Vans

Cargirl: Is Routan the Cure For Minivans?
Cargirl: Is Routan the Cure For Minivans?

This woman I know told me how much she loved her Honda Odyssey. Six months later she told me she hated it. Did something happen, I asked? Did you have an accident? “No,” she said. “I just hate this minivan.” I don’t think she hated her vehicle. I think what happened is life. Too many...Read More»

TCC Drives: Mazda5

Is it a Euro-sized minivan? A crossover? An MPV? A tall wagon with sliding doors? Whatever way you see it, the 5 is a class of vehicle that we don't have enough of in the U.S.: zippy and fun-to-drive (in personality if not execution) yet cavernous inside. Not since being in the Kia Rondo —...Read More»

Rumor Mill: Ford Bringing Euro Van to Chicago?

Ford’s fresh from introducing the updated 2009 Ford Escape and ’09 Mercury Mariner at the Washington auto show. And in two weeks, the company’s truck portfolio will increase with the addition of the Transit Connect, an award-winning cargo van sold in Europe. Ford is expected to introduce the...Read More»

Routan: The VW Minivan Coming to Chicago Gets a Name

Somewhere between “Touran,” a compact VW sold in Europe, and “RuPaul,” a full-size model formerly sold on VH1, lies the “Routan.” And if you don’t know the Routan now, you will by the middle of February. The Routan, Volkswagen confirms, is the minivan that VW will sell...Read More»

2005 Ford E-Series
2005 Ford E-Series

E-Series Ford's full-size van can handle a wide range of commercial and/or people-moving tasks, and is able to carry as many as 15 passengers. For 2005, all engines come with electronic throttle control, while a new powertrain module on E-350 Super Duty models affords an elevated idle to...Read More»

Chrysler is Sirius About In-Car TV

We have to admit to the guilty pleasure of in-car satellite TV, via a TracVision A5 setup that seems to play HGTV exclusively. Now Chrysler is jumping on the bandwagon with satellite provider Sirius, which says it will start streaming three channels of programming into Chrysler minivans for the...Read More»

Dodge Has New Outlet for Sprinter

We’re this way and that way on all the fuss about plug-in hybrids. Everyone has one—but no one can buy one until the battery technology is just right. So for now at least, the action is happening in test fleets, like the 20-van group DaimlerChrysler is putting on the road. The DC...Read More»

Flex: Ford Banks on Not-Minivans

Ford is crossover heavy, what with the Escape, Edge and Freestyle. But it’s not minivan-heavy, and that’s something the Blue Oval hopes to correct later this year with the Flex, a crossover built to function like a minivan while avoiding the whole “Freestar” word entirely. The...Read More»

What Time Is It? Merger Time!

It's only been hours since the news broke that GM and Chrysler may be exploring a merger - and mere minutes since XM and Sirius announced they're going to pair up to fight off the likes of HD radio and Apple's iPod. But both mergers have been on the radar of business pubs and insiders for much...Read More»

2007 Kia Rondo SX Concept
2007 Kia Rondo SX Concept

A sporty version of the new Kia Rondo crossover just going on sale at dealers nationwide makes its debut at the Chicago auto show. The Rondo SX, Kia says, “features an aggressive front and rear treatment as well as a tuned suspension and other performance modifications. A unique interior...Read More»

2007 Nissan Quest 4-door SE Rear Seats
Nissan Revamps Interior on 2007 Quest Minivan

There were some serious mistakes made with the Quest minivan, Nissan officials bluntly and candidly acknowledged during a Chicago Auto Show appearance. Sales of the edgy-looking minivan have fallen far short of expectations, and Nissan blames a variety of problems. The complex model was the first...Read More»

2007 Hyundai Entourage 4-door Wagon Limited Trunk
2007 Hyundai Entourage Goes On Odyssey

Backed by a charming chorus of kids dressed up as doctors, scientists, and airbags—yes, airbags—the new Hyundai Entourage minivan bowed at the Chicago show, positioned as a serious threat to the Honda Odyssey. To that goal, the Entourage comes with a raft of standard gear and safety equipment...Read More»

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