October 2015, - 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, Ram, Ford, General Motors, Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation

December 2014, - 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, Test Drive, Cargo Vans, Compact Vans, Ram ProMaster City

October 2014, - 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: Isuzu, Kenworth, Mitsubishi Fuso, Navistar, Freightliner, Peterbilt, Medium-Duty Trucks, Ram, Hino Trucks

February 2014, - 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, Verizon, Peterbilt, Auto Truck Group, Ram, Truck Bodies, Ford, The Reading Group, Medium-Duty Trucks

August 2013, - 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, Kenworth, Navistar, Hino, Peterbilt, General Motors, Fuso, Freightliner, Ford

June 2013, - 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, Test Drive

November 2012, - 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, Vans



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