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Don't call it a Dodge, whatever you do. Ram has officially yanked back the sheets on the newest addition to its growing stable of workhorses – a Grand Caravan-based cargo van built to cater to the small business owners of the world. Along with solid side panels down the vehicle's flanks, the Ram C/V packs a flat load floor and a load-leveling suspension. Under the hood, buyers will only be able to get the new Chrysler 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 with 283 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, the engine helps provide what Ram calls a class-besting tow rating of 3,800 pounds.

The Ram C/V also boasts an economy mode to maximize fuel efficiency, and Chrysler says that buyers can expect around 25 mpg highway.

The van is also loaded with heavy-duty kit like a more robust radiator, transmission cooler and stiffer rear coil springs. Combined, the pieces help the vehicle serve up a Gross Combined Weight Rating of 8,750 pounds with an 1,800-pound cargo rating. Hit the jump for the full press blast, or check out Ram's new Ford Transit Connect fighter out in the gallery below.

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  • The First 2012 Ram C/V (Cargo Van) Rolls Off The Assembly Line At Chrysler Group LLC's Windsor Assembly Plant. (PRNewsFoto/Chrysler Group LLC)

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Ram Truck Unveils Cargo Van

Cargo Van (C/V) now offered by Ram Truck brand

Solid side panels and flat load floor tailored to small-business needs

Ram C/V offers best-in-class cargo space, payload and class-exclusive towing capability

Commercial-tuned ride and heavy-duty, load-leveling suspension maximize payload capability

Pentastar V-6 engine delivers best-in-class horsepower and torque

March 8, 2011 , Indianapolis - The Ram Truck Brand today unveiled its new 2012 Ram Cargo Van.

The Ram Cargo Van – or Ram C/V – features solid sliding door, rear quarter window and backlight privacy panels in place of clear glass windows. However, buyers have the option of equipping their Ram C/V with several combinations of solid and glass panels, including a choice of solid or glass backlight.

"We see growth in the Class 1 light commercial vehicle market," said Fred Diaz, President and CEO – Ram Truck Brand and Lead Executive for U.S. Sales, Chrysler Group LLC. "With its class-leading capability and a lower total cost of ownership, the highly versatile Ram Cargo Van is a great vehicle choice for small businesses and commercial fleets."

The Ram Cargo Van also receives a structural aluminum rear load floor. Two flooring options will be available, including one with a flat, uninterrupted, high-capacity surface. A second, optional floor provides through-the-floor access to three exclusive storage bins and load floor tie-downs.

With more than 25 years of minivan engineering behind it, and as the inventor of the first minivan-based cargo van, the Ram Truck brand understands the versatility needs for both small and large businesses. Ram C/V utilizes the convenience features and city-friendly dimensions that have made Chrysler Group minivans segment leaders, while maximizing cargo, convenience and capability attributes.

Ram C/V offers small businesses many competitive advantages. Among them, Ram C/V provides a Class 1 commercial vehicle-leading 1,800-lb. cargo payload and category-exclusive towing capability, up to 3,600 lbs. A 20-gallon fuel tank and 25 mpg highway also deliver best-in-class fuel range.

Ram Cargo Van is engineered to meet small business and commercial needs. A commercial-tuned ride and heavy-duty load-leveling suspension offer maximum hauling capability. A heavy-duty radiator and heavy-duty transmission oil cooler help meet heavier powertrain demands. Ram C/V is also engineered with unique hydraulic power-assist rack-and-pinion steering, front anti-sway bar and rear twist-beam axle with coil springs. Ram C/V has a maximum Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) of 8,750 lbs.

With standard electronic stability control (ESC), commercial load-tuned tire-pressure monitoring (TPM), four-wheel anti-lock disc brake system (ABS) and ideal command-of-the road seating, the Ram Cargo Van offers capability, comfort and convenience with great road manners.

New Pentastar V-6 Engine

At the heart of the 2012 Ram Cargo Van is new, 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine mated to a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transaxle. The Pentastar V-6 is a high-tech, high-performing engine with variable valve timing that hits the sweet spot between power and efficiency. It delivers best-in-class horsepower (283) and torque (260 lb.-ft.) without sacrificing fuel economy.

The Ram C/V also features a new driver-selectable fuel economizer mode. Drivers can change the transaxle shift schedule with a flip of a switch to maximize their fuel economy.

In addition, a rear spoiler and reduced brake caliper and rear bearing drag all contribute to Ram Cargo Van's class-leading aerodynamics and excellent fuel economy.


When Chrysler Group's minivan lineup was refreshed for 2011, interiors were given a world-class makeover.

A modern, new one piece instrument panel is more intuitive for the customer with improved ergonomics and larger, redesigned gauges. Trim rings in the console glow and ambient blue-green color, allowing passengers to find items they are looking for at night.

With 144.4 cubic feet of interior storage, Ram C/V leads the segment, and unlike other Class 1 competitors, provides ample space to haul four by 4x8 sheets of building materials. Cargo access is maximized via the front seats, Ram C/V's rear liftgate and dual sliding doors.


The new 2012 Ram Cargo Van also benefits from the exterior redesign given to Chrysler Group's passenger minivans. Exterior improvements include a new front fascia, new hood and quad headlamps. A new, more sculpted rear fascia and liftgate and new LED taillamps complete the look front to back.

The Ram Cargo Van is distinguished by prominent Ram badging, front and rear.

Standard Equipment

The Ram Cargo Van features a monochromatic paint scheme with body-colored front and rear fascias and side moldings. It also receives a special chrome C/V badge.

Standard features include covered 16-inch steel wheels, a 160-amp alternator, 20-gallon fuel tank, all-season extra-load capacity tires, 730-amp maintenance-free battery, commercial-duty suspension, engine oil cooler, quad halogen headlamps, load leveling and height control, power rack-and-pinion steering and fold-away power exterior mirrors with heating element.

Inside, Ram Cargo Van gets air conditioning with dual-zone temperature control, an instrument cluster with 120 mph speedometer and tachometer, outside temperature display, an overhead console, A-pillar passenger assist handle, 120-volt auxiliary power outlet, 12-volt front and rear DC power outlets, air filtering, audio jack input for mobile devices, AutoStick automatic transmission, cloth low-back bucket seats, "Ram" interior accents, door courtesy lamps, driver and passenger-side sun visors with mirrors, rearview auto-dim mirror, dual glove boxes, front courtesy / map lamps, headlamp shut-off delay, cargo compartment observation mirror, a liftgate floodlamp, lower instrument panel storage bin, dual sliding doors with alert warning, power locks, power front windows, rear dome lamp, speed control, steering wheel mounted audio controls, tilting and telescoping steering wheel, tip start and variable intermittent windshield wipers.

Safety features include active head restraints, advanced multistage front airbags, four-wheel antilock disc brakes, LATCH-ready child seat anchor system, tire-pressure monitoring sensor, drivers side inflatable knee bolster air bag, electronic stability control, keyless entry with immobilizer and a tire pressure monitoring warning lamp.

The 2012 Ram Cargo Van is available in four paint colors: Bright Silver Metallic, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl, Stone White and True Blue Pearl.

Ram Cargo Van options include an engine block heater, media center with 30 GB hard drive and 6.5-inch touch-screen display, audio jack input for mobile devices, Garmin® navigation system, ParkView® back-up camera, a Mopar® cargo compartment floor mat, Mopar exterior vinyl window shading, a Mopar full-width cargo divider, power eight-way driver's seat with lumbar adjust, front and rear power windows, security alarm, Sirius Satellite Radio and Uconnect handsfree voice command with Bluetooth®, remote USB port, rearview auto-dim mirror, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, rear window defroster, rear window wiper and washer and supplemental side curtain airbags.

The 2012 Ram Cargo Van will be built at the Chrysler Group Windsor (Ontario) Assembly Plant and will go on sale third quarter 2011. The Ram Cargo Van will replace the Dodge Grand Caravan C/V in the Chrysler Group's product lineup. Pricing will be announced closer to launch.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      Add a high top roof, and a lift in the rear, and it can carry wheelchair-bound people. DO IT!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Those kind of conversions are made by private companies.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This better than the Transit Connect for our business, since you can fit a 6ft ladder in the back and still close the doors.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Smart, and cheap way to add a smaller and more fuel efficient vehicle to their commercial line.

      I could definitely see a market for this Cargo Van amongst less physically demanding businesses. I'm surprise actually that they ever stopped making these... I remember back in the day seeing 1st-gen minivans being used for commercial applications.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not very impressed with this whatsoever.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why waste money moulding new rear interior trim? Would it really matter to a business? Dodge used to make these before. The real early ones had no window holes and you could get double doors in the back.

      BTW, the Transit Connect has panels glued over their window holes.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is so confusing... They could have at least gone to the effort of doing something more than covering the windows in body-colored adhesive sheets.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "However, buyers have the option of equipping their Ram C/V with several combinations of solid and glass panels, including a choice of solid or glass backlight."

        I think it's about time they brought this type of vehicle back - it was en vogue in the 80s. And now it's an inexpensive way to compete (sort of) with the Transit Connect.
        • 4 Years Ago
        if this is a RAM, couldn't they afford to put the Ram logo back on the grille???
      • 4 Years Ago
      Chrysler is going to find it hard to sell these in decent volumes. In 2010 Ford's Econoline out sold Transit Connect almost four to one. No offense to Caravan, but it was not meant to be a work horse, other then hauling humans. Both Ford's offerings provide a lot more flexibility in terms of layout possibilities, where as the Caravan is pretty much a minivan with a flat floor. I guess since MB pulled away with the Sprinter, Chrysler is trying to put its name out there again.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is old news. The cargo version version of the Caravan called the C/V has been available for a couple years now and hasn't been very popular or at least I haven't seen many on the roads. The only difference is the name change from Dodge to Ram.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not bad. The window panels look strange but I guess looks doesnt really matter. Price is the key figure, doesnt hurt if the transmissions hold up, unlike the crappy 4-speeds that came in the previous gen caravan, we junked all our fleet caravans after they kept needing tranny repair.
        • 4 Years Ago
        These have a new 6-speed automatic. All Caravans and T&Cs do, since 2008.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What is of more interest to me is if we'll be getting a Transit Connect competitor from the Fiat stable in 2012-13. I'm sure this will work for quite a few people, but it might be better to have a work van designed for just that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why are there still cupholders in the back?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Blind people can work the drive up ATM from the back seat of a car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        For the same reason drive-up ATMs have braille on them, it is cheaper to produce the same thing than redesign it and produce the redesign.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Chris MacMillan


        I always wondered "how the hell would a blind person drive a car up to this ATM and then use braille."

        Now I know! =)
        • 4 Years Ago
        I noticed that too .. nice if they could put shipping paper storage there, or just a open pocket of some sort. Then again, I suppose if you are working out of the back, having a place to store a couple cans (can be other objects too), might be handy.

        I assume, that "part" is a substantial piece that would cost a lot to replace part-wise or on the production line.

        Better idea .. why not offer a "no passenger seat" option? They remove the seat, and replace the airbag with a deep dash pocket. The dash pocket might cause problems, but removal of the seat and passenger (and perhaps side curtain) air bags would be a saving you would think.

        I would like to bet that if you touch an airbag you have to get a bunch of gov't approvals etc. that made would cost time and money.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What a hack job! If they had taken the time, they could have made a true competitor to the Transit Connect. Instead they have something that is set to fail from the start. If they rework the exterior sheet metal to differentiate it from a minivan, it could go far.
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