HPAC Magazine

ANNUAL REPORT ON SERVICE VEHICLES: It’s a tall new world

The practicality of cargo vans as service vehicles is expanding as manufacturers turn their attention to competing with the enormous Sprinter.

June 1, 2013   By Bill Roebuck

If you are in the market for a cargo van to add to your service vehicle fleet in the year ahead, plan some extra time for doing research and evaluations. The world of service vehicles for contractors of all stripes is undergoing significant changes, much of it because most manufacturers are playing catch-up to the Mercedes-Benz (formerly Dodge) Sprinter full-size tall van. 

The tall van, when launched in the Canadian market about a decade ago, introduced a whole new level of cargo capacity, even allowing you to work inside the vehicle while standing fully upright. In the Sprinter, that was combined with good fuel economy and deft manoeuvrability.

It’s about as significant a change in vehicle design as iTunes was for the music industry when it was launched – also a decade ago. Click here for the full story.

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