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October 12, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Sets Up Transit Van for Salvation Army

Photo courtesy of Ford.

The Salvation Army has been serving meals to homeless men and women using a donated Ford Transit van that's been equipped as a mobile kitchen for the non-profit group, Ford has announced.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Ford, Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans, Salvation Army, Non-Profit Fleets

October 8, 2015 - Industry News

Metris Brings Attention Assist, Park Assist to Smaller Vans

The 2016 Metris instrument cluster features indicators for Crosswind Assist and Attention Assist. Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

Mercedes-Benz is bringing several new standard safety features in the smaller van segment with its 2016 Metris, in addition to giving commercial fleets flexibility in upfitting and capacities found only in some of the larger vans on the market.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Active Safety Systems, 2016-MY, Cargo Vans, Passenger Vans, Mercedes-Benz Metris

October 2, 2015 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Revamps Van Upfitting Program

Photo of 2016 Metris cargo van by Paul Clinton.

Mercedes-Benz has reformatted its van upfitting program ahead of the launch of the 2016 Metris mid-size van, which has begun arriving at dealer lots.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Benz Metris, Van Equipment, Ship-Thru, Class 2, Cargo Vans, Passenger Vans, 2016-MY

September 29, 2015 - Industry News

USPS Purchasing 9,000+ Ram ProMaster Cargo Vans

Photo of ProMaster van courtesy of FCA US.

The U.S. Postal Service is purchasing 9,113 Ram ProMaster 2500 cargo vans for daily mail delivery, FCA US has announced.

Tags: USPS, Ram ProMaster, Cargo Vans, Full-Size Vans, Delivery Fleets, Procurement

September 9, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Vans Top-Sellers in 47 States

Graphic courtesy of Ford.

One of Ford's vans is the top selling van in 47 of the 50 U.S. states with the exception of only North Dakota, South Dakota, and New Hampshire.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Fleet Sales, Ford, Passenger Vans

September 2, 2015 - Industry News

Ram ProMaster, ProMaster City Get Light Updates for 2016

Photo of Ram ProMaster passenger van by Vince Taroc.

FCA US has added several updates to its Ram ProMaster full-size van for the 2016 model year, including optional side windows for airport and hotel shuttle fleet operators.

Tags: Ram Truck, Shuttle Fleet, Full-Size Vans, Ram ProMaster, 2016-MY

September 1, 2015 - Industry News

2016 Chrysler T&C Revamp Includes PHEV

Photo of 2016 Chrysler Town & Country courtesy of FCA US.

FCA US is planning an extensive revamp of its Chrysler Town & Country for the 2016 model year that includes introducing a plug-in hybrid version of the minivan.

Tags: Chrysler Town & Country, Chrysler, Minivans, 2016-MY, FCA

August 25, 2015 - Industry News

USPS to Rent Cargo Vans to Fill Delivery Gaps

Photo by Paul Clinton.

The U.S. Postal Service has asked companies to submit proposals for a rental contract for cargo vans to "fill in for vehicles out of service," according to a solicitation posted to FedBizOpps.gov.

Tags: Cargo Vans, USPS, Delivery Fleets, Full-Size Vans

August 19, 2015 - Industry News

Nissan Enhances Vans for 2016

Photo of 2015 NV cargo van courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan's full-size and compact vans will receive light updates for the 2016 model year, including additional air bags, technology, and exterior colors, Nissan has announced.

Tags: Nissan, Nissan NV200, Nissan NV, Full-Size Vans, Compact Vans, 2016-MY

August 5, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Sales Slide 3.5 Percent in July

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Sales of vehicles from nine manufacturers to commercial fleets fell 3.5 percent to 44,303 units in July mostly due to a slide in sales of trucks, vans, and SUVs.

Tags: Fleet Sales, Light-Duty Trucks, Trends, Passenger Cars

July 16, 2015 - Industry News

Time Warner Cable's Diesel Transits Vastly Improve Fleet's MPG

Photo courtesy of TWC.

Time Warner Cable has begun replacing aging gasoline-fueled vans with diesel-powered Ford Transit vans that should improve fuel economy by nearly 50 percent, according to the company.

Tags: Fuel Costs, Ford Transit, Time Warner Cable, Telecommunications Fleets

July 10, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Pairs Electric Bicycle With Transit Connect

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford has developed a prototype electric bicycle that folds into the back of its Transit Connect compact van for possible use in congested cities by couriers, electricians and delivery services.

Tags: Ford Transit Connect, Ford, Bicycles, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Delivery Fleets

June 22, 2015 - Product News

Adrian Steel Introduces Interior Van Ladder Rack

Photo courtesy of Adian Steel.

Adrian Steel has introduced its Interior Ladder Rack for full-size vans to provide a safe and efficient way to transport a step ladder between job sites, according to the company.

Tags: Adrian Steel, Van Equipment

June 18, 2015 - Industry News

Edmunds.com Names 2015 Best Retained Value Winners

Toyota vehicles were named as the Best Retained Value among automotive brands in 2015 in the non-luxury category, Edmunds.com has announced.

Tags: Toyota, Residual Values, Acura, Awards, Edmunds

June 15, 2015 - Industry News

Freightliner, Dodge Sprinter Vans Join Takata Recall

Photo of Dodge Sprinter van by IFCAR via Wikimedia. (Photo shot at 2008 Washington Auto Show.)

More than 40,000 Sprinter 2500 and 3500 vans need new passenger-side frontal air bags because the existing ones have defective inflators.

Tags: Recalls, 2008-MY, 2007-MY, Takata, Cargo Vans, Air Bags, NHTSA, Dodge, Freightliner, FCA, Full-Size Vans

June 12, 2015 - Industry News

Auto Truck Group Offers Expanded Van Upfit Info

GMC Savana (Photo: Auto Truck Group)

To support expanded upfit production of commercial vans in St. Louis and Kansas City locations, Auto Truck now offers detailed information on van equipment and accessories from Weather Guard.

Tags: Weather Guard, Auto Truck Group, Van Equipment

June 11, 2015 - Industry News

DIRECTV Adds Fleetmatics Solution to 6,200 Vehicles

Photo courtesy of DIRECTV.

Fleetmatics will help the satellite broadcaster enhance tracking, driver safety and on-time arrivals with its service fleet.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Fleetmatics, DirecTV, Telecommunications Fleets

June 5, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Upgrades Transit Connect Van for 2016

Photo of 2016 Transit Connect Wagon's blind spot monitoring system courtesy of Ford.

Ford has added a flexible-fuel option and a perimeter alarm with its 2016 Transit Connect cargo van and several new options on the passenger variant, Ford has announced.

Tags: Ford Transit Connect, Ford, Compact Vans, 2016-MY

June 4, 2015 - Industry News

Mercedes Predicts Fleet Niches for Metris Van

Mercedes-Benz is launching the Metris midsize van for 2016. Photo by Ian Merritt/MBUSA.

At an event held in Dunton Hot Springs, Colo., Mercedes-Benz outlined product plans and market niches for its new midsize van.

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

June 4, 2015 - Industry News

Leggett & Platt Increases Van Upfitting Capability

To increase capabilities and continue to meet the needs of fleet customers, Leggett & Platt CVP announced the expansion of its Kansas City facility, opening of a new facility in Baltimore and closure of Elyria, Ohio, install facility.

Tags: Leggett & Platt, Ford Transit, Chevrolet City Express, Ram ProMaster City, Van Equipment

June 3, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Adds Rear-View Camera to 2016 Transit Van

Photo of 2016 Transit courtesy of Ford.

Ford is adding a rear-view camera as standard equipment on its 2016 model-year Transit van, as well as several options including the SYNC 3 infotainment system, Ford has announced.

Tags: Ford, Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans, 2016-MY

June 3, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Donates Transit Vans to Red Cross Fleet

Photo of American Red Cross Transit courtesy of Ford.

Ford Motor Company Fund has donated five Ford Transit vans to the American Red Cross to add to the company's fleet of more than 3,000 vans that support disaster relief.

Tags: Ford Transit, American Red Cross, Emergency Response Vehicles, Disaster Relief, Non-Profit Fleets

May 19, 2015 - Industry News

High-Roof Vans Closing Ground on Standard-Roof Models

Chart courtesy of NTEA.

As fleets begin embracing a new wave of Euro-style full-size vans, high-roof vans appear to be gaining favor over their standard-roof siblings, according to the NTEA.

Tags: Cargo Vans, NTEA, Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans

May 9, 2015 - Press Release

Leggett & Platt Reconfigures Upfitting Facilities

To increase capabilities and continue to meet the needs of fleet customers, Leggett & Platt CVP announced the expansion of its Kansas City facility, opening of a new facility in Baltimore, and closure of the Elyria, Ohio, install facility.

Tags: Leggett & Platt, Upfitting, Ford Transit

May 7, 2015 - Industry News

HVAC Fleet Saves $120K in Fuel With Propane Autogas

Photo courtesy of Blue Star Gas.

A HVAC service fleet based in Utah has reduced its annual fuel spend by $120,000 and eliminated 62 tons of carbon-dioxide emissions by converting 29 gasoline-powered vehicles to propane autogas, according to its fuel supplier.

Tags: Propane Autogas, Blue Star Gas, HVAC, Utah, Service Fleets

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