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A full size van is a marketing term used in North America for a van larger than a minivan, that is characterized by a large boxy appearance, a short hood, and very heavy cargo/passenger hauling capacity. In recent times they consistently feature a powertrain of a V8 engine, automatic transmission and rear wheel drive.
The first full size van was the 1969 Ford Econoline, which used components from the F-Series pickups. General Motors and Dodge would follow suit with designs with the engines placed even farther forward, and succeeding generations of the Econoline would also introduce longer hoods.
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