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Ram ProMaster (AKA Fiat Ducato) van
« on: November 28, 2012, 10:34:40 am »
It's been widely known for some time Chrysler will be selling an Americanised Fiat Ducato on these shores as a belated replacement for the Sprinter, which Mercedes Benz took back after the split between Stuttgart and Auburn Hills.  And here's the first pic of what it will look like.  It looks as if the designers did the absolute minimum needed to turn a Fiat into Ram by simply inserting a Dodge/Ram crosshair style grille into the space vacated by the Fiat item.  Hey, why fix what isn't broken, right?





For reference, here's what the original looks like.




Details are still a bit sketchy, but it looks as if the Promaster (silly name) will take on the big Ford Transit, due to be launched around the same time (Late 2013).


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http://www.allpar.com/news/index.php/2012/09/ducato-van-and-chassis-cab

http://www.allpar.com/news/index.php/2012/07/ram-ducato-van-caught

http://www.autoblog.com/2012/11/28/ram-confirms-fiat-ducato-vans-to-form-new-promaster-series-for-u/#continued
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Re: Ram Promaster (AKA Fiat Ducato) van
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2012, 10:05:43 pm »
It looks as if the designers did the absolute minimum needed to turn a Fiat into Ram by simply inserting a Dodge/Ram crosshair style grille into the space vacated by the Fiat item.  Hey, why fix what isn't broken, right?

Not broken? That Fiat is hideous.

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Re: Ram Promaster (AKA Fiat Ducato) van
« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2012, 10:09:20 pm »
The new vans coming out sure are ugly. I saw one of those Nissan vans today. Makes the Chevy Express look great in comparison, which this will do too. I guess it doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things.
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Re: Ram Promaster (AKA Fiat Ducato) van
« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2012, 11:57:29 pm »
Promaster? Sounds like a bass boat


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Re: Ram Promaster (AKA Fiat Ducato) van
« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2012, 11:58:52 pm »
Not broken? That Fiat is hideous.
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Re: Ram Promaster (AKA Fiat Ducato) van
« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2012, 03:20:14 am »
For a few seconds I thought I read "Ram PromMaster" in the title...

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Re: Ram Promaster (AKA Fiat Ducato) van
« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2012, 05:02:43 am »
Ah, where is the driver!?!

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Re: Ram Promaster (AKA Fiat Ducato) van
« Reply #7 on: November 29, 2012, 05:43:42 am »
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Re: Ram Promaster (AKA Fiat Ducato) van
« Reply #8 on: November 29, 2012, 08:27:03 am »
Ah, where is the driver!?!

Probably at the prom.
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Re: Ram Promaster (AKA Fiat Ducato) van
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Re: Ram Promaster (AKA Fiat Ducato) van
« Reply #10 on: December 01, 2012, 10:25:00 am »
It looks as if the designers did the absolute minimum needed to turn a Fiat into Ram by simply inserting a Dodge/Ram crosshair style grille into the space vacated by the Fiat item.  Hey, why fix what isn't broken, right?

Isn't that basically all they did with the Sprinter?

And that is one fugly van.


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Re: Ram Promaster (AKA Fiat Ducato) van
« Reply #11 on: December 02, 2012, 02:32:44 pm »
IIRC, this Van is also FWD. I'm not too sure how this will fare when fully loaded down....the weight will be away from the drive axle.

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Re: Ram Promaster (AKA Fiat Ducato) van
« Reply #12 on: December 02, 2012, 03:18:34 pm »
IIRC, this Van is also FWD. I'm not too sure how this will fare when fully loaded down....the weight will be away from the drive axle.

As long as you're not loading it up aft of the rear axle, added weight from payload should increase the weight on the front axle as well as the rear.


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Re: Ram Promaster (AKA Fiat Ducato) van
« Reply #13 on: December 02, 2012, 04:51:46 pm »
Ah, where is the driver!?!

Taking the picture.

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Re: Ram Promaster (AKA Fiat Ducato) van
« Reply #14 on: December 02, 2012, 05:05:18 pm »
Taking the picture.

They need to pay test drivers more money then.

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Re: Ram Promaster (AKA Fiat Ducato) van
« Reply #15 on: December 02, 2012, 05:13:55 pm »
They need to pay test drivers more money then.

Van is parked.

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Re: Ram Promaster (AKA Fiat Ducato) van
« Reply #16 on: December 02, 2012, 05:33:32 pm »
Van is parked.

Parked or not they should not be leaking pics should they?

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Re: Ram Promaster (AKA Fiat Ducato) van
« Reply #17 on: December 02, 2012, 05:57:43 pm »
Parked or not they should not be leaking pics should they?

Nope- but that was a joke anyways. You can tell the pic was taken with a very long lense. I could almost tell you exactly where from it was taken too.

(assuming, as is likely the case, that the van is parked at the chrysler HQ in Auburn Hills)

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Re: Ram Promaster (AKA Fiat Ducato) van
« Reply #18 on: December 02, 2012, 06:27:51 pm »
Nope- but that was a joke anyways. You can tell the pic was taken with a very long lense. I could almost tell you exactly where from it was taken too.

(assuming, as is likely the case, that the van is parked at the chrysler HQ in Auburn Hills)

I was going to guess it was taken from the 6th floor of the Texas schoolbook depository in Dallas.
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Re: Ram Promaster (AKA Fiat Ducato) van
« Reply #19 on: December 02, 2012, 06:29:00 pm »
I was going to guess it was taken from the 6th floor of the Texas schoolbook depository in Dallas.

And I'm going to guess its right from Squirrel road, north of Featherstone, just before the top of the hill.

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Re: Ram ProMaster (AKA Fiat Ducato) van
« Reply #20 on: January 08, 2013, 07:46:30 pm »
Jalopnik is reporting Ram will possibly unveil the Fiat Ducato-based Ram ProMaster or a smaller Fiat Doblo based van (or possibly both) just after midnight at the Detroit Auto Show.

http://jalopnik.com/5974304/is-ram-showing-off-a-fiat+based-ram-van-at-midnight


Here's a previously released teaser photo....


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Re: Ram ProMaster (AKA Fiat Ducato) van
« Reply #21 on: January 09, 2013, 09:07:00 am »
No word yet of any unveilings from Ram, but here's a Ducato/ProMaster caught testing in Colorado recently.....

http://www.tflcar.com/2012/12/2014-ram-promaster-prototype-spied-denver-fiat-ducato-maxi/
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Re: Ram ProMaster (AKA Fiat Ducato) van
« Reply #22 on: January 17, 2013, 01:55:06 am »
They're gonna have a lot of catching up to do. The MB Sprinter is very popular in these parts. Our jurisdiction's ambulance service just went all-Sprinter.

At least if I have a heart attack, I'll be loaded into a Benz for my last ride.  :ohyeah:

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« Reply #23 on: January 18, 2013, 04:57:38 am »
They're gonna have a lot of catching up to do. The MB Sprinter is very popular in these parts. Our jurisdiction's ambulance service just went all-Sprinter.

At least if I have a heart attack, I'll be loaded into a Benz for my last ride.  :ohyeah:


It's a shame you don't get these in the US.  :lol:

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Re: Ram ProMaster (AKA Fiat Ducato) van
« Reply #24 on: January 18, 2013, 10:42:58 am »
What, the Honda Odyssey?

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Re: Ram ProMaster (AKA Fiat Ducato) van
« Reply #25 on: January 21, 2013, 09:52:24 pm »
In other Fiat-Chrysler van news, Chrysler has trademarked the name "Ram ProMaster City".

Could this be what the North American version of the Fiat Doblo van will be called?

http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2012/09/ram-promaster-promaster-city-trademarked.html






And some more spy shots of the big Ducato/ProMaster.

http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2012/09/spied-ram-ducato-on-its-way.html



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Re: Ram ProMaster (AKA Fiat Ducato) van
« Reply #26 on: February 07, 2013, 07:50:03 pm »
The 2014 Ram ProMaster has been unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show, looking exactly as expected.



http://www.autoblog.com/2013/02/07/2014-ram-promaster-chicago-2013/
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Re: Ram ProMaster (AKA Fiat Ducato) van
« Reply #27 on: February 07, 2013, 08:06:44 pm »
looks like a van...

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Re: Ram ProMaster (AKA Fiat Ducato) van
« Reply #29 on: February 07, 2013, 10:03:55 pm »
That is one ugly van. But I guess you don't buy 'em for aesthetics.