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The Boring Old Van Is Selling Like Mad

Detroit's boxy bodies are winning a wave of small-business buyers

If you've ever watched TV, you've seen a Ford pickup commercial, with the gravel-throated narrator growling about toughness. Last spring, for the first time in 45 years, Ford pitched a van on TV

"You put in four hours before the 9-to-5ers even show up," the voiceover said. "You don't commute every day—you commute every 15 minutes."