Once, a Volkswagen van represented freedom, the “open road,” a release from the crushing confines of capitalism. The appeal lives on today. Free love! Damn the man! Live on the beach! Feel the ocean breeze blow through your hair! Pose with a bag of Kettle Chips the #brand sent you to hawk on social media! Wait, what?!
The Citroën H Van is an automotive design icon. It’s sort of like the equal and opposite reaction to a design like the Lamborghini Miura; where the Miura is a lithe, elegant, obviously beautiful-looking car, the H van is like a corrugated garden shed on wheels. All utility, no style, and, as a result, is somehow full…
Automotive awards are a joke. A cash-grabbing circle jerk where the “winner” often has the honor of paying the publication or organization serious money in order to use the name of that award in ads. Some automakers even have to pay upfront to get their cars considered. It’s a sham.
The list of things I’m a sucker for is vast and, largely, without value. Somewhere in the middle of that list are entries for unexpected sliding doors and Renault LeCars. Incredibly, there’s a real-world intersection of these two things, and it’s known as the Renault Supercinq Van by Heuliez.
You’ve probably been wondering what it is. The Best Thing On The Internet. It’s a valid question. I’m delighted to let you know your quest is over, because here it is, the best thing on the internet. And, yes, it has a child driving the shit out of a Soviet minivan. And over other Soviet minivans.
About a year ago Nissan launched the completely new Titan XD pickup truck to attack the utility segment anew. The truck isn’t selling that well compared to its rivals, but the company hasn’t lost its sense of humor–they went ahead and stuff its diesel 4x4 drivetrain into a cargo van, awesomeness ensues.
Sometimes all that stands between you and certain annihilation is the ability of an out of control driver to hold a vehicle sideways for just long enough.
Of course you’re always careful and sober when you make that summer trip across state lines to pack the trunk of your car with fireworks. Doesn’t stop you from wondering– what if they went off in here? Here’s that idea taken way too far.
Today in Stuttgart, Mercedes-Benz Vans unveiled their new concept “van of the future,” the all-electric Vision Van. The van is being presented as a delivery/cargo solution with some novel advances in connectivity and automated cargo management, but if they have any brains, we’re also looking at the future of their…
“It takes bumps really well, it likes to fly,” says Frank about his 1967 Ford Prerunner. But since he broke his neck, the truck hasn’t seen much action. Until off-road expert Fred Williams challenges him to “a race.”
When you’re a two-time drifting champion, this is the kind of prank your coworkers pull on you.
There are people who are comfortable enough with the idea of regularly sleeping in a car out of preference and not necessity. I’m not one of them. Give me a van, however, and I’ll happily drive across the country for years. Enter the Roadtrek CS Adventurous, aiming to be the Goldilocks of premium van-based…
A peaceful Sunday afternoon in Redding, California was shattered by 51-year-old Sharon Kay Turman, who reportedly blazed through town at breakneck speeds in a 1994 Chrysler Town & County minivan painted like Scooby Doo’s Mystery Machine before ditching the car, and the cops, somewhere in Tehama County.
While pickup trucks get bigger with every redesign, this new crop of mid-sized vans offers impressive utility with decent fuel economy and easy parking. We drove the 2015 Ram ProMaster City to find out how far vans have really come since your last ride in an Aerostar.
This offensive nest of metal plates is allegedly the latest Red Bull mobile party machine. They were going for “armored moon vehicle,” how are we feeling about that?
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It’s sometimes reassuring to know that substances like peyote can solve any problem you may have. Ford needed some sort of van-based show car in 1970, so they just (this is speculation, of course) applied liberal amounts of peyote to their Econoline design team and whammo, out screamed the Econoline Kilimanjaro. All…
I often like to reflect back on an era — a magical era — when not only were vans considered cool, but they often sported elaborate airbrushed side art and evocative names. Names that usually replaced a final ‘g’ on a gerundive form of a word with a kicky apostrophe. So let’s make up some really terrible ones!
Last week somebody called the cops on this 1994 Plymouth Voyager low-budget ice cream van for swerving into oncoming traffic and slamming curbs. Cops rolled up and arrested the allegedly intoxicated driver while he was selling ice cream to kids.
So you heard Mercedes is bringing a smallish utility van to America and found yourself thinking: who cares. I was there too until I put a few miles on a 2016 Mercedes Metris, and experienced genuinely amazing driving dynamics. In a utility wagon that can carry 2,502 pounds.