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The Fiat Ducato is a light commercial vehicle developed by the Sevel joint venture between Fiat and PSA Peugeot Citroën, produced since 1981. It was also sold as the Citroën C25, Peugeot J5, Alfa Romeo AR6 and Talbot Express for the first generation, while the second and third generations were marketed as Fiat Ducato, Citroën Jumper, Peugeot Boxer and as the Ram ProMaster for the third generation for the United States and Canada market since 2013.
In Europe, it is produced at the Sevel Sud factory, in Atessa, Italy. It has also been produced at the Iveco factory in Sete Lagoas, Brazil, at the Karsan factory in Akçalar, Turkey, at the Lotus factory in Iran, at the Chrysler factory in Saltillo, Mexico, and at the Fiat-Sollers factory in Elabuga, Russia. Since 1981, more than 2.6 million Fiat Ducatos have been produced. The Ducato is the most common motorhome base used in Europe; with around two thirds of motorhomes using the Ducato base
The third generation Jumper/Relay was launched in September 2006, followed by the Boxer in June and the Ducato later that year. The vehicle was available in many variants both for people and goods transport. Weights were again increased, with the following designations for all-up weight: Ducato 30 (3 tonnes), Ducato 33 (3.3 tonnes), Ducato Maxi 35 (3.5 tonnes) and Ducato Maxi 40 (4 tonnes).
This third generation Ducato has been available in Mexico since 15 November 2007, and over 30 different models are available.
As part of the joint venture between PSA Peugeot Citroën and Fiat Group, the Peugeot version of the Fiat Ducato, known as Boxer in Europe, is also available in Mexico, but with the "Manager" nametag.
On 7 February 2013, Ram Commercial Trucks (part of Chrysler Group's Ram Trucks brand) unveiled the Ram ProMaster at the Chicago Auto Show. Since the 2009 bankruptcy of Chrysler and subsequent acquisition by Fiat, Chrysler has not offered a large van in the United States or Canada. Dodge Trucks (the brand name used by Chrysler prior to the inception of the Ram brand) had offered a version of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van starting in 2003, and earlier the Dodge Ram Van.
Based on the Ducato, the most significant difference between the ProMaster and the Ducato is the availability of a 3.6L 24 valve V6 gasoline Chrysler Pentastar engine offered in conjunction with the Chrysler 62TE six speed automatic transmission as standard equipment. The Iveco 3.0L 16-valve L4 diesel JTD engine, branded as the EcoDiesel by Chrysler, mated with the M40 six speed automated manual transmission is offered as an optional powertrain.
The ProMaster is offered in three wheelbases (118-inch (3,000 mm), 136-inch (3,500 mm), 159-inch (4,000 mm)), four overall body lengths (195-inch (5,000 mm), 213-inch (5,400 mm), 236-inch (6,000 mm), 250-inch (6,400 mm), with the two longest body lengths available only with the 159-inch (4,000 mm) wheelbase), and two overall heights (88-inch (2,200 mm) and 99-inch (2,500 mm)).
The panel van configuration is available in all sizes, while the chassis-cab and cut-away configurations are offered only in 136-inch (3,500 mm) and 159-inch (4,000 mm) wheelbases. The window van is available only in the 159-inch (4,000 mm) wheelbase and 99-inch (2,500 mm) roof height. The ProMaster is produced in Chrysler’s manufacturing facility in Saltillo, Mexico, and was first available in October 2013.
Types of body configurations
Cargo Van: This is the standard configuration of the ProMaster. This configuration is usually used for delivery and sometimes for outside broadcasting. It is also the standard model for ambulances. It is available in all sizes.
Window Van/Glazed Van: Unlike most full size vans, which have seats already installed for passenger use when they are sold, the ProMaster window or glazed van does not have rear seats. However, it can be converted into a passenger van before or after sale. Buyers and dealers choose the configuration for the van. It can be configured for personal, shuttle, taxi, school bus, church bus, or hotel bus use. It can also be used as a law enforcement transporter. It also can be used as a cargo van, The window van is available as a high-roofed model in 2500 and 3500 chassis.
Chassis Cab: The chassis-cab is used as a flatbed truck and a box van. The box van can be used as a street vending van, an ambulance, or a delivery van. It is available in all sizes.
Cut-Away: Cutaway van chassis versions are traditionally used for motor homes. It is available in all sizes.