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October 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Medium-Duty Update: Growing Sales, Diesel Developments, Vertical Integration

By Tom Berg

The Class 3-7 medium-duty truck market has been stable and healthy so far in 2016 and it is expected that all segments will show consistent growth going forward.

Tags: Chevrolet, Hino, Isuzu, Kenworth, Mitsubishi Fuso, Freightliner, Peterbilt, Medium-Duty Trucks, Ram Truck, Ford, International Trucks, Truck Orders

October 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cargo Vans: Prosperity as a Problem

Ford says its full-size Transit became America’s best-selling commercial van six months after entering production last year. It replaced the venerable E-series van, though E cutaways and chassis-cabs remain in production.

By Tom Berg

‘We’re selling everything we can build,’ manufacturers say as they boost production, and they see no letup.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Freightliner, Ram Truck, Ford, General Motors

October 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

2016 Medium-Duty Truck Trends

Ford’s 2016 F-650 is being built in the U.S. at the company’s Avon Lake, Ohio, assembly plant.

By Stephane Babcock

From city pick-up and delivery vans to on/off-road service units, this wide range of vehicles is seeing some of the same trends as its bigger brothers, and has a few of its own.

Tags: Hino, Isuzu, Kenworth, Mitsubishi Fuso, Navistar, Freightliner, Peterbilt, Medium-Duty Trucks, Ram Truck, Ford, International Trucks

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Snow, Cold Welcomed by Ram Truck Testing Crews

Photo courtesy Ram Truck.

By Nick Cappa

Every year, Ram's truck engineering teams take advantage of the naturally recurring elements to reproduce the harsh environments some customers and operators experience.

Tags: Ram Truck, Cold Air Intake, Winter Equipment, Snow Removal, Vehicle Testing

December 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Up Close With Ram's New ProMaster City Van

With a ladder rack on the roof, a forward bulkhead, and tool and parts boxes inside, this ProMaster City’s ready for work. The van comes with hard mounting points for upfitting: Photo: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Ford showed off the new ProMaster City compact van last week. It’s a neat truck that drives like a comfortable and roomy auto-based minivan, but it's based on a Fiat commercial van.

Tags: Ram Truck, Test Drive, Cargo Vans, Compact Vans, Ram ProMaster City

October 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

2015 Medium-Duty Truck Trends

By Stephane Babcock

We take a look at the latest medium-duty offerings and highlight the 2015 models while manufacturers weigh in on industry trends and issues.

Tags: Hino, Isuzu, Kenworth, Mitsubishi Fuso, Navistar, Freightliner, Peterbilt, Medium-Duty Trucks, Ram Truck

February 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Spec'ing Work Trucks

This 18-foot steel dump body has a combination double-acting and high-lift tailgate that works well with loads like large rocks, and a forklift can push palletized cargo aboard. The gate is operated by a pair of air cylinders, one on each side, so the driver can stay in the cab.

By Tom Berg

Although work trucks are typically smaller and lighter than Class 8 freight haulers, often they are more complex and take more work to design and assemble. Work trucks are built to carry tools, parts, expendable supplies and other equipment that its driver or crew needs to accomplish a job.

Tags: Chevrolet, Upfitting, NTEA, Peterbilt, Auto Truck Group, Ram Truck, Truck Bodies, Ford, The Reading Group, Verizon Networkfleet, Medium-Duty Trucks

October 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Choices, New Excitement For Cargo Vans

Dodge Ram: Just going to market following production start-up in Mexico is the Ram ProMaster, a front-wheel-drive unibody design based on the proven European Fiat Ducato. FWD allows a low floor height with good traction and consistent driving characteristics, Ram says. Cab-chassis models and panel vans are available in 1500, 2500 and 3500 series with varying roof heights and wheelbases.

By Tom Berg

‘May you live in interesting times” is usually taken as a wry Chinese curse. But for cargo vans and the people who run them, an interesting era is here and it should be a blessing. New European-based products are being sent to the marketplace, and they’ll offer new efficiencies and choices in a segment that has languished design-wise since the first of that breed.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Isuzu, Nissan, Freightliner, Ram Truck, Ford, General Motors, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Chevrolet Express, GMC Savana, Ford Transit Connect, Utilimaster, Ram ProMaster, XL Hybrids, Nissan NV200

August 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Medium-Duty Update: Winners, Losers and Overall Steady Growth

Isuzu:Class 3 NPR Gas (shown) and Class 4 NPR-HD Gas, with a GM-built 6-liter gasoline V-8 and Hydra-matic 6-speed automatic, gets to 20-25% of Isuzu’s sales. Diesel takes 75-80% of sales, but is divided between the 5.2-liter 4HK1-TC inline 4 that powers the Class 4 NPR-HD and the Class 5 NQR, and the 3-liter 4JJ1-TC inline 4 used in the Class 3 NPR Eco-Max cab-chassis and the Reach commercial walk-in van.

By Tom Berg

Depending on who you are in the medium-duty truck business, things are going great, or well, or not so good but looking up. A few builders have picked up market share in Classes 3, 4 and 5 and in Class 6-7. Others have lost some or a lot, but sales continue to climb for most midrange truck makers.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Isuzu, Ram Truck, Kenworth, Navistar, Hino, Peterbilt, General Motors, Mitsubishi Fuso, Freightliner, Ford

June 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Ram 1500 Focuses on Fuel Economy

The Ram 1500 2-door Regular cab has SLT trim, standard with chrome grille and bumpers. This one’s a 4x4 and not budget-priced at $38,405 list. But it’s very pleasing to drive.

By Tom Berg

How does 18 mpg in city driving and 25 on the highway sound for a full-size pickup? That’s what Chrysler’s Ram brand is claiming for some of its 1500 series trucks with a gutsy V-6 gasoline engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.

Tags: Ram Truck, Test Drive

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Ram Launches Commercial Truck Division, Confirms Full-Size Van for 2013

A new Chrysler commercial van will be based on the Fiat Ducato.

Chryslers Ram brand is expanding its BusinessLink and On The Job activities by launching a Commercial Truck division, and has confirmed plans for a full-size van based on a Fiat model from Europe

Tags: Fiat, Chrysler, Ram Truck, Vans

March 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Midrange Test Drive: Ram 5500

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Dodge's heaviest commercial truck combines a beefy chassis with a cab from the 1500 series pickup.

Tags: Pickup Trucks, Medium-Duty Trucks, Ram Truck, Test Drive

February 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Dodge Debuts its Heavier Class 4 & 5 Rams This Month

By HDT staff

New models can only add more heat to an already competitive market segment.

Tags: Dodge, Medium-Duty Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Ram Truck, Test Drive

December 2006, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Dodge's New Ram 3500HD

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

"Hey, does that thing have a Hemi?" No, it's got the new Cummins Turbo Diesel, and you gotta have one. Maybe.

Tags: Ram Truck

March 2006, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Ram 3500 Gets Heavier

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Dodge Trucks has added 1,000 pounds to the gross vehicle weight rating of its Ram 3500 Chassis Cab model.

Tags: Natural Gas, Ram Truck

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