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    Report: Trio of cheesy classic VW buses stolen, recovered
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    Three customized Volkswagen Buses (pictured above) made to look like blocks of Tillamook cheddar cheese are safe again after being stolen on July 12, and two men are in police custody for the alleged theft. The cheesy cadre of VWs, their custom trailer and a Ford F-350 to haul them were on a ...

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    Official: Mobility Ventures adds luxury model to its lineup of wheelchair-accessible vans
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    Mobility Ventures, the Indiana-based maker of vehicles designed and built to accommodate people with disabilities, is adding a luxury model to its lineup. Called the MV-1 LX, the vehicle joins Mobility Ventures' portfolio of purpose-built vans with wheelchair ramps. The LX model adds more ...

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    Official: 2015 Toyota Sienna SE keeps the swagger, adds thoughtful updates [w/videos]
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    Toyota found huge success with its "Swagger Wagon" rap video for the 2011 Sienna SE. It showed that a minivan could actually sort of maybe be fun and didn't have to be a lame vehicle for people who long ago lost their sense of humor. Now that there is a slight refresh for the 2015 model, the ...

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    Official: Chevy Express 1500, GMC Savana 1500 get the axe
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    Fans of truck-based, light-duty vans can officially pour one out for the Chevrolet Express 1500 and GMC Savana 1500, as General Motors has officially put its long-serving big/little rigs out to pasture. Things aren't quite as sad as they sound, though. The heavier-duty 2500 and 3500 vans will ...

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    Report: Nissan alters all CVTs to act less like a stretched rubberband
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    Among automotive enthusiasts, no one seems to hold a neutral opinion when it comes to continuously variable transmissions. CVTs are either praised for their ability to boost fuel economy or chided for their occasionally poor driving dynamics. Nissan is among the masters of these un-shifting ...

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    Official: Mercedes takes VW Westfalia Camper idea upscale with new Marco Polo
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    Earlier this year, Mercedes-Benz revealed the new V-Class. Slotting in below the popular Sprinter, the new V-Class replaced both the Viano and Vito upon its debut at the Geneva Motor Show. But Mercedes isn't quite done with it just yet. At the upcoming Caravan Salon in Düsseldorf, Germany, ...

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    Video: BMW 2 Series Active Tourer corners surprisingly flat on 'Ring
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    With seven seats and front-wheel drive, you might not expect the upcoming long-wheelbase version of the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer to live up to the Ultimate Driving Machine reputation that BMW has fostered over the years. But the latest spy clip from the Nürburgring suggests otherwise. The ...

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    Featured: Dodge lets us drive 100-years' worth of history [w/videos]
    We Head To The Historic Dodge Estate To Test Drive The Company Museum 1404403020

    A raft of important production models from the last hundred years were available for me to either drive or ride in. Dodge is 100 years old this year. So, as happened on Ford's recent centennial, the 50-year birthday of the Porsche 911, and others, the company has an excuse to trot out the ...

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    Recalls: Chrysler recalling 700k minivans and Dodge Journey for ignition switch woes
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    General Motors isn't the only automaker with ignition switch problems. Chrysler is fighting it too and is now announcing a recall of 695,957 examples worldwide of the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans from the 2008-2010 model years, plus the 2009-2010 Dodge ...

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    Official: 2015 Ram Promaster City is ready to take a load off [w/videos]
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    There are a few segments of the auto industry that are growing rapidly. Weirdly, though, one of the most notable is the compact cargo van market. What use to be the sole terrain of the Ford Transit Connect and the occasional Dodge Grand Caravan-based Ram C/V Tradesman is becoming a notable ...

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    Video: The British require more of their delivery vans
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    In the United Kingdom, work vans are big business. They're such a big deal that an entire sub-culture surrounds their drivers, known as white van men. White van men tend to look at their vans the same way that die-hard American pickup owners look at their trucks – as tough, do-everything ...

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    Official: Nissan announces 5-year/100,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty for commercial vehicles
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    Nissan is a relative new-kid when it comes to the commercial van market in the US, with its commercial vehicles division only introducing the first NV vans in February 2011. But Nissan isn't letting its newcomer status keep it from challenging the established players in the segment. The company's ...

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    Report: NHTSA investigating Chrysler for airbags, ignition switches
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    Chrysler is being targeted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in a pair of actions that focus on over 1.2 million Jeeps, minivans and crossovers. The first is a "preliminary investigation" that focuses on an airbag issue afflicting the Jeep Commander built in model years 2006 ...

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    Report: GM phasing out light-duty 1500-series vans
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    In the market for a fullsize van but don't need a heavy-duty model? You're in the minority, and you're also out of luck. That's because there are barely any more fullsize vans on the market with gross vehicle weight rating of less than 8,500 pounds, the threshold that separates light- and ...

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    Official: Ford lowers MPG ratings on six vehicles
    Second Time C-Max Hybrid Drops Its Fuel Economy Numbers 1402598640

    Ford has announced that it will be lowering the fuel economy ratings on a number of its 2013 and 2014 model year vehicles after an error was discovered in the company's internal testing data. The EPA has been notified. Worryingly for Ford, the vast majority of the vehicles affected are hybrids, ...

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    Report: NYC Taxi of Tomorrow ruled legal by appeals court
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    The streets of New York City might be filling up with a lot more Nissans in the next few years. A New York appeals court ruled that the city's mandate to replace old taxis with a fleet entirely made up of the Nissan NV200 Taxi of Tomorrow was legal. The decision overturned a previous ruling that ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Ford Transit
    Losing The Econoline Just Got A Whole Lot Easier 1402502280

    As a segment, fullsize vans are stealth-fighter invisible on most consumers' radar. Visit a dealership for any of the four brands that offer them and you'll be lucky to find even one on display. These are commercial vehicles primarily, even more so than pickup trucks. Vans are the shuttles for ...

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    Official: Airstream Autobahn is a super-fancy Sprinter
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    The truth is, we talk a lot about how great a Mercedes-Benz S-Class or a Bentley Mulsanne or a Rolls-Royce Phantom would be for a cross-country drive mainly because they're far, far sexier than the real kings of the long-distance haul: vans. Yes, whether it's as simple as a minivan or something ...

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    Recalls: Chrysler recalling 31k SUVs and vans
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    Chrysler is issuing recalls covering roughly 31,700 vehicles worldwide due to two separate problems. In both cases the company believes that most of the affected vehicles are either still on, or in transit to, dealer lots. One recall covers roughly 10,700 Dodge Durango, Jeep Cherokee, Grand ...

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    Report: Minivan market not what it used to be, but margins make up for it
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    Residual values for last year's minivans are higher than they were in 2000. Much like the station wagon was the shuttle of Baby Boomer generation, the minivan has been the primary means of transport for Generations X and Y. Just as the boomers abandoned the Country Squire, though, those kids ...

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