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**Van Terminology and Usage**:
– The term ‘van’ originated from ‘caravan’ and has different meanings in various forms of English.
– In Australia, ‘van’ describes minivans, passenger minibuses, commercial vans, and travel trailers.
– In India, vans are commonly used for transporting school children, commercial purposes, and as office cabs.
– Japanese vans include models like Kurogane Baby, Mazda Bongo, and Nissan Prairie, used for small businesses.
– In the UK, ‘van’ refers to vehicles carrying goods, while minivans are termed people-carriers.

**Van Models and Features**:
– Full-size vans, like the Ford Econoline and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, are larger than minivans and used for heavy hauling.
– Step vans, such as the Chevrolet Step-Van, are designed for easy entry and exit, mainly used by delivery services.
– Minivans like Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna offer more cargo space, lower center of gravity, and are ideal for personal and commercial use.

**Van Usage Scenarios**:
– Vans are used for professional carpet cleaning, commuting in urban areas, mobile businesses, shuttling people and luggage, and transporting sports teams and music groups.
– Schools utilize vans when buses are full or parents can’t pick up children, and mobile businesses rely on vans for equipment transportation.

**Van Safety and Guidelines**:
– Vans have a higher center of gravity, necessitating safety measures like seat belts for front passengers to prevent rollovers.
– Understanding van characteristics and following safety guidelines, particularly emphasized by the U.S. NHTSA for 12- and 15-passenger vans, is crucial for safety.

**Historical Evolution of Vans**:
– The evolution of vans from covered wagons to modern-day vehicles like the Ford Econoline and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter.
– Early Japanese vans like the Kurogane Baby and the evolution of Japanese vans to long-wheelbase front-wheel drive models.
– The concept of White Van Man in the UK and the introduction of man and van services for light removal firms operated by sole business owners.

Van (Wikipedia)

A van is a type of road vehicle used for transporting goods or people. Depending on the type of van, it can be bigger or smaller than a pickup truck and SUV, and bigger than a common car. There is some variation in the scope of the word across the different English-speaking countries. The smallest vans, microvans, are used for transporting either goods or people in tiny quantities. Mini MPVs, compact MPVs, and MPVs are all small vans usually used for transporting people in small quantities. Larger vans with passenger seats are used for institutional purposes, such as transporting students. Larger vans with only front seats are often used for business purposes, to carry goods and equipment. Specially equipped vans are used by television stations as mobile studios. Postal services and courier companies use large step vans to deliver packages.

A Ford Transit Custom low roof van
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