Commercial Vans

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 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.

2018 CHICAGO AUTO SHOW

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.

PSA expands van production at French factory

Jan. 5, 2018 13:38 CET
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 halts deliveries of T6 van because of high emissions

Dec. 8, 2017 13:07 CET
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.

VW, China's JAC may form light commercial vehicles JV

Nov. 27, 2017 14:57 CET
VW and China's JAC are considering setting up a joint venture for light commercial vehicles, expanding their cooperation beyond electric cars.

PSA seeks to capitalize on Russia rebound with van production

Nov. 27, 2017 11:55 CET
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.

Mercedes steps up e-van push to counter Ford's StreetScooter

Nov. 20, 2017 12:18 CET
Mercedes is ramping up its offering of electric delivery vans to counter the StreetScooter, a no-frills competitor from Deutsche Post and Ford.

Ford mulls building electric van in Germany

Sept. 28, 2017 15:26 CET
Ford is considering building an electric delivery van in Germany. The model has been developed with German logistics firm Deutsche Post DHL Group.

VW's hippie-mobile goes commercial

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2017
Bringing back the 1960s-era Microbus might seem like a fun nostalgia play, but Volkswagen has something more functional and potentially lucrative up its sleeve.

VW's retro bus to take dealers on a commercial trip

3:43 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2017
VW will use the I.D. Buzz to help put its U.S. dealers in the commercial vehicle business -- a segment where the company has global aspirations.

Diesel debate drives interest in German postal service's Streetscooter EV

Aug. 8, 2017 10:11 CET
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.

Renault boosts stake in China with Brilliance venture

July 5, 2017 11:01 CET
Renault has agreed to buy almost half of Brilliance China Automotive's unprofitable light commercial vehicle unit, giving the French automaker another foothold in the world's largest auto market.

 
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Stadler's words return to haunt him

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70 years later, appreciating the genius of Ferry Porsche

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12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15 2018

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Why VW should share its skateboard and change the world

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3:34 pm U.S. ET | June 13 2018

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Land Rover sets course for Defender to come home

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11:42 am U.S. ET | June 12 2018

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Volvo's Polestar commits to guiding light feature

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12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9 2018

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The Elkann style: Sustainability … at Ferrari speed

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12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8 2018

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Why BMW's new 3 series needs to up its game

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 6 2018

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The BMW 3 series is still the benchmark against which all midsize sedans are measured, but the outgo ...
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Why Chinese cars, crossovers should worry Europe's brands

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2 2018

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Chinese cars are now on par with products from Europe’s brands in terms of design, handling, p ...
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VW Group's new CEO Diess may have too much power

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 24 2018

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Former BMW executive Herbert Diess now heads both VW Group and its core VW brand, which may be conce ...
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