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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

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

September 30, 2014 - Global News

Nissan Adds Pair of Turbo Diesels to NV400 Van

Photo courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan is offering a pair of twin-turbo diesel engines and new safety technology to its 2015 NV400 heavy panel van in Europe, which brings its engine lineup for the vehicle to five choices.

Tags: Nissan, Full-Size Vans, Diesel Engines

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 23, 2014 - Industry News

ThyssenKrupp Elevator Adds Hybrid Vans

Photo courtesy of ThyssenKrupp.

ThyssenKrupp Elevator Americas has added 10 hybrid-electric vehicles to its fleet in Atlanta, Boston, and Dallas as the elevator company continues its expansion of alternative-fuel use, the company has announced.

Tags: ThyssenKrupp, Elevator Fleets, XL Hybrids, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Alternative Fuels

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 11, 2014 - Industry News

Reading Truck Body Offers Ram ProMaster Cutaway Upfit

Photo: Reading Truck Body

Reading Truck Body, LLC, a manufacturer of vocational truck bodies, has announced it is expanding its aluminum Classic Service Van (CSV) line, with the all-new Ram ProMaster cutaway chassis.

Tags: Reading Truck Body, Chassis Cab Vans, Ram ProMaster, Van Equipment, Service Bodies

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 5, 2014 - Global News

Hyundai Unveils H350 Cargo Van for Europe

Photo: Hyundai Motor Company

Hyundai Motor Co. has revealed the first design images of a new light commercial vehicle designed and developed especially for the European market – the H350.

Tags: Hyundai, Cargo Vans, Passenger Vans

September 4, 2014 - Industry News

Supplier Recalling Axle Seals in GM Vans, Trucks, SUVs

The recalled axle seals are installed on 1999-2013 Chevrolet and GMC full-size vans, pickup trucks and SUVs. Photo courtesy of General Motors.

The recall affects 82,509 SKF axle seals that may allow differential gear oil to leak onto rear brakes.

Tags: Chevrolet, 2011-MY, 2012-MY, Recalls, 2013-MY, General Motors, GMC, SKF, NHTSA, Suppliers

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

August 19, 2014 - Global News

First Mercedes-Benz Vito Built in Spain

Photo: Mercedes-Benz

The first unit of the new Vito has rolled off the production line at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Vitoria, Spain.

Tags: Spain, Mercedes-Benz, Cargo Vans

August 15, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Transit Connect Sales Rise 29 Percent

Photo of 2014 Transit Connect cargo van courtesy of Ford.

Sales of Ford's Transit Connect cargo van and wagon increased 27 percent in the second quarter compared to the same period a year ago, Ford has announced.

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

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