After snow flooded large swaths of the nation, Ram showed off the prowess of its front wheel drive ProMaster in a short new commercial, showing the van racing a Ford Transit up a hill in Houghton, Michigan.
It did not take long before the Transit got stuck on the mild 20% grade, in fairly shallow snow.
A Ram spokesman wrote the video was filmed while the vans were empty, but that they had the same results when the vans were loaded up to half their payload capacity.
Both vans are relatively new to the US, but are based on established European designs. ProMaster has front wheel drive and a slightly wider interior; unlike the Fiat Ducato, it has a Chrysler powertrain, along with many suspension modifications for greater durability and capacity. A Fiat diesel and transmission have just become available.