Dalam bahasa [[Inggeris British]], perkataan van merujuk pada kenderaan yang yang membawa barangan sahaja, samaada di jalanan atau di landasan kereta api. Apa yang akan dipanggil minivan dalam Bahasa Inggeris Amerika dipanggil pembawa penumpang atau MPV, atau kenderaan pelbagai guna, dan kenderaan penumpang yang lebih besar dipanggil bas mini. Akhbar Telegraph memperkenalkan idea "Lelaki Van Putih", seorang lelaki kelas pekerja biasa atau pemilik perniagaan kecil yang akan mempunyai Ford Transit putih, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, atau van panel seumpama dengannya. Hari ini frasa "manusia dan van" merujuk kepada firma pengangkutan ringan yang biasanya dikendalikan oleh pemilik perniagaan tunggal yang mengangkut apa-apa dari kandungan seluruh rumah kepada hanya beberapa kotak. Perkataan "van" juga merujuk kepada gerabak barang kereta api tertutup yang dipanggil gerabak kotak"boxcars" di Amerika Syarikat .
[[File:94-97RamVan.JPG|right|thumb|Dodge Ram Van bersaiz penuh di Amerika Syarikat]]
In the United States, a ''van'' can also refer to a box-shaped trailer or [[semi-trailer]] used to carry goods. In this case there is a differentiation between a "dry van", used to carry most goods, and a [[refrigeration|refrigerated]] van, or ''reefer'', used for cold goods. A railway car used to carry baggage is also called a ''van''.
A vehicle referred to as a '''[[full-size van]]''' is usually a large, boxy vehicle that has a platform and powertrain similar to their [[light truck]] counterparts. These vans may be sold with the space behind the front seats empty for transporting of goods ('''cargo van'''), or furnished for passenger use by either the manufacturer ('''wagon''') or another company for more personal comforts, such as entertainment systems ('''[[conversion van]]'''). Full-size vans often have a very short hood (bonnet), with the engine block moved to within the passenger cabin.
A [[cutaway van chassis]] is a variation of the full size van which was developed for use by many [[second stage manufacturer]]s. Such a unit generally has a van front end, and driver controls in a cab body which extends only to a point aft of the driver and passenger seats, where the rest of the van body is cutoff (leading to the terminology "cutaway"). From that point aft, usually only the chassis frame rails and running gear extend to the rear when the unit is shipped as an "incomplete vehicle". A second stage manufacturer, commonly known as a bodybuilder, will complete the vehicle for uses such as [[recreational vehicle]]s, small [[school bus]]es, minibuses, type III [[ambulance]]s, and delivery trucks. A large portion of cutaway van chassis are equipped with dual rear wheels. Some second stage manufacturers also add a third weight-bearing single wheel "tag axle" for larger minibus models.
The term ''van'' may also refer to a '''[[minivan]]'''. However, minivans are usually distinguished by their smaller size and traditionally [[front wheel drive]] powertrain, although many now are being equipped with [[four wheel drive]]. Minivans typically offer seven or eight passenger [[seating capacity]] (similar to the smallest full-sized vans), and better fuel economy than full-sized vans, at the expense of power, cargo space, and towing capacity. In addition, many new minivans have dual side sliding doors.