Full-size van

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A full size van is a marketing term used in North America for a van larger than a minivan, that is characterized by a large boxy appearance, a short hood, and very heavy cargo/passenger hauling capacity. In recent times they consistently feature a powertrain of a V8 engine, automatic transmission and rear wheel drive.[1]

They largely replaced the compact vans which were introduced in the early 1960s to compete with the Volkswagen bus, based on compact car components.

The first full size van was the 1969 Ford Econoline, which used components from the F-Series pickups. General Motors and Dodge would follow suit with designs with the engines placed even farther forward, and succeeding generations of the Econoline would also introduce longer hoods.

The market is entirely dominated nowadays by the Ford E-Series and Chevrolet Express / GMC Savana.

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