Posts from ‘Commercial Vehicles’
2016 Ram ProMaster City
Miles Driven: 369
Fuel Used: 14.7
In simplest terms, an automotive hybrid drivetrain is one that employs two or more power sources to propel a given vehicle.
To 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.
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…
Dates tested: 2/24/2015 to 3/02/2015
Miles Driven: 140
Fuel Used: 7.4 gallons
2014 Nissan NV200 Taxi
Miles Driven: 342
Fuel Used: 15.1
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.
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?
Again tapping Fiat’s European-market product lineup, Chrysler’s Ram brand will begin selling a small front-drive van beginning late this year.