Minivan/Van

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

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

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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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

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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A VW Microbus on the way?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2014
Volkswagen plans a lineup of Beetle-themed vehicles, including a new version of the iconic Microbus, according to European press reports....
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Chrysler recalling 780,477 minivans for overheating power window vents

2:05 pm U.S. ET | May 9, 2014
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said today it was recalling an estimated 780,477 minivans after reports of overheating, including some fires, in third-row power window vent switches....
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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....
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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....
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