The Ram ProMaster is going to look a little smaller on the inside, at least by way of its specification sheets, despite the sheet metal staying the same.

When Ram originally published the cargo capacity for its van, it simply did a direct conversion from the European rating of 15 cubic meters to 530 cubic feet. However, that didn't take into account the standard way internal measurements are calculated for the US. While the trucks have been on sale since October, the automaker just noticed the problem, and it's working on a revised figure. According to Automotive News, the new carrying ability for the ProMaster is likely between 450 and 475 cubic feet.

The difference stems from two standards for measuring capacity. In Europe, the entire internal area is determined and then obstacles like seats are subtracted from it. That means areas where freight could never go, like on top of seat backs, gets included in the figure. In the US, only the area where goods could actually fit is included, which leads to lower specs with no actual change in space.

Companies that buy vans often prioritize volume when choosing a new vehicle. With the change in measurement, the ProMaster's capacity drops from second to third place in the segment. According to AN comparing the largest version of each van, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter leads the category with 547 cubic feet of storage, followed by the Ford Transit at 487 cubic feet. The revised ProMaster should still have a significant advantage over the Nissan NV that offers 323 cubic feet of capacity.

We've contacted Ram for more details on how this mistake happened, and we'll update this story when we receive a reply.


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      Andrew
      • 8 Months Ago
      Lets be honest this van sucks ram always has everyone knoes the Express snd Savannah destroy this and the pos I beam econocrap they l the GM twins are far more reliable and I see easy way more of them as busses and uhauls around the world than this pos give it up ram yiy lost
      Flaps
      • 8 Months Ago
      Oh wow another European regulation that is less stringent and less realistic than its American counterpart. What a shock...
      MechE
      • 8 Months Ago
      I understand this is supposed to be form follows function but that front end is just a little too ugly. The headlights should be down by the grill or something, it just looks to weird.
        hubemx
        • 8 Months Ago
        @MechE
        It's a cargo van! Who cares if it's ugly?
        Quen47
        • 8 Months Ago
        @MechE
        Locating the headlights lower would make them more vulnerable to shattering in a fender bender. This is what a van looks like when form follows function.
        Winnie Jenkems
        • 8 Months Ago
        @MechE
        Seriously... my dog would bark at it.
        Winnie Jenkems
        • 8 Months Ago
        @MechE
        Seriously... my dog would bark at it.
      Winnie Jenkems
      • 8 Months Ago
      I know that styling isn't exactly a #1 or even top 10 priority in a work van, but this ProMaster is horrendous. It's like they actively went out of their way to make it as ugly as possible. That plastic, those headlights... I would be embarrassed to drive something that looks like this. The thing is hideous.
      Ted
      • 8 Months Ago
      Just like the way the Euro's exaggerate their fuel Millage !
      Ted
      • 8 Months Ago
      Just like the way the Euro's exaggerate their fuel Millage !
      Freightdynamics
      • 8 Months Ago
      Informative post. Got to know a lot of things about the Ram flubs promaster cargo. If you want to ship your Fedex cargo then freight dynamics is the right place for you. Regards Frieghtdynamics.com
      Andrew
      • 8 Months Ago
      Lets be honest this van sucks ram always has everyone knoes the Express snd Savannah destroy this and the pos I beam econocrap they l the GM twins are far more reliable and I see easy way more of them as busses and uhauls around the world than this pos give it up ram yiy lost
      MechE
      • 8 Months Ago
      I understand this is supposed to be form follows function but that front end is just a little too ugly. The headlights should be down by the grill or something, it just looks to weird.
      Freightdynamics
      • 8 Months Ago
      Informative post. Got to know a lot of things about the Ram flubs promaster cargo. If you want to ship your Fedex cargo then freight dynamics is the right place for you. Regards Frieghtdynamics.com
      MechE
      • 8 Months Ago
      I understand this is supposed to be form follows function but that front end is just a little too ugly. The headlights should be down by the grill or something, it just looks to weird.
      MechE
      • 8 Months Ago
      I understand this is supposed to be form follows function but that front end is just a little too ugly. The headlights should be down by the grill or something, it just looks to weird.
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