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October 29, 2014 - Industry News

ROUSH CleanTech Shelves Propane Autogas Transit

Photo courtesy of Ford.

ROUSH CleanTech has indefinitely halted production of its propane autogas powered Ford Transit full-size van after hearing concerns from fleet owners.

Tags: Propane Autogas, ROUSH CleanTech, Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans, Cargo Vans

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

2015 Sprinter Gets Small Diesel, ‘Crosswind Assist'

Electronic controls send power to three grounded wheels while the fourth hangs in the air. Photo: Tom Berg

A smaller and more economical diesel powertrain, new styling and safety features, and optional on-demand four-wheel drive are among features of 2015 Sprinter models.

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

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

Class 3 Ford Transit Vans Improve Payload, Towing

Photo of long wheelbase Transit 350HD courtesy of Ford.

Ford's 2015 Transit full-size cargo van with a Class 3 chassis expands the payload and towing capability of the van without the need for a cutaway or chassis cab model.

Tags: Ford, Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans, Class 3, Cargo Vans, Diesel Engines

October 23, 2014 - Industry News

2015 Chevrolet City Express Ships to Dealers

Photo courtesy of GM.

General Motors has begun shipping its 2015 Chevrolet City Express compact cargo van to dealers as it enters one of the most active commercial vehicle segments with a product that's sourced from Nissan's NV200.

Tags: Chevrolet City Express, 2015-MY, Compact Vans, Ship-Thru, Business Choice, General Motors, Class 1

October 21, 2014 - Industry News

Daimler to Build Next-Gen Sprinter in North America

Photo of 2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter courtesy of Daimler.

Daimler will produce the next generation of its Mercedes-Benz Sprinter full-size van in the U.S., a move that will improve order-to-delivery times for the vehicle, Daimler has announced.

Tags: Vehicle Production, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Full-Size Vans, Cargo Vans, Daimler Trucks North America

October 15, 2014 - Industry News

Mopar Previews Ram Pickups and Vans Heading to SEMA

Photo: Chrysler

In anticipation of the 2014 edition of the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show, Mopar released sketches of its modified Ramvehicles headed for the aftermarket trade show in Las Vegas.

Tags: Mopar, SEMA, Ram Truck

October 15, 2014 - Product News

Westport Offers CNG Transit Van Demo Program

Photo: Westport

Fleets interested in switching to natural gas can take advantage of an all new, free Westport demonstration program, which was announced at APTA Expo.

Tags: Ford Transit, CNG, Westport

October 14, 2014 - Industry News

XL Hybrids Gets CARB Go-Ahead for Van Conversions

The 2014 model-year Chevrolet Express cargo van is one of the vehicles covered under the new Executive Order from CARB. (PHOTO: General Motors)

XL Hybrids, Inc. has received a CARB Executive Order allowing aftermarket conversions of gasoline-powered 2012-2014 model-year General Motors 2500 and 3500 vans, Chevrolet Express, and GMC Savana vans into hybrid-electric vehicles.

Tags: Cargo Vans, CARB, XL Hybrids, General Motors, Chevrolet Express, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

October 14, 2014 - Industry News

Auto Truck Group Dedicates KC Facility

The Auto Truck Group's new Kansas City facility will be handling ship thru for Ford's new Transit and the F-150. Photo: Chris Wolski

The Auto Truck Group dedicated a new 70,000-square-foot facility in Kansas City, Mo., on Thursday, October 9. The facility will handle both complex specialized vehicle upfits and ship thru for the Ford F-150 and Transit.

Tags: Auto Truck Group, Ford Transit, Ship Thru, Upfitting, Van Equipment, Ford F-150

October 10, 2014 - Industry News

Upfitter Delivers Sprinter Upfit to U.S. Kids Golf

Photo: Midway

Midway Specialty Vehicles, LLC recently delivered Mercedes-Benz Sprinter unit number 15,000 to U.S Kids Golf, LLC.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Midway Specialty Vehicles, Van Equipment, Non-Profit Fleets

October 8, 2014 - Industry News

Used-Vehicle Depreciation Peaks in September

Photo of 2013 Chevrolet Traverse courtesy of GM.

Used vehicles sold at auctions logged their highest depreciation this year in September, as 2009-2013 car and truck models fell 1.7 percent in value.

Tags: Depreciation, Black Book, Used Vehicle Values, Full-Size Vans, Mid-Size Sedans

October 7, 2014 - Industry News

Dodge Grand Caravan Earns Top Van OTD for 2014-MY

Photo of 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan courtesy of Chrysler.

Chrysler's Dodge Grand Caravan minivan logged the fastest order-to-delivery time among vans in the 2014 model-year, averaging 55 days from when an order was placed to when the vehicle arrived at a dealer's lot.

Tags: Vehicle Purchasing, Full-Size Vans, Dodge Grand Caravan, Dodge, 2014-MY, Ford Transit Connect, Order to Delivery

October 1, 2014 - Industry News

ROUSH CleanTech to Launch Propane Autogas Transit in 2016

Photo of 2015 Transit courtesy of Ford.

ROUSH CleanTech will begin offering a propane autogas powered Ford Transit full-size van to fleet customers in the middle of 2016, the company told AutomotiveFleet.com.

Tags: Propane Autogas, ROUSH CleanTech, Alternative Fuels, Ford Transit

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

Nissan Announces 2015 NV200 Pricing

Photo of 2015 NV200 courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan's 2015 NV200 compact cargo van starts at $20,720 and has arrived at more than 350 Nissan commercial vehicle dealers, the company has announced.

Tags: Nissan, Pricing, Nissan NV200, Compact Vans

September 25, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Adds Second Shift in KC to Meet Transit Demand

Photo of 2015 Transit courtesy of Ford.

Ford has added a second shift at its Kansas City Assembly Plant to meet the demand for its 2015 Transit full-size van, Ford has announced.

Tags: Vehicle Production, Ford, Ford Transit

September 25, 2014 - Industry News

Mid-Size Mercedes-Benz Van Arriving in Late 2015

Mercedes Vito van at IAA. The van is scheduled to come to the U.S. in about a year. Photo: Jim Park

Following on the success of the Sprinter van in the U.S. market, Daimler plans to introduce a mid-size van sometime next year. The van made its debut in Berlin, Germany, in late July, but Daimler execs were coy on an actual release date for the American version of the van, saying only that it would be introduced in the fall 2015 in a MY 2016 designation.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz, IAA, Daimler, 2016-MY

September 24, 2014 - Industry News

Fleet Buyers Check Out ProMaster City

Photo courtesy of Chrysler.

Attendees of events in Miami and the Orlando area earlier this month included commercial fleet representatives, government agencies, fleet management companies, and dealers, a Chrysler spokeswoman said.

Tags: Compact Vans, Ram ProMaster City, Fleet Events

September 23, 2014 - Press Release

Masterack Announces 72-Hour Quick Ship Program

Masterack, a Leggett & Platt Commercial Vehicle Products company, has announced a partnership with Alliance Fleet LLC that will enhance the company's distribution capabilities nationwide

Tags: Leggett & Platt, Masterack, Van Equipment

September 18, 2014 - Industry News

New Commercial Vans Offer Improved Residual Value

Ram ProMaster: Photo by Vince Taroc.

A lineup of new full-size commercial vans from Chrysler/Ram, Ford, and Mercedes-Benz will deliver significantly higher residual value that their counterparts from previous generations, according to ALG’s latest industry projection.

Tags: Residual Values, ALG, Ford Transit, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Ram ProMaster

September 15, 2014 - Industry News

Ford to Offer Pair of Cutaway Van Models Through 2019

Photo of Transit cutaway courtesy of Ford.

Ford will offer cutaway van models of its E-Series as well as its Transit, but doesn't view the move as competing with itself, because the offerings compete in different weight classes.

Tags: Cutaway Vans, Ford Transit, Ford, Ford E-450

September 11, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Ships All Transit Van Models

Photo by Tim Crowley.

Ford has shipped all models of its 2015 Transit full-size van, including the cargo, passenger, cutaway, and chassis cab models, representatives for the automaker told Automotive Fleet.

Tags: Ford, Ford Transit, Dealers, Order to Delivery

September 9, 2014 - Industry News

Used Vehicle Depreciation Stabilizes in August

Photo of 2014 Chevrolet Express van courtesy of GM.

Overall depreciation for used vehicles from the past five model years improved slightly from July as the average value fell 1.3 percent in the month compared to 1.5 percent in July, according to Black Book's monthly report.

Tags: Black Book, Depreciation, Full-Size Vans, Used Vehicle Sales

September 5, 2014 - Industry News

Cable Provider Orders 800 Ford Transit Vans

Photo of low-roof, regular wheelbase 2015 Transit courtesy of Ford.

Charter Communications has ordered more than 800 low-roof, regular-wheelbase Ford Transit vans for its technicians in 29 states, the automaker has announced.

Tags: Charter Communications, Telecommunications Fleets, Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans, Auto Truck Group

September 3, 2014 - Industry News

Chrysler Launches 13-City Compact Van Tour

Photo of 2015 ProMaster City via Chrysler.

Chrysler is bringing its 2015 Ram ProMaster City compact van to 13 U.S. cities to give prospective fleet buyers an opportunity for hands-on research of the new vehicle.

Tags: Chrysler, Ram ProMaster City, Compact Vans

August 21, 2014 - Press Release

Adrian Steel Releases Ford Transit Packages

Photo courtesy of Adrian Steel.

Adrian Steel Company has released its new line of upfit products for Ford's 2015 Transit van that include shelving, partitions, ladder racks, and trade packages for the low-, medium-, and high-roof versions.

Tags: Ford Transit, Adrian Steel, Van Equipment

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