Commercial vehicle fleets have to reach a delicate balance between a number of factors to make the vehicle brands and models popular for use with business clients. The demands put on manufacturers for cargo vans can be dizzying. Size, maneuverability in urban environments, fuel economy, safety, driver comfort, cargo carrying capacity, aftermarket custom configurability, safety and kilometers of use between scheduled maintenance as well as cost are just a few of the factors considered. There are only a few leaders that are meeting all of the commercial consumer demands.

Check the RV Industry
Chassis models for modern cargo vans for work also serve the recreational vehicle industry for Class B and B+ motorhomes. RV buyers are extremely discriminating in demanding vehicles to power their motorhomes that are comfortable, easy to drive, get great fuel economy and have extraordinary longevity. Commercial fleet customers are well advised to look at what manufacturer brands and models are being used to make the most popular smaller motorhomes today. The current leaders are the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Ram Promaster and the Ford Transit.

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
Do not be confused by the Freight liner brand with the same model name. Only the branding and grille are different. At the core, it is still a Mercedes commercial vehicle. Mercedes-Benz is a hit among commercial van drivers for the vehicle being easy to drive and navigate city streets with plenty of power for merging onto the highway with a full payload in the back. Two diesel engines are available. The 4-cylinder model forgoing a dual-wheel rear axle can greatly reduce fuel costs. The 6-cylinder model with dual-wheel in the back still gets impressive fuel economy. Both are available with full standing room interior height and advanced safety features.

Ram Promaster
The front profile of the Ram Promaster series of cargo vans for work includes headlights that are mounted high. This design is especially suited for navigating city streets. The black plastic front bumper sticks out, with the headlights and metal of the hood higher and more recessed. This can greatly reduce repair costs for the almost inevitable bumps and scrapes commercial vans eventually begin to acquire. The Promaster series of vans are a reworking of the Fiat European commercial vans for American business van buyers.

Ford Transit
This chassis is now beginning to be used in the RV industry. Ford has three engine variations available for this van, and there is a dual-wheel model available. Fuel choices for the Ford Transit include gasoline, diesel, compressed natural gas (CNG) and propane. Approved Ford upfitters can outfit the Transit for any commercial use from carrying tools and field service personnel to carrying passengers for a shuttle fleet.

Gone are the small vans of yesteryear that used to be the staple of plumbers and floral delivery companies. New high roof cargo vans for work are on the scene, taking the commercial vehicle fleet by storm. The new van designs carry more weight, have room to stand up in and walk around, and can be upfitted to suit any commercial need. The fuel economy and affordability of these vans is so enticing that some larger families are buying models outfitted for carrying passengers and using them as personal vehicles.