Car Alternatives: Vans & Wagons

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With the Skoda Fabia series, Skoda Auto has established a strong foundation for its five-car portfolio. The supermini's family roots are evident throughout. From the bold, elegant lines of its look look-and-feel down to its smallest part, the Fabia exemplifies Skoda's attention to detail via easy, clever solutions and innovation.

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The Seat Alhambra has the ideal MPV format. At 4. 85 metres, it is longer than its predecessor by 22 centimetres. Its width is up by nine centimetres to 1. 90 metres, making it a leader in this car segment. Height, on the other hand, has been slightly reduced - by one centimetre - to 1. 72 metres. The new proportions create a line that is powerfully sporty.

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New Renault Scenic heralds a fresh approach to the compact MPV segment. due to its compact forms, taut lines, distinctive back lights and sporty front-end looks, which take their inspiration from those of Renault Mégane Coupé, Renault Scenic exudes a sense of sporty dynamism more readily associated with the world of saloon vehicles.

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For more than 20 years, Renault Espace has stood out as the top-of-the-range MPV benchmark and segment leader. Faced with an increasingly competitive marketplace, New Renault Espace today consolidates that status with a softer layout which remains as expressive and modern as ever. A pleasure in each way, New Renault Espace is available with the 2.

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The Renault Avantime was a Coupé/mpv automobile marketed by the French maker Renault (though in fact developed and built by the French maker Matra) between 2001 and 2003. Despite, or perhaps because of, its radical and original layout, it suffered from very poor sales and was discontinued after only two years of production.

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The Pontiac Montana is a minivan from the Pontiac division of Basic Motors. It replaced the Pontiac Trans Sport (1990-1998). It will be discontinued after the 2006 model year because of slow sales in the US, but will continue to be sold in Canada. The Pontiac Montana nameplate was used as a trim level of the Pontiac Trans Sport van from 1997 to 1998, but dropped the Trans Sport for 1999.

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The Peugeot Bipper Tepee is a new and original multi-purpose car from Peugeot. Practical, simple to handle and compact, it provides an unrivalled level of versatility that will delight those in search of a nontraditional car which is simple to use and well-suited to its tailored role.

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With the Peugeot 5008, Peugeot has created a new interpretation of the compact people carrier. This new model features all the manufacturer's key values but also builds further on the benefits expected by buyers in this segment without any adverse effect on the vehicle's road holding.

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High-tech, versatile and elegant: The second generation Opel Meriva, to premiere at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, will set the new traditional for auto versatility with a multitude of high-tech features engineered to optimize the customizable use of room. And it is all packed in a distinctive, contemporary layout.

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On its release in 1997 Renault Kangoo's affable, expressive style revolutionised the leisure utility car sector. Spacious and versatile Renault Kangoo has been a success, selling over 2200000, units since it was launched. New Renault Kangoo matches family expectations more closely.

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The new generation Opel Combo provides clever solutions in the compact van segment. It comes in a wide range of variants, is technically advanced, exceptionally economical and offers maximum utility. The panel van version now provides a choice of two wheelbases - 2755, mm or 3105, mm - giving an overall car length of 4. 39 and 4. 74 meters respectively, as well as two roof heights, 1.

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The Oldsmobile Silhouette, along with its siblings the Pontiac Trans Sport (and later, the Pontiac Montana) and Chevrolet Lumina APV (and later, the Chevrolet Venture), were a trio of minivans that débuted in late 1989 as 1990 models. Upon the demise of the Oldsmobile division in 2004, it was replaced by the newly developed Buick Terraza the following year, in 2005.

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The all-new fourth generation Nissan Quest, which is set to go on sale at Nissan dealers nationwide in early 2011, is about to take on the toughest job on the planet: parenting. More than just another new Nissan Quest, it's an completely new take on the minivan - with bold look-and-feel, an extensive list of family friendly innovations and amenities a family can enjoy together.

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Developed from the outset as both a commercial and a passenger car, the Nissan NV200 brings new levels of room, convenience and practicality to the small van sphere, both in Europe and other global markets.

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Based on the concept of a seven-seater with panoramic visibility for the touring experience, the Subaru Exiga has been designed to offer a secure and pleasant journey for all occupants.

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Toyota represented the all-new, third-generation Toyota Sienna minivan at a media conference at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto show. The Toyota Sienna is well known as a transportation solution for moving people and trunk comfortably and efficiently.

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The Volvo S40, Volvo V40 and V50 are compact near-luxury vehicles / small family vehicles manufactured by Volvo Vehicles. There have been two generations, the first launched in 1995 and the second one in 2004. The 1995 S40 sedan and Volvo V40 wagon were built in the Netherlands at the Nedcar factory, a Pre-ford joint venture between Volvo and Mitsubishi Motors.

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Backed by 54 years of ongoing refinement and improvement, Volvo Vehicles is still the global leader in the segment for big estate vehicles. Now the all-new Volvo V70 is making its entry onto the sphere with an high-tech mix of luxury and versatility. This segment has been our specialty ever since we invented it rear in the 1950s.

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Tough, indestructible and dependable - day-in, day-out, the Mercedes-Benz Vito applies itself uncomplainingly to the rigours of the tasks on hand. This is a van that knows its enterprise. Mercedes-Benz has undertaken a powerful revamp of the Mercedes-Benz Vito van, which is now yet more economical and kinder on the environment, yet more practical and more dynamic.

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The Mercedes-Benz Viano leads its class, defining the new benchmark for large-capacity cars. New engines and new transmissions reduce emissions and fuel consumption while enhancing performance. The new chassis provides the ultimate in ride convenience and driving security. The cockpit and passenger compartment are more user-friendly and attractively appointed than ever.

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Mercedes-amg has represented the brand-new Mercedes-Benz R 63 AMG at the 2006 Chicago Auto Show. This particularly dynamic interpretation of the Mercedes-Benz R-class is powered by the new AMG 6. 3-litre V8-engine.

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For the second time within the room of just one month, Mercedes-Benz is lifting the wraps on another make new model series, the new R-class, which is making its world debut at the New York International Auto Show.

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The latest-generation Mercedes-Benz R-class shows a new self-confidence. Its entire look is noticeably more appealing, underlining the original character of this multi-talented car. The focus of the developers was on the completely restyled front section, with an emphasis on width and a horizontally structured bonnet to make the car appear more harmonious, muscular and dynamic.

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The Peugeot 1007 is a mini MPV manufactured by the French maker Peugeot since 2004. It is based on the Peugeot 207 and Citroen C3 platform. The Peugeot 1007's original layout features two performance sliding doors (as in a big MPV) rather than traditional hinged doors for easier access in cramped spaces and on hills.

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The Mazda MPV was replaced for 2000 with a front wheel drive LW platform based on the 626. This second generation Mazda MPV was much more conventional, with sliding back doors and front-wheel drive. Some differentiating factors included a back bench that folded flat into the floor and rear-door windows that rolled down.

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In the fall of 2010 the all-new Mazda 5 hits showrooms across Europe as successor to Mazda's first-generation compact multi-activity car (C-MAV). The original model was well-known with families looking for superior functionality in a compact and secure suite. Since sphere release in 2005, Mazda 5 has found Mazda 500000, owners worldwide, 175000, of them in Europe.

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All-new Kia Venga, uniquely roomy and dynamic B-segment MPV makes its global debut at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. The new model will be produced in Europe, and will go on sale across Europe later this year - backed by two warranties: Kia's original '7-years (drivetrain) / 5-years (whole car) / 150000, km' warranty, plus a 10-year anti-corrosion warranty.

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For 2006, Kia Motors America (KMA) will introduce an all-new Kia Sedona minivan that will provide more horsepower and will be substantially larger in length and width, providing more passenger space and versatility over its predecessor. New features found on the all-new Kia Sedona will include a traditional fold-flat-into-the-floor third-row bench and available power-sliding doors and liftgate.

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Kia's ability to develop high-tech new vehicles that exterior beyond the obvious is given no-cost rein in the Kia Carens. Styled with a hint of SUV attitude, but exhibiting all the versatility and practicality of the most modern compact Mpvs, it appeals to families and active couples; private and fleet users alike.

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The Hyundai Trajet (pronounced as tra-jay, derived from the French word, meaning "travel in comfort") is a 7-seater multi-purpose car that is produced by Hyundai Motor Company. The series was launched in 1999 with the 2. 0GSI models and a choice of gasoline, diesel or LPG performance, followed by the limited edition SE 2. 7 V6 in 2001. The Hyundai Trajet models have three rows of seatings.

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Hyundai is set to shake up the MPV sphere with the new, modern and dynamic Hyundai ix20, represented at the 2010 Paris Motor Show by the company's Vice Chairman, Euisun Chung. The vehicle features original looks and great drivability with key MPV attributes to form an unprecedented suite, promising to be the benchmark for future B-segment offerings.

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The Hyundai i800 is the third instalment of Hyundai models that will gain an 'i' prefix in the name as they are presented, replaced or substantially facelifted. And now the third of Hyundai's i range of vehicles has arrived, and is set to cause just as much of a stir as the Hyundai i30 and Hyundai i10. The Hyundai i800 went on sale on June 20th, 2008 costing £19495,.

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Completely refactored for the 2011 model year, the 2012 Honda Odyssey remains the class-leading minivan for fuel efficiency and security ratings, while continuing to provide the refinement, room and engaging driving experience that people have come to expect from this highly acclaimed family car.

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The Ford Windstar was a minivan manufactured and sold by the Ford Motor Company from 1995 to 2003. When it was presented to the sphere in March 1994 as a 1995 model, the Ford Windstar was a replacement for Ford's first minivan, the Aerostar. For the 2004 model year, it was replaced by the Freestar. All Ford Windstars were built in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. It was available with 3. 0L and 3.

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The Ford Freestar is a minivan made by the Ford Motor Company. It replaced the Ford Windstar for the 2004 model year. Although it is billed as "all new", it basically is a revamped Windstar. The name change accommodates Ford's strategy to rename their vehicles to words beginning in F. The Ford Freestar, along with its twin the Mercury Monterey are both made in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.

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Ford Motor Company represented the Ford Transit Connect Electric at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show and confirmed the zero-emissions small van will be in fleet operators' hands later in 2010. The 2011 Ford Transit Connect Electric will use a Force Drive electric powertrain produced and integrated by specialty upfitter Azure Dynamics.

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The new 2008 Ford E-series commercial van - America's best selling trunk vans, cutaways and passenger wagons - gets a major makeover inspired by the new F-series Super Duty's bold new front-end layout to communicate a list of chassis and suspension upgrades that increase capability and enhance ride and handling.

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The Fiat Multipla is the name given to two various automobiles produced by Fiat, the first from 1956 to 1965, and the second from 1998 to the present. The original Fiat Multipla and the 600 Fiat Multipla were based on the Fiat 600 drivetrain, model 1100 front suspension, and sat 6 people in a footprint just 50cm longer than the original Mini Cooper.

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The Fiat Freemont is the first Fiat car to be manufactured in partnership with the Chrysler Group. Its very name evokes a sense of freedom, and the feeling that this car can face up to any situation that each day life might bring.

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Fiat Fiorino Qubo is the name of the new car being sold by the FIAT sales network. An original name that plays on the idea of cube, which may not always be complimentary in all contexts, but in any case clearly evokes the strong points of this model: reliability and sturdiness, as well as original and versatile functions.

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The Ford Transit Connect is a compact panel van developed by Ford Europe and designed by Peter Horbury, introduced in 2002 to replace the older Ford Escort and Fiesta-based Courier van ranges, which had ceased production in the same year. The Ford Tourneo Connect, a leisure activity vehicle, is a Transit Connect with side windows and rear seats.

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The Volkswagen Caddy is a light commercial vehicle produced by the Volkswagen Group since 1980. It is sold in Europe and in other markets around the world. The Volkswagen Caddy was first introduced into international markets in 1980 and later in 1982 in Europe. The following vehicles are related to the Volkswagen Caddy and are also manufactured by the Volkswagen Group.

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Meet the Fiat Doblò, the new Fiat that is all about room. A room to be shared with family and friends, a liveable room for travelling and socialising, for whoever chooses the Fiat Doblò as a partner for leisure or work. It was developed with practicality and convenience in mind to make the best of room on board and accommodate up to seven occupants.

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Daihatsu Materia Mini-mpv went on sale in the UK in July 2008 with prices starting from £10995, on-the-road product impressive dashboard room and distinctive look-and-feel. In fact, the boxy yet wide and squat layout theme with flared wheelarches and minimum overhangs has created a cult-following in Japan - and now the US - with several manufacturers struggling to keep up with consumer demand.

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Daihatsu Extol compact van is set to make a major impact in its segment due to 'best-in-class' features and a competitive price tag of only £6995, (excluding VAT, RFL and First Registration Fee). Japanese-built and with a three year 60000, mile warranty, the 1.

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The new Citroen Berlingo Multispace is longer (+24cm) and wider (+8cm) than its forerunner, which translates into a more roomy dashboard. An increase to the wheelbase further contributes to the visual impression of generous volumes and projects a strong road presence.

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The new 2011 Chrysler Town & Country minivan provides great American layout, high-tech technology, unparalleled functionality and all the traditional security features a family aspires to have in a car, at a surprising value. For 2011, virtually each buyer touch point was refactored or re-engineered.

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The Chevrolet Venture was a minivan manufactured by the Chevrolet division of Basic Motors from 1997 to 2004 model years. It replaced the Chevrolet Lumina APV. Visually identical minivans were also was sold in Europe as the Opel Sintra, and in the UK they were badged as a Vauxhall. Opel assisted in the development of the minivan as well.

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The Chevrolet Uplander is a minivan presented by the Chevrolet division of Basic Motors, replacing the Venture and Astro. Although presented for the 2005 model year, it overlapped with the final model years of the Venture (on which the Chevrolet Uplander is heavily based) and Astro. It is built on the same platform as the Saturn Relay, Buick Terraza, and Pontiac Montana SV6.

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With over 600000, units sold, Volkswagen Sharan is the favourite car of countless families all over Europe. Coming now, after a world premiere at the 2010 Geneva International Motor Show, is a completely new generation of this best seller. Equipped for the first time with sliding doors in the rear, the new Volkswagen Sharan has been improved in each space.

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Ford of Europe represented new versions of its top-selling Ford S-MAX and Ford Galaxy at the 2010 Brussels Show. With fresh designs and the latest evolution of Ford's kinetic layout cues, they option new dashboard materials and features, a range of more efficient powertrains and a host of driver focused technologies aimed at security and convenience.

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The Mitsubishi Grandis is a seven seat MPV built by Mitsubishi Motors to replace its Chariot/Space Wagon/Nimbus line. It was launched on May 14, 2003 and is sold in Japan, Asia, Europe, Oceania, Mexico, Honduras, Jamaica, and South America. Engines available are a 2.4-litre four-cylinder and a Volkswagen-sourced 2.0-litre turbodiesel, badged DI-D rather than TDI as Volkswagen denotes it.

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Ford of Europe represented new versions of its top-selling Ford S-MAX and Ford Galaxy at the 2010 Brussels Show. With fresh designs and the latest evolution of Ford's kinetic layout cues, they option new dashboard materials and features, a range of more efficient powertrains and a host of driver focused technologies aimed at security and convenience.

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Ford revealed two next-generation hybrid cars - including its first production plug-in hybrid electric car - at the 2011 North American International Auto Show, bringing buyers more choice, versatility and style for high-mileage family-friendly cars.

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The Volkswagen Touran is the most successful German compact MPV and the consummate family car. Exactly 1. 13 million units of the Volkswagen Touran have been sold to date. In Germany, it currently holds a sphere share of nearly 50 percent in its segment and across Europe, the Volkswagen ranks among the top five in its class.

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Product a ideal blend of functionality and convenience, the new Opel Zafira Tourer transports the Insignia values to the monocab segment - luxury qualities, high-tech technologies, sculptural and dynamic layout. Opel established the seven-seat compact van segment in 1999.

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On sale from February 2011, the new Toyota Verso-s marks Toyota's re-entry into the B-MPV sphere, a segment the company itself created with the Yaris Toyota Verso in 1999. The B-MPV segment has almost tripled in size since 2002.

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A thousand things to do in a day. Fun, entertainment and relaxation for family and friends. That's the vacation spirit Chevrolet has packed into its first ever European MPV. Like the Chevrolet models recently launched in other sphere sectors, it doesn't follow convention.

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The all-new 2011 Buick GL8 from Shanghai GM is now available. The luxury MPV builds on the heritage of the original Buick GL8, China's first family of executive wagons. Since the model's debut in 1999, more than 330000, have been sold across China.