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Company says its system boosts fuel-economy by 50 percent.

TCO, anyone?

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There are safer and easier ways to pick up girls, man.

A plumber in England was caught on camera earlier this week passing his phone number to a girl on a motorway while driving at 70 mph.

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It's on the biohazardous side now, but imagine this van in its 1970s heyday!

These 1970s custom vans still show up in wrecking yards now and then. This one is pretty icky now, but it was once gloriously luxurious.

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Few things are as infuriating as someone driving slow in the fast lane.

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A major thoroughfare in the Canadian capital city of Ottawa was closed after a huge sinkhole opened beneath it.

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The epidemic of Chinese children falling out of their parents' vehicles into traffic continues apace.

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A dashboard camera caught this frightening moment when an unsecured toddler fell out of the back of a moving minivan onto a busy street in China.

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Police stopped a van in Sichuan, China, last week and found it was stuffed with 35 people.

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A motorists in Spain shot video of a Ford Focus driving down the road while balancing a heavy white van.

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Expect the new Chrysler Town & Country to not only feature a PHEV powertrain when it arrives in January, but looks that are inspired by the 200 sedan.

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It Goes About As Well As You Might Expect

A man from Missouri attempted to put out an out-of-control fire by driving over it in a van full of gasoline and ammunition Tuesday afternoon.

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Partnership Will Put Out 100,000 Units Within Next Three Years

Zap Conway says it will make 20,000 electric minivans for Dong Feng next year.

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Proving that you really can race anything, the D-Van Grand Prix is a one-make race in Japan exclusively for highly customized Dodge vans. It's fantastic to watch.

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Hillary Clinton is officially a presidential hopeful for 2016. She has already started campaigning around Iowa in a Chevy Express conversion van with the nickname Scooby.

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Hyundai is making a major push into the commercial vehicle market with a $1.8 billion global investment through 2020. That money includes plans to launch a model in the segment in the US at some point in the future.

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Don't expect to see many Siennas on the road in Japan. Back at home, Toyota sells the Alphard and Vellfire, and now it's launched revised versions of both.

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The Ford Transit took the reins as America's best-selling van in December. The Blue Oval's recently introduced full-size van line sold 10,030 units to take the title, and impressively, the model nearly doubled its annual sales in those 31 days to reach 20,488-units for all of 2014. It also beat Ford's own aging E-Series in sales for the second consecutive month.

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UPDATE: Comparing the disparate specification levels on commercial vehicles especially can be bewildering, but as Ram spokesman Nick Cappa points out, the ProMaster City is only offered in long-wheelbase form (unlike the Ford Transit Connect, for example, that starts in short-wheelbase spec). Just which model is the better bargain, then, is up to each customer to decide.

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The custom vehicles at the SEMA Show tend to all be about speed and style, plus a few off-roaders thrown in for good measure, but Mercedes-Benz is taking advantage of the event this year to give its future midsize commercial van for the US a sneak preview.

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It seems like the commercial van market is booming at the moment. After years of consumers being limited to elderly choices like the Ford E-Series, Chevrolet Express/GMC Savana and various Dodge/Ram models, these days, buyers have fresh options in multiple sizes from companies like Ford, Ram and Nissan. Now, Mercedes-Benz is previewing an expansion of its van lineup with concept versions of a new midsize commercial van called Metris at this week's SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

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A few months back we reported on a dealership owner in Japan who was petitioning Toyota to make a luxury van. The problem, he reasoned, was that he couldn't take as many friends, colleagues and clients around with him in his Lexus LS, and his Toyota Alphard van wasn't luxurious enough. Well, it seems like he wasn't alone, and Toyota has listened.

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