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March 5, 2015 - Industry News

Morgan Olson Offers Kinetics Hybrid Walk-In Vans

Photo courtesy of Crosspoint Kinetics

Morgan Olson will offer a lineup of Class 3-7 walk-in delivery vans equipped with a gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain from Crosspoint Kinetics, the companies announced at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: Work Truck Show, Morgan Olson, Crosspoint, Step Vans, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Van Equipment

March 4, 2015 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Rolls Out Mid-Sized Metris Van

New for North America is the Mercedes-Benz Metris, rolled out at NTEA. Photo: Tom Berg

Mercedes-Benz launched its Metris mid-sized commercial van for U.S. and Canadian markets. The Metris is a re-branded version of the Vito van, which is sold globally, that has been tweaked for the North American market.

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

March 4, 2015 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Debuts Plug-In Hybrid Concept Van

Photo courtesy of Daimler

Mercedes-Benz presented the Concept Vision e Plug-in Hybrid Concept minivan at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Concept Vehicles, Minivans

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 24, 2015 - Industry News

Nissan Releases All-New NV100 Commercial Vans in Japan

Photo: Nissan

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. has announced the launch of the all-new NV100 Clipper and NV100 Clipper Rio. They will go on sale on March 3 at Nissan dealers throughout Japan.

Tags: Nissan, Japan, Cargo Vans

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 6, 2015 - Global News

Ford Brings LPG Transit Connect Taxi to Hong Kong

Photo of Transit Connect Taxi for Hong Kong courtesy of Ford.

Ford has begun taking orders for its Transit Connect taxi, which has been purpose-built for Hong Kong, where taxis are a primary means of transportation for seven million residents and more than 54 million annual visitors.

Tags: Ford Transit Connect, Ford, Hong Kong, Taxi Fleets, Compact Vans

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.


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 26, 2014 - Global News

Sprinter Van Delivered to Vending Company

Photo: Mercedes-Benz

The 222,222 Sprinter van to roll off the assembly line was recently delivered to Munich-headquartered Dallmayr, a specialist coffee company.

Tags: Germany, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Food and Beverage Fleets

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 - Global News

Nissan Unveils NV200 Taxi in Hong Kong

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. has unveiled the Nissan NV200 Taxi in Hong Kong.

Tags: Nissan NV200, Hong Kong, Taxi Fleets, Paratransit, Compact Vans

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

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