I still desperately want Ford’s 2007 Airstream concept van.
That’s not a typo, or a metaphor. We are actually living in the Detroit Auto Show. Right now, and for the next two days. In vans.
Damn, Japan, you completely schooled us. There is no vehicle that us Americans have even dreamed of that is as forward in space-utilization as the Daihatsu Nori Ori concept unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show.
Hong Kong is Minivantopia. There’s no denying it. I flew to Hong Kong a few weeks ago and saw the coolest, most pimped-out minivans I’d ever seen.
My automotive existence is a constant state of wrestling with an often-broken car with not very much space. This might be why I start drooling when I see Suzuki’s new van concept.
A 1980s-era Toyota Van (aka the MasterAce aka the Passenger Van aka the Wonderwagon) is not built to tackle the ups and downs of a motocross track. So what happens when you drive one on there anyway?
If you’re wondering what really happens when you choose express delivery, here you go.
You may laugh at a clown car, because of how many people fit inside it. Eventually, however, so many people fit into one car that the reasoning behind it just becomes sad. That’s the case with this (originally six-seat) minivan in China, which managed to squeeze 51 people inside.
Quigley is a small family-owned van upfitter that specializes in turning cargo carriers into off-road animals with 4WD. They already did the Baja 1000 in a Chevy 2500, and now they’ve turned a 2015 Ford Transit into an enormous EcoBoosted “rock-crawler,” sort of.
See? Hillary Clinton’s van is way, way more A-Team than Mystery Machine. Check out that vent though. Nice vent. You think it’s got TV’s in there? It’s a Chevy Express conversion van, so it’s probably got a TV. And curtains. Gotta have curtains on your conversion van. Can’t run for President without…
Hillary Clinton, who is a person running for President of These United States, hopped in a van and rode to Iowa just after announcing her candidacy on Sunday. It’s a black GMC van, filled with political soldiers-of-fortune on the run, and the Clinton campaign has given it the only name that clearly fits. Scooby.
Who says you need a muscle car to do burnouts?
The age of the fullsize body-on-frame family van is very much over. Do you mourn its passing?
When I was a kid, family trips to Europe would always blow my mind — not the architecture, not the museums, not the languages. The vans! They have such tiny little vans!
Finally, a Chevy Express that lives up to its name.
I mean, what else do you say? What else can you say? Besides "OH GOD SOMEONE PLEASE GET A FIRE EXTINGUISHER MY CAR IS ON FIRE," what else do you say? Besides that? You say what this guy says.
Van. Pumpkin. Smash. Crush. Destroy. Bang. Crunch. Metal. Pumpkin. That's really all you need to know.
The van is perhaps the greatest unsung hero of the automotive world. Few vehicles are better for hauling families than vans, but no one wants to drive them. A good van can do almost everything a pickup truck can, but with far less macho flash. It's time we give the van its due!
I don't know why I like this, but I do.