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Chrysler Rams into commercial van market

12/22/2011



The Chrysler Group's minivan just got a whole lot better at carrying stuff. Identifying growth in the commercial segment, Chrysler took its popular, iconic Town & Country minivan, staple of soccer moms across the country, stripped it, blacked-out the windows and renamed it the Ram C/V. The C/V stands for cargo van.

"We keep a close eye on the market, and we saw all those Ford Transit Connect sales," said Mark Mallie, head of commercial-vehicle product planning.

Ford sells between 2,000 and 3,000 of its Transit Connect commercial vehicles a month. Nissan just added its own larger commercial vehicle based off the Titan pickup. Add to that another statistic--that 60 percent of all Class 2 full-size vans on the road today are 10 years old or older--and you have what amounts to a no-brainer.

Converting the Town & Country to a C/V was pretty simple: Just tear out the rear seats, add a flat aluminum floor, block out the windows and badda bing, you have a cargo van. The one we drove also had a Mopar-supplied steel cage behind the front seats to keep boxes from smacking you on the head when you brake. While the floor is a flat aluminum sheet with four tie downs, the rest of the interior remains in place, including plastic interior trim panels and a nice headliner. Those will help sound insulation, and the van's interior dome lights are retained, but the reason for leaving them in was cost. To develop a whole new interior would actually have cost more than just leaving it all in. There's an interior-delete option available if you insist on bare bones for hanging your own racks and shelves. You can also delete the rear side-impact head airbags. The two sliding doors remain, along with the rear hatch, of course.

Rear windows can be ordered in place or replaced by plastic panels.

Total space back there is 144 cubic feet, and it can carry 1,800 pounds of cargo, Chrysler says. You can stack four-by-eight-foot sheets of plywood and still close the hatch. Towing capacity is 3,600 pounds.

To move all that cargo around, the C/V comes standard with Chrysler's 283-hp, 260-lb-ft 3.6-liter Pentastar V6. Fuel economy is 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway. With a 20-gallon fuel tank, that means a potential 500-mile range.

We didn't go 500 miles but did take a short drive around downtown Los Angeles. The C/V gets increased rear spring rates, stiffer shocks, unique steering tuning and 225/65R-16 commercial-truck tires. All development work on the suspension was done with between 1,000- and 1,500-pound loads in back, which was pretty smart. There was no cargo in back on our drive, but the van didn't bounce around the way pickup trucks sometimes do with an empty bed. Steering felt pretty heavy compared with passenger versions we've driven. Our van also had the plastic panels blacking out all rear windows, which is a bit disconcerting the first time you drive it. Ours had a backup camera in place, which helped. Increased use of the outside mirrors kept us from hitting anything.

The Ram C/V is available now from all Ram dealers starting at $23,255. It's enough to make you want to start a business. Maybe delivering car magazines.

2012 Ram Cargo Van

On Sale: Now

Base Price: $23,255

Drivetrain: 283-hp, 260-lb-ft 3.6-liter V6; FWD, six-speed automatic

Curb Weight: 4,150 pounds

0-60 mph: N/A

Fuel Economy: 21 mpg

Read more: Chrysler Rams into commercial van market - Autoweek
 

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Ram Cargo Van Leads in Class 1 Capabilities

Cargo Van (C/V) now offered by Ram Truck brand
Solid side panels and flat load floor tailored to small-business needs

Ram C/V offers best-in-class cargo space, payload and class-exclusive towing capability

Commercial-tuned ride and heavy-duty suspension maximize payload capability

Pentastar V-6 engine delivers best-in-class horsepower and torque


September 1, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - For 2012, Ram will launch a new minivan tailored to the Class 1 commercial van market.

The Ram Cargo Van – or Ram C/V – features solid sliding door and rear quarter window and backlight privacy panels in place of clear glass windows. However, buyers have the option of equipping their Ram C/V with several combinations of solid and glass panels, including a choice of solid or glass backlight.

“We see growth in the Class 1 light commercial vehicle market,” said Fred Diaz, President and CEO, Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico — Chrysler Group LLC. “With its class-leading capability and a lower total cost of ownership, the highly versatile Ram Cargo Van is a great vehicle choice for small businesses and commercial fleets.”

The Ram Cargo Van also receives a structural aluminum rear load floor. Two flooring options will be available, including one with a flat, uninterrupted, high-capacity surface. A second, optional floor provides through-the-floor access to three exclusive storage bins and load floor tie-downs.

With more than 25 years of minivan engineering behind it, and as the inventor of the first minivan-based cargo van, the Ram Truck brand understands the versatility needs for both small and large businesses. Ram C/V utilizes the convenience features and city-friendly dimensions that have made Chrysler Group minivans segment leaders, while maximizing cargo, convenience and capability attributes.

Ram C/V offers small businesses many competitive advantages. Among them, Ram C/V provides an 1,800-lb. cargo payload and category-exclusive towing capability, up to 3,600 lbs. A 20-gallon fuel tank and 25 mpg highway also deliver best-in-class fuel range.

Ram Cargo Van is engineered to meet small business and commercial needs. A commercial-tuned ride and heavy-duty suspension offer maximum hauling capability. A heavy-duty radiator and heavy-duty transmission oil cooler help meet heavier powertrain demands. Ram C/V is also engineered with unique hydraulic power-assist rack-and-pinion steering, front anti-sway bar and rear twist-beam axle with coil springs. Ram C/V has a maximum Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) of 8,750 lbs.

With standard electronic stability control (ESC), commercial load-tuned tire-pressure monitoring (TPM), four-wheel anti-lock disc brake system (ABS) and ideal command-of-the road seating, the Ram Cargo Van offers capability, comfort and convenience with great road manners.

Pentastar V-6 Engine
At the heart of the 2012 Ram Cargo Van is the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine mated to a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transaxle. The Pentastar V-6 is a high-tech, high-performing engine with variable valve timing that hits the sweet spot between power and efficiency. It delivers best-in-class horsepower (283) and torque (260 lb.-ft.) without sacrificing fuel economy.

The Ram C/V also features a new driver-selectable fuel economizer mode. Drivers can change the transaxle shift schedule with a flip of a switch to maximize their fuel economy.

In addition, a rear spoiler and reduced brake caliper and rear bearing drag all contribute to Ram Cargo Van’s class-leading aerodynamics and excellent fuel economy.

Interior
When Chrysler Group’s minivan lineup was refreshed for 2011, interiors were given a world-class makeover.

A modern, new one piece instrument panel is more intuitive for the customer with improved ergonomics and larger, redesigned gauges. Trim rings in the console glow and ambient blue-green color, allowing passengers to find items they are looking for at night.

With 144.4 cubic feet of interior storage, Ram C/V leads the segment, and unlike other Class 1 competitors, provides ample space to haul four by 4x8 sheets of building materials. Cargo access is maximized via the front seats, Ram C/V’s rear liftgate and dual sliding doors.

Exterior
The new 2012 Ram Cargo Van also benefits from the exterior redesign given to Chrysler Group’s passenger minivans. Exterior improvements include a new front fascia, new hood and quad headlamps. A new, more sculpted rear fascia and liftgate and new LED taillamps complete the look front to back.

The Ram Cargo Van is distinguished by prominent Ram badging, front and rear.

Standard Equipment
The Ram Cargo Van features a monochromatic paint scheme with body-colored front and rear fascias. It also receives a special chrome C/V badge.

Standard features include covered 16-inch steel wheels, a 160-amp alternator, 20-gallon fuel tank,
all-season extra-load capacity tires, 730-amp maintenance-free battery, commercial-duty suspension, engine oil cooler, quad halogen headlamps, power rack-and-pinion steering and fold-away power exterior mirrors with heating element.

Inside, Ram Cargo Van also features standard air conditioning with dual-zone temperature control, an instrument cluster with 120 mph speedometer and tachometer, outside temperature display, an overhead console, A-pillar passenger assist handle, 120-volt auxiliary power outlet, 12-volt front and rear DC power outlets, air filtering, audio jack input for mobile devices, automatic transmission with electronic range select, cloth low-back bucket seats, “Ram” interior accents, door courtesy lamps, driver and passenger-side sun visors with mirrors, dual glove boxes, front courtesy / map lamps, headlamp shut-off delay, cargo compartment observation mirror, a liftgate floodlamp, lower instrument panel storage bin, dual sliding doors with alert warning, power locks, power front windows, rear dome lamp, speed control, steering wheel mounted audio controls, tilting and telescoping steering wheel, tip start and variable intermittent windshield wipers.

Safety features include active head restraints, advanced multistage front airbags, four-wheel antilock disc brakes, LATCH-ready child seat anchor system, tire-pressure monitoring sensor, drivers side inflatable knee bolster air bag, electronic stability control, keyless entry with immobilizer and a tire pressure monitoring warning lamp.

The 2012 Ram Cargo Van is available in four paint colors: Bright Silver Metallic, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl, Stone White and True Blue Pearl.

Ram Cargo Van options include an engine block heater, media center with 30 GB hard drive and 6.5-inch touch-screen display, audio jack input for mobile devices, Garmin® navigation system, ParkView® back-up camera, a Mopar® cargo compartment floor mat, a Mopar full-width cargo divider, power eight-way driver’s seat with lumbar adjust, front and rear power windows, security alarm, Sirius Satellite Radio and Uconnect handsfree voice command with Bluetooth®, remote USB port, rearview auto-dim mirror, rear window defroster and rear window wiper and washer.

The 2012 Ram Cargo Van will be built at the Chrysler Group Windsor (Ontario) Assembly Plant and will go on sale third quarter 2011. The Ram Cargo Van will replace the Dodge Grand Caravan C/V in the Chrysler Group’s product lineup.
 

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The First Ram C/V (Cargo Van) Rolls Off the Assembly Line at Chrysler Group LLC’s Windsor Assembly Plant









August 31, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - The Ram Truck Brand celebrates today as the first 2012 Ram Cargo Van rolls out of Chrysler Group LLC’s Windsor (Canada) Assembly Plant. New for 2012, the Ram Cargo Van, or Ram C/V, benefits from more than 25 years of minivan engineering and the Ram Truck brand understands the versatility needs for both small and large businesses.

Ram C/V offers small businesses many competitive advantages. Among them, Ram C/V provides a Class 1 commercial vehicle-leading 1,800-lb. cargo payload and category-exclusive towing capability, up to 3,600 lbs. A 20-gallon fuel tank and 25 mpg highway also deliver best-in-class fuel range.

Ram Cargo Van features commercial-tuned ride and heavy-duty suspension offering maximum hauling capability. A heavy-duty radiator and heavy-duty transmission oil cooler help meet heavier powertrain demands. Ram C/V also is engineered with unique hydraulic power-assist rack-and-pinion steering, front anti-sway bar and rear twist-beam axle with coil springs. Ram C/V has a maximum Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) of 8,750 lbs.

With standard electronic stability control (ESC), commercial load-tuned tire-pressure monitoring (TPM), four-wheel anti-lock disc brake system (ABS) and ideal command-of-the road seating, the Ram Cargo Van offers capability, comfort and convenience with great road manners.

About Windsor Assembly Plant
The Windsor Plant was built in 1928. In 1939, a special Chrysler royal convertible sedan was built for the 1939 Royal Tour and thousands were shipped overseas. From 1925-1965, vehicles produced at the plant included Plymouth two- and four -door sedans, Dodge hardtops, DeSoto convertibles, Chrysler station wagons and club coupes. Production of the Plymouth Valiant began in 1966 and concluded in 1975. Production of Chrysler Cordoba and Dodge Charger SE began in 1981. Production of minivans began in 1983. The 2005 Chrysler and Dodge minivans with Stow 'n Go® seating and storage system launched production in January 2004, with Swivel 'n Go coming on board in 2007. Chrysler Group recognized 25 years of minivan leadership in 2008 and the 13 millionth minivan was sold in August 2010.

About Chrysler Group LLC
Chrysler Group LLC, formed in 2009 from a global strategic alliance with Fiat S.p.A., produces Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, SRT, Fiat and Mopar vehicles and products. With the resources, technology and worldwide distribution network required to compete on a global scale, the alliance builds on Chrysler Group’s culture of innovation, first established by Walter P. Chrysler in 1925, and Fiat’s complementary technology that dates back to its founding in 1899.

Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Mich., Chrysler Group’s product lineup features some of the world's most recognizable vehicles, including the Chrysler 300, Jeep Wrangler, Dodge Challenger and Ram 1500. Fiat contributes world-class technology, platforms and powertrains for small- and medium-size cars, allowing Chrysler Group to offer an expanded product line including environmentally friendly vehicles.
 

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Chrysler to expand Mexico plant to build Ram commercial van


Jan. 10, 2012

Chrysler and Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne said today that the company is planning to expand its assembly plant in Mexico to produce Ram commercial vans.

The Auburn Hills automaker’s Chrysler’s Saltillo assembly plant currently produces Ram 1500 light duty pickups and heavy duty pickups.

“Hopefully it will become the center for production of light commercial vehicles in North America for us,” Marchionne said.

The front-wheel drive commercial van, which will be based on the Fiat Ducato, will be launched in 2013 as a Ram model, Marchionne said. Fiat shares the platform with France’s PSA Peugeot Citron.

“It’s a unique vehicle, it’s incredibly successful in Europe,” Marchionne said. “It’s designed perfectly to try and deal with the segment here in the United States.”

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2013 Ram Cargo Van

Ram Cargo Van Leads in Class 1 Capabilities

Pentastar V-6 engine delivers best-in-class horsepower and torque providing best-in-class driving range of up to 500 miles

Ram C/V offers best-in-class cargo space, payload and class-exclusive towing capability

Commercial-tuned ride and heavy-duty suspension maximize payload capability

Solid side privacy panels and flat load floor tailored for small-business needs











September 1, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -

The Ram Cargo Van – or Ram C/V – features solid sliding door and rear quarter window and backlight privacy panels in place of sunscreen glass windows. However, buyers have the option of equipping their Ram C/V with several combinations of solid and glass panels, including a choice of solid or glass backlight.

The Ram Cargo Van also receives a structural flat aluminum rear load floor. Three flooring options are available, including one with a flat, uninterrupted, high-capacity surface. A second, optional floor provides through-the-floor access to three exclusive storage bins (providing an additional 11.5 cu. ft. of cargo capacity) and load floor tie-downs. A third option is to delete the load floor to accommodate upfits.

With more than 25 years of minivan engineering behind it, and as the inventor of the first minivan-based cargo van, the Ram Truck brand understands the versatility needs for both small and large businesses. Ram C/V utilizes the convenience features and city-friendly dimensions that have made Chrysler Group minivans segment leaders, while maximizing cargo, convenience and capability attributes.

Ram C/V offers small businesses many competitive advantages. Among them, Ram C/V provides an 1,800-pound payload and category-exclusive towing capability, up to 3,600 pounds. With a 20-gallon fuel tank and 25 miles per gallon (mpg) highway, Ram C/V also delivers best-in-class fuel range.

Ram Cargo Van is engineered to meet small business and commercial needs. A commercial-tuned ride and heavy-duty suspension offers maximum hauling capability. A heavy-duty radiator and heavy-duty transmission oil cooler help meet heavier powertrain demands. Ram C/V also is engineered with unique hydraulic power-assist rack-and-pinion steering, front anti-sway bar and rear twist-beam axle with coil springs. Ram C/V has a maximum Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) of 8,750 pounds.

With standard electronic stability control (ESC), commercial load-tuned tire-pressure monitoring (TPM), four-wheel anti-lock disc brake system (ABS) and ideal command-of-the road seating, the Ram Cargo Van offers capability, comfort and convenience with great road manners.

Pentastar V-6 engine
At the heart of the 2013 Ram Cargo Van is the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine (named one of Ward’s 10 Best Engines for the past two years) mated to a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transaxle. The Pentastar V-6 is a high-tech, high-performing engine with variable-valve timing that hits the sweet spot between power and efficiency. It delivers best-in-class horsepower (283 hp) and torque (260 lb.-ft.) without sacrificing fuel economy.

The Ram C/V also features a new driver-selectable fuel economizer mode. Drivers can change the transaxle shift schedule with a flip of a switch to maximize their fuel economy.

In addition, a rear spoiler and reduced brake caliper and rear bearing drag all contribute to Ram Cargo Van’s class-leading aerodynamics and excellent fuel economy.

Interior
When Chrysler Group’s minivan lineup was refreshed for 2011, interiors were given a world-class makeover.

A modern, new one-piece instrument panel is more intuitive for the customer with improved ergonomics and larger, redesigned gauges. Trim rings in the console glow an ambient blue-green color, allowing passengers to find items they are looking for at night.

With up to 155.5 cubic feet of interior storage, Ram C/V leads the segment, and unlike other Class 1 competitors, provides ample space to haul 4x8 sheets of building materials. Cargo access is maximized via the Ram C/V’s front seats, rear liftgate and dual sliding doors.

Exterior
The 2013 Ram Cargo Van also benefits from the exterior redesign given to Chrysler Group’s passenger minivans. Exterior improvements include a new front fascia, new hood and quad headlamps. A new, more sculpted rear fascia and liftgate, and new LED taillamps, complete the look front to back.

The Ram Cargo Van is distinguished by prominent Ram badges, front and rear.

Standard Equipment
The Ram Cargo Van features a monochromatic paint scheme with body-colored front and rear fascias. It also receives a special chrome C/V badge.

Standard features include covered 16-inch steel wheels, a 160-amp alternator, 20-gallon fuel tank, all-season extra-load capacity tires, 730-amp maintenance-free battery, commercial-duty suspension, engine oil cooler, quad halogen headlamps, power rack-and-pinion steering and fold-away power exterior mirrors with heating element.

Inside, Ram Cargo Van also features standard air conditioning with dual-zone temperature control, an instrument cluster with 120-mph speedometer and tachometer, outside temperature display, an overhead console, A-pillar passenger assist handle, 120-volt auxiliary power outlet, 12-volt front and rear DC power outlets, air filtering, audio jack input for mobile devices, automatic transmission with electronic range select, cloth low-back bucket seats, Ram interior accents, door courtesy lamps, driver and passenger-side sun visors with mirrors, dual glove boxes, front courtesy/map lamps, headlamp shut-off delay, cargo compartment observation mirror, a liftgate floodlamp, lower instrument panel storage bin, dual sliding doors with alert warning, power locks, power front windows, rear dome lamp, speed control, steering wheel mounted audio controls, tilting and telescoping steering wheel, tip start and variable intermittent windshield wipers.

Safety features include active head restraints, advanced multistage front airbags, four-wheel antilock disc brakes, tire-pressure monitoring sensor, drivers side inflatable knee bolster air bag, electronic stability control, keyless entry with immobilizer and a tire pressure monitoring warning lamp.

The 2013 Ram Cargo Van is available in five paint colors: Billet Silver Metallic, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl, Stone White, Redline 2 Coat Pearl and True Blue Pearl.

Ram Cargo Van options include an engine block heater, media center with 40 GB hard drive and
6.5-inch touchscreen display, audio jack input for mobile devices, available Garmin navigation system, ParkView back-up camera, a Mopar cargo compartment floor mat, a Mopar full-width cargo divider, power eight-way driver’s seat with lumbar adjust, front and rear power windows, security alarm, SiriusXM Radio and Uconnect handsfree voice command with Bluetooth, remote USB port, rearview auto-dim mirror, rear window defroster, rear window wiper and washer and a rear air-conditioning system for small businesses that require a temperature controlled cargo area.

The 2013 Ram Cargo Van is built at the Chrysler Group Windsor (Ontario) Assembly Plant.
 
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