Commercial vehicle

  • 2019 Mercedes-Benz V-Class

    Mercedes-Benz's V-Class van has proven to be a huge hit for the automaker, with close to 209,000 examples sold since the model was launched in 2014. Now an updated version has arrived and points to updates that will feature on our own Metris van, which is essentially a V-Class tooled up for work duty. In other markets, the Metris is known as a Vito. The updates to the V-Class include visual tweaks at the front, a new diesel engine, the addition of a 9-speed automatic transmission (a 6-speed manual is standard), and the latest in electronic driver aids. Inside, the designers have added...

  • Toyota Project Portal 2.0 fuel cell-powered semi-trailer truck
    Kenworth to build semi trucks powered by Toyota fuel cells

    American truck manufacturer Kenworth will build a fleet of 10 semi-trailer trucks powered by hydrogen fuel cell-electric powertrains sourced from Toyota. The two firms made the announcement on Tuesday in Las Vegas at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show. The collaboration is part of the $41 million...

  • Freightliner Cascadia semi truck
    Daimler announces major investment in self-driving semi trucks

    German automaker Daimler revealed the new Freightliner Cascadia at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show on Monday and also announced a major new investment into self-driving technology. Daimler said it has earmarked $570 million for investment in self-driving semi trucks int he coming years. The goal...

  • Volkswagen ID Buzz Cargo concept
    VW ID Buzz Cargo concept to debut at 2018 LA auto show, production version targeted for 2022 launch

    Volkswagen will use this week's 2018 Los Angeles auto show to present the ID Buzz Cargo concept. The electric cargo carrier was first shown in September at a commercial vehicles expo in Germany, and the version bound for L.A. will be dressed as a support vehicle for VW's ID R Pikes Peak electric...

  • Mercedes-Benz eCitaro in Hamburg, Germany
    Daimler delivers first electric Mercedes-Benz bus in Germany

    Mercedes-Benz's first electric bus is now ready to hit the streets in the city of Hamburg, Germany. Parent company Daimler announced Thursday the first of 20 Mercedes eCitaro buses was handed over to Hochbahn, a public transport company in the city. The eCitaro made its debut in September and...

  • Renault EZ-Pro self-driving delivery vehicle concept
    Renault envisions convoys of self-driving delivery vehicles with EZ-Pro concept

    Following Renault's vision of a self-driving future for ride-hailing with its EZ-Go concept, the French automaker has bestowed the world with a self-driving concept for delivery vehicles. It's called the EZ-Pro, and it was revealed on Wednesday. Unlike some self-driving delivery vehicle concepts...

  • Volkswagen ID Buzz Cargo concept

    Volkswagen used this week's 2018 IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Hannover, Germany to present a cargo carrying version of its ID Buzz concept. You'll recall we first saw the ID Buzz at the 2017 Detroit auto show, with VW later confirming a production version due here in 2022 as a spiritual successor to the iconic Microbus. Other markets are expected to receive it a year earlier. The cargo carrying version of the concept has been aptly named the ID Buzz Cargo, and it previews an electric commercial van to go up against Mercedes-Benz's eVito (an electric version of our Metris) and future...

  • Volvo Vera concept
    Volvo Trucks reveals Vera self-driving electric semi concept

    Volvo Trucks, the world's number two in heavy-duty trucks, on Wednesday gave its vision of the future of goods transportation. The company, which is a separate entity to Volvo Cars, rolled out a fully self-driving, electric semi concept. It's called Vera, and it's been designed as a replacement for...

  • 2020 Volkswagen Transporter (T7) test mule spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2020 Volkswagen Transporter (T7) spy shots

    Volkswagen is working on an electric successor to its iconic Microbus based on 2017's ID Buzz concept car. It's confirmed for a launch here around 2022. However, concurrent with the development of the new electric van is a new generation of the automaker's popular Transporter series of vans sold...

  • Toyota Project Portal 2.0 fuel cell-powered semi-trailer truck
    Toyota's Project Portal fuel cell semi progresses to beta stage

    Toyota isn't giving up on its support of fuel cells and is instead working on applying the technology in both passenger cars and commercial vehicles. The automaker already has a fuel cell car on sale in the form of the Mirai and has hinted at more offerings, including from its upmarket brand Lexus...

  • Ford and Volkswagen logos
    Ford and VW Group explore potential of joint vehicle development

    Ford and the Volkswagen Group announced last week plans to discuss various partnerships, including the joint development of vehicles. The two auto giants specifically mentioned joint development of a range of commercial vehicles, which has led to rumors that next-generation versions of the Ford...

  • Freightliner eCascadia electric semi-truck
    Daimler has 2 new electric trucks to counter the Tesla Semi

    Daimler has aggressively moved to carve its niche in the electric commercial vehicle space, and the German auto giant has two new offerings for the North American market. Introduced under the Freightliner brand, the eCascadia and eM2 trucks mark Daimler's expansion into the electric heavy- and...

  • Otto self-driving truck prototype

    Uber has officially put its self-driving semi-trailer trucks into operation under the new service Uber Freight. In fact, Uber has had the self-driving trucks in service for a few months in the state of Arizona, The New York Times reported last week. It comes after the startup Otto, which Uber has since acquired, sent a self-driving semi on its maiden voyage across 120 miles of Colorado freeway in 2016. Uber's semi trucks have a licensed truck driver behind the wheel at all times in case any system fails. Obviously, the goal is to remove the human from the driver's seat in time, and Uber...

  • 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 4500HD
    New Silverado 4500HD/5500HD/6500HD trucks join Chevy’s commercial fleet

    Oh, the Silverado 3500HD? That’s cute. Chevrolet is making its return to the medium-duty truck business with the even bigger Silverado 4500HD, 5500HD and 6500HD, which are being introduced for the 2019 model year alongside a redesigned Silverado 1500. The Class 4, 5 and 6 cab chassis trucks...

  • 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
    2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter revealed

    Mercedes-Benz on Tuesday revealed a redesigned Sprinter van and confirmed it for sale later this year, as a 2019 model. The design has trodden down a high-tech path, which Mercedes says will lead to simpler fleet controlling and optimized communications between fleet manager and driver. Key to this...

  • Nikola One
    Nikola selects Arizona to manufacture electric semi-trucks

    Nikola has taken a major step toward bringing its extended-range electric semi-trailer truck to market. The company announced on Tuesday that Buckeye, Arizona will be home to its future manufacturing facility. The American startup debuted its One electric semi in December 2016. At that time, Nikola...

  • Teaser for Volvo Trucks electric urban delivery vehicle
    Volvo Trucks plans electric delivery vehicle for 2019

    Not to be left out of the push for electric and electrified commercial vehicles, Volvo Trucks announced Tuesday that it will begin selling electric trucks in Europe in 2019. The company sees its electric trucks as a way to not only reduce pollution but also alleviate traffic congestion and improve...

  • Prototype for Tesla Semi electric semi-trailer truck
    See the Tesla Semi silently cruising along a suburban street

    In case you were haboring any concerns that the electric semi-trailer truck unveiled by Tesla last November was nothing but a cardboard mockup powered by hamsters, have no fear as a prototype has just been spotted silently cruising down a suburban street. What's perhaps most remarkable is how quiet...

  • Volvo VNL-series semi-trailer truck

    After adding Lotus, Terrafugia and a sizeable stake in Proton to its portfolio last year, holding company Zhejiang Geely is ringing in the new year with an 8.2 percent stake in AB Volvo, the maker of Volvo trucks and buses. Zhejiang Geely on Wednesday agreed to buy the stake from investment firm Cevian Capital. It means the Chinese company is now the single biggest shareholder in AB Volvo and second in terms of voting rights behind investment firm Industrivarden. Financial terms weren’t revealed but Reuters calculates the deal must have cost Zhejiang Geely around $3.26 billion. Zhejiang...

  • Tesla Semi
    Budweiser brewer orders fleet of Tesla Semis

    Budweiser brewer Anheuser-Busch wants its beer delivery process to be just a smidge more green. The company announced on Friday that it placed a pre-order for 40 Tesla Semis and proclaimed it's one of the largest orders to date. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has hinted that the trucks will start from as low...

  • VW MOIA ride-sharing concept car
    Volkswagen reveals MOIA ride-sharing electric van concept

    The Volkswagen Group doesn't simply want to electrify its portfolio of brands and cars for personal ownership, it also wants to provide sustainable transportation in other ways. Its first step? Ridesharing. This week, the automaker's newly minted MOIA mobility unit revealed its first vehicle...

  • Tesla Semi
    Tesla Semi could start as low as $150,000

    A new Peterbilt 389 will run you around $150,000 to nearly $200,000, when configured with some handy options. It's an icon of the highway, but it could soon see quieter competition rolling past from the recently announced Tesla Semi. Especially considering that the pricing for this all-electric...

  • Tesla Semi
    Tesla Semi promises 500-mile range, center driving position

    Tesla on Thursday took the covers off its long-awaited electric semi-trailer truck. Dubbed simply the Tesla Semi, the truck promises both the longest range for an electric hauler as well as the best safety credentials of any truck its class, in this case Class 8 Heavy Duty. The Tesla Semi also has...

  • E-Fuso Vision One concept
    E-Fuso Vision One heavy-duty electric truck concept with 217-mile range debuts in Tokyo

    Daimler’s Japanese truck brand Fuso used this week’s 2017 Tokyo Motor Show to present a heavy-duty electric truck. Called the E-Fuso Vision One, the truck’s debut also marked the launch of E-Fuso, Fuso’s new sub-brand for electric trucks and buses. The E-Fuso Vision One...

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