Commercial Vans

Renault's vision: e-vans that play 'follow the leader'

Sept. 19, 2018 06:01 CET
Renault's EZ-PRO concept reimagines the delivery van as a group of connected, autonomous electric pods circulating around cities and helping reduce pollution and congestion as the urban population swells.

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Peugeot touts Rifter's space and tech features

Sept. 19, 2018 06:01 CET
Peugeot has designed the new Rifter, the passenger variant of the automaker's small cargo van, to appeal to buyers of both SUVs and minivans.

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Renault, Daimler to showcase self-driving tech

Sept. 18, 2018 06:01 CET
The future of vehicles will be electrified, autonomous and connected but trucks and vans might get there before passenger cars because the technologies will offer cost-savings to independent tradespeople and fleet operators.

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PSA LCV chief predicts sales boost from refreshed range of midsize vans

July 27, 2018 06:01 CET
PSA's light commercial vehicle business unit has a European market share of more than 20 percent after the group added Opel in August. With a new range of midsize vans being introduced this year, demand is expected to grow as the unit's boss, Philippe Narbeburu, explained to Automotive News Europe.

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How Mercedes Vans transformed into an 'end-to-end solutions provider'

July 23, 2018 06:01 CET
Mercedes-Benz Vans enjoyed a record sales year in 2017 based on solid demand for the large van segment, particularly the Sprinter. Volker Mornhinweg discussed the division's outlook with Automotive News Europe.

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Ford's LCV leader details strategy

July 17, 2018 06:01 CET
Ford claims leadership in Europe's van segment because of the popularity of its four-vehicle Transit model range. The division is led by Dutchman Hans Schep, who spoke with Automotive News Europe about the automaker's plans for the unit.

GM discontinues Chevrolet City Express small van

2:28 pm U.S. ET | July 16, 2018
General Motors has dropped the Chevrolet City Express, a small work van, which the automaker has marketed under a partnership with Nissan since 2014.

ANDREA MALAN

New refuge for abandoned minivan fans?

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2018
Loyal minivan buyers who aren't willing to join the shift to SUVs appear to have found refuge in one of Europe's least glamorous segments.

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Ford, Renault, VW, tighten grip on Europe's LCV sector

July 3, 2018 06:01 CET
Ford, PSA, VW and the Renault Nissan alliance are keeping a tight grip on the LCV segment, which delivers high profit margins of about 10 percent and where unit sales are expected to grow by double digits by 2021 in Europe.

ZF forms joint venture for push into growing electric van market

June 27, 2018 14:50 CET
ZF plans to produce an electric vehicle with the e.Go Mobile startup that helped develop Deutsche Post's StreetScooter.

NICK GIBBS

VW could benefit most in U.S. from Ford alliance

7:59 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2018
VW and Ford's exploration of a production alliance for commercial vehicles may be a big gain for VW, which could potentially cut costs and gain access to Ford factories.

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VW could benefit most in U.S. from Ford alliance

7:59 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2018
VW and Ford's announcement that they are exploring a development and production alliance for commercial vehicles may be a big gain for VW, who could potentially cut costs and gain access to Ford's U.S. factories.

EYES IN THE CLOUD

Ford to mine, monitor vehicle data to enhance commercial fleet performance

1:17 pm U.S. ET | June 7, 2018
The new products use Ford's transportation mobility cloud to track a vehicle's GPS location, mileage, fuel-use data, operating conditions, driver behavior and more.

London cab firm will build plug-in van using taxi tech

June 1, 2018 16:15 CET
The London Electric Vehicle Company, the taxi maker owned by China's Geely, plans to double production at its UK plant with the introduction of a van using the same plug-in hybrid drivetrain as its TX eCity taxi.

Deutsche Post wins StreetScooter contract with dairy company in UK

May 28, 2018 16:24 CET
German logistics group Deutsche Post DHL Group has won a contract to deliver 200 StreetScooter electric vans to the dairy company Milk & More for the daily delivery of milk to UK households.

Ford gives Fiesta van connectivity, tech upgrades

May 1, 2018 06:01 CET
Ford hopes advanced driver-assistance equipment, connectivity features and a sporty model will give its Fiesta car-derived van a sales boost in the segment for small commercial vehicles.

Deutsche Post will create mobility unit to include electric StreetScooter van

April 5, 2018 10:54 CET
Deutsche Post DHL Group is moving its StreetScooter project into a new unit, seeking opportunities to further commercialize its electric delivery vans. The unit will also cover other new mobility solutions, digital platforms and automation, the company said.

PSA will boost van production at Vauxhall plant in UK

April 4, 2018 11:39 CET
PSA will boost output at Vauxhall's van plant in Luton, England, by adding Peugeot and Citroen models.

PSA said to end Renault-Vauxhall van venture in UK

April 3, 2018 18:06 CET
PSA plans to end a venture between Vauxhall and Renault that makes vans at a plant near London and instead use the capacity to build Peugeot Expert and Citroen Jumpy models alongside future versions of the Vauxhall/Opel Vivaro, reports said.

EU largely wins WTO challenge against Russian duty on vans

March 23, 2018 13:15 CET
The EU largely won a WTO appeal ruling in a dispute over Russia's anti-dumping duties on German and Italian light commercial vehicles.

Chevy expands Silverado medium-duty lineup in bid to outgun Ford, Ram

8:30 am U.S. ET | March 7, 2018
General Motors' new Chevrolet Silverado medium-duty truck will compete in more segments than initially expected, a strategy coinciding with the automaker's plan to expand and improve its commercial dealership network.

PSA says new Peugeot, Citroen and Opel vans will set benchmark for segment

Feb. 13, 2018 10:54 CET
PSA aims to boost its position in Europe's lucrative light van sector by launching three new models for its Peugeot, Citroen and Opel/Vauxhall brands.

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Ford's 2019 Transit Connect Wagon adds tech, new diesel engine

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2018
Ford aims to position the third-generation Transit Connect Wagon as a less expensive, more capable minivan alternative to help further expand its dominant share in the commercial vehicle market.

Mercedes to electrify, make next Sprinter a better workplace

11:11 am U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2018
Mercedes-Benz is adding a battery-electric variant of the Sprinter as it updates the third-generation commercial van line. But it's not yet clear when, or if, the eSprinter will be sold in the United States. New connectivity services and improvements will make the Sprinter's cab a better workplace, Mercedes says.

PSA increases van production in Portugal

Jan. 19, 2018 10:49 CET
PSA will add a third production team at its plant in Mangualde, Portugal, in response to increased demand for the Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Partner vans.

 
Rising Star starts new adventure

Douglas A. Bolduc
5:50 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21 2018

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Former Mazda Europe executive and 2017 Rising Star Christian Ohm is starting a new adventure this month. ...
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Why Aston Martin's CEO expects automaker to be more profitable than Ferrari

Nick Gibbs
4:40 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10 2018

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As Aston Martin plans its London IPO, CEO Andy Palmer believes the company will be more profitable t ...
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Volvo has autonomous vehicle safety covered like a blanket

Douglas A. Bolduc
3:51 am U.S. ET | Sept. 7 2018

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Leave it to Volvo to already be working on a patent for a solution that will keep passengers safe even as they sleep in their self-driving cars. ...
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Tesla readies a surprise in Europe

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 4 2018

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Tesla is expected to reveal a new vehicle at the Grand Basel auto show, according to an invitation s ...
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Moving out of Sergio's shadow

Andrea Malan
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 4 2018

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Mike Manley took the helm at Fiat Chrysler just four days before the death of former CEO Sergio Marc ...
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ZF invests in future engineers with a U.S. robot competition

Richard Truett
1:08 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 28 2018

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Facing a shortage of engineers, ZF Group and other auto companies are taking a long view and are ram ...
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Why domestic automakers will not dominate China's luxury EV market

Yang Jian
7:26 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24 2018

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Beijing realizes that young domestic automakers can never beat global giants with traditional combus ...
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