First Drive - 2014 Ram Promaster
While the rest of the automotive universe moves forward at breakneck pace of technological development and innovation, at times the commercial van segment can seem like a window to the past. Body-on-frame vehicles that typically borrow their mechanical details from the pickups of yesteryear dominate the landscape, thanks in part to a heavy investment in parts and specialized knowledge from fleet owners and the mechanics that service these rugged vehicles.
The 2014 Ram Promaster walks a different path, choosing to import a new full-size European van philosophy in a bid to revitalize Chrysler's commercial lineup and lure operators over with the promise of better fuel efficiency and more cargo space. After having driven the new Ram Promaster, it's easy to see that the van has a strong chance of being competitive right out of the gate.