crossovers, it seems that every year the van market gets smaller. Of course, across the pond its still going strong. But when you have to pay your insurance based on your engine size and gas costs $4.00 a gallon, its no wonder why its so big over there. Back here it may be a dying market, but remember the station wagon, its still around and thanks to crossovers its gaining ground.
This year we saw the long-awaited introduction of one mini-van as well as the introduction of one which is slowly becoming a global van. With an emerging marketplace, China is now taking aim at the van market, where it was once controlled by Japanese firms.
Well, if you’re still wondering when this segment is going to die off, you might be waiting awhile. Since the boom in China, most auto manufactures are starting to take notice that the Chinese are like the Japanese, they like vans. And this could be a good thing for companies or a bad thing. Like VW some companies may have to find partners to help them develop a new model or they just might have to go without. But one thing is for sure, Asia is a growing market for vans.
When you think of great designs you might not think of our winner. But when you consider that it is the only van which has some sort of sport appeal to it, then you might see why it’s the winner. So, for that we name the 2010 Peugeot 5008 the AutoLooks A+ winner.
Even though the winner of the Rusty may be a new market model in North America, it still does not have what it takes to be a fun runabout. The 2010 Ford Transit Connect is the Rusty van of the year due to its outdated design and poor use of plastic