We all love to joke about the people that own vans. There’s the boring “Soccer Mom” mini van. Then, there’s the stereotypical plain white van that may or may not belong to the neighborhood rapist. And then, of course, there’s the fully loaded, yet very goofy luxury van that your near-dead grandfather might be taking on a cross-country trip.
Well, joke and laugh all you want, but it appears that vans are actually making a comeback!
Why the sudden surge? Well, part of this has to do with the fact that profits for companies across the country are on the rise, especially when it comes to small businesses. This is making it so everybody from electricians to carpenters to online businesses are in need of some affordable hauling power.
“We knew that as the industry bounced back, this segment would be on the forefront,” said John Schwegman, director of commercial products at General Motors. “Right now, we’re selling everything that we can build.”
Ford has experienced similar success. In fact, in April of this year, Ford sold more vans than it had in any April for almost 30 years!
Another huge part for the recent success of vans has to do with recent design and efficiency changes, allowing vans to go further while hauling more.
Jalopnik writer Travis Okulski writes, “The latest generation of vans like the Mercedes Sprinter, Ford Transit, Ram Promaster (along with their little brothers), and others are actually great places to spend some time. They drive better than before, have creature comforts, and provide security to belongings that just can’t be found in a pickup truck.”
The only question now is: will this trend continue? Well, we certainly think so. As vehicles become even more efficient and vans switch to electric options, won’t more people opt for that extra space more often?