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  Minivans are affordable people carriers. They appeared in the late 70's with the Chrysler Voyager and the Renault Espace. Crossover slowly but surely taking over the minivan segment.


The small commercial van market in the U.S. doesn’t carry the same weight as most of its peers, but make no mistake, this is an important market for small businesses looking to get a decentlypriced, high-performing hauler that can also masquerade as a nice people ride.

The 2014 Ram Cargo Van gives customers all those options and a whole lot more, all for a decent price that won’t burn holes in your pockets. First launched in 2012 for small business haulers, the Cargo Van has since turned into one of the leading models in the segment, thanks to numerous class-leading capabilities, including performance and range.

Add that to the aforementioned low cost of ownership with ample amount of cargo space to boot and you’re looking at an ideally suited ride that can meet all the needs of business owners looking for a versatile commercial van with impressive power backing it up.

Click past the jump to read more about Ram Cargo Van

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Chevy has graced visitors of the Chicago Auto Show with news about its new 2015 City Express van. While we traditionally have a good idea about what is going to be revealed a few days ahead of time, this came out of left field.

The Nissan NV200 -based van is little more than a Chevrolet rebadge, but it gives Chevrolet a tool to use against the Ford Transit at a minimal cost.

If you are looking for a smaller way to haul your kids, you are still going to need to look at the Mazda5, as City Express is purely a functional machine. It has two seats, and a load of cargo room; that is it.

Still, there is a lot to love about this little Chevy, so click on through to find out all the details from its drivetrain to its max cargo capacity.

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Do you remember the Golf Sportsvan Concept Volkswagen unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show ? Well, today it’s time to finally see the production version of this new model out for a test in blustery, winter conditions.

To no surprise, the production version looks nearly identical to the concept , with the only noticeable difference being the slightly revised fog lights on the production version.

The new Golf Sportvan will ride on a wheelbase with about 1.96 inches longer than the standard Golf and the body is about 0.3 inches wider. The most obvious of differences between the Golf and this Sportsvan is that it is taller than the standard Golf.

The new model will come as a replacement for the old Golf Plus, and VW built it as a combination between a minivan and a hatchback. Its demographic is younger families who like the roomier interior, but still prefer the compact size on the outside.

Expect the new Volkswagen Golf Sportvan to be unveiled at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show , with the first deliveries starting in mid 2014.

Click past the jump to read more about the Volkswagen Golf Sportvan.

Ford is living up to the hype of Vandemonium with an armada of heavily modified Ford Transit Connect vans at the 2013 SEMA Auto Show .

It seems like an odd choice to showcase vans at the world’s premier aftermarket auto show, but the Blue Oval is determined to show that these family rides can be turned into something more than its billed and the company is going all out with it.

A total of 10 Ford Transit Connect vans are heading to SEMA, each packing its own unique set of modifications that distinct character traits, while also showcasing the surprising versatility and sophisticated appeal of the company’s resident people-mover.

Of the 10 models, Ford has already unveiled nine of ’em, including the Blood & Grease, which transforms the Trasit Connect Cargo in what’s described as a "high-end fashion boutique on four wheels".

Pretty interesting description, but its not the only model that was treated to an aftermarket upheaval.

There’s also the Impulse Marketing & Media Transit Connect Cargo, which has been turned into a baked goods delivery vehicle; the CGS Motosrports’ Transit Connect that has effectively become a mobile speed shop for the drag strip; the K-Daddyz Kustomz Transit Connect that was turned into a veritable mobile workplace for graphic design; the LGE*CTS Motorsports Transit Connect Wagon that has somehow morphed into a Cross Country cruiser with state-of-the-art technology; the Mobsteel Transit Connect Cargo that was not only lowered to essentially kiss the ground, but created as the ultimate mobile billboard promoting the Detroit Steel Wheel Company.

Those are just a few of the modified Transit Connect vans that are coming to SEMA. More are expected to be revealed in the coming days leading up to the show opening its doors in a little over a week.

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Ford Transit Connect Cargo

Happy Halloween, TopSpeed faithful, and as we do on most holidays, we have put together a special article to get you in the spirit of the season. This time around, we polled 30 key members of the automotive editorial industry, yours truly included, to find what car best symbolizes Halloween to them.

Now, the symbol of Halloween doesn’t necessarily mean it is a scary car. It could be a car that simply reminded the person of their childhood and trick-or-treating; maybe a car that looks like a pumpkin; maybe one that is set to tackle the zombie apocalypse ; maybe a car so ugly that it looks like it is wearing a scary costume; or maybe even the car that the bad guy in a horror flick drove.

So, kick back, relax, snag a few mini chocolate bars from you kid’s bag — claiming the wrapper looks "tampered with" — and check out what cars remind the brass of automotive journalism of Halloween.

Click past the jump to read all 30 journalists’ favorite Halloween cars.

Ford F-Series Super Duty

Ford has finally settled a class-action lawsuit over claims it sold defective diesel Power Stroke engines in 2003-2007 Super Duty trucks and E-Series vans. The 6.0-liter, V-8 turbo-diesel in question was manufactured by Navistar International, Ford’s diesel supplier since 1994.

The lawsuit originates in customer complaints over the 6.0-liter having defective exhaust gas recirculation valves and coolers, oil coolers, fuel injectors and turbochargers. Some failures were so severe that Ford replaced entire engines and even bought back trucks that couldn’t be easily repaired.

For those vehicles that were repairable, Ford will have to reimburse owners a percentage of their costs for each component they replaced, along with half of the $100 deductible owners paid for having their vehicle serviced under Ford’s five-year/100,000-mile engine warranty. The lawsuit also reimburses owners anywhere from $50 to $825 for post-warranty repairs done on their trucks and vans with under 135,000 miles on the clock.

The troubled 6.0-liter Power Stroke was the nail in the coffin for Ford’s relationship with Navistar. In 2010, Ford dumped the company and moved it diesel development and production in house. The result is the current 6.7-liter Power Stroke that produces 400 horsepower and an astounding 800 pound-feet or stump-pulling torque for 2014.

Oddly enough, Navistar was released from the litigation proceedings, leaving owners and Ford to fight it out.

Click past the jump for more on the 2014 Ford Super Duty

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Rumors have been circulating for quite some time now that Mercedes will bring a new model to its lineup. And now those rumors are coming true, as the new V-Class set to arrive on the market sometime next year. This is the second time Mercedes-Benz will make use of the V-Class name — Mercedes still calls the Viano the V-Class in select markets around the globe.

The new V-Class will replace both the Viano and the wildly unsuccessful R-Class , and will be unveiled at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show . Sales will begin shortly after that.

The new V-Class — codenamed W447 — will receive a more aggressive design language when compared to the current Viano and a more luxurious interior. The first images reveal an interior with a removable touch pad on the upper section of the center console, and a premium cabin with wood inserts, chocolate leather upholstery and several metallic accents.

Under the hood, we will likely see gasoline and diesel engines, with the most powerful version delivering up to 190 horsepower.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes V-Class.

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With so many automakers looking to break free from the dull and stale auto designs, a few brands have been left to collect everyone else’s dust.

Mitsubishi is one of those brands that appears to have been content with rolling out models with designs that left a lot to be desired. But the Japanese brand seems to be turning the corner — finally! — and for the first time in seemingly forever, it will roll out a trio of new concepts at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show next month.

Not a lot of details have been divulged about these concepts, other than the fact that the company is preparing all three as the first batches of its new "@earth" philosophy.

One is an SUV that’s been dubbed as the Concept Grand Cruiser Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle, or Concept GC-PHEV if you find the other name too long. This concept appears to be a future version of the Montero SUV, highlighted by a new front profile with aggressive edges and a new headlight setup that’s eerily similar to the Range Rover Evoque .

The next concept is called the Concept Cross Runner Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle, or XR-PHEV. Mitsubishi says that this concept will be introduced as a compact crossover with coupe-like styling cues, possibly taking the place of the current Outlander Sport in the coming years.

Finally, there’s the Concept Active Runabout, or Concept AR. In addition to being the simplest-named of the three concepts, the Concept AR is being touted as a compact MPV that, unlike the two others, will come with a conventional gasoline engine with turbocharging and direct-injection technologies.

Based on the teaser photos of the concepts, all three appear to be a far departure from what we’re used to when it comes to Mitsubishi. That’s a great thing because, if for nothing else, the Japanese brand’s move to the present is long overdue.

Click past the jump to read about one current model that appears to have its next-generation successor in the pipeline, the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

In addition to the outrageous concepts and world premieres that have debuted at the Frankfurt Auto Show , a number of models who are generously described as concepts yet look more like production previews are also in attendance.

One of these models comes courtesy of French automaker Renault . Specifically, the model is called the Initiale Paris Concept and it’s being touted as a preview model for the automaker’s resident people-carrier, the Espace.

While we’re disappointed that it’s not a preview of its future sports car, the Alpine, the Initiale Paris Concept does look like a very worthy step forward for the normally mundane Espace. Renault’s current styling direction is pretty evident on the concept, specifically the headlight details, the low-slung plexiglass roof, the sleek side styling and of particular note to us, the honeycomb intakes just below the integrated bumper.

The design is also in line with Renault’s recent proclamation that the Espace will look less like a minivan and more like a crossover, something that should appeal to its overall makeup.

Click past the jump to read about the Renault Espace

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Volkswagen is preparing to expand its Golf lineup with the addition of a new Sportsvan version. The new model was previewed at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show and will be put into production as the Golf Plus in the middle of next year.

When compared to a base Golf VII , the new Sportsvan was built on a wheelbase increased by 48 mm (1.88 inches), plus it is also 126 mm (4.96 inches) taller and 8 mm (0.31 inches) wider. As a result, it features a more flexible and roomier interior. This larger interior gives the rear bench seat 180 mm (7.08 inches) of fore and aft adjustment, and over 1,500 liters (53 cubic feet) of cargo capacity.

Under the hood, the Sportvan is equipped with the same six engines offered by the standard Golf, with power ranging from 85 to 150 horsepower.

When the production version arrives on the market, it will come with XDS+, Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, air conditioning, seven airbags, the new electronic parking brake, a 5-inch touchscreen, variable cargo floor and a cargo cover.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Volkswagen Golf.


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