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General Motors

October 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Choices, New Excitement For Cargo Vans

Dodge Ram: Just going to market following production start-up in Mexico is the Ram ProMaster, a front-wheel-drive unibody design based on the proven European Fiat Ducato. FWD allows a low floor height with good traction and consistent driving characteristics, Ram says. Cab-chassis models and panel vans are available in 1500, 2500 and 3500 series with varying roof heights and wheelbases.

By Tom Berg

‘May you live in interesting times” is usually taken as a wry Chinese curse. But for cargo vans and the people who run them, an interesting era is here and it should be a blessing. New European-based products are being sent to the marketplace, and they’ll offer new efficiencies and choices in a segment that has languished design-wise since the first of that breed.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Isuzu, Nissan, Dodge Ram, Freightliner, Ford, General Motors, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Chevrolet Express, GMC Savana, Ford Transit Connect, Utilimaster, Ram ProMaster, Nissan NV200, XL Hybrids

August 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Medium-Duty Update: Winners, Losers and Overall Steady Growth

Isuzu:Class 3 NPR Gas (shown) and Class 4 NPR-HD Gas, with a GM-built 6-liter gasoline V-8 and Hydra-matic 6-speed automatic, gets to 20-25% of Isuzu’s sales. Diesel takes 75-80% of sales, but is divided between the 5.2-liter 4HK1-TC inline 4 that powers the Class 4 NPR-HD and the Class 5 NQR, and the 3-liter 4JJ1-TC inline 4 used in the Class 3 NPR Eco-Max cab-chassis and the Reach commercial walk-in van.

By Tom Berg

Depending on who you are in the medium-duty truck business, things are going great, or well, or not so good but looking up. A few builders have picked up market share in Classes 3, 4 and 5 and in Class 6-7. Others have lost some or a lot, but sales continue to climb for most midrange truck makers.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Isuzu, Ram, Kenworth, Navistar, Hino, Peterbilt, General Motors, Fuso, Freightliner, Ford

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

GM Offers Standard Maintenance to Fleet Buyers

General Motors Fleet and Commercial Sales announced that the GM Business Choice program, designed specifically for business customers, now includes a two-year, 30,000-mile Business Maintenance Plan, in addition to a cash allowance for vehicle accessories or upfits

Tags: General Motors

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Lighter-duty Commercial Trucks Get More Fuel-Efficient Engines

EcoBoost 3.5-liter gasoline V-6 and a naturally aspirated 3.7 V-6 in Ford's upcoming Transit vans will do the work of much larger and heavier V-8 and V-10 engines in current E-series vans. New 3.2-liter I-5 diesel will be optional.

By Engine Smarts column Tom Berg, Senior Editor

In all the years I've been doing update articles for HDT, particularly on Class 1, 2 and 3 cargo vans, I've repeatedly asked execs at the truck builders about trends in engines

Tags: Engine Smarts, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

GM Shows Refined 2014 Half-Ton Pickups, Re-emphasizes Chevy-GMC Brand Differentiation

GM's Jeff Luke describes engineering features of the 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 and Chevrolet Silverado 1500 pickups at an unveiling on Thursday.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

General Motors' truck executives on Thursday showed off their highly refined, high-volume 2014-model 1500 series pickups, and re-emphasized product and image differences between Chevrolet's Silverado and GMC's Sierra

Tags: Chevrolet, General Motors, GMC, Pickups

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cargo Vans Update: Business thriving, though some casualties

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Like most commercial truck sectors, sales of full-size cargo vans and walk-in vans are thriving and even booming - but there are casualties. The electric truck business, while still viable, is taking a hit, with two suppliers in financial straits

Tags: Light & Medium, Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, General Motors, Nissan, Nissan NV, Natural Gas Vehicles, Ford Transit Connect, Freightliner, Navistar, Smith Electric Vehicles, Walk-in Van

November 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Class 6 & 7 Roundup

By Tom Berg

Midrange in transition

Tags: Hino, Isuzu, Kenworth, Nissan, Class 6, Class 7, Freightliner, Peterbilt, Ford, General Motors, Fuso, Test Drive

October 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Class 1-2 Roundup

By Tom Berg

Redesigns, New Features Add Value

Tags: Toyota, Pickup Trucks, Nissan, Ford, General Motors, redesign, Test Drive

September 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cargo Van Roundup

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

It's all about the slow economy

Tags: Dodge, Economy, Natural Gas, Workhorse, Freightliner, Walk-in Van, Ford, General Motors, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

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