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First Ram Cargo Van leaves Windsor line

by Bill Cawthon on

The Ram Truck Brand is welcoming a new member today: The first 2012 Ram Cargo Van has rolled off the line at Chrysler Group’s Windsor Assembly Plant.

Based on the Dodge Caravan, the Ram Cargo Van, or Ram C/V, is the product of more than a quarter-century of leading-edge minivan engineering as well as Ram’s understanding of the requirements for businesses large and small. The Cargo Van offers many competitive advantages, including best-in-class fuel range, commercial-tuned ride and heavy-duty suspension allowing an 1,800-lb. cargo payload and towing capability up to 3,600 lbs, a segment exclusive. A heavy-duty radiator and heavy-duty transmission oil cooler help meet heavier powertrain demands. Ram C/V is engineered with unique hydraulic power-assist rack-and-pinion steering, front anti-sway bar and rear twist-beam axle with coil springs.

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.

Ram C/V has a maximum Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) of 8,750 lbs.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for just-auto.com, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.


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