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In Chicago, Mike Cairns, Ram director of engineering, told us that the company had indeed looked at localizing the Iveco Daily, a more direct competitor to the Sprinter and Transit than the light Ram ProMaster.  In his own words, “We can confirm we certainly have looked at the Daily as an opportunity. It’s a class-three van, where the current ProMaster is a class-two. So we’ve looked at it, but I can’t comment beyond that.”

2015 Iveco Daily

Likewise, a different spokesman recently told us that Ram was reviewing the U.S. Postal Service request for information, but that he could not comment further.

The commercial van race has been heating up in the U.S., after having been practically moribund for many years, with Sprinter being the only nontraditional van available. Now the market has Nissan/Chevy, Ford, Ram, and Mercedes/Freightliner vans to choose from.

As for why the ProMaster uses the Fiat diesel rather than the VM V6 used by Jeep and Ram, Mr. Cairns told us:

The three liter inline four from the Fiat group was built more as a commercial engine for the Ducato… to deliver that commercial, strong-duty, good power fuel economy that the commercial team wants.

They’re very different engines and built for different reasons and they match the vehicles we put them in. So I wouldn’t want to switch them, even if they were the same cost. Full story.

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