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Have you been stuck on the decision whether to get an SUV or a van, but can’t fit both in your garage? Well, worry no more because Toyota has come up with a solution to your problem. The concept is called the Tj Cruiser, and it is a hybrid of a van and an SUV. The “T” stands for “toolbox”, while “J” stands for Joy. And of course, there is no need to explain where “Cruiser” comes from as it has been used for years. Toyota plans to unveil this concept at the upcoming 2017 Tokyo Motor Show later this month.
First of all, Toyota gave the Tj Cruiser a special finish on the hood, roof, and the fenders to keep it scratch and dirt resistant - especially when objects unexpectedly come in contact with them. Like all other upcoming Toyota cars, the boxy half-van half-SUV will be engineered on the TNGA platform, while it gets a hybridized 2.0 liter gasoline engine. The concept will be able to accommodate both a front- and all-wheel drive setup. It will sit on a set of 20-inch alloy wheels wearing Bridgestone tires, and has a beefy suspension setup. Physically, it still looks like a minivan, especially with the flat roof and the seamless window line.
With the huge sliding doors, passengers will not have to worry about getting in and out of the vehicle. But it is not just the passengers who will benefit from this but also will be convenient to those who will have to load or unload large bags and sports equipment. Having said that, the Tj Cruiser concept can actually fit items up to three meters (118 inches) long, when both the front and rear seats are folded. What makes this SUV even more practical is that it comes with a number of tie-down points behind the seats as well as deck boards for anchoring things. As mentioned earlier, it has so much space that it can fit equipment like bikes, surfboards, and other bulky objects through the back door.Read the entire article Toyota solves your SUV-or-van dilemma with the TJ Cruiser Concept
Van-Sport, the creator of Ford custom vehicles, has just added a Rally edition for the famous Ford Transit Custom MS-RT commercial vans. The R-spec edition, which will be limited to only 50 units and provides as much as 208hp, is especially made for the 2nd year anniversary between Van-Sport and its British partner Malcom Wilson of M-Sport motorsport company.
Seen recently at the 2017 Rallyday event in Castle Combe racing circuit, the Ford Transit arrives with a handful of new upgrades over the standard Transit Custom MS-RT. One of which is the brake kit that the company has been talking about in the past several months. The custom specialist has also added some special options including the 208hp power increase and an uprated rear suspension. As standard, the Transit Custom packs only a total of 170 horsepower.
Since the R-Spec is an upgraded version of the Custom MS-RT, the van is already equipped with an 18-inch OZ Racing alloy wheels and a bespoke bodykit. Similarly, the double cab in van is offered as a five-seater configuration and features dual sliding side doors and rear tailgate. Due to the MS-RT upgrade, the vehicle received additional goodies such as power convertor, a LED powered load space lighting plus a satellite navigation system with reversing camera.Read the entire article Limited-edition Ford Transit gets the WRC treatment
The Blue Oval has been gearing its European light commercial vehicle lineup for an apparent upgrade in the previous months. Finally, the first to be released from the American automaker is the newly facelifted Tourneo Custom van. Having an interior that can accommodate up to nine passengers, the enhanced van has been given a new face, a completely improved interior and a bit of tech enhancements. The new van focuses more on the cabin features with the American automaker targeting the executive shuffle business.
With the van's exterior, the front part will now showcase a more prominent high-mounted radiator grille with a bigger company logo, sweptback headlights with fresh graphics and integrated LED daytime running lights, and a modified bumper with fresh fog lamps. The standard versions will be further fitted with base halogen lights, and the pricier models will be given Xenon illumination.
For the Tourneo Custom's interior, there are familiar features but nevertheless, it will also offer a new vibe. The swanky dashboard will now have a tablet-like screen for the infotainment system with SYNC3 connectivity and soft-touch surfaces and eye-catching detailing paired with chrome and gloss black finishes, wholly inspired by the new Ford Fiesta.Read the entire article Ford announces the upgraded version of Tourneo Custom van
In partnership with Le Coq Sportif, Citroën revealed that it will be releasing a customized version of a genuine Type H. The brand will also be coming out with a New Dispatch van. The two will utilize the Le Coq Sportif. With these, the brand is celebrating the Type H van’s 70th anniversary. With the Type H, the brand hopes to express nostalgia and authenticity with the use of warm materials. The New Dispatch on the other hand reveals a more contemporary and smooth spirit through the use of white color and simplicity.
For those not familiar, the Type H was originally launched in 1947 with actual production from 1947 to 1981. When it was released, it became the first-ever mass-produced van to have front-wheel drive.
This four-door van has a length of 4.28 meters. Moreover, an impressive total of 473,289 units were manufactured. The New Dispatch meanwhile uses a platform that allows for a maximum payload of 1,400 kg and it is capable of pulling a braked trailer that can weigh up to 2,500 kg. The New Dispatch will be offered in three different lengths which are the base model, compact, and the XS. The XS in particular is seen as practical especially with a length of 4.60 m. With a height of 1.90 meters, it can fit in a car park.Read the entire article Citroen partners with Le Coq Sportif to release customized Type H
The 70th Cannes International Film Festival isn’t just about films and celebrities. During this year’s event, French automaker Renault surprised us with their range topping high-end shuttle, the Trafic SpaceClass. The van was used as a shuttle for VIPs going to the event.
The name “SpaceClass” comes from the idea that the luxury van provides both “space and comfort” for up to nine passengers. Renault expects the van to be part of the luxurious shuttle market, along with its competitors: the Citroën Spacetourer and the Peugeot Traveller.
SpaceClass comes in an exclusive shade of grey paint, exclusive head- and taillights, gloss black detailing, colour-coded bumpers, and 17-inch alloy wheels. Though it may just look like a regular van from the outside, don’t judge the SpaceClass based on its exterior, as all the amazing features can be found inside the cabin.Read the entire article Renault launches VIP shuttle Trafic SpaceClass at Cannes Film Festival
BRABUS has long been considered as one of those who everyone admires when it comes to ideas related to multimedia and business focusing on automobiles. Once again, the company is showing what it can do with the BRABUS BUSINESS LOUNGE package for the Mercedes-Benz V-Class. Showcased at the 2017 Geneva Auto Show, this package the company is telling customers that pleasure can always be mixed with business.
Going in, one will immediately realize that the driver is separated from the passenger compartment through a partition wall. However, this wall does not merely function as a partition as a TV has been integrated to it. It is in the VIP passenger area though that things get taken up a notch. The defining feature is the two VIP Business seats which are power-adjustable. While that itself may not be unique, the seats have footrests that can extended or retracted. Thus, it can be adjusted for a sitting position or a sleeping one. Think of the seats in the business class on planes; that’s what is offered here. That is not all as not only are the VIP Business seats ventilated and heated; they also allow for lumbar support to be adjusted and even come with a massage function.
Like many other modern cars, it will have the BRABUS MEDIA CENTER, among other connectivity features, which works in tandem with the BRABUS CLOUD. Thus, passengers can integrate their devices no matter what the operating system may be to get the best mobile and digital experience. Entertainment is guaranteed with the integration of the Apple TV module and even a PlayStation 4 Pro. Similar to other works done by BRABUS, the features on the interior are all controlled by the BRABUS TOUCH CONTROL PANEL.Read the entire article BRABUS Business Lounge Mercedes-Benz V-Class delivers the best in passenger comfort
Remember the first time someone put a television screen inside their car? People got crazy over that, and almost everyone wanted one for themselves. Well, with the new Mercedes-Benz V-Class by Mansory, there’s no need to pimp your ride! Everything has already been pimped out for you. But no, this isn’t like what you see on the television. Not with huge booming speakers and multi-colour LED lights.
The high-end van caters to busy executives. Imagine the space and comfort you get in a first-class suite, all compressed in a van. The Mercedes V250d takes luxury vans to a new level, promoting first-class travel.
So let me get to the point. The Mercedes-Benz V250d has very minimal enhancements when it comes to the exterior. Other than the two-tone paintwork and mirror housings, it now features LED-integrated air ducts for a sportier look, trapezoid exhaust tips, and a custom set of 19-inch wheels and exhaust tailpipes. All of these are composed of carbon fiber.Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz V-Class by Mansory is a game changer
Remember the Volkswagen e-Crafter van concept? It looks like its production version won’t bear the same moniker. Instead, VW could be planning to etch the term “e-Transporter” on the concept’s nameplate when it arrives as a production model sometime this year.
The possible change in name came as the German carmaker just recently trademarked four nameplates: e-Transporter, Allsider, Duomotion and Twin Motion. The Allsider moniker could be a new badge for the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. Meanwhile the Duomotion and Twin Motion aliases could be suffixes to define the type of powertrain behind the company’s vehicles.
Volkswagen took the veils off the e-Crafter van concept at the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hannover, Germany in September 2016. Boasting of zero emissions, the concept van is touted to be a perfect choice for delivery vehicles and logistics service providers. At its core is a built-in 100 kW electric motor that could provide 290 Nm of peak torque, allowing the VW e-Crafter to achieve a top speed of 80km/h. This electric motor derives its juice from 43-kWh battery pack that allows the e-Crafter to travel up to 200 km before needing to recharge. The battery e-Crafter could be recharged up to 80 percent of its energy capacity in less than an hour thanks to a 40 kW DC quick charger.Read the entire article VW trademarks e-Transporter name as possible production moniker for e-Crafter Concept
There was a time when cameras were not too portable and people only used them sporadically. Thus, we all have these missed moments. We failed to record these snippets of time that we will never again have.
Technology has changed the way people communicate and record history. Sharing on social media has become prevalent. Mobile phones are no longer just devices you use for calling as they have become an extension of your work and personal life. These days, people automatically whip out their phones when something unusual happens. Whether it’s an elusive officemate who suddenly shows up at a party or when an exotic car happens to pass by.
Now here’s the latest news report that has been dominating social media: a driver crashed his van into a rare Pagani Zonda F while he was filming it. The exotic car is owned by Jorge Gómez, an Argentinian businessman who happens to have his Pagani registered in Paraguay. Based on the reports that came from Autoblog.com.ar, Gómez recounted how it took him eleven years to finally buy a Zonda. This must’ve hurt really bad. Ouch.Read the entire article What a disgraceful news: Pagani Zonda F hit by a van! [w/video]
Volkswagen unveiled the new e-Crafter van concept at the recently concluded IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hannover, Germany. The concept van is designed to run with zero emissions, making it a perfect choice for delivery vehicles and logistics service providers. Volkswagen continues to promote electric vehicles for the future. With the increasing demand for electric mobility and cleaner emissions, we’re not at all surprised why Dr. Ekhard Scholz wants the production model to be ready by next year. And by that, he means it to be readily available for the consumers.
Volkswagen already has a diesel version of this commercial van. The diesel might have been “unfriendly to the environment” lately so this probably explains the “urgency”. Whatever the case may be, the electric drive system won’t make any significant change to the Crafter’s overall makeup. Volkswagen’s concept van provides the same exceptional payload capacity with its 1,961mm maximum cargo space. Normally, the Crafter has sufficient 11.3 cubic meters of volume. Its entire dimensions haven’t changed a bit considering its 4,855mm length and 1,380mm width. The 312-cell battery unit is placed underneath the floor so it won’t affect the current space capacity in any way.
Delivery services will find the new e-Crafter van really useful and more practical when transporting cargos anywhere in the city. The German automaker’s e-vehicle concept has a total of 4.25 tonnes of weight and 1,709kg maximum load volume. We’re also impressed with its 290Nm maximum torque aside from its built-in 100kW electric motor with 80km/h maximum speed.Read the entire article Volkswagen e-Crafter Concept previews electric van for 2017
Mercedes-Benz Vans, one of the world’s top van makers, has just launched adVANce, which is their strategic transport industry initiative for the future. With this, the division analytically considers its customers’ evolving requirements. Changes in these requirements are influenced by industry disruptions and adaptations secondary to economic and social changes and trends, including urbanisation, e-commerce expansion, intelligent integration of multiple Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and the widespread adaptation of platform-based business models.
Mercedes-Benz Vans is methodically utilising the latest digital, robotic and automation technologies while strategizing for future opportunities based on advances in these technologies. The business division will not just be a vehicle manufacturer but will also become a provider of integrated smart system solutions that are designed to increase the efficiency of the transportation of goods and passengers. This would then provide customers with new business opportunities and additional economic benefits.
Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans, spoke at today's Van Innovation Campus in Stuttgart, saying that their company recorded its best results in the first six months of the current year. They used this as a strategic platform for their vans division going forward.Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz Vision Van Concept launches adVANce Initiative to meet changing consumer needs
FIAT Professional has revealed a new model that is expected to be the best partner for professionals whether they are driving on major highways or on city streets. The new Talento also offers a large load capacity and has both the versatility and the capability to adjust in order to meet the various needs of the customers.
The name is the Italian word for "talent", which is an ancient coin, and brings to mind the distinctive qualities of this vehicle as well as the principles of FIAT Professional as it relates to dependability and value.
Moreover, the name brings with it a high symbolic value and reminds everyone what it can do. Looking at it from the perspective of design, it is clear that the Talento, while compact, is well-proportioned.Read the entire article FIAT Professional reveals new Talento model
The highly versatile Citroen SpaceTourer is set to make its global premiere at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show this March. The vehicle is the perfect epitome of comfort, performance, fuel-efficiency, looks, and practicality all combined into one spectacular SpaceTourer.
Equipped with the latest innovations, the car provides unparalleled safety and user-friendly driving experience. The new modular EMP2-based platform offers a bigger cabin space and superior manoeuvrability. This platform is a variation of those used by the C4 Picasso and the Grand C4 Picasso.
The 4.60-meter long SpaceTourer can be availed in three versions. A first in the automobile market, the vehicle has a nine-seater capacity. It is specifically designed for both family and business-oriented people. Some of its key features include hands-free sliding doors on the side and a rear window that can be fully opened.Read the entire article 2016 Geneva Motor Show: Citroen SpaceTourer is targeted for family/business needs
The U2 Urban Utility delivery van concept of Toyota Motor Corporation will be on display at the auto show next week in Toronto, Canada. Accordingly, the U2— pronounced as "U squared"— has retracting roof panels and a configurable utility rail system.
Toyota Canada spokeswoman Melanie Testani claimed that the U2 is a perfect indication of Toyota's commitment to producing vehicles that meet the needs of the urban lifestyle. However, according to Testani, there are still no plans for a production version.
The U2 concept was first launched in 2014 at an event in San Francisco. A year after, the car appeared at an event in New York. According to the car maker, the van's key features include fold-up rear seating, retractable utility bar, and a foldable tailgate that can be converted into a ramp.Read the entire article Toyota brings U2 delivery van concept to 2016 Canadian Auto Show
PSA Peugeot Citroen and Toyota Motor Europe have unveiled the products of their cooperation deal inked in 2012 – the new Citroën SpaceTourer, Peugeot Traveller, and Toyota ProAce. The unveiling serves as the continuation of the carmakers' 2012 cooperation agreement signed in 2012.
They had agreed at the start of their cooperation that both would collaborate on next generation vehicles until beyond the end of the decade.
Their collaboration is aimed at making both PSA and Toyota come up with a competitive product in the mid-size, light commercial vehicle, shuttle and Combi segments while incurring lesser expenses due to development and production cost optimization.Read the entire article 2016 Citroen SpaceTourer, Peugeot Traveller, Toyota ProAce vans unveiled
Mercedes-Benz’s customers in the United Kingdom could now order the New Vito Sport, with a starting price of £25,495 (excluding VAT) for the 116 BlueTEC Compact van. Available both in panel van and crew van versions as well as in Compact or Long body lengths, the Vito Sport is powered by either a 116 BlueTEC and 119 BlueTEC engine, both already compliant with the Euro 6 emission regulations.
The New Vito has more functional and styling features. For instance, the exterior of the Vito Sport now features chrome sidebars and front grille trim, front fog lamps with chrome trim and rear tailgate chrome trim. Also added are color-coded bumpers, a distinct rear model badging and five-spoke alloy wheels.
Moving into the cabin, the Vito Sport features comfortable driver and single passenger seats, air-conditioning, Audio 15 infotainment system with color screen, as well as ‘Sport’ branded floor mats and tinted glass. All Vito Sport models can be fitted with the optional plug-in Becker MapPilot navigation system, which integrates navigation features via standard Auto 15 headunit and visual display.Read the entire article Order books for new 2016 Mercedes-Benz Vito Sport now open in the UK
The V-Class MPV by Mercedes-Benz will be presented at the upcoming International Motor Show in Frankfurt. The automaker is widening its target customers by adding more highlights to this model. This model can be given the AMG Line equipment package starting in the end of 2015.
Its interior also receives the AMG treatment. It has air vents in silver chrome, carbon-fibre look trim, a sports pedal cluster in brushed aluminium, and a black headlining.
This marks the first time for an AMG Line to be available for MPVs from Mercedes-Benz Vans. This AMG Line is offered for all engine variants and body lengths of the V-Class and V-Class AVANTGARDE. These new features improve the V-Class’s already high level of practicality and comfort.Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz to launch V-Class AMG Line at 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show
Mercedes-Benz Vans USA, the commercial arm of the German luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz, recently unveiled the Metris midsize Euro cargo van. It will have a starting price of $29,945 while it passenger versions will have a tag of $33,495; both include shipping. It will challenge segment leader Ford Transit Connect small cargo van, which established the small-van segment in the United States in 2009, as well as entries from Nissan, Chevrolet and Ram.
In 2014, Ford sold 8.8 percent more Transit Connects over 2013 at 43,210 units. When it arrives in the US in October, the Metris will be the largest of the small Euro vans, having a wheelbase that is around 13 inches longer than the Transit Connect.
According to Mercedes, the additional length will allow Metris to carry 880 more pounds of cargo than the Ford’s small van. The Metris, also known globally as the Vito, will be powered by a 208-hp gasoline engine paired to a seven-speed automatic gearbox and will come with a pack safety features.Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz Vans USA enters US small-van segment with Metris
Volkswagen is adding as well as dropping some models in its product lineup for the United States market as the German carmaker tries to back up its SUV offensive in the country. Hans-Jakob Neusser, VW’s development chief, said during the Detroit auto show last week that the carmaker was nearing decision to build the 395-hp Golf R400 Concept unveiled at the Beijing auto show in April 2014.
Michael Horn, chief executive of Volkswagen of America, remarked that they are conducting a feasibility study for a new van for the US, which could be the next-generation Crafter.
The Crafter is a commercial van now derived from the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter that Daimler has built for Volkswagen. Another possibility would be the Caddy small van underpinned by a version of the MQB platform that also underpins compact vehicles like the Golf.Read the entire article VW plans to introduce a new van as well as a high-performance Golf in the US
The new 2015 Ram ProMaster City is not just a small commercial van, but also for passengers. Ram is releasing a five-passenger version of this small inexpensive cargo van, which will arrive in dealerships before the start of the new year. The ProMaster City, which shares most of its components with the Fiat Doblo, is built in Turkey and imported into the United States.
It is then refitted and converted in Baltimore, Maryland into a two-seat cargo van dubbed as the Tradesman or a five-seat passenger van called the Wagon. Both the Tradesman and the Wagon versions are available in either base or SLT trim. The Ram ProMaster City could be availed at any Ram dealers, unlike the Ram ProMaster that could only bought from Ram BusinessLink dealerships.
According to Ram brand chief Bob Hegbloom, he expects four of every five ProMaster City vans sold in the United States to be configured for cargo. He called the wagon version of the ProMaster City as a “nice package” as it does not only have ample room for cargo, but also for five passengers.Read the entire article 2015 Ram ProMaster City is ready to challenge Ford and Nissan
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