BLOG: Minivans are too practical to have the reputation they have

3:13 pm U.S. ET | July 9, 2014

If all vehicles represent compromises to necessity, I would argue that minivans are the least compromised of any segment....
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ProMaster City to take on Transit Connect

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2014

The 2015 Ram ProMaster City will give Chrysler Group dealers a small urban delivery vehicle to sell when it arrives in dealerships early next year. Based on the Fiat Doblo but designed for North America, the van will compete with Ford's Transit Connect....
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More on Sperlich and the minivan

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2014

"The ultimate survivor" about Dodge (June 16) was wrong. Hal Sperlich did not bring the minivan idea to Chrysler. Sperlich made it happen, but he didn't bring the minivan idea to Chrysler....
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Nissan beefs up commercial-van warranty to challenge Detroit 3 loyalty

3:32 pm U.S. ET | June 19, 2014

Nissan sweetened its sales pitch to Detroit 3 commercial van customers today by instituting an across-the-board 5-year/100,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty on its NV full-sized and compact vehicle line....
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Nissan e-NV200 van debuts in Japan, but is it a good fit for N.A?

10:29 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2014

Nissan has launched its second electric vehicle, but a North American debut of the e-NV200 compact commercial van is under review because of vehicle range and charging network concerns....
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Ford Transit ready to take reins from retiring E series

1:54 pm U.S. ET | June 6, 2014

Ford will begin selling the new full-sized Transit commercial van later this month. The first available model will be the medium-roof-height, long-wheelbase version, which Ford projects as the biggest seller....
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Minivan meltdown, maximum margins

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2014

Judging by minivan sales, the segment has crashed over the past decade. Volume, shmolume, retailers say. Many consumers buy loaded, higher-end models, so minivans deliver good margins. And minivan buyers often become a dealership's loyal customers....
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