROUSH Ford E-350 Vans Join Ground Transportation Company's Fleet

Knight’s Airport Limousine Service, Inc., of Shrewsbury, Mass., has unveiled its newest fleet Ford E-350 vans powered by propane autogas.

October 18, 2013 - News

Adrian Steel Announces Cargo Upfit Options for the Ram ProMaster

Adrian Steel has announced a new product line of cargo management solutions for the 2014 Ram ProMaster.

October 16, 2013 - Article

Ram ProMaster Reporting for Duty

Prior to its first deliveries in September, the Ram ProMaster received interest from a broad array of fleets, which stems from its flexible design configurations and its ability to be easily upfit.

October 11, 2013 - News

Chrysler Confirms Investments in Two Plants in Mexico

Chrysler Group Chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne confirmed investments totaling $1,249 billion in two Saltillo facilities and the creation of 1,570 jobs during a dedication event at the new Van Assembly.

October 4, 2013 - News

Chevrolet and GMC Announce Expanded CNG Offerings During Green Fleet Conference

During this week's Green Fleet Conference & Expo in Phoenix, Chevrolet and GMC announced new bi-fuel CNG versions of their 2015 Silverado and Sierra heavy-duty trucks.

September 27, 2013 - News

Knapheide Offers Full Product Lineup for Ram ProMaster

The Knapheide Manufacturing Company is excited to announce the availability of a complete lineup of products compatible with the all-new 2014 Ram ProMaster.

September 19, 2013 - Article

Latest Upfits for New Cargo Vans

The commercial van marketplace’s landscape is changing rapidly with the introduction of a number of completely new van designs. Fleet upfitters are taking advantage of these new vehicles’ designs to provide a wider range of upfitting solutions that meet the diverse needs of today’s businesses.

September 18, 2013 - News

New Head of Engineering at Mercedes-Benz Vans

Effective Nov. 1, 2013, Jörg Zürn will become Head of Engineering at Mercedes-Benz Vans. He will succeed Dr. Sascha Paasche, who will be retiring on January 1, 2014, after 25 years of service to Daimler.

September 18, 2013 - Article

Taking a Long-Term Approach to Designing an Emergency Response Vehicle

The American Red Cross collaborated with volunteers, students, and a range of industry experts to design a new vehicle for its Disaster Response fleet.

September 17, 2013 - Article

All-New Transit & Transit Connect Offer Power of Choice

With a variety of roof heights and vehicle lengths, the Transit and Transit Connect will be able to fit the needs of a wide variety of commercial fleets. The new vans will go on sale in 2014.

September 3, 2013 - News

Nissan On-Track to Sell 200,000 NV200s by End of 2013

Nissan's NV200 is on track to reach a sales milestone of 200,000 cumulative units by the end of the fiscal year.

September 1, 2013 - News

DIRECTV Details Plans to Expand Propane Fleet in 2014

The company currently operates 77 ROUSH CleanTech Ford E-250 propane autogas vans and will increase that number over the next year. Low cost and accessibility of fuel; vehicle return on investment; and accessibility to high occupancy vehicle lanes are just a few of the reasons why.

August 27, 2013 - News

Nissan Targets Light Commercial Vehicle Leadership Position by 2016

Nissan Motor Company is on track to become the world's leading manufacturer of light commercial vehicles (LCV) by fiscal year (FY) 2016.

August 16, 2013 - News

DISH Getting Ready to Roll Out New Propane Autogas Vans

DISH plans to start rolling out propane autogas-fueled Ford E-250 cargo vans in its fleet this fall in 10 DISH service facilities across five metro areas.

July 30, 2013 - News

Auto Truck Group Awarded Ship-Thru for Ram ProMaster Van

Auto Truck Group was recently awarded ship-thru capability for the RAM ProMaster Van. Under this arrangement, fleets and dealers can use the ship-thru code 99783A for Auto Truck Group ship-thru at the RAM ProMaster Van assembly plant in Saltillo, Mexico.

July 29, 2013 - News

GM Adds Five-Passenger Cargo Van Model to 2014 Chevrolet Express Lineup

Called the “Crew Cargo Van,” this model features a three-passenger rear bench seat, and a bulkhead behind the seat separates the cargo area from the passenger area.

July 24, 2013 - News

GMC Named Top Truck Brand in Vincentric's CPO Value in America Awards

GMC was honored as the best truck brand in Vincentric's 2013 Best Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) Value in America awards, with GM receiving eight awards total

July 18, 2013 - News

Nissan Details 2014 Model-Year Updates to Commercial Vans and Frontier Pickup

Nissan detailed its updates to its 2014 model-year product line, including a number of vehicles used in fleets, including the 2014-MY Frontier, Nissan NV Cargo, Nissan NV Passenger, and Nissan NV200 Taxi.

July 15, 2013 - Article

Enter The New Van Generation

With improved fuel economy and attractive lifecycle costs combined with traditional functionality, the latest van models are energizing the market once again.

July 12, 2013 - News

DIRECTV Plans to Expand Propane Autogas Fleet

DIRECTV plans to increase its propane autogas fleet over the next year by adding additional ROUSH CleanTech Ford E-250 propane autogas vans.

July 12, 2013 - News

Chrysler Begins Ram ProMaster Van Production

Chrysler’s Ram Truck division celebrated the official start of production of its all-new 2014 Ram ProMaster van at the company’s Saltillo Van Assembly Plant in Coahuilla, Mexico.

June 28, 2013 - News

Nissan Previews NV200

Nissan recently previewed its all-new NV200 cargo van for automotive journalists in San Diego, highlighting the compact van's versatility for fleets of all sizes.

June 26, 2013 - News

Ford Using Robots to Improve Truck Durability Testing

Ford engineers have developed the industry's first robotic test driving program – now in use at the company's Michigan Proving Grounds in Romeo, Mich.

June 26, 2013 - Article

Vocational Truck Fleets Use Innovation to Get the Job Done

When envisioning a vocational truck, images of dump trucks, mixers, and garbage trucks come to mind — but, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Some fleets share how they took vocational trucks to the next level.

June 26, 2013 - Article

Sprinter Puts Safety in the Driver's Seat

The MY-2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter features a number of safety improvements, including crosswind assist, updated styling, and improved handling.

June 24, 2013 - News

2015 Chevrolet City Express Van: GM's Mattman Details Project's Development

Automotive Fleet wanted to learn more about GM’s strategy for the 2015 Chevrolet City Express in the fleet marketplace and what will differentiate it from the existing NV200. Automotive Fleet spoke with Joyce Mattman, General Motors’ director of commercial products, to find out.

June 12, 2013 - News

Alpha Baking Selects Penske Truck Leasing to Maintain Propane Autogas Truck Fleet

Alpha Baking Company, Inc., a national bakery products distributor, has selected Penske Truck Leasing to serve as its commercial truck fleet maintenance service provider for its 2013 ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas powered Ford E-450 bread delivery trucks operating in the Chicago-metro area.

June 10, 2013 - Article

2013 Cargo Van Comparison

A side-by-side comparison of the venerable models and newcomers shows that there’s a van for every type of cargo.

June 3, 2013 - Article

Vocational Truck Fleets Use Innovation to Get the Job Done

When envisioning a vocational truck, images of dump trucks, mixers, and garbage trucks come to mind — but, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Some fleets share how they took vocational trucks to the next level.

May 28, 2013 - Article

7 Factors to Consider When Upfitting Cargo Vans

Upfitting can be an involved process, but it can be broken down into seven factors to maximize productivity and benefit the company’s bottom line.

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