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First drive: Ram ProMaster City

by Bill Cawthon on


Allpar had the opportunity to drive the new Ram ProMaster City at an event in Austin, Texas, and our first impressions were very favorable.

The small van, which does incorporate the new styling of the just-unveiled Fiat Dobló, has a number of advantages over competing trucks from Ford, GM and Nissan. These include more power, a 9-speed transmission, an ergonomic driver cockpit and a superior suspension.

We drove the ProMaster City Wagon in downtown traffic, in suburbia and in the countryside and found it has a lot to offer to commercial van buyers looking to downside, whether it’s because of fuel economy, ease of operation or just the lower price.

Allpar has now posted an in-depth look at the van/wagon.

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, 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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