A cargo van for sale advert could mean a multitude of things. A cargo van is a vehicle that is used for the transport of either goods or people. Normally about the same length and width as a large automobile. Only higher off the ground, and taller than the average automobile. The word van is derived from the word caravan, but always applies to box shaped cargo vans. If you need a cargo van, check the listings in the Cargo van for sale.
Compact vans were the first generation of American Cargo Vans, the size patterned after the Volkswagen Bus.Since Ford moved the engine forward to fit under a short hood , the full sized vans came into being, using truck parts and taillights. Since then sleeker shapes have become popular.
Cargo vans have another market. This is the cutaway van chassis which is used by second stage manufacturers. These are incomplete vehicles specifically for the make-up of ambulances, box vans and campers. Or school buses, and delivery vans or minibuses. These are normally shipped with dual rear wheels, and a third is added by the second stage manufacturer converting the vehicle, for larger minibuses. Custom vans are also modified from original bodies.
In some places the term cargo van might be used for trucks which have rigid cargo bodies which are fixed to the cabs. These cargo vans can be as small as a normal automobile with a fixed back attached to the cab, or as large as a small truck. In the United Kingdom, the cargo van is referred to as a minivan, multi-purpose vehicle MPV, or people carrier. While a larger cargo van will be a minibus.
The term minivan is also used in the USA to describe a cargo van. But they are smaller, front wheel drives, but newer modesl have four wheel drive. The seating capacity in a minivan is seven to eight, with fuel economy much better than the normal size cargo vans. These newer models of the minivan come with dual side sliding doors.
The Indian version of the cargo van is a very common mode of transport. This is used mainly as a minibus type of vehicle for transport of school children to and from their various schools.
Another name for the Cargo van is Full size van, with a platform and powertrain, a large boxy vehicle, with empty space behind the front seats for the transport of cargo, or with seats for passengers.
In Australia, and South Africa, the Cargo Van is known as the Panel Van.
Microvans derived from the japanese are populare for small businesses. The song ‘Chevy Van” popularised the cargo van in the ‘70’s and they were transformed into rolling homes on wheels, with bedrooms or lounges.
So the term cargo van for sale could be a minibus, a panelvan, a cargo or passenger van, but in the USA all box shaped vans are known as cargo vans.