Commercial van competition heats up with Euro products

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commercial vans are emerging as a segment in the U.S. and automakers are new products, many from as versatile offerings better to handle a wide range of for small businesses and corporate alike.

Chrysler is creating a Ram division to handle development and of commercial vehicles in preparation to Fiat commercial vans in the

Ford is using the Transit on three global commercial that are to be sold in the U.S. by the end of

Nissan continues to push in the it entered in 2011.

It invested $118 million to the NV cargo van and passenger van in its Canton, plant and is introducing the smaller which will become the New York taxi about a from now under a 10-year

And Mercedes-Benz is hinting it has a redesigned up its sleeve. We are not going to be sitting said Claus Tritt, president of operations for Daimler

One analyst said M-B may bring the Vito from Europe.

We are a major fragmentation of the market new players, entries, models and said analyst Aaron of IHS Automotive in Northville, Mich.

No one is entirely sure what work. It is a big experiment, Bragman There is a shift to European-styled but there is no guarantee Americans see it and say it looks great. The Sprinter, for has been sold here for a and still has a small percentage of the

Chrysler has been without a commercial van since it sold the as a Dodge when it was owned by That pact ended in and the Sprinter was reintroduced as a Mercedes-Benz.

Diaz, CEO of the Ram brand, announced the Ram division last month at the State Fair. We are getting really serious about the end of the business, said Diaz. dealers had been shown two vans in Las Vegas on Sept. 10.

Fiat/Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has the Fiat Ducato large van and Fiat Doblo compact van come to the U.S. in 2013.

said buyers may be concerned towing and performance of the Ducato it is front-wheel drive.

Ford has the segment leader for decades the E-Series, formerly known as the which has 51% of the market. But E-Series end production in 2014, replaced by the medium van made in Kansas starting next year.

The vehicles also include the Transit Custom and Transit The Transit Connect may seem new because it has only been for in the U.S. since 2009, but it had been available in Europe.

The larger Transit will be in the U.S. in a range of body wheelbases and roof heights. It is drive with an EcoBoost or engine.

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The big question, Bragman is where do Ford customers go if don’t like the Transit?

could turn to GM for the American-style, V8, body-on-frame box vans they are with (Chevrolet Express and GMC But those vans are not scheduled to be until 2015 or 2016, said.

Or they could to Nissan. In addition to the NV, the compact will go on sale in 2013, the Asian automaker four vans.

Mercedes-Benz has a new van called the Citan in that would compete the Transit Connect, but the automaker is not there is enough demand

The size of the commercial van market has only modestly from of industry sales in 2008 to in 2011, according to LMC Automotive.

of that growth comes Ford’s Transit Connect, was introduced in 2009. Sales from 8,834 in 2009 to last year.

GM’s may be aging, but its large, experienced network in the U.S. knows how to them.

The Euro vans are compact and fuel-efficient, said Langhauser, manager of commercial sales support for GM.

But the nice part is there are now features between the products. customers that require loads and towing capacity are going to stay with our models.

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