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    Chrysler trumpets 2014 Ram ProMaster full-size van

    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.
    http://www.freep.com/article/2012112...311280036/1330

    http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dl...ased-large-van

    For some EU comparisons see http://vanfueldata.dft.gov.uk/vehicles.aspx
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    44 mpg by 2010 ... 2013?

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    Re: Chrysler trumpets 2014 Ram ProMaster full-size van

    I was just going over my 2010 notes regarding suggesting to General Services Administration (Government Wide Policy Group) that they press the automakers for "best of breed" fuel economies ... and only 3~4 years later ... it looks like everyone ... EXCEPT GM ... is in the running now that Chrysler-Fiat have entered the frey.
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    44 mpg by 2010 ... 2013?

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    The Ducato is already old, so it better be a big update.


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    Re: Chrysler trumpets 2014 Ram ProMaster full-size van

    No specs, pictures, or powertrain info? I guess this announcement is strictly to put the Fiat and Chrysler names back on the radar of companies that buy commercial vans in the US.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael_S View Post
    No specs, pictures, or powertrain info? I guess this announcement is strictly to put the Fiat and Chrysler names back on the radar of companies that buy commercial vans in the US.
    It wont be easy. The Ducato was all-new the year Chrysler and Daimler split up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ausrutherford View Post
    It wont be easy. The Ducato was all-new the year Chrysler and Daimler split up.
    I think then the Ducato might get not a complete reskin and restyling body but a big makeover enough to look still new.

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    It is important what WE use as our "moral compass" and ...
    the "measuring stick" chosen for judging progress/success as well.


    44 mpg by 2010 ... 2013?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 44 mpg by 2010 View Post
    Thanks, but from the article "For the North American market, the Ducato was redesigned to be consistent with Ram brand attributes, features and powertrains."

    So the 2014 ProMaster has the potential to be substantially different from the current Ducato.

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    What ever it turns out to be ... it will be interesting!
    It is important what WE use as our "moral compass" and ...
    the "measuring stick" chosen for judging progress/success as well.


    44 mpg by 2010 ... 2013?

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    Re: Chrysler trumpets 2014 Ram ProMaster full-size van

    Don't forget the Nissan NV, which is now cargo AND passenger. All it's missing is the much-needed dually setup.
    I hope it doesn't take a blowout and a wreck to make them aware of LR tire issues regarding passenger vans of this class.

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    http://www.nissancommercialvehicles.com/nv-passenger

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    Re: Chrysler trumpets 2014 Ram ProMaster full-size van

    Allpar has a spyshot. It appears to be a straight-forward badgejob.

    http://www.allpar.com/news/index.php...on-and-new-van

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    Re: Chrysler trumpets 2014 Ram ProMaster full-size van

    Does this mean it'll get Hemi power?

    EDIT n/m I read it's FWD, unless it's like the Transit that can accept FWD or RWD
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    Re: Chrysler trumpets 2014 Ram ProMaster full-size van

    Quote Originally Posted by f14crazy View Post
    does this mean it'll get hemi power?

    Edit n/m i read it's fwd, unless it's like the transit that can accept fwd or rwd
    fwd hemaaayyy!!!!! :d

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    Re: Chrysler trumpets 2014 Ram ProMaster full-size van

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael_S View Post
    Thanks, but from the article "For the North American market, the Ducato was redesigned to be consistent with Ram brand attributes, features and powertrains."

    So the 2014 ProMaster has the potential to be substantially different from the current Ducato.
    they will wipe off the tomato sauce stains on the floor before shipment

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    Re: Chrysler trumpets 2014 Ram ProMaster full-size van

    Huh, I was hoping they'd change the headlamps at least to be more Ram pickup like.

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