AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Nov. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Green Car Journal has named the Ram ProMaster City its 2016 Commercial Green Car of the Year. The announcement was made today at the 47th annual San Antonio Auto & Truck Show in San Antonio, Texas.
Green Car Journal editors consider all potential commercial vehicles in the U.S. market, weighing environmental attributes alongside traditional touchstones that define what customers seek, such as functionality, versatility, safety, value and style. The winner was selected from a number of finalists by a Green Truck of the Year jury, comprised of automotive experts and Green Car Journal staff.
"We are honored to see the Ram ProMaster City titled Commercial Green Car of the Year, affirming our efficiency leadership in the commercial vehicle market," said Bob Hegbloom, Head of Ram Brand, FCA - North America. "The ProMaster City has been an incredible success along with our full line of commercial vehicles from Class 5 trucks to Class 1 vans with features, fuel economy and capability as a priority."
This award represents a back-to-back recognition for Ram brand. The 2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel won Green Truck of the Year for its best-in-class 29 MPG fuel economy rating.
The 2016 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 2016 Ram ProMaster City aggressively competes in the compact Class 1 van segment with a focus on commercial customer needs and total cost of ownership.
"The Ram ProMaster City not only provides the functionality and easy urban maneuverability so important to businesses and tradesmen, it does so with impressive operating efficiencies and lower environmental impact," said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and CarsOfChange.com. "This is the core focus of the Commercial Green Car of the Year™ award and the ProMaster City is a very deserving winner."
Ram ProMaster City offers best-in-class standard features where they count:
- 178 horsepower and 174 lb.-ft. of torque
- Payload – 1,883 pounds
- Cargo volume – 131.7 cubic feet
- 21 miles per gallon (mpg) city, unsurpassed standard 29 mpg highway and 24 mpg combined
- Powertrain warranty – five year/60,000 miles
Available in Tradesman cargo or five-passenger Wagon variations, the Ram ProMaster City is based on the successful Fiat Doblo, a two-time International Van of the Year winner with more than 1.3 million units sold. The Class 1 entry incorporates familiar Ram design elements and offers features, systems and powertrains preferred by North American customers. The Ram ProMaster City is the brand's second shared collaboration with Fiat Professional with the 2014 Ram ProMaster full-size van as the first.
About Green Car of the Year®
The Green Car of the Year award is an important part of Green Car Journal's mission to showcase environmental progress in the auto industry. Since 1992, Green Car Journal has focused on the intersection of automobiles, energy, and environment. Today, the magazine is considered the premier source of information on high fuel efficiency, low emission, advanced technology and alternative fuel vehicles. CarsOfChange.com presents 'green car' articles online along with a focus on infotainment and connectivity. Green Car of the Year® is a registered trademark of Green Car Journal and RJ Cogan Specialty Publications Group, Inc.
About Ram Truck Brand
Since its launch as a stand-alone division in 2009, the Ram Truck Brand has steadily emerged as an industry leader with one goal: to build the best pickup trucks and commercial vehicles in the industry.
Creating a distinct identity for Ram Trucks has allowed the brand to concentrate on core customers and features they find valuable. Whether focusing on a family that uses a Ram 1500 day in and day out, a hard-working Ram 3500 Heavy Duty owner or a business that depends on its Ram ProMaster commercial van every day for deliveries, Ram has the truck market covered.
In order to be the best, it takes a commitment to innovation, capability, efficiency and durability. Ram Truck invests substantially in its products, infusing them with great looks, refined interiors, durable engines and exclusive features that further enhance their capabilities.
Moving into the 2016 model year, Ram continues to beat the competition in the most sought-after titles, fuel economy, payload and towing capacity:
- Best-in-class fuel economy with exclusive EcoDiesel – 29 mpg with Ram 1500
- Best-in-class towing capability – 31,210 pounds with Ram 3500
- Best-in-class payload – 7,390 pounds with Ram 3500
- Best-in-class torque – 900 lb.-ft. with Ram 3500 Cummins Turbo Diesel
Truck customers, from half-ton to commercial, have a demanding range of needs and require their vehicles to provide high levels of capability. Ram trucks are designed to deliver a total package.
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