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View Poll Results: Which type of van has the best look?
asian 31 24.80%
american 31 24.80%
european 63 50.40%
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Old February 20th, 2008, 06:09 AM   #1
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Vans: Asian, American or European?

One thing I noticed about vans in different continents are their distinctive shape and design doesn't matter what company makes them.

Which type of van has the best look?

Asian

Toyota Hi-Ace




Nissan Urvan


American

Ford Econoline


Chevrolet Chevy Van


European

Mercedes Sprinter
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Old February 20th, 2008, 06:18 AM   #2
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oh weird. never noticed that. i like the toyota one.
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Old February 20th, 2008, 06:40 AM   #3
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Here's one note, North American countries especially US, Canada and Mexico don't have or use the Japanese vans particularly the Toyota Hi-Ace and the Nissan Urvan. Jamaica on the other hand if one of the few countries in the Western Hemisphere that uses it.

On the other hand, you can find all three type in most Asian countries.
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Old February 20th, 2008, 07:25 AM   #4
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I like this renault
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Old February 20th, 2008, 07:51 AM   #5
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American, Dodge Sprinter




American, Ford Transit (I'm not sure if its sold in all U.S. states)

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Old February 20th, 2008, 07:55 AM   #6
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Hey, you're right...

once thing I always noticed was that the Asian Van (Hi-Ace, etc) is everywhere...and they pretty much look the same....

only recently have you started to see changes...

you are also correct that the noses of European, North Am, and Asian Vans are different in size and shape...

I think I prefer the latest Asian and European vans over the north american ones

ps. how are you looking at these vans? Fleet vehicles? I suppose minvans and other vans designed for the passenger market (eg. Toyota Alphard) are not included....

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Old February 20th, 2008, 08:04 AM   #7
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American, Dodge Sprinter
Some of these companies will design their vans for the specific region.

The Ford Transit despite being an American company has most of these vans in Europe.

Mercedes for example has vans specifically for the Asia-Pacific region like the MB-100 which is Korean manufactured.



Also the Euro release of the Toyota Hi-Ace is different compared to its Asia-Pacific counterpart



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Old February 21st, 2008, 03:26 PM   #8
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Asian and European vans over the American ones.
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Old February 21st, 2008, 03:49 PM   #9
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I prefer European ones, and SOME Asian...

These are some of the mostly panel van types that are available in South Africa. The passenger range is much more extensive:

























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Mercedes Sprinter!
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More ones available in South Africa









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Old February 22nd, 2008, 11:21 PM   #12
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Seriously, you could at least have chosen cuter American vans. These ones are not even produced anymore today...
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Old February 23rd, 2008, 06:13 AM   #13
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Is this an Asian Van, or a European one?
The picture is of the Benito Juarez International
Airport in Mexico City.
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Old February 26th, 2008, 02:19 AM   #14
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Quote:
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Here's one note, North American countries especially US, Canada and Mexico don't have or use the Japanese vans particularly the Toyota Hi-Ace and the Nissan Urvan. Jamaica on the other hand if one of the few countries in the Western Hemisphere that uses it.
The entire caribbean uses them in large numbers, actually, save for the likes of Cuba, the Bahamas, and the US virgin islands(plus Puerto Rico, which is technically a part of the US).

My personal preference leans to European/Asian vans. I have a thing for the asian ones, but I like the European vans just as much. I have a hard time picking between the two groups.
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Old February 26th, 2008, 02:21 AM   #15
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Is this an Asian Van, or a European one?
The picture is of the Benito Juarez International
Airport in Mexico City.
That's a Toyota HiAce, thus putting it in the Asian category.

http://www.toyota.com.mx/modelos_spe...ior_hiace.aspx
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Old February 26th, 2008, 02:25 AM   #16
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I prefer European vans. Then Asian.
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Old February 26th, 2008, 02:25 AM   #17
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American, Dodge Sprinter




American, Ford Transit (I'm not sure if its sold in all U.S. states)

There's a technicality here-both of those vans are actually European. The Transit is sold by ford in Europe(and the rest of the world) as it wasn't designed for the American market. In the US, we get the E-Series(Econoline) as a result. The Dodge Sprinter is actually just a rebadged and imported Mercedes Benz Sprinter, and thus technically can't be called American either.

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Seriously, you could at least have chosen cuter American vans. These ones are not even produced anymore today...
Technically the are-they've only been slightly updated.

Here is what the two American vans showed in the first post(the Ford E-Series and the Chevy Express) look like as of 2008:





No major difference, really, at least as far as aesthetics go.
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Old February 27th, 2008, 02:00 AM   #18
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i like american's.
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Old February 29th, 2008, 07:22 AM   #19
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I never see those Asian vans, so I can't judge.

The European ones look at little better, because I'm too used to the American ones here.
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Old March 1st, 2008, 07:27 AM   #20
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Its nice that there are different kind of vans on different continents. Makes the world more interesting.
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