LOS ANGELES -- Chrysler announced Tuesday its newest commercial vehicle -- the 2014 Ram ProMaster full-size van.
The ProMaster is based on the Fiat Ducato sold in Europe and is the first of two vans expected to migrate from Italy to the U.S.
The van is to go on sale in the fall of 2013 and compete with the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and Ford Transit vans.
For the North American market, the Ducato was redesigned to be consistent with Ram brand attributes, features and powertrains.
In Europe, Fiat offers commercial vehicle customers a number of options, including the Ducato and the smaller Doblo, both of which were expected to have variations for the Ram lineup.
A Ram version of the Doblo would compete against Ford's successful Transit Connect and a new Transit Connect Wagon on display in Los Angeles that is to go on sale in the fourth quarter of 2013.