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March 4, 2015 - Industry News

Utilimaster Releases More Fuel Efficient Walk-In Van

Photo courtesy of Utilimaster.

Utilimaster Corp. is launching a more fuel efficient walk-in van called the Velocity that the vehicle modifier is showing for the first time at NTEA's Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: Utilimaster, Work Truck Show, Step Vans, Class 3, Cargo Vans, Cutaway Vans

March 2, 2015 - Industry News

Reach Step Van Gets Diesel-Hybrid Powertrain Option

Photo of Isuzu Reach courtesy of Isuzu.

XL Hybrids is now offering its XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System for the diesel-powered Reach commercial van from Isuzu and Utilimaster, the alternative-fuel conversion company announced.

Tags: Vans, Isuzu, Work Truck Show, Utilimaster, XL Hybrids, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

February 25, 2015 - Industry News

Sprinter Vans Recalled for Faulty Doors

Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter.

The action, set to begin in March, affects 5,586 Sprinter 2500 and 3500 vans in the 2015 model year.

Tags: Recalls, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Full-Size Vans, 2015-MY, NHTSA, Cargo Vans

February 19, 2015 - Industry News

Chevrolet City Express Finds its Place in Smaller Fleets

Des Moines, Iowa-based Smokey D's BBQ has added several Chevrolet City Express cargo vans to its fleet to keep up with product demand. Photo: GM

Launched in 2014, the all-new 2015 Chevrolet City Express cargo van has already found a place in businesses across the country and across segments. Small businesses, in particular, are adding the City Express to their fleets.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Chevrolet City Express, University of Michigan, Small Business

February 19, 2015 - Industry News

Fuel-Saving Engine Calibration Software Offered for Transit Van

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Derive Systems' engine calibration software now works with the 2015 Ford Transit's 3.7-liter or and 3.5-liter engines, the company has announced. The software reduces fuel consumption by commercial fleets that use the full-size Transit van.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans, Derive

February 17, 2015 - Industry News

Lightning Hybrids Debuts Hybrid Step Van

Photo courtesy of Lightning Hybrids.

Lightning Hybrids, developer and manufacturer of hydraulic hybrid systems for medium- and heavy-duty trucks and buses, will introduce the application of its first emission-reducing brake regeneration technology on a walk-in box truck.

Tags: Step Vans, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Lightning Systems

February 17, 2015 - Industry News

Hyundai Could Bring Commercial Van to U.S.

Hyundai is targeting the European market with the new H350. Photo courtesy Hyundai Motor.

South Korean-based Hyundai announced it's making a big push in the commercial vehicle market, and published reports indicate it plans to introduce a van model into the U.S. market.

Tags: Hyundai, Cargo Vans, Global

February 3, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Records Best Van Sales Month in 14 Years

Photo of Ford Transit by Vince Taroc.

Ford sold more vans in January than any other January since 2001 on the strength of its new 2015 Transit full-size van and redesigned Transit Connect compact van, Ford announced.

Tags: Ford, Retail Sales, Ford Transit, Ford Transit Connect, Full-Size Vans

January 28, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Recalls Transit Connect for Seat Belts

Photo of 2015 Ford Transit Connect courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

Ford Motor Co. is recalling 16,091 2014 model-year Ford Transit Connect vehicles because the safety belt fasteners may not have been tightened properly during assembly.

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

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

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