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A slope hood International model with a heavy-dump upfit dropping a load of gravel.
An early example of an International truck being put to use for business purposes. A 1916 Model MA with a curtain side body.
A 1917 Model F fitted with a fruit wagon body. A 1920 Model H with an open cab. Note the snow chains on the rear wheels.

Historic International Work Trucks

For more than 100 years International trucks have been a part of a the U.S. landscape. The following photos from Patrick Foster's recent book International Harvester Trucks:The Complete History give a glimpse of the International Harvester brand's early use as work trucks. Photos: Patrick Foster/Motor Books 

Ford builds 58 basic configurations and more than 2,000 different versions of its Ford Transit van.
Transit assembly begins with the "rear pan load," where robots drill 55 holes in the first part...
Framing robots set the bodysides and roof rails to the underbody and weld them into place.

Assembling Ford's Transit Van

Ford produces 58 configurations of its full-size Transit van at the Kansas City Assembly Plant (KCAP) in Claycomo, Mo. Ford invested $1.1 billion and added 2,000 jobs to support van production and increased demand for the aluminum-body F-150 that's also built at the plant. Read the full story here. Photos by Paul Clinton.

The 58 configurations of Ford Transit vans offer a multitude of equipment set-up for upfitters...
Knapheide's KUV service body (right) is one of the more popular choices for Transit fleet users....
A corporate uniform service fleet added a lift and tank for cleaning fluid.

Knapheide's SubTropolis Upfit Facility

Truck and van upfitter Knapheide installs equipment in Transit vans at its underground SubTropolis upfitting facility that's part of an active limestone mine outside of Kansas City near Ford's Kansas City Assembly Plant. The ambient temperature and low humidity of 65 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit eliminates the need for heating and cooling. Photos by Paul Clinton and courtesy of Ford.

This 2016 Grand Caravan SXT Plus starts at $27,595 and would retail for $34,415 for the model shown.
The "blacktop" edition can be ordered with an optional roof-rack delete.
The right and left sides of the van have power sliding side doors.

FCA's 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan

The Dodge Grand Caravan passenger minivan has provided steady fleet sales for FCA US in the commercial, government, and rental segments. The vehicle is used in van pools and as an affordable choice for airport shuttle operators. The vehicle will eventually be discontinued, but remains in the lineup through at least the 2017-MY. Photos by Paul Clinton.

The Petersen Automotive Museum's exterior was inspired by iconic motion-blur photos of traffic...
The museum can be back-lighted at night in various colors. Photo courtesy of Petersen Automotive...
Ribbons of steel create a cage-like impression from the top floor.

Petersen Automotive Museum

The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles is reopening to the public on Dec. 7, following a $90-million renovation that significantly expands exhibit space and brings a bold new exterior design. The museum hosted a media event Dec. 3. Photos by Paul Clinton and courtesy of Petersen Automotive Museum.

The 2016-MY Passat arrives with a sportier look, including a new hood design.
Commercial fleets added 4,126 Passat sedans in 2013.
A new front grille design adds chrome trim.

Volkswagen's 2016 Passat Sedan

Volkswagen has updated its top-selling fleet vehicle, the Passat mid-size sedan, for the 2016-MY with a new sportier trim level and upgraded technology, including driver assist systems. Photos by Vince Taroc.

This Tacoma is powered by the new 3.5L V-6 that produces 278 hp and 265 lb.-ft. of torque.
The V-6 is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission or optional manual.
2016 Tacoma Double Cab SR5 4x4 in fire-engine red

Toyota's 2016 Tacoma Pickup

A heavy update for the 2016 Toyota Tacoma increases power and towing capability for a mid-size pickup that has found a home in pest-control fleets who need a smaller truck to maneuver on residential streets during service calls. Read our driving impressions here. Photos by Paul Clinton.

Ford's hybrid and electric vehicles
2016 BMW 330e PHEV
2016 Audi A3 e-tron

2015 L.A. Auto Show: Green Vehicles

The 2015 L.A. Auto Show brought three hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and plenty of plug-in hybrids. Read our perspective about themes from the show here. Photos by Paul Clinton, Thi Dao, Amy Hercher, Kat Sandoval, and Chris Wolski.