Minivan/Van

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Kia retools Sedona with more legroom, flexible seating

6:02 pm U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Kia is giving its retooled Sedona minivan more legroom, an interior with customizable seating arrangements and new, muscular sheet metal for 2015. Kia announced details and partial specifications of the 2015 Sedona today ahead of its appearance at the New York auto show this week.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Kia preps 8-passenger MPV for New York

3:48 pm U.S. ET | April 3, 2014
Kia said it plans to reveal what should be a successor to its Sedona minivan at the New York Auto Show this month. Kia released a teaser image today of what it calls an “all-new midsize multi-purpose vehicle” that can seat up to eight passengers set to debut in New York.... Read More »

 

Ram van falls a few fridges shy of cargo claim

12:46 pm U.S. ET | March 28, 2014
When Ram converted the Fiat Ducato last fall into the 2014 Ram ProMaster for the United States, it also converted the van's cargo capacity from Europe: 15 cubic meters to 530 cubic feet. But there's a problem: In the United States, cargo capacity is measured differently.... Read More »

 

Chrysler's Windsor plant 1st in N.A. to earn World Class Manufacturing silver status

2:46 pm U.S. ET | March 28, 2014
Chrysler Group's Windsor, Ontario, assembly plant has become the first North American plant to achieve silver status under the automaker's World Class Manufacturing system, Chrysler said today.... Read More »

 

The boss breaks the rules on product secrets

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 24, 2014
Sergio Marchionne sometimes bends the rules a little.... Read More »

 

Volkswagen restructures production; new Polish factory to open in 2016

March 18, 2014 14:33 CET
Volkswagen is shuffling its European production, adding a new van plant in Poland and rearranging output of the VW Tiguan, Porsche Panamera and Porsche Cayenne models.... Read More »

 

Honda recalls 886,815 Odysseys to fix fire risk related to fuel pumps

3:24 pm U.S. ET | March 15, 2014
Honda is recalling nearly 900,000 Odyssey minivans that could catch fire, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a recall notice posted on Friday.... Read More »

 

Marchionne: 'Done' discussing minivan plant's future

4:12 pm U.S. ET | March 14, 2014
A terse Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne told reporters that he was “done” discussing the long-term future of the automaker's Windsor assembly plant after the company withdrew its controversial request for Canadian government support for the plant's upgrade.... Read More »

 

Chrysler says it will keep minivan production in Canada

10:05 am U.S. ET | March 4, 2014
Chrysler Group will keep minivan production in Windsor, Ontario, and has withdrawn a request for government help, but warned today that Canada must become a cheaper place to do business to be considered for future products.... Read More »

 

Chrysler near announcement on minivan production

11:13 am U.S. ET | March 4, 2014
Chrysler Group has made a decision on the future of minivan production at its Windsor, Ontario, plant and will make it public within two days, CEO Sergio Marchionne said today.... Read More »

 

Canadian spiffs for Chrysler?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2014
Chrysler Group's Windsor minivan plant is poised to grab a share of funds that Canada's federal government has pledged to keep auto plants operating there. A budget approved last week by federal lawmakers in Ottawa included more than $500 million Canadian in incentive money.... Read More »

 

Marchionne: Chrysler still weighing where to build next minivan

12:34 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2014
Chrysler Group is still exploring where to build its next minivans and may decide whether to move forward by the end of March, CEO Sergio Marchionne said Thursday in Toronto.... Read More »

 

CHICAGO AUTO SHOW

Chevy joins growing small-van market

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2014
Ford's Transit Connect will have its first real challenger this fall when the City Express compact cargo van arrives at Chevrolet dealerships. The Nissan-built City, which was introduced last week at the Chicago Auto Show, has a tightly focused mission: appeal to small business owners who need a nimble, fuel-efficient cargo hauler with a versatile interior.... Read More »

 

Chrysler recalls 9,655 vans in North America for accelerator issue

11:55 am U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2014
Chrysler Group said it is recalling an estimated 9,655 full-size vans in North America to replace a part that could lead to the accelerator pedal getting stuck in the wide open position. About half the affected 2014 Ram ProMaster vans are still on dealer lots and cannot be sold until they are repaired.... Read More »

 

2014 CHICAGO AUTO SHOW

GM adds Nissan-built van to take on Transit Connect

6:57 am U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2014
General Motors is introducing a new cargo van, built by Nissan under a supply alliance formed last year, to compete with Ford's Transit Connect in the United States.... Read More »

 

What was hot, cold in 2013

2:32 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 3, 2014
Small crossovers and big pickups soared in 2013, as the two segments combined to account for one of every four vehicles sold. But growth in the compact and mid-sized car segments slowed significantly, and minivan sales declined.... Read More »

 

Chrysler developing better folding minivan seats

7:16 am U.S. ET | Dec. 28, 2013
Chrysler Group has patented an improvement to its Stow 'n Go seats for a future minivan that would allow the seats to collapse in less space.... Read More »

 

Chrysler plans new product at Windsor, Ontario, plant, report says

12:38 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 19, 2013
Chrysler Group is planning to source new products at its Windsor, Ontario, assembly plant, raising speculation about the market timing of its next-generation minivan, a Canadian newspaper reported, citing union officials.... Read More »

 

U.S. dealers might get Mercedes rwd minivan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2013
Mercedes-Benz may offer its next-generation European minivan and commercial van in the United States, company insiders say. The new V-class minivan and Vito commercial vehicle will go on sale in spring in Europe and could arrive in the United States in 2015.... Read More »

 

Ram puts function over style with ProMaster van

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2013
The 2014 Ram ProMaster commercial van may not be a physical beauty, but it has practical benefits that Ram marketers hope will turn the heads of potential buyers anyway.... Read More »

 

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Chrysler's back in the van game, but fwd is a question

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2013
The first Ram ProMaster full-sized commercial van rolled off its Mexican assembly line this week. Under a giant red banner with "Unidad #1" (Unit #1) on it, the embodiment of Chrysler Group's plans to return to the commercial van segment for the first time in three years stopped just long enough for a few pictures.... Read More »

 

Report: GM could sell Peugeot and Citroen vans in U.S.

July 10, 2013 14:23 CET
General Motors and PSA may expand their alliance to include the sale of rebadged PSA vans by GM in the United States, a French newspaper reported.... Read More »

 

Peugeot, GM study U.S. van program, report says

8:59 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2013
General Motors may sell PSA Peugeot Citroen commercial vans in the United States under plans being discussed to expand the carmakers' operational alliance, a French newspaper reported.... Read More »

 

Fiat, PSA will invest 700 million euros to extend van venture in Italy

July 9, 2013 13:49 CET
Fiat and PSA will invest more than $900 million to replace aging van models that the two automakers build together at their SevelSud plant in Italy.... Read More »

 

What's hot, cold at halftime of 2013

3:54 pm U.S. ET | July 2, 2013
Pickups and crossovers were big reasons that new-vehicle sales rose more than expected in the first half of 2013.... Read More »

 

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