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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 is expanding production at its light-commercial vehicle factory in Hordain in northern France in a response to increased demand. The plant builds the Peugeot Expert and Citroen Jumpy midsize vans, along with their passenger-vehicle variants, as well as the Toyota ProAce.
VW has stopped delivering T6 vans to German dealers after detecting that diesel models emit excessive nitrogen oxide levels. The automaker has reported the findings to the KBA, Germany's motor transport authority.
PSA will start production of Peugeot Expert and Citroen Jumpy vans at its plant in Kaluga, Russia, as the automaker seeks to increase sales in the Russian market, which is rebounding from a deep slump.
Germany's postal service is seeing increased interest in its electric delivery van after a debate on diesel emissions has gathered pace in Germany. Deutsche Post produces and sells its EVs, known as Streetscooter, and is teaming up with Ford for a new line of larger vehicles.