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ProMaster Chicago highlights

Ram 3500 ProMaster high roof

The Chicago Auto Show gave a nice up-close look at upcoming vehicles from all manufacturers, including the ones already seen at the NAIAS.

Ram introduced the 2014 ProMaster series at their press event, the first collaboration with Fiat Professional. ProMaster will be available through 750 Business Link dealers, who will offer next-day service to customers and a five-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. ProMaster will also have a partnership with Bosch Power Tools.

ProMaster rear door hinge chain

ProMaster’s chassis has a steel I-beam overlay for durability. The parking brake has been moved out of the way to the left side of the driver’s seat, and the back-up camera works when the rear doors are opened and closed. Its headlights are positioned above the front impact zone.

Oil changes for ProMaster’s Pentastar V6 are needed every 10,000 miles, while the EcoDiesel will only need oil changes every 18,500 miles. The V6 is coupled to Chrysler’s 62TE minivan automatic, while the diesel is hooked up to Fiat’s own single-clutch automated manual transmission.

When sitting inside ProMaster, it feels as though one would be right at home…if they’re a bus driver.  It’s definitely unlike the Ford Transit vans in which you don’t feel as tall in them, and your view of the road isn’t as great.

Other Ram Commercial vehicles were on display, such as the Ram Cargo Van Tradesman and various Ram trucks.

C/V Tradesman

We will post more on Monday in our full Chicago Auto Show report.

Fiat-Chrysler profits plunge in second quarter

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Fiat S.p.A. announced its second-quarter results from Turin this morning for what could be the last time, if shareholders approve the Fiat-Chrysler merger on Friday. Worldwide shipments rose 2%, to 1.2 million, in the second quarter as revenues rose 5% to $31.2 billion NAFTA region shipments grew 10% while Asia Pacific (APAC) region jumped 42%....

Italian action could help Fiat-Chrysler

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According to a report in Italian financial newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore, the government is considering offering tax incentives to boost car sales in the country. “We are thinking of using fiscal levers to encourage a renewal of our car stocks,” Transport Minister Mauritzio Lupi said today. “We are evaluating this project because that is what it means to have an industrial policy for this country.” “We have the oldest fleet in Europe,” Lupi went on to say....

Charger squads: still 5-speeds?

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Allpar’s sources tell us that, despite the clear acceleration and fuel-economy benefits of the eight-speed automatic, the police are demanding that Dodge stick with the old Mercedes five-speed on Charger squad cars. In 2014, both police and civilian Chargers had the five-speed, though civilians got the eight-speed with the V6 — and in 2015, the eight-speed will be the only transmission in any civilian Dodge Charger, including the SRT....

Ford’s towing claims: brag or bluff?

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In today’s print edition of Automotive News, Larry Vellequette wrote about one more facet of the ongoing battle for bragging rights among pickup manufacturers. This time, Ram is engaged in a tussle with Ford over top towing rights. Ford claims the championship over the Ram 3500, saying its 4X4 crew cab heavy-duty pickup can tow 31,200 pounds, 1,200 more than the Ram 3500 regular cab 4X2, which Chrysler maintains has “best-in-class” towing....

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