Used Vans/Minivan in Japan

Used Vans/Minivan in Japan

Used Vans/Minivan in Japan


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Van is a box shaped vehicle which is used to transport goods or people.

It has body on frame construction, and usually doesn’t have comfortable passenger accommodations and drives like a truck.

Depending on the type of a van bigger than a common car. Depending on the type of van it can be bigger or smaller than a truck and SUV, and bigger than a common car.

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Uses of Van 

  • 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.

  • In urban areas of the United States full-size vans have been used as commuter vans since 1971.

  • Many mobile businesses use a van to carry almost their entire business to various places where they work. For example, those who come to homes or places of business to perform various services, installations, or repairs.

  • Vans are also used to shuttle people and their luggage between hotels and airports, to transport commuters between parking lots and their places of work, and along established routes as minibuses.


Types of Vans:

  • Step Van:

    It is another type of van, widely used in North America for delivery services, courier companies and the parcel divisions of the US postal service and canada post, Step vans have more boxy shapes and higher rooftops than other vans, and are rarely employed for carrying passengers.

  • Full- size Vans:

    This van is larger than a minivan, they have a large, boxy appearance, a short hood, and very heavy cargo/passenger- hauling capacity.

  • Microvans:

    These vans are  ideally designed for the city centres and multi-drop deliveries at cramped and narrow lanes, it is capable of handling reasonable load. Examples of microvans include Daihatsu Hijet, Piaggio Porter and Suzuki Carry.

  • Car Derived Vans:

    Designed with the efficiency of a normal car, Car-derived vans, small vans or CDVs for short, resemble standard passenger cars with their rear seats and rear side windows missing. They offer good fuel economy and are great for using in motorways, towns, and countryside. Fiat Punto and Vauxhall Astravan are examples of CDVs.

  • Light Vans:

    Similar to CDVs, light vans, or hi-cubes, offer more load in terms of weight and volume to their owners. They are designed similar to a three-door hatchback with a single space behind, resembling a cab. These vehicles are fuel efficient, easy to maneuver, and easy to drive compared to the panel vans. Ford Transit Connect, Renault Kangoo, and Vauxhall Combo are some examples of light vans.

  • Small Panel Vans: 

    In simple words, small panel vans fall somewhere between light vans and large panel vans. The drivers are offered good fuel efficiency, moderate load carrying abilities and easy driving at reasonable operating costs.

  • Large Panel Vans:

    These vans are available in different shapes and sizes,generally these vans are found in three roof heights, namely, low roof or standard roof.medium roof and high roof.  Further, they are classified into three lengths - short wheel base (SWB), medium wheelbase (MWB), and long wheelbase (LWB). Examples of such vans include Citroen Relay, Renault Master, Ford Transit, and Mercedes Sprinter.

  • Pick-Ups:

    The load area in such vans is behind the cab and is open. But, they are subcategorized by the type of cab. While single cabs have 2 doors and 2 seats, super cabs have 2 doors with 2 front seats and an additional rear bench seat or 2 individual seats. Double cabs, on the other hand, have 4 doors and 4 seats.

  • Minibuses:

    The panel van which are fitted with seats are called minibuses. They are capable of seating 12, 13, or 17 passengers, depending upon the wheelbase of the original platform. Wheelchair lifts or ramps are also possible in some models. Examples of minibuses are Fiat Ducato, Renault Master, Ford Transit, and Mercedes Sprinter.


Benefits of Van-Minivan: 

  • The minivans gives you many benefits, if we talk about practical level.
  • One of the most important and biggest factor is that  they are amazingly ease to use, because of their low ground clearance, minivans are easy to get in and out of a big deal when you're trying to transport toddlers and all their gear. 
  • Their slidings door open wider than the traditional doors which is a huge help. Many of minivans offers fold -flat seating, a standard third row and child-friendly convenience features such as tri-zone climate control and rear seat fun. 
  • They have get better gas mileage than similar-sized SUV's because of their car like chassis and engine. And also this make minivans little easier to drive in urban areas, too.


Drawbacks of Van-Minivan:

As nothing is perfect in this world, Minivans may seem perfect but they do have flaws. There is a perception among many families that buying a minivan is not good idea although they know minivans are better than Suvs. Another big drawback is for drivers in the Snow Belt: Except for the Toyota Sienna, no other minivans offer all wheel drive.


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