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ProMaster starts production

by David Zatz on

Ram 3500 ProMaster high roof

Ram ProMaster production started today at the Saltillo van assembly plant in Coahuilla, Mexico.

The van is built in Mexico primarily so it can be in both North and South American free trade zones. Mexico is a common link. This is particularly important for commercial vehicles, which are prone to higher import taxes in the U.S.

Ram engineers based the ProMaster on the popular Fiat Ducato, which dominates European RVs, and increased durability and capacity while adding creature comforts and adding a Chrysler powertrain. A Fiat four-cylinder, three-liter diesel engine is available as a fuel-efficiency leader in addition to the Pentastar V6.

Allpar has a great deal of information on ProMaster, including pricing, variations, and dimensions, on our Ram ProMaster page. The cargo van starts at $29,625; the chassis cab, at $27,025 (undercutting the “other” Ram 3500 chassis cab); and the cutaway, at $27,525.

The ProMaster has a maximum 5,145 pound payload, 5,100 top towing capacity, and combined gross weight rating of 12,500 pounds (with diesel). Fiat Ducato’s maximum payload is around 3,470 pounds.

See our related news items for a comparison of ProMaster and Sprinter pricing and capability.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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