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ProMaster cargo space “oops”

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Automotive News’ Larry Vellequette recently broke a story on a problem with the cargo space of the new Ram ProMaster: it was calculated using European standards, rather than more stringent American standards.

American van sellers have used SAE J1100 to measure usable space in cargo vans (space that can be taken up by boxes), while Europeans use a looser standard which allows automakers to count spaces above and between seats. While using either standard is voluntary, ProMaster is the only van sold in the US to use the European standard. According to the company, the cause was a simple error.

Ram is currently working to get SAE-standard measurements of its ProMaster vans’ cargo bays. The brand currently estimates that the currently-claimed 530 cubic feet will be downsized to between 450-475 cubic feet, according to the article. The new measurements would put the largest ProMaster between the largest Nissan NV’s 323 cubic feet and the largest Ford Transit’s 487 cubic feet. Freightliner Sprinter comes out to 547 cubic feet.  There are numerous van configurations for Ram, Ford, and Freightliner/Mercedes. Original article

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