Posts from ‘Commercial Vehicles’

May
11
Explorer GMC Savannah Coversion

This Explorer conversion of a Chevrolet Express Van is painted in the company’s “Southern Comfort” livery and includes the “Antelope” ground-effects package.

Blame the minivan. Prior to the 1984 arrival of the first minivans–the ground-breaking Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager–the vehicle options for a family of six were fairly limited.

May
05
Lincoln MKT by Parks Superior

Lincoln MKT Hearse

For years, Cadillac had a death grip on the funeral-vehicle market. While statistics are elusive, it’s safe to say that through the most of the Nineties, Caddy was the dominant player in the last-ride game.

Feb
16
2017 Mercedes-Bemz Metris Cargo

2017 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo in Dolomite Brown Metallic, a $990 option.

2017 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo    2015 Audi Q5

Class: Comericial Vehicles

Miles Driven: 451

Fuel Used: 18.09 gallons

Sep
09
2017 Ram ProMaster

2017 Ram ProMaster

Spurred by the success of Ford’s Transit Connect and the various versions of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Ram tapped its Fiat partner for a couple of commercial vans of its own. Both the big ProMaster and smaller ProMaster City were already being sold overseas when they adopted Ram badges a couple of years ago. Notable is that both are front-wheel drive, both are of unibody construction, and both are also offered in chassis-cab configurations “over there”; yet only the ProMaster’s has been sent stateside … so far.

Aug
29
2016 Ram ProMaster City

Ram’s ProMaster City competes with the popular Ford Transit Connect, the first of the modern compact commercial vans. Like others in the class, ProMaster City is front-wheel drive. It starts at $24,440 including destination.

2015 Audi Q52016 Ram ProMaster City

Class: Minivan

Miles Driven: 369

Fuel Used: 14.7

May
23
Hydraulic Hybrid Peapod Delivery Truck

Online grocer Peapod recently took possession of its first two delivery trucks augmented with a hydraulic hybrid system.

In simplest terms, an automotive hybrid drivetrain is one that employs two or more power sources to propel a given vehicle.

May
07
2015 Chevrolet City Express

The 2015 Chevrolet City Express is built by Nissan, but there’s more to the story.

First, the basics: The Chevrolet City Express is a Nissan NV200 sporting a unique grille and a few nominal tweaks. The City is built in the same Mexican assembly facility, and, like the NV, is offered exclusively with a powertrain borrowed from the Nissan Sentra.

Just getting that out of the way, because there’s so much more to the story…

Mar
10
2015 Ram ProMaster City

Consumer Guide’s test ProMaster City arrived in Wagon SLT trim. Including the destination charge and a few options, our test truck came to $28,820.

2015 Audi Q52015 Ram ProMaster City Wagon SLT

Class: Minivan

Dates tested: 2/24/2015 to 3/02/2015

Miles Driven: 140

Fuel Used: 7.4 gallons

Jan
26
Nissan NV200 Taxi

Consumer Guide’s test Nissan NV200 arrived in Taxi guise with no additional options. Including destination, our test van came to $30,560.

2015 Audi Q52014 Nissan NV200 Taxi

Class: Minivan

Dates tested: 1/19/2015 – 1/26/2015

Miles Driven: 342

Fuel Used: 15.1

Dec
23
2015 Ram ProMaster City

Cargo versions of the ProMaster City start at $24,125 including destination. Ram says they have best-in-class payload and cargo capacity.

Consumer Guide For a class that didn’t even exist six years ago, compact cargo vans have witnessed an explosion in growth of late. And that applies not only to sales, but also to the number of entries.

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