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February 22, 2017 - Industry News

Sprinter Vans Recalled for Air Bag Control Unit

Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

The recall affects more than 15,000 Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner Sprinter 2500 and 3500 vans in the 2013-2016 model years.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Freightliner, Recalls, 2013-MY, 2014-MY, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Daimler, Air Bags, 2015-MY, NHTSA, 2016-MY, Safety

February 14, 2017 - Industry 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.

Tags: Upfitting, Spartan Motors, Ford Transit, Ship-Thru, Van Equipment

February 10, 2017 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Metris Concept Highlights Van Upfitting

Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

Mercedes-Benz is showing a Metris concept van at the Chicago Auto Show that's designed to highlight its new MasterSolutions ship-through upfitting program.

Tags: Upfitting, Mercedes-Benz, Chicago Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz Metris, Van Equipment, Concept Vehicles, Ship-Thru

February 2, 2017 - Industry News

Nissan NV Cargo X Powered by Cummins Diesel

Photo of NV Cargo X project vehicle courtesy of Nissan.

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.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Nissan NV, Concept Vehicles, Full-Size Vans, Chicago Auto Show

February 2, 2017 - Industry News

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

Photo of medium-roof Transit courtesy of Ford.

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.

Tags: Cox Enterprises, Full-Size Vans, Elected Leaders, Telecommunications Fleet

January 11, 2017 - Industry News

CARB Certifies Landi Renzo's CNG E-450

Photo courtesy of Landi Renzo USA.

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.

Tags: CARB Certification, Ford E-Series, Vehicle Modifiers, Landi Renzo, CARB, CNG Conversions, Natural Gas Vehicles

January 3, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Looking to Electrify F-150, Transit Custom Van by 2020

Ford has announced that the F-150 will be electrified by 2020. Pictured is a gasoline powered 2017 F-150 XLT courtesy of Ford.

Ford announced seven global electrified vehicles that it plans to introduce in the next five years, which includes hybrid versions of the F-150 pickup and a plug-in hybrid Transit Custom van.

Tags: Ford F-150, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Autonomous Vehicles, Ford Transit Custom

December 22, 2016 - Industry News

Work Truck's Top 10 News Items in 2016

Photos on the top (L-R) are the Chevrolet Low Cab Forward and the Isuzu FTR. Photos on the bottom are the Ram Chassis Cab and GM Cutaway Van (Photos from news items)

In the 2016 calendar-year, the top news was all about vehicles. From new-vehicle launches to changes and enhancements, even autonomous truck deliveries, this year was about innovation.

Tags: Isuzu, Cummins, Ram Truck, Ford, Medium-Duty Truck of the Year Award, Autonomous Vehicles, Spartan, General Motors

December 21, 2016 - Industry News

Landi Renzo's Dedicated CNG E-450 Certified

Photo of E-450 cutaway van courtesy of Ford.

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.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Ford E-Series, EPA Certification, Cutaway Vans, Landi Renzo, Vehicle Modifiers

December 7, 2016 - Press Release

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.

Tags: Auto Truck Group, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, New Hire

December 1, 2016 - Industry News

Older Sprinter Vans Recalled for Brake Warning Light

Photo by IFCAR via Wikimedia Commons.

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

Tags: Dodge, Cargo Vans, Freightliner, Recalls, 2003-MY, 2006-MY, 2005-MY, 2004-MY, NHTSA

November 23, 2016 - Industry News

Ram's Tablet App Helps Fleets Configure Vans

Photo by Paul Clinton.

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.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Full-Size Vans, Ram ProMaster, Tablets, Mobile Apps

November 21, 2016 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Van Upfitter Program Now Underway

Photo of Mercedes-Benz Metris Worker courtesy of MBUSA.

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.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Freightliner, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Mercedes-Benz Metris, Full-Size Vans

November 2, 2016 - Industry News

2017 Nissan NV200 Van to Start at $22,115

Photo of 2017 NV200 courtesy of Nissan.

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

Tags: Nissan, Pricing, Nissan NV200, Compact Vans, 2017-MY

October 19, 2016 - Global News

Ford Transit Becomes Top Global Van

Photo of Transit sold in Europe courtesy of Ford.

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.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Ford, Ford Transit

September 8, 2016 - Industry News

USPS Adds Another 3,000 Ram ProMaster Vans

Photo courtesy of USPS.

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.

Tags: Cargo Vans, USPS, Ram ProMaster, Delivery Fleets

September 7, 2016 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Shows Future Vision of Cargo Vans

Graphic courtesy of MBUSA.

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.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Full-Size Vans, Concept Vehicles, Drones

September 1, 2016 - Industry News

Ford Van Sales Remain Strong

Photo of 2016 Transit courtesy of Ford.

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.

Tags: Ford, Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans

September 1, 2016 - Industry News

2017 Ram ProMaster Becomes More Upfit Friendly

Photo of 2017 Ram ProMaster 3500 by Paul Clinton.

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.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Ram Truck, Full-Size Vans, Ram ProMaster, 2017-MY, Ram ProMaster City, Chassis Cab Vans

August 30, 2016 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Van Ship-Thru Starts Oct. 1

Photo of 2016 Metris cargo van courtesy of Mercedes-Benz USA.

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.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Auto Truck Group, Ship-Thru, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Mercedes-Benz Metris, Van Upfitting

August 10, 2016 - Industry News

XL Hybrids Touts Ford Transit MPG Improvement

Ford Transit equipped with an XL3 Hybrid system (Photo courtsey of XL Hybrids)

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.

Tags: XL Hybrids, Ford Transit, XL3 Hybrid System, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Cargo Vans

August 3, 2016 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Expands Sprinter Worker Lineup

Photo of Sprinter Worker courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

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

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Full-Size Vans

August 3, 2016 - Industry News

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

Photo of the Metris Worker courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

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.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Pricing, Mercedes-Benz Metris

August 1, 2016 - Press Release

Knapheide Adds Ship-Thru Capabilities for Mercedes-Benz Vans

Photo of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter courtesy of MBUSA.

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.

Tags: Knapheide, Ship-Thru, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Mercedes-Benz Metris

July 27, 2016 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Breaks Ground on $500M Van Plant

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (right) presents a gift to Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans. Photo: Paul Clinton

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.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Mercedes-Benz Metris, Assembly Plants, Elected Leaders, Auto Truck Group, Knapheide

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