Fiat Chrysler has secured a large government contract, in the form of an order for thousands of RAM ProMaster commercial vans destined for use by the United States Postal Service.
In all, the automaker will supply the USPS with a total of 9,113 units of the 2016 RAM ProMaster, which features front-wheel drive, unibody construction, the new, 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, and an upgraded 6-speed automatic transmission. The Pentastar will put out a peak of 280 HP and 260 lb-ft for this application.
The RAM ProMaster 2500 commercial van boasts many features which make it suitable for duty as a Postal Service delivery vehicle. The van offers more than 35 active and passive safety/security features, including a rear-mounted park-assist camera and sensors, and electronic stability control. The cargo floor can be equipped with as many as 12 fold-flat tie-down hooks, each with a 1,000-pound rating, and 5 sidewall tie-down rings with a rating of 550 pounds each.
Fiat Chrysler VP of Fleet Operations North America Tim Kuniskis said of the USPS deal: “While each and every one of our fleet customers is important to us, none command our attention like USPS. 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.”