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Mercedes-Benz Vans is introducing a turnkey “ship-thru” upfitting program for its Metris mid-size van and for Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner full-size Sprinter vans. The OEM is also rolling out a value-priced Metris Worker model, as well as expanding its Worker lineup for the Sprinter.

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Chevrolet Low Cab Forward Upfitters Announced

General Motors has struck ship-thru deals with Morgan Corp. and Supreme Corp. to add bodies to the first Chevrolet Low Cab Forward trucks expected to arrive in late August, according to a General Motors Fleet sales manager.

Auto Truck Group VP of Sales and Marketing Retires

Auto Truck Group, a work truck upfitter specializing in the design, manufacture and installation of equipment, today announced that Dennis Jones, vice president of sales and marketing, plans to retire at year’s end after more than 29 years with the company.

Reading Sets Up Lawn Care Truck Fleet

Reading Truck Body has been providing the upfit set-up for about a third of the Scotts LawnService fleet of Ford F-150 to F-450 trucks at its Louisville, Ky., site, Reading announced.

High-Roof Vans Causing OTD Delays

Railroad backlogs impacted ship-thru units requiring upfitted equipment in the 2015-MY. Not only is there a rail-car shortage, but there were also logistical delays in loading and unloading rail cars due to the higher volume of high-roof vehicles. The limited number of rail cars that can accommodate the larger, high-roof vans created a backlog at assembly plants and caused delays in shipping to and from upfitters.

2015 Chevrolet City Express Ships to Dealers

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.