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March 16, 2017 - Industry News

Daimler Recalls Sprinter and Metris Vans

Photo courtesy of Daimler Vans.

Two separate recalls involve 1,320 vehicles, including Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner Sprinter 2500 and 3500 vans.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Freightliner, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Daimler, Passenger Vans, Mercedes-Benz Metris, Safety, Minivans

March 15, 2017 - Industry News

Ram Commercial Enhances Truck, Van Upfitting

Photo courtesy of FCA.

Ram Commercial introduced its Augmented Reality Upfit Configurator and Q Pro certification program to help dealers and auxiliary equipment providers set up its trucks and vans for commercial users at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: Upfitting, Work Truck Show, Software, Ram Truck, Augmented Reality

March 15, 2017 - Industry News

Landi Renzo to Offer Ship-Thru on Ford CNG Vehicles

Photo courtesy of Landi Renzo USA.

Landi Renzo USA will begin offering a ship-through channel for customers to take delivery of converted compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks and vans utilizing Ford's existing distribution network from Ford's Ohio Assembly Plant, the company announced at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: Ford, Ship-Thru, CNG Conversions, Landi Renzo, Ford E-Series, Ford F-Series

March 14, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Updates Transit Van for 2018

Photo of 2017 Transit courtesy of Ford.

Ford added several new features and new optional equipment to its Transit full-size van for the 2018 model year, the company announced at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: Ford, Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans, 2018-MY, Work Truck Show, Mid-Cycle Refresh

March 7, 2017 - Industry News

AmeriPride Plans Record Electric Walk-in Van Order

Late last year, Motiv initially provided AmeriPride’s Vernon branch with 10 zero-emission step vans. The delivery vehicles feature up to 20% gradeability, 80 miles of range, and a 50% battery charge time of 2.5 hours. (Photo courtesy of Motiv)

After initially replacing 20% of its Vernon California fleet with electric delivery trucks, AmeriPride Services plans to add 20 additional walk-in vans equipped with the Motiv Power Systems all-electric powertrain to the company’s California fleet.

Tags: Motiv Power Systems, Delivery Fleets, AmeriPride, ROUSH CleanTech, Step Vans, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Full-Size Vans

February 22, 2017 - Industry News

Sprinter Vans Recalled for Air Bag Control Unit

Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

The recall affects more than 15,000 Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner Sprinter 2500 and 3500 vans in the 2013-2016 model years.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Freightliner, Recalls, 2013-MY, 2014-MY, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Daimler, Air Bags, 2015-MY, NHTSA, 2016-MY, Safety

February 14, 2017 - Industry News

Spartan Sets Up Van Upfitting Near Transit Plant

Spartan Motors' fleet upfitting division has opened a new assembly facility in Kansas City to provide fleets with tailored upfits of cargo vans and other fleet vehicles in close proximity to Ford's Kansas City Assembly Plant that produces the Transit full-size van.

Tags: Upfitting, Spartan Motors, Ford Transit, Ship-Thru, Van Equipment

February 10, 2017 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Metris Concept Highlights Van Upfitting

Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

Mercedes-Benz is showing a Metris concept van at the Chicago Auto Show that's designed to highlight its new MasterSolutions ship-through upfitting program.

Tags: Upfitting, Mercedes-Benz, Chicago Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz Metris, Van Equipment, Concept Vehicles, Ship-Thru

February 2, 2017 - Industry News

Nissan NV Cargo X Powered by Cummins Diesel

Photo of NV Cargo X project vehicle courtesy of Nissan.

Built in partnership with off-road builder Ian Johnson, host of Xtreme Off-Road, the NV Cargo X stands more than seven-and-a-half feet tall on 37-inch tires and is powered by a Cummins 5.0L V-8 turbo diesel transplanted from a Nissan Titan XD full-size pickup.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Nissan NV, Concept Vehicles, Full-Size Vans, Chicago Auto Show

February 2, 2017 - Industry News

Cox Hoping for Exemption to Calif. City's Parking Ban

Photo of medium-roof Transit courtesy of Ford.

Cox Enterprises, Inc. has begun discussions with elected leaders in Santa Barbara, Calif., to determine whether a new law banning overnight parking of cargo vans on city streets would affect its drivers, a company spokesperson said.

Tags: Cox Enterprises, Full-Size Vans, Elected Leaders, Telecommunications Fleets

January 11, 2017 - Industry News

CARB Certifies Landi Renzo's CNG E-450

Photo courtesy of Landi Renzo USA.

The California Air Resource Board (CARB) has certified Landi Renzo to produce a dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) version of the 2017 model year Ford E-450 cutaway van, which now makes it legal to convert the vehicle to CNG in the U.S.

Tags: CARB Certification, Ford E-Series, Vehicle Modifiers, Landi Renzo, CARB, CNG Conversions, Natural Gas Vehicles

January 10, 2017 - Industry News

2018 Honda Odyssey Boosts Connectivity

Photo of 2018 Odyssey courtesy of Honda.

Honda has revamped its Odyssey minivan for 2018 for connected buyers with smartphone control of vehicle systems and 4G LTE Wi-Fi for streaming video and other entertainment features.

Tags: Honda, Honda Odyssey, Connected Car, Minivans, 2018-MY, Detroit Auto Show

January 9, 2017 - Industry News

VW Shows Electric Microbus Van Concept

Photo courtesy of Volkswagen.

Volkswagen is looking to the past to help define its future with an electrified, autonomous update of its Microbus camper van that left the U.S. automotive landscape in the late 1960s as a result of the "chicken tax" tariff.

Tags: Volkswagen, Minivans, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Concept Vehicles, Detroit Auto Show, Augmented Reality

January 3, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Looking to Electrify F-150, Transit Custom Van by 2020

Ford has announced that the F-150 will be electrified by 2020. Pictured is a gasoline powered 2017 F-150 XLT courtesy of Ford.

Ford announced seven global electrified vehicles that it plans to introduce in the next five years, which includes hybrid versions of the F-150 pickup and a plug-in hybrid Transit Custom van.

Tags: Ford F-150, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Autonomous Vehicles, Ford Transit Custom

December 21, 2016 - Industry News

Landi Renzo's Dedicated CNG E-450 Certified

Photo of E-450 cutaway van courtesy of Ford.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has certified Landi Renzo's dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) conversion of Ford's 2017 model year E-450 cutaway van.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Ford E-Series, EPA Certification, Cutaway Vans, Landi Renzo, Vehicle Modifiers

December 14, 2016 - Global News

Dutch Police Order 300 Sprinter Vans

The Dutch Police have ordered 300 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans. Photo: Mercedes-Benz

The Dutch police have signed an agreement for 300 new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 316 CDI. The first vehicles were delivered in November 2016.

Tags: Police Vehicles, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, The Netherlands

December 7, 2016 - Press Release

Auto Truck Group Appoints Sales Manager

Auto Truck Group has appointed Scott Walters as a fleet sales manager who will specialize in growing the company's upfitting business for Mercedes-Benz vans.

Tags: Auto Truck Group, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, New Hire

December 1, 2016 - Industry News

Older Sprinter Vans Recalled for Brake Warning Light

Photo by IFCAR via Wikimedia Commons.

The recall covers more than 17,000 Dodge and Freightliner Sprinter 2500 and 3500 vans in the 2003 to 2006 model years.

Tags: Dodge, Cargo Vans, Freightliner, Recalls, 2003-MY, 2006-MY, 2005-MY, 2004-MY, NHTSA

November 23, 2016 - Industry News

Ram's Tablet App Helps Fleets Configure Vans

Photo by Paul Clinton.

Fiat-Chrysler's Ram Commercial has developed a mobile app for tablets that allows fleet and business customers to view possible upfits when purchasing one of the 14 configurations of the ProMaster cargo van.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Full-Size Vans, Ram ProMaster, Tablets, Mobile Apps, Augmented Reality

November 21, 2016 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Van Upfitter Program Now Underway

Photo of Mercedes-Benz Metris Worker courtesy of MBUSA.

Mercedes-Benz's MasterSolutions upfitter program has launched for Metris and Sprinter vans to provide common equipment packages for fleets through a Mercedes-Benz or Freightliner dealer.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Freightliner, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Mercedes-Benz Metris, Full-Size Vans

November 2, 2016 - Industry News

2017 Nissan NV200 Van to Start at $22,115

Photo of 2017 NV200 courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan's 2017 NV200 compact cargo van has arrived at dealer lots and retails for at least $22,115, Nissan has announced.

Tags: Nissan, Pricing, Nissan NV200, Compact Vans, 2017-MY

October 19, 2016 - Global News

Ford Transit Becomes Top Global Van

Photo of Transit sold in Europe courtesy of Ford.

Ford's Transit full-size van has become the top-selling family of cargo vans around the globe with nearly 400,000 registered in 2015 based on IHS Markit data, according to Ford.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Ford, Ford Transit

September 8, 2016 - Industry News

USPS Adds Another 3,000 Ram ProMaster Vans

Photo courtesy of USPS.

FCA has started delivering another 3,339 Ram ProMaster cargo vans to the U.S. Postal Service in a second order that follows a 9,113-vehicle order last year.

Tags: Cargo Vans, USPS, Ram ProMaster, Delivery Fleets

September 7, 2016 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Shows Future Vision of Cargo Vans

Graphic courtesy of MBUSA.

Mercedes-Benz has developed its Vision Van concept vehicle that looks to the future of delivery by incorporating mobility concepts, robotics, and automation highlighted by a pair of roof-mounted drones.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Full-Size Vans, Concept Vehicles, Drones

September 2, 2016 - Global News

Commercial Vehicle-to-Grid Hub Installed in Denmark

Photo: Nissan

A fully commercial vehicle-to-grid (V2G) hub is now operating in Denmark, a result of a collaboration between Nissan, Enel, and Nuvve.

Tags: Nissan, Vehicle-to-Grid Technology, Nissan NV200, Denmark

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