The 2015 Ram ProMaster City is Ram’s newest addition to its commercial vehicle lineup, and contributes to the expanding, purpose-built, van segment with a number of best-in-class, functional elements tied directly to commercial customer demand.
The new Class 1 entry opens a door for incremental growth of Ram’s brand sales volumes. Joining the larger and highly capable Ram ProMaster and popular Ram C/V as a Class 1 van offering, the 2015 Ram ProMaster City will compete with compact commercial and passenger vans with best-in-class attributes in the areas that count: payload capacity, cargo area, performance and fuel economy.
“As businesses strive for lower costs, the demand for a smaller, more efficient van has increased and Ram Commercial is answering the bell with the all-new ProMaster City,” said Reid Bigland, President and CEO — Ram Truck Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “Years ago, the selection of delivery and cargo vehicles was limited and those offerings didn’t focus on cost of ownership.
Mercedes-Benz is striving to attain a leading position in the mid-size van segment with its new Vito model series. The highly versatile and professional van in the 2.5–3.2 t GVW segment therefore offers a broad range of outstanding features. Its payload is among the highest in its segment, while procurement and operating costs are low. The Vito 116 CDI BlueEfficiency variant with truck registration has a certified fuel consumption of 5.7 l of diesel per 100 km – a value that is unmatched in this vehicle category.
The new Vito is also the first van in the mid-size segment to offer three different drive system variants and incorporates a broad range of innovative safety and assistance systems.
Successful technology transfer and the path to a new global vehicle “The new Vito offers a perfect example of successful technology transfer within the Daimler Group”, said Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of Daimler AG, on the occasion of the world premiere of the new Vito in Berlin. “The model has profited from our 120 years of experience in the commercial vehicle sector and our technology edge when it comes to safety and assistance systems, that were exists in our passenger car portfolio. The new Vito also benefits from our Group-wide expertise in terms of efficiency enhancements.”
Between the time of the model’s market launch in 1995 and the end of 2013 nearly 1.2 million units of the Vito were sold. Like its predecessor, the new Vito is being built at the Mercedes-Benz Vans plant in Vitoria, which is situated in the Basque region of Spain. The division invested around €190 million in the plant for the model changeover in the mid size segment.
“We‘re attacking in the mid-size van segment”, said Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans. “We’re now offering new entry-level variants in our traditional markets. But we also plan to conquer new markets, such as North and Latin America, with the new Vito. The vehicle will follow in the footsteps of the Sprinter and become our second global model.”
Mercedes-Benz Vans remains in the fast lane for success: Solid growth in the second quarter of 2014
Developments in the second quarter of 2014 clearly show that Mercedes-Benz Vans remains in the fast lane for success around the world.
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