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2016 Ram ProMaster City

Ram’s ProMaster City competes with the popular Ford Transit Connect, the first of the modern compact commercial vans. Like others in the class, ProMaster City is front-wheel drive. It starts at $24,440 including destination.

2015 Audi Q52016 Ram ProMaster City

Class: Minivan

Miles Driven: 369

Fuel Used: 14.7

Hydraulic Hybrid Peapod Delivery Truck

Online grocer Peapod recently took possession of its first two delivery trucks augmented with a hydraulic hybrid system.

In simplest terms, an automotive hybrid drivetrain is one that employs two or more power sources to propel a given vehicle.

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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Worker

2016 Chicago Auto ShowTo combat lower-priced rivals that have recently entered the commercial van segment, Mercedes-Benz introduced a cost-competitive version of its venerable Sprinter at the Chicago Auto Show called the Sprinter Worker.

The Sprinter Worker, its $33,490 starting price (including destination) undercuts the existing Sprinter 2500 by roughly $4000, yet it includes air conditioning, power windows, Crosswind Assist, and a 161-horsepower 2.1-liter 4-cylinder turbodiesel engine. It also boasts a 3512-lb payload capacity, 5000-lb towing capacity, 319 cubic feet of cargo capacity, and a 137.4-inch floor length. Worker is due to go on sale late spring.

2015 Chevrolet City Express

The 2015 Chevrolet City Express is built by Nissan, but there’s more to the story.

First, the basics: The Chevrolet City Express is a Nissan NV200 sporting a unique grille and a few nominal tweaks. The City is built in the same Mexican assembly facility, and, like the NV, is offered exclusively with a powertrain borrowed from the Nissan Sentra.

Just getting that out of the way, because there’s so much more to the story…

2015 Ram ProMaster City

Consumer Guide’s test ProMaster City arrived in Wagon SLT trim. Including the destination charge and a few options, our test truck came to $28,820.

2015 Audi Q52015 Ram ProMaster City Wagon SLT

Class: Minivan

Dates tested: 2/24/2015 to 3/02/2015

Miles Driven: 140

Fuel Used: 7.4 gallons

Nissan NV200 Taxi

Consumer Guide’s test Nissan NV200 arrived in Taxi guise with no additional options. Including destination, our test van came to $30,560.

2015 Audi Q52014 Nissan NV200 Taxi

Class: Minivan 

Miles Driven: 342

Fuel Used: 15.1

2015 Ram ProMaster City

Cargo versions of the ProMaster City start at $24,125 including destination. Ram says they have best-in-class payload and cargo capacity.

Consumer Guide For a class that didn’t even exist six years ago, compact cargo vans have witnessed an explosion in growth of late. And that applies not only to sales, but also to the number of entries.

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Chrysler is back in the small-van business thanks to the 2015 Ram ProMaster City (right). How does it stack up to the company’s first small van, the 1964 Dodge A100? We compared the two.

This is all the Ram marketing folks’ fault. At the reveal event for the ProMaster City last month, sitting there in a corner of the tent was a meticulously restored Dodge A100. Though the Ram folks made no direct comparison between the two vehicles, the seeds were planted. How do the two diminutive, scrappy vans compare?

Ram ProMaster City SLT Wagon

The compact Ram ProMaster City goes on sale this fall. An SLT Wagon is shown here.

Again tapping Fiat’s European-market product lineup, Chrysler’s Ram brand will begin selling a small front-drive van beginning late this year.


The 2015 Ford Transit

Ford’s new for 2015 Ford Transit vans are hitting the streets soon. Check out our overview article here, and check out our pics of a few specially equipped workhorses below:

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