Unlike the US, the commercial truck market throughout the rest of the world is chocked full of competitors from many different automakers. Since 2006, Volkswagen has had a fullsize van called the Crafter that was a result of a partnership with Daimler AG and based on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. This partnership is supposed to last through 2016, but Reuters is reporting that VW might be looking to end its relationship with Daimler and create its own van in cooperation with German truck and bus maker MAN.

The article says that VW AG has more than a 75-percent stake in MAN, which would essentially be keeping the new commercial vehicle in-house. Even if VW bolts, Daimler still has a deal worked out in the commercial truck industry between its subsidiary Mitsubishi Fuso and Renault-Nissan to supply the other with different trucks.

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      It's always fun to go onto the Euro truck manufacturer websites and look at what they offer. The OTR trucks from MAN and Volvo look like American movie props for futuristic movies.
      • 2 Years Ago
      DON'T buy no UGLY truck! Ooopps...too late...
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      I cannot ever recall seeing a Crafter in person. I've seen literally thousands of Sprinters in Germany, but not one Crafter.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Never enjoyed driving the sprinter, leaver for a handbrake? Button to release, nonsensical.
      Robert Ryan
      • 2 Years Ago
      A MAN based Van? Good grief. Their smallest diesel is about 400hp
      • 2 Years Ago
      the more of these that come to the states the better. The Sprinter cost M-Benz money to fix.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why do most of these commecial vehicle always look like ass? Can they not make a work truck functional, inexpensive, and decent looking?
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