Mercedes-Benz has Sprinter at the starting gate

By: FleetOwner.com
Posted: Dec 18th 2009 4:29AM
In just five months, Mercedes-Benz USA has put together a dealer, parts and distribution network ready to take over sales and support of the Sprinter commercial van on January 1, according to officials at Daimler AG’s American automotive operation.  Called Daimler Vans USA, LLC, the new commercial vehicle business will be a wholly-owned subsidiary of Daimler headquartered at MB-USA’s main offices in Montvale, NJ. It will distribute the vans under both t...

Upfit allowance available for Dodge Sprinter chassis cabs

By: Trucking Info
Posted: Jun 9th 2008 3:59AM
Dodge announced a program running from June 3, 2008 to January 2, 2009 offering a $1,000 allowance toward the purchase of an upfit body for installation on all Dodge Sprinter chassis cab models.       The program is not a retail incentive and is open to all approved Dodge Sprinter dealers nationwide. The allowance applies to all upfits valued at more than $1,500. Participating upfitters must be members of the National Truck Equipment Association. Recrea...

Freedom Dodge: Your Sprinter Dealer

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Posted: May 22nd 2008 4:46AM
"The Commercial Department here at Freedom Dodge consists of Sales Representative Jeff Taylor and myself. The advantage of doing business with a dealer who specializes in expedited equipment is that we can sit down with the buyer and try to tailor a program to fit his needs." "We'll look at his vehicle miles, length of time he will keep the van, his maintenance expenses and other factors. With this, we'll map out a financing plan that will be customized for him."...

The Evolution of The Cargo Van

By: Jeff Jensen, Editor
Posted: Aug 21st 2006 10:23AM
The cargo van has also been the first choice (and possibly only choice) of vocational wheels for countless thousands of painters, electricians, building contractors, dry cleaners, carpet installers, etc. It seems as though the cargo van has been with us forever, but interestingly, this vehicle, as we know it today, has only existed for a little over forty years....

Are Cargo Vans On The Way Out?

By: Jeff Jensen, Editor
Posted: Jun 30th 2006 11:49AM
One truckload carrier representative with a background in expediting says, "It probably surprises no one that the straight trucks stand a better chance of staying loaded and busy." "Sure, vans have an important history in expediting; some would claim that the industry was built on the cargo van."...

A New Sprinter for 2007

By: Jeff Jensen, Editor
Posted: Apr 10th 2006 3:05PM
If you thought the original Sprinter's tall roof was long-overdue in a commercial van, just wait. The new van features three roof heights (65 inches, 76.3 inches and a new higher roof, called Super High, at 84.2 inches, 7.8 inches higher than the previous high roof). The combination of the long wheelbase, long body and high roof expands the maximum cargo space to 17 cubic meters from the current 13....

Cargo Van Power: Gas or Diesel?

By: Jeff Jensen, Editor
Posted: May 15th 2006 9:12AM
For many years, the diesel engine has been the standard power plant in straight trucks and tractors, but for the cargo van owner-operator, the choice is gas or diesel. The question of which type of engine provides the best performance, economy and longevity remains and the cargo van manufacturers (GM and Ford) keep the issue alive by offering both gas and diesel options....

Cargo Van Pro: Tire Tips

By: Jeff Jensen, Editor
Posted: Jun 24th 2006 8:28AM
When you think about it, your tires are the only part of your vehicle that contacts the road (hopefully), so your very safety is riding on them. By giving those tires a little TLC, it will pay dividends in a safer, more comfortable ride, improve the handling of your van, give you better fuel economy and increase the life of your tires....

Big Comfort in a Cargo Van

By: Jeff Jensen, Editor
Posted: Feb 24th 2006 7:35AM
The main concern for cargo van expediters has typically been, "How do I fit a bunk into this small amount of space and still carry two skids or other bulky cargo?" With today's professional conversions, the "B" unit driver can now choose between a spartan conversion with the basics of a bunk and storage compartments to a conversion that is close to the comfort levels of the bigger trucks, albeit on a smaller scale....

The Sprinter: Four years down the road

By: Jeff Jensen, Editor
Posted: Jun 14th 2005 9:37PM
Undoubtedly, the leading feature that caught the eye of the North American expediting van owners was the size of the cargo area in the Sprinter. For the first time, cargo van drivers had access to a Big 3-type vehicle with stand-up height without the addition of a "turtle-top" and in a package under 10,000 pounds GVW....

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