Buyers who wish to purchase a new van should have a fair idea of the best commercial van manufacturers present in the market, in order to get good return for their money. Van prices vary according to the vehicle make and model selected. This article lists some of the most popular commercial vans available in the market today.
Popular Commercial Van Models:
The Transit was first launched by Ford in 1965 and comes in a range of panel vans, minibuses, and pickup trucks. The Sport Van was launched in mid 2006 and featured a 96kW engine and 18 inch alloy wheels. The present day Transit features a 103kW engine with 5 speed or 6 speed manual transmission and a fuel capacity of 21 gallons. The Transit has been the highest selling commercial van since its launch and in many other countries, the name Transit is generically applied to any large commercial van.
The Sprinter has been produced by Mercedes-Benz since 1995 and is built as a cargo van, conversion van, passenger van, chassis cab and minibus. In the US, it was built from complete ‘knockdown kits’ by Freightliner in a joint venture with Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. Since 2004, however, these vans are sold under the name of Dodge. Currently, the Sprinter is available with the six cylinder 3.0 liter turbo diesel engine and a 6 cylinder 3.5 liter gasoline engine with a 6 speed manual or a 5 speed automatic transmission. From 2010, Dodge will stop selling the Sprinter and it will again be sold by Mercedes-Benz.
The E-Series was first launched by Ford in 1961 and was known as the Club Wagon or Econoline. It’s a line of full-size cargo and passenger vans. It holds nearly 80 percent of the full size van market in the US and has been the best selling full-size van for the past 30 years. Since 2009, the E-Series is available with a 4.6 Liter and a 5.4 Liter engine.
The NV is a full-size commercial van to be launched by Nissan in 2011. There are 2 choices of engines namely a 5.6 Liter V8 or a 4.0 Liter V6 engine and both come with a 5 speed automatic transmission. There is a choice of two styles of roofs. These include the standard or the high roof with a maximum cargo height of 76.5 inches. It has multiple power outlets, a passenger seat that doubles as a work table, wide door openings and vertical side walls for optimum cargo space.
The Transporter was a panel van first introduced by Volkswagen in 1950 and was known as the T1 or the Beetle. It’s currently available as a passenger, cargo van and a pickup truck. Besides the nickname Beetle, it has also been called the minibus, hippie bus, hippie van, combie, microbus or transporter. The T4 version that’s sold in the US is water cooled and has transversely mounted engines with 4, 5 and 6 cylinders.
Prospective buyers should refer to these listings, before selecting any commercial van for purchase.