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See the Ram C/V (Ram Cargo Van).
The 2008-2011 Dodge Grand Caravan cargo van provided space and durability for commercial customers. It had a 3.3-liter V-6 engine with flex-fuel capability mated to a four-speed automatic transmission delivering 175 horsepower and 205 lb.-ft. of torque, providing EPA gas mileage (2008 cycle) of 17 miles per gallon (mpg) city and 24 mpg highway.
The suspension was retuned for heavier cargo, while the interior provided 143.8 cubic feet of cargo capacity, 58.9 cubic feet of front compartment volume, maximum Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 6,050 lbs., Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) of 7,000 lbs., payload capacity of 1,500 lbs. and towing of 1,800 lbs.
For 2012 and later, it was renamed Ram C/V (Ram Cargo Van).
The rear hatch and dual sliding doors eased loading and unloading. Rear seats were not included, saving money and adding to the storage capacity. An industrial cargo floor, with front rubber floor covering, covered the cargo area and front rubber floor covering.
2009 news: new factory upfit options included exterior vinyl window shading, full- and half-width cargo dividers, wire mesh and solid metal window interior inserts, a cargo compartment floor mat, and carpeted and molded wall liners placed over the inside of the windows. Premium fleet options included daytime running lights, power eight-way driver seat, power equipment group, security alarm, UConnect¨ hands-free communication system, and MyGIG™ hard-drive stereo with satellite radio, touch-screen, voice controls, and real-time traffic and navigation. Also available to fleet customers was speed control, security alarm, smoker’s group, heavy-duty engine cooling system, and a fleet delete option that removed supplemental side-curtain air bags, interior trim and sunscreen glass.
Convenience features included dual glove boxes and multiple storage bins and cup holders; dark sunscreen glass panels improved visibility.
Chrysler was again missing sales opportunities. For a commercial vehicle, rear hatches do not work. For most courier, messenger, and delivery work, they are slow, hard to use and get in the way. Try to load a small skid with a fork lift. Or use a courier loading dock without banging your head on the hatch. I did this work for 10 years, much of that time as a supervisor of 25 messenger routes. Back in the 1980s and 1990s, side opening rear doors were available on Caravans. However, they were advertised so poorly that many salesmen did not know they existed. This could be a hot item. Vans are more versatile than pick-ups for this work. Whatever the new commercial Caravan sales will be, they could be increased probably 50 - 75% with a pair of side-hinged doors on the rear if they were properly advertised to the trades.
Standard features included 16-inch steel wheels, a 20-gallon fuel tank, power front windows and locks, front and rear power outlets, no intermediate or rear seats, industrial cargo floor and front rubber floor covering, sunscreen glass, dual manual-sliding doors, sliding door alert system, halogen headlamps, manual liftgate with single floodlamp, 12-volt power outlets in the instrument panel and rear quarter trim, tire pressure monitoring system, and intermittent front and rear wipers. An interior delete option was offered which removes the second- and third-row interior trim. Additional standard comfort and convenience features included front bottle holders, dual glove boxes, AM/FM/CD/MP3 radio, and YES Essentials® stain-resistant, odor-resistant, anti-static cloth fabric.
Safety features included side-curtain air bags (with option to delete), Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with traction control and brake assist, four-wheel anti-lock braking system, BeltAlert, brake/park interlock, constant-force retractors, Door Alert, dual-folding exterior mirrors, Enhanced Accident Response System (EARS), front crush sensors, halogen headlamps, loose fuel cap message on instrument cluster, pretensioners, side door alert warning, three-point lap/shoulder belt with height adjusters, tire pressure monitoring system, and a patented energy-absorbing steering column.
Exterior colors included metallic silver, black, bright red, white, beige, and blue. The vehicle was made in St. Louis South (Fenton, Missouri) and was available by Fall 2007.
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