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January 20, 2015 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Midsize Van to Debut at Work Truck Show

Photo of Mercedes-Benz V-Class van in March 2014 courtesy of Daimler.

Mercedes-Benz will debut its 2016 Metris mid-size van at the Work Truck Show on March 4, prior to offering the commercial vehicle for sale in the U.S. in the fall, show producer NTEA has announced.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Work Truck Show, Mercedes-Benz Metris

January 20, 2015 - Industry News

EV Shuttle Buses Deployed in Mountain View, Calif.

Photo: CALSTART

Four zero-emission electric shuttle buses have been deployed in Mountain View, Calif., according to CALSTART, a clean transportation consortium. The buses were manufactured by Motiv Power Systems, using funds from the California Energy Commission.

Tags: California, California Energy Commission, Shuttle Bus, Battery-Electric Vehicles, State Grants

January 15, 2015 - Industry News

Zenith Motors EV Shuttle Approved for Calif. Funding

Photo courtesy of Zenith.

Fleets in California now have access to a voucher for up to $50,000 toward the purchase of a Zenith Motors shuttle van.

Tags: Zenith Motors, Battery-Electric Vehicles, California, Full-Size Vans, Vouchers, State Grants

January 14, 2015 - Industry News

ROUSH to Offer Propane Autogas Ford Medium-Duty Models

Photo: Ford

ROUSH CleanTech will begin offering propane autogas versions of Ford medium-duty vehicles equipped with the 6.8-liter V-8, following certification from the California Air Resources Board (CARB).

Tags: Ford F-450, ROUSH CleanTech, Ford, Ford F-650, CARB, Medium-Duty Trucks, Ford E-450

January 12, 2015 - Industry News

New Full-Size Van Sales Grow 11 Percent

Photo of Transit vans courtesy of Ford.

Sales of new-model full-size commercial vans rose more than 11 percent in 2014 as several manufacturers transitioned to European-style vans and phased out less fuel-efficient models.

Tags: Full-Size Vans, Ford Transit, Ram ProMaster, Fleet Sales

January 9, 2015 - Industry News

Compact Van Segment Grows 28 Percent

Photo of 2015 Transit Connect courtesy of Ford.

Ford's Transit Connect paced a 28 percent increase in sales of compact vans in 2014 in a segment that saw the introduction of one new model with a second model debuting in early 2015.

Tags: Ford Transit Connect, Compact Vans, Trends, Ford, Nissan NV200

January 8, 2015 - Industry News

Westport Gains EPA Approval for CNG Transit

Photo of 2015 Transit courtesy of Ford.

Westport Innovations Inc. has gained approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to produce a dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) version of Ford's 2015 Transit van.

Tags: EPA, Natural Gas Vehicles, Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans, Westport, CARB

December 19, 2014 - Industry News

Isuzu Recalls Reach Van Chassis for Brake Lights

Photo of Isuzu Reach courtesy of Isuzu.

The action affects 3,564 chassis in the 2012-2014 model years.

Tags: Isuzu, 2012-MY, Recalls, 2013-MY, 2014-MY, Full-Size Vans, NHTSA

December 18, 2014 - Industry News

Auto Truck Group to Open St. Louis Facility

Photo: The Auto Truck Group

The Auto Truck Group has announced that it will be opening a new work truck and commercial van upfitting and manufacturing facility later this month. Shipping will begin on January 5, 2015 from the facility located at 21 Elaine Drive, O'Fallon, Missouri.

Tags: Upfitting, St. Louis, Ship Thru, Auto Truck Group

December 17, 2014 - Industry News

Vincentric: ProMaster Van Leads TCO Among Diesels

Photo of ProMaster courtesy of FCA US.

The diesel-powered Chrysler ProMaster full-size van was the only non-luxury diesel expected to deliver a lower total cost of ownership than its gasoline counterpart in a Vincentric study that evaluated 35 diesels.

Tags: Vincentric, Total Cost of Ownership, Diesel Engines

December 16, 2014 - Industry News

UPS to Deploy Electric Delivery Vans in Houston

Photo: AMP Electric Vehicles

UPS will deploy 18 battery-electric Workhorse E-100 walk-in vans from AMP Holding in the Houston-Galveston, Texas, area.

Tags: UPS, U.S. Department of Energy, AMP Electric Vehicles, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Delivery Fleets, Federal Grants, Step Vans

December 16, 2014 - Industry News

ProMaster City Vans Built in Turkey with U.S. Powertrains

ProMaster City is a beefed-up, Americanized version of the Fiat Doblo van.

Major components for the new Ram ProMaster City compact vans will cross the seas twice as part of assembly plans involving Europe, Eurasia and North America, Ram Commercial Truck executives said.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Ram Truck, Compact Vans, Ram ProMaster City, Turkey

December 15, 2014 - Industry News

Zenith Electric Vans Eligible for Illinois Voucher Program

Photo courtesy of Zenith Motors.

Zenith Electric Shuttles and Cargo Vans are now eligible for an estimated $48,884 worth of incentives under the Chicago-based Drive Clean Truck program.

Tags: Incentives, Zenith Motors, Battery-Electric Vehicles

December 12, 2014 - Industry News

NatGasCar Gets EPA Nod for CNG Transit Connect

Photo: Ford

NatGasCar has received Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certification to produce compressed natural gas (CNG) versions of the 2014 and 2015 Ford Transit Connect with a 2.5L bi-fuel engine system.

Tags: Ford Transit Connect, EPA, CNG Conversions, NatGasCar, Vehicle Modifiers, Bi-Fuel CNG

December 4, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Recalls Transit Connect Vans for Door Panels

Photo of 2014 Transit Connect van courtesy of Ford.

The action affects 19,825 2014-MY cargo vans that may have a problem with a loosening exterior plastic panel on the sliding door.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Ford Transit Connect, Recalls, Ford, 2014-MY, Compact Vans

December 3, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Transit Best-Selling Commercial Van in November

Photo courtesy of Ford.

The 2015 Ford Transit was the top-selling full-size commercial van in November and accounted for almost one in four units sold in the category, Ford announced.

Tags: Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans, Fleet Sales, Cargo Vans

November 28, 2014 - Industry News

Blossman Developing Propane Autogas Transit Van

Photo courtesy of Blossman Services.

Vehicle modifier Blossman Services Inc. will produce a Ford Transit van powered by propane autogas and available in January, the company announced.

Tags: Propane Autogas, Ford Transit, Blossman, Propane Conversion, EPA Certification

November 26, 2014 - Industry News

Full-Size Vans Only Vehicles With Rising Residual Values

Photo of 2011 E-150 cargo van courtesy of Ford.

The vehicles should finish the year as the only category that will increase in residual value, while the broader market should depreciate more than 12 percent.

Tags: Full-Size Vans, Depreciation, Black Book

November 25, 2014 - Industry News

Maryland Fleet Delivering Meals During Holiday

Photo: Meals on Wheels

Last Thanksgiving Meals on Wheels of Central MD rolled out new vehicles to better serve seniors and others in-need. Collaborating with Element Fleet Management, the new vans have experienced less maintenance and downtime.

Tags: Element Fleet Management, Ford E-Series, Delivery Fleets, Charity

November 13, 2014 - Industry News

Linen Delivery Fleet Adds Hydraulic Hybrid Truck

Photo courtesy of Lightning Hybrids.

Uniform and linen supplier AmeriPride Services Inc. has taken delivery of its first hydraulic hybrid truck in North America, a 2014 Ford F59 chassis with a Morgan Olson Route Star walk-in van body.

Tags: Hydraulic Hybrid, Delivery Fleets, AmeriPride, Step Vans

November 13, 2014 - Industry News

EPA Certifies VIA Motors' Hybrid Van

CEO Pablo Acedo poses with VIA eREV vans. Photo courtesy of VIA.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has granted certification to VIA Motors' eREV gasoline-electric hybrid van, paving the way for shipping of the vehicle to fleets, the company announced Nov. 13.

Tags: VIA Motors, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Full-Size Vans, EPA, EPA Certification

November 12, 2014 - Industry News

Logistics Fleet Adds AMP Electric Vans in Texas

Photo: AMP

AMP Holding Inc. has entered into a purchase agreement with a major transportation company to supply 18 battery-electric Workhorse E-100 walk-in vans to be deployed in the Houston-Galveston, Texas, area.

Tags: AMP Trucks, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Step Vans

November 11, 2014 - Industry News

Ram ProMaster City MPG, Pricing Announced

Photo courtesy of Chrysler.

Ram Truck has announced the pricing and fuel economy for its first vehicle in the small commercial van segment, the 2015 Ram ProMaster City.

Tags: Pricing, Fuel Economy, Ram Truck, Ram ProMaster City, Compact Vans, Cargo Vans

November 11, 2014 - Industry News

Depreciation Reaches Yearly High in October

Photo of 2013 Chevrolet Express 2500 cargo van courtesy of General Motors.

Domestic cars lost the most in value at 3.2 percent among vehicles from the 2009-2013 model-years, while domestic trucks lost 2.1 percent. Compact pickups and full-size passenger vans and full-size cargo vans showed the most strength.

Tags: Depreciation, Black Book, Trends, Full-Size Vans, Compact Cars

November 7, 2014 - Industry News

GM Details 2015 Express/Savana Vans

Photo of 2015 Chevrolet Express by Vince Taroc.

General Motors has added several new enhancements to its Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana for the 2015 model year, as its 2015 Chevrolet City Express compact van replaces the 1500-level full-size model that has been discontinued.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Chevrolet Express, GMC Savana, Full-Size Vans, 2015-MY, Chevrolet City Express, Passenger Vans, Class 3, Cutaway Vans, Class 4

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