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Introduced in 1960 as the Econoline, the Ford E-Series has been the best-selling full-size cargo van in the U.S. for 27 years.

Chevrolet Express Cargo VanDodge Sprinter Van

The full-size cargo van remains the workhorse for general, light-duty cargo hauling. Nearly all cargo vans go into commercial use, where they are commonly employed for cargo transport, specialty van conversions and even ambulance service.

Four Models

Available in the U.S. market is the Chevrolet Express Cargo Van, GMC Savana Cargo Van, Dodge Sprinter Van, and Ford E-Series Van. New designs are rare for these vehicles; instead, minor upgrades such as new features are much more common. The Chevrolet Express Cargo Van and its sibling GMC Savana Cargo Van were last redesigned for the 2003 model year with fresh styling and a number of new features including all-wheel drive.

Dodge introduced the Sprinter Van for the 2004 model year, describing it as a vehicle that sets a new standard in the commercial vehicle market with unique combination of fuel-efficiency and functional interior design. For 2006 the Sprinter Van adds several new features, including a ParkSense rear backup system, a high-pressure headlight washing system, wiring for hands-free communications and a driver seat power outlet.

The Ford E-Series was introduced in 1960 as the Econoline and was offered as a van, wagon, and pickup. The best-selling full-size van in America for 27 years, the Econoline has sold more than six million units since its inception. In the 2003 model year it became known as the E-Series Van. For 2006 the E-Series adds a standard Slim-line engine cover console and an electronically controlled 4-speed automatic transmission.

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