Minivan/Van

Dodge, Chrysler minivans won't be recalled after stall investigation

11:49 am U.S. ET | April 8, 2015

U.S. safety regulators have ended an investigation into stalling problems in older-model Fiat Chrysler minivans, saying the issues would not likely lead to crashes....
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FCA works on strategy to keep price-sensitive minivan buyers

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

Fiat Chrysler wants to retain buyers of sub-$25,000 minivans, despite the automaker's decision to drop its lower-priced Dodge Grand Caravan, says Chrysler brand chief Al Gardner....
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Ford unveils new Galaxy minivan with fresh styling, advanced safety features

April 3, 2015 06:01 CET

Ford unveiled its latest Galaxy large minivan with a fresh design, fuel-efficient engines and advanced safety systems. The Galaxy will join the new S-Max large minivan in the automaker's freshened people-mover lineup. The seven-seat Galaxy is aimed at families while the S-Max has a broader appeal with its sporty styling....
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Nooses found at FCA minivan plant subject of investigation

1:01 pm U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

A pair of nooses were found late last week on the truck and near the workstation of a black laborer working on the retooling of Fiat Chrysler's Windsor Assembly Plant, the Windsor Star reported today....
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Spy photos hint at Dodge minivan

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

The next Fiat Chrysler minivan is supposed to be badged a Chrysler, but spy photographers have snapped pictures of a minivan prototype that appears to be a Dodge....
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Pickup rollout pinches supply of GM vans

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

General Motors' full-size vans have been in short supply for months as GM scrambles to boost production at a St. Louis-area assembly plant, frustrating some fleet customers and dealers....
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2015 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

VW says new Touran is lighter, roomier, more frugal

Feb. 25, 2015 12:13 CET

VW's new lighter, roomier Touran minivan will offer the biggest luggage compartment in its class, along with new active and passive safety features and seamless connectivity to Apple and Android smartphones, the automaker said....
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Next-gen Chrysler minivan will be taller, wider with a rotary shifter

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 22, 2015

The next-generation Chrysler Town & Country minivan will get a rotary shifter and other interior features common in Fiat Chrysler vehicles. The minivan also will be slightly taller and wider than the current version. The revelations come from spy photographers and supplier documents posted online....
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Volkswagen mulls VW van, high-performance Golf for U.S.

11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2015

Volkswagen has more than just an SUV offensive up its sleeve as the company considers adding -- and deleting -- some models in its U.S. lineup. VW executives indicate that a new VW van and high-performance Golf hatchback may make their way stateside....
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EDITORIAL

An invigorated market

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29, 2014

The U.S. commercial van marketplace isn't the sleepy backwater it used to be. These days it's a lively place, a hotbed of innovation teeming with fresh products and new competitors....
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Ram prices ProMaster City at $24,125

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2014

Ram has released pricing and fuel economy ratings for the 2015 ProMaster City commercial van, scheduled to arrive in the United States early next year. The cargo version will start at $24,125 and the five-seat wagon version will start at $25,125. Prices include shipping....
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M-B Metris van targets fleet buyers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014

The midsize Mercedes-Benz cargo and passenger van coming next year will be called the Metris in North America....
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BMW's taboo-breaker, the 2-series Active Tourer

Oct. 16, 2014 06:30 CET

BMW's 2-series Active Tourer breaks new ground for the automaker as the brand's first minivan and first front-wheel-drive model of its modern era. BMW says the Active Tourer nevertheless retains the brand's sporty driving dynamics....
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Hybrid Chrysler minivan will hit market in '15, a year early

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014

Chrysler Group will launch a plug-in hybrid version of the next-generation Chrysler Town & Country minivan late next year....
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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Renault bets on SUV looks to revive Espace

Oct. 2, 2014 10:46 CET

Renault has turned the new Espace into a crossover from a minivan as it seeks to revive the model's European sales and follow a market shift to more rugged-looking vehicles....
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Chrysler to idle Ontario minivan plant for 12 weeks in 2015 for product changeover

3:37 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014

Chrysler Group's Windsor, Ontario, minivan plant will be idled for 12 weeks for upgrades in the first and second quarters of 2015 to prepare for production of the company's next-generation minivan, CEO Sergio Marchionne said....
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Toyota considers utility van entry

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014

Toyota is considering a small utility-van concept vehicle that would compete with compact vans such as Ford's Transit Connect and Nissan's NV200. The Urban Utility, designed at the company's Calty studio in Newport Beach, Calif., was shown last week....
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Chrysler minivans receive over 100 complaints of engine stalls in U.S.

6:28 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2014

Federal auto safety regulators have received more than 100 complaints about engine stalling from owners of Chrysler minivans from model years 2004-2007, according to a Reuters analysis....
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Renault will build Fiat Scudo successor

Aug. 1, 2014 06:01 CET

Renault will build Fiat's replacement for its Scudo commercial van starting in 2016, taking over production of the model from PSA/Peugeot-Citroen. The Scudo successor will be based on the Renault Trafic....
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The 'better Golf'

July 21, 2014 08:09 CET

Volkswagen says the Golf Sportsvan combines the agility of the classic Golf hatchback with the roominess, easier access and higher seating position of a minivan, leading some commentators to dub it “the better Golf.”...
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Hyundai's Sprinter fighter?

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014

This lightly disguised Hyundai being tested in the California desert shows the Korean automaker preparing a move into the newly crowded commercial van segment against the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Ford Transit and Ram ProMaster....
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CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: With its new minivan, BMW ditches rwd for practicality

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2014

Even BMW has to obey the laws of physics: a rwd car that is compact yet roomy is a paradox. But for traditional fans of the brand, the fwd 2-series Active Tourer is nothing less than a heresy on wheels....
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BMW expects high conquest rate for 2-series Active Tourer

July 20, 2014 06:01 CET

BMW expects that three out of every four buyers of its 2-series Active Tourer minivan will be new to the brand....
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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Minivans: So practical, so maligned

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014

The minivan is simultaneously one of the most practical yet wrongly maligned vehicles on the road today, and therein lies the challenge facing Chrysler Group as it redesigns its minivan for a new generation of drivers....
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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

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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