Selling cars, vans, and trucks one at a time is business good enough to keep most automakers solvent, but fleet sales are where it's really at. Take this latest order placed by the United States Postal Service from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, for example.

The order calls for a massive fleet of 9,113 units of the 2016 Ram ProMaster 2500 cargo van. That number may only be a drop in the bucket compared to the 190,000 vehicles the Postal Service operates across the country, but it's still a pretty large order to place all at once.

"While each and every one of our fleet customers is important to us, none command our attention like USPS," said FCA's fleet operations director Tim Kuniskis. "I can't think of another more mission-critical service than literally delivering the goods of our nation on a daily basis, and we are honored that USPS chose the Ram ProMaster to help them meet their challenging duty."

Naturally, each of the 9,113 Ram vans will be specially equipped for the purpose of collecting and delivering the mail and packages. They'll also be fitted with 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engines driving 280 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque through six-speed automatic transmissions to the front wheels. It's the latter feature which the post office may find the most compelling, helping the vans get traction regardless of the weather. You know, given the whole "neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night" thing that the service seeks to uphold.


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FCA US LLC TO SUPPLY 9,113 NEW 2016 RAM PROMASTER VANS TO U.S. POSTAL SERVICE

- Ram Commercial to supply 9,113 new 2016 Ram ProMaster 2500 cargo vans to U.S. Postal Service
- Ram ProMaster 2500 is a highly customizable van designed to exceed the demands of commercial customers
- Customized outfitting for national mail and package delivery service
- Segment exclusive front-wheel-drive system enhances all-weather operation

September 29, 2015 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - FCA US LLC announced today that it will supply 9,113 new 2016 Ram ProMaster 2500 cargo vans to the United States Postal Service (USPS).

The 2016 Ram ProMaster 2500 cargo van selected by USPS features the award-winning, gasoline-fueled 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine rated at 280-horsepower output with peak torque of 260 lb.-ft. The engine is paired with a proven, smooth-shifting, six-speed automatic transmission, upgraded to accommodate the ProMaster's exceptional cargo-hauling capability.

"The Ram ProMaster is suited to meet the challenging demands of a USPS delivery vehicle," said Bob Hegbloom, President and CEO, Ram Truck Brand - FCA US. "Reliability, durability, ease of use, lower acquisition and operating costs are hallmarks of the Ram ProMaster."

The Postal Service operates one of the largest vehicle fleets in the nation. USPS uses an estimated 190,000 vehicles to collect and deliver mail, including about 142,000 long-life vehicles (LLVs). The Ram ProMaster order is independent of USPS' acquisition program to supply the next generation of its delivery vehicles.

"While each and every one of our fleet customers is important to us, none command our attention like USPS," said Tim Kuniskis, Vice President - Fleet Operations, FCA - North America. "I can't think of another more mission-critical service than literally delivering the goods of our nation on a daily basis, and we are honored that USPS chose the Ram ProMaster to help them meet their challenging duty."

About Ram ProMaster
The unibody system under the cab is an enabler for the ProMaster's segment exclusive front-wheel-drive system.

Interior design and function are of primary importance for a light commercial vehicle in which the driver normally spends long hours at the wheel, often under demanding conditions. The cabin of the ProMaster was therefore designed with comfortable driving ergonomics, important because the ProMaster is a place of work.

Because goods always need to be transported with total security, the Ram ProMaster van is fitted with accommodations to hold cargo down on the floor. Up to 12 tie-down rings with 1,000-lb. rating fold away to maintain a flat floor, along with five sidewall tie-down rings with 550-lb. rating, for easy loading and unloading operations. The cargo area also features the most vertical walls in the segment to enable shelving upfits while taking full advantage of extra space.

Ram's full-size van offers more than 35 active and passive safety and security features, including electronic stability control. Ram ProMaster also features ParkView rear backup camera and ParkSense rear park assist with audible warning, all of which are useful when maneuvering a large van.

The Ram ProMaster is Ram Commercial's full-size van entry within the brand's popular commercial vehicle lineup. With more than 14 configurations, ProMaster takes its place in the expanding, purpose-built segment with a number of best-in-class features focused on the commercial customer. Coming from a strong background of commercial vehicles, the class exclusive front-wheel-drive ProMaster van outperforms its rear-wheel-drive competitors in slick surface conditions such as snow. The ProMaster also boasts numerous best-in-class features that are appreciated by hard-working customers. Best-in-class fuel efficiency, cargo capacity, usability, and, of course, total cost of ownership all combine to deliver a proven solution for businesses and fleets.

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