Hooniverse at the NTEA – Ram introduces a New Van, and the React…….zzzzzzzzzzzz

Day three of my travels at the National Truck and Equipment Association (NTEA) Work Truck Show, and the introductions were non stop. This is a very under reported event in the mainstream media, and even less so within the enthusiast online sites, but it is worthy of coverage by the hoons at Hooniverse. I went to the Ram booth on Tuesday Morning because there were rumors of a new van about to make its worldwide introduction as a Ram. The Truck press was speculating that it was going to be a re-badged Fiat, to compete with the Sprinter or the Transit Connect. We were all dead wrong.

Introducing the Ram C/V, and if you think it looks familiar, well, it is. It is basically a Grand Caravan with plastic composite inserts instead of windows, and a new flat aluminum floor (or later this year, a floor that uses the compartments used for the Stow-N-Go seating in the standard passenger van) for easy cargo loading. The van is powered by a 3.6L V-6 producing 283 HP, and 260 Lb/Ft of torque. There is an 1,800Lb Payload, and a 3,600Lb of towing capacity, with a class III hitch and wiring harness is offered as standard equipment. The GCWR is over 8,700Lbs.

This is a very quick and easy fix for Chrysler to offer a competitor to the Ford Transit Connect, in the short term. The disadvantages to this truck is lack of height (You can stand inside the Transit Connect, not so much in this van), the lack of cargo doors (it uses the same liftgate found on Caravans), and lack of cargo room (although it’s larger than the HHR Cargo Van). The only colors offered include Blue, Black, White and Silver.

This was a very disappointing reveal, but I was there to endure it, unlike some of the other sites reporting about this vehicle. At least I was able to catch a nap…..

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  1. Jeff Glucker Avatar
    Jeff Glucker

    Early contender for best title of 2011…

  2. Seth_L Avatar

    Did you nap inside the vehicle, perhaps?
    Also: Cupholders!

  3. LTDScott Avatar

    Dodge has had the Mini Ram and Caravan C/V for years. In fact the USPS uses them for mail delivery. Zzzzz is right.

  4. ZomBee Racer Avatar

    "Tadaaa!!" (pulls off veiling cover)
    "Hey everybody, over here. I said 'Ta-daaa'… hello?
    Hey, don't touch my shrimp!"

  5. Alff Avatar

    From the top of the page – "We are DODGE and we are NEVER NEUTRAL"
    You'd think that after all this time they could make an automatic transmission work properly.

  6. Maymar Avatar

    On one hand, it makes for an interesting competitor to the Transit Connect – similar pricing and fuel economy, and a little more room (more floor space at the expense of height). Plus, the Grand Caravan is the very definition of ubiquitous. At the same time, knowing there was a Grand Caravan C/V this year, this is as underwhelming as seeing the end credits for The Neverending Story.

  7. dukeisduke Avatar

    This the lamest idea I've seen since the mid '70s, when GM decided that the quick and easy way to compete with Dodge's Club Cab and Ford's SuperCab extended cab trucks was to introduce a 3/4 ton crew cab with the back seat removed.

  8. muthalovin Avatar

    Yawn. If you can't stand in it, you can't put a bike in it. Advantage: Transit Connect.

    1. Maymar Avatar

      Bicycle or motorcycle? Bicycles aren't even close to a problem (we hauled them in the back of our '99 Grand Caravan all the time), motorcycle just represents a different set of challenges. As I recall, it's about four feet high in the back of a late-model GC, which could fit a motorcycle (I used a Ninja 250 for reference – 82 inches tall). I suppose it entirely depends on your upper body strength.

  9. Black Steelies Avatar

    All that brushed stainless brings to mind a kitchen. FWD/minivan-sized taco truck?

  10. Cretony38 Avatar

    Isn't there a spokes model with this unveiling? Or is it a dude that looks like Doug Heffernan?

  11. dustin_driver Avatar

    I think it should just be exposed wires and stamped-steel structure.

  12. gbforklifts Avatar

    I say pick it up with a forklift and put it in the trash! for forklift visit http://www.gbforklifts.co.uk

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