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ProMaster vans rocketed in December

by Bill Cawthon on

The Ram ProMaster City, which started taking off in November, continued to win converts in December. The smaller ProMaster City’s sales were up 55% over November — which was, itself, up 157% from October. In just two months, ProMaster City sales tripled.


The Ford Transit Connect still leads the market, but the ProMaster City outsold the combined totals of the Nissan NV200 and its Chevrolet City Express clone. A soft stretch earlier in the year hurt total 2015 sales, but the ProMaster City did outsell the City Express for the year.

The ProMaster City also outsold the full-size GMC Savanna van in December. A bigger “bragging right” is outselling the combined Mercedes Sprinter and Metris — in December, and coming in just 1,544 sales behind the well-established Daimler for the year (Mercedes now combines Sprinter and Metris sales).

Ford still dominates, with 54% of all full-size van sales and 57% of small van sales, but the ProMasters are moving in the right direction.

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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