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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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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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