The cab is available in extended cab or crew cab configurations. It is constructed with double-sided, galvanized high-strength steel protected by a five-step coating process to resist corrosion.
The International Diamond Logic multiplexed electrical system enables continual communication between the engine, transmission, instrument panel and other vehicle components. By monitoring critical vehicle functions and relaying information to the driver in real-time, the system ensures safe, efficient vehicle operation. A number of smart, customizable features provide added convenience and safety, such as automated pre-trip inspections, headlights on with wipers, automatically engaged safety interlocks, programmable switches and more.
The TerraStar 4x4 boasts huck-bolted crossmembers that deliver frame rail strength of 80,000 psi; a commercial-duty Allison Optimized 1000 Series transmission; and a Fabco TC-28 gear-driven transfer case. Forged helical gearing and roller bearings give high torque and horsepower capacities while offering a quiet, smooth driving experience. A precision cast iron housing offers durability with optimized weight.
Matched with a 6.8-liter V8 engine, the Allison Optimized 1000 Series transmission features Shift Energy Management (SEM), Load-Based Shifting Scheduling (LBSS) and Automatic “Neutral” for simplified operations and greater powertrain durability.
Ram Launches ProMaster Van
The 2014 Ram ProMaster is the brand’s latest addition to its commercial vehicle lineup, and puts Ram Truck back into the expanding full-size van segment. The vehicle is based on the popular front-wheel-drive Fiat Ducato, and is the company’s first shared truck collaboration with Fiat Professional. The ProMaster will provide both a chassis cab and cutaway from the factory.
Timing of the ProMaster launch aligns with the recent introduction of Ram Commercial, a new division of the Ram Truck brand to meet the unique requirements of commercial customers. With the entire auto industry growing by 2 million units year over year in 2012, and further growth expected in 2013, commercial business is key as it represents about one quarter of the total U.S. sales volume.
Joined by the 2014 Ram C/V, the ProMaster targets businesses in a variety of industries, including service and repairs, construction, transportation/shipping, large-medium-small businesses and agriculture.
SuperSprings Adds SumoSprings Applications
SuperSprings International now offers “fit-it-and-forget-it” suspension enhancements for the Ford F-550 (P/N SSR-104) and Ram 5500 (P/N SSR-303).
Composed of microcellular urethane, SumoSprings increase load-carrying capacity, provide a smooth load engagement, reduce side-to-side body roll and improve ride. They have been tested in the harshest environments and will perform in temperatures ranging from -25° to 200° F. Unlike an airbag, they are completely maintenance-free and do not expand outward when compressed.
Introduced in 2009, SumoSprings are available in front and rear versions for trucks, SUVs and RVs. The new applications are mounted to the rear suspensions of the 2005–2013 Ford F-550 and 2007–2013 Ram 5500 using the existing factory holes drilled for the OE bump stops. No additional drilling or fabrication is required. Typical installation takes an hour or less using standard tools.
Propane Autogas-fueled Ford F-550 Unveiled
ROUSH CleanTech and Green Alternative Systems (GAS) revealed a Ford F-550 chassis cab powered by propane autogas.
A certified Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) installer, GAS designs mounting hardware, handles packaging strategy and integrates ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas fuel system technology into the F-550 chassis cab. The vehicle maintains the Ford factory warranty and the same horsepower, torque and towing capacity as its gasoline counterpart.
Equipped with a 6.8-liter, V10 engine, the propane autogas alternative fuel system is available beginning with 2013 model year vehicles or newer. With more than 65 usable gallons, the vehicle offers the longest driving range of any dedicated alternative fuel counterpart on the market. The fuel tank sits between the frame rails and behind the aft axle.