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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

July 27, 2016 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Expands Van Offerings, Adds Ship-Thru

Photo of Mercedes-Benz Metris mid-size van courtesy of MBUSA.

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.

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

July 12, 2016 - Industry News

XL Hybrids Vans Granted Voucher Eligibility in Calif.

Photo courtesy of XL Hybrids.

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.

Tags: CARB, California, XL Hybrids, Full-Size Vans, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Hybrid Conversion

June 24, 2016 - Industry News

Alliance AutoGas Launches System for Ram ProMaster

Photo of Ram ProMaster powered by propane autogas courtesy of Alliance AutoGas.

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.

Tags: Alliance Autogas, Ram ProMaster, Propane Autogas, Full-Size Vans

June 20, 2016 - Industry News

HVAC Fleet Adds Hybrid GM Vans

Photo courtesy of XL Hybrids.

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.

Tags: XL Hybrids, Chevrolet Express, Service Fleets, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Full-Size Vans

June 20, 2016 - Industry News

Utilimaster Showcases Hybrid Electric Technology at EUFMC

Spartan Delivery and Service Vehicles showcased an innovative walk-in van specifically designed for underground utility maintenance, featuring hybrid electric auxiliary power, at the 2016 Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference (EUFMC).

Tags: Utilimaster, Step Vans, EUFMC

June 9, 2016 - Industry News

Navistar to Build GM's Cutaway Vans

Photo of the 2016 Chevrolet Express cutaway courtesy of GM.

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.

Tags: Navistar, Partnership, General Motors, Cutaway Vans, Vehicle Production, Full-Size Vans

May 25, 2016 - Industry News

Daimler Recalls Sprinter 2500, 3500 Vans

Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

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

Tags: Freightliner, Recalls, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, 2015-MY, NHTSA, 2016-MY, Daimler, Full-Size Vans

May 24, 2016 - Product News

Knapheide's KUV Body Sheds 650 Pounds

Screenshot via Knapheide.

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

Tags: Knapheide, Van Equipment, Chassis Cab Vans

May 19, 2016 - Industry News

Ram Delivers ProMaster City Vans to N.Y. Dealers

Photo of Ram ProMaster drive-away event courtesy of FCA.

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.

Tags: Ram Truck, Compact Vans, Dealers, Ram ProMaster City

May 18, 2016 - Industry News

FCA Recalls Ram ProMaster Trailer Light Modules

Photo courtesy of FCA US.

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

Tags: Recalls, Ram Truck, Full-Size Vans, Ram ProMaster, NHTSA, Ram ProMaster City, FCA, 2016-MY, 2015-MY, 2014-MY

May 5, 2016 - Product News

Adrian Steel Offers Composite Van Partitions

Photo of a composite partition in a Ford Transit Connect courtesy of Adrian Steel.

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

Tags: Adrian Steel, Cargo Vans, Partitions

May 3, 2016 - Industry News

European Sprinter Gets 990-Pound GVW Boost

Gross-weight hike is primarily for users of specialized bodies, said Mercedes-Benz Vans in Germany.

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.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Euro VI, Sprinter, Global

April 22, 2016 - Industry News

Service Fleets Registering Most Vans

Photo of Transit courtesy of Ford.

Service fleets added the most commercial vans among non-rental entities in 2015 for parcel delivery, HVAC, heath services and other sectors, according to new data from Ford and IHS Automotive.

Tags: Ford, Full-Size Vans, Compact Vans, IHS Automotive

April 21, 2016 - Industry News

Ram ProMaster City Vans Recalled

Photo of Ram ProMaster City van courtesy of FCA US.

The recall, tied to corrosion affecting an electrical connector, covers nearly 24,000 vehicles in the 2015 and 2016 model years.

Tags: Corrosion, Recalls, 2015-MY, Ram ProMaster City, 2016-MY, FCA, Ram Truck, Compact Vans

April 20, 2016 - Industry News

Pavement Inspection Fleet to Add TomTom Bridge

StreetScan is adding TomTom Bridge to its Nissan NV vans. Photo courtesy of StreetScan.

StreetScan, a company that provides pavement inspection and management services, has announced that TomTom will be deploying its TomTom Bridge to the company's fleet of Nissan NV vans. The vans are used to help cities monitor, maintain and repair roads.

Tags: TomTom, Nissan NV, Full-Size Vans

April 15, 2016 - Industry News

Ford Donates Custom Transit to Salvation Army

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford has donated a custom Transit Van to support the Salvation Army's disaster relief efforts in southeast Michigan, Ford has announced.

Tags: Ford Transit, Disaster Relief, Salvation Army

April 1, 2016 - Press Release

Ranger Design Distributor Named Master Upfitter

Ranger Design Inc.'s distributor, Kodiak Upfitters LLC, has been granted the status of Master Upfitter 2015-2016 by Daimler Vans/Mercedes-Benz America.

Tags: Upfitting, Mercedes-Benz, Daimler, Ranger Design

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