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English translation: [[small] delivery] van

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13:44 Oct 16, 2000
German to English translations [PRO]
German term or phrase: Transporter
Three types of vehicle are mentioned in this text - PKW, LKW and Transporter. I have translated PKW as passenger car, LKW as HGV and am stuck on Transporter. I am inclined to put 'van' but wonder whether it should actually be translated as 'transporter'. My dictionary gives both terms.
Julie Neill
Spain
Local time: 09:31
English translation:[[small] delivery] van
Explanation:
My first instinct was pick-up truck, but, if I'm not very much mistaken, a Transporter features an enclosed cargo area, whereas a pick-up truck does not. In the US, there are also minivans, but they are passenger vehicles intended for the yuppie family market, so this would not work if your target audience is in the US.
I am not sure that the term "transporter" would be understood in the US.

I don't see anything wrong with using van or delivery van - seems the best and most universally understood term.
HTH
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Ulrike Lieder
Local time: 00:31
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Summary of answers provided
nacargo van
Johanna Timm, PhD
na(commercial) van
Dierk Seeburg
na[[small] delivery] vanUlrike Lieder
naPick-up truck
Johanna Timm, PhD
naTransporterNick Smith, BA (Hons.), Dipl. Uebers. (FH Koeln)


  

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5 mins
Transporter


Explanation:
Hi Jules, just Nick here. How r u? I have come across this term when translating ads for the Reg and we decided to use Transporter instead of van and the clients were happy with this. HTH. Nick.

Nick Smith, BA (Hons.), Dipl. Uebers. (FH Koeln)
United Kingdom
Local time: 08:31
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Ulrike Lieder
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20 mins
Pick-up truck


Explanation:
A pick-up truck is smaller than an LKW and features a( mostly not covered) floor or loading area.


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Johanna Timm, PhD
Canada
Local time: 00:31
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
PRO pts in pair: 7302
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1 hr
[[small] delivery] van


Explanation:
My first instinct was pick-up truck, but, if I'm not very much mistaken, a Transporter features an enclosed cargo area, whereas a pick-up truck does not. In the US, there are also minivans, but they are passenger vehicles intended for the yuppie family market, so this would not work if your target audience is in the US.
I am not sure that the term "transporter" would be understood in the US.

I don't see anything wrong with using van or delivery van - seems the best and most universally understood term.
HTH

Ulrike Lieder
Local time: 00:31
Native speaker of: German
PRO pts in pair: 3525

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Trudy Peters
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5 hrs
(commercial) van


Explanation:
As has been previously mentioned, your audience is important on this one:
Here in the US, "van" would be the correct term (we don't have just family vans here, they were developed from the commercial van in the first place), maybe adding "commercial" to delineate it from the family van. As for transporter, that term is not commonly used in the US as far as I know.

Cheerio,
Dierk

Dierk Seeburg
Local time: 01:31
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
PRO pts in pair: 404

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xxxKristina M
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6 hrs
cargo van


Explanation:
An addendum to my earlier suggestion
I found the following Mercedes website:
ww.mercedes-benz.de/mbd/t52/0,1540,C30D,FF.html
They have some pictures of their new Transporter series,and as far as I could see( they move!) these vehicles look like our( Canadian) mini vans-but the people shown seem to use them to transport packages, bulky items etc. Some larger Transporter models on the other hand look like LKWs. Have a look!



    see above
Johanna Timm, PhD
Canada
Local time: 00:31
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
PRO pts in pair: 7302
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