Ram ProMaster City Named 2017 Commercial Green Car of the Year

The Ram ProMaster City work van yesterday won Green Car Journal’s 2017 Commercial Green Car of the Year, the second year in a row it’s taken that award.

The Ram ProMaster City, with its 2.4 L 4-cylinder gasoline engine, was recognized for environmental attributes along with traditional features customers seek, such as functionality, versatility, safety, value, and style. The announcement was made yesterday at the 48th annual San Antonio Auto & Truck Show in San Antonio, Texas.

Ram ProMaster City has best-in-class fuel economy of 28 mpg highway, cargo capacity of 131.7 cubic feet and 1,883-lb. payload capacity. It all combines to deliver more work per load with less fuel, making the ProMaster City America’s most efficient work van, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said in its press release.

The Ram ProMaster City aggressively competes in the compact Class 1 van segment with a focus on commercial customer needs and total cost of ownership, FCA said.

“The ProMaster City is just one of our full line of Ram commercial vehicles from Class 1 vans to Class 5 trucks that deliver durability, capability and a low cost of ownership,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand and Ram Brand, FCA – Global, in a press release.

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The winner was selected from a number of finalists by a Green Truck of the Year jury, comprised of automotive experts and Green Car Journal staff. Panelists analyze nominated vehicles for various factors including fuel efficiency, ease of carrying and loading cargo, and maneuverability in an urban environment.

Other finalists for the award included the Ford Transit Connect, Mercedes-Benz Metris, Ford F-250 Super Duty, and Nissan Titan XD.

“Higher efficiency means less fuel use, lower operating costs and lower carbon emissions, important attributes for fleets that wish to operate vehicles with lower environmental impact,” Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal, said about the Ram ProMaster City.

One day before the Commercial Green Car of the Year winner was announced, Green Car Journal announced the five finalists for its annual Green Car of the Year award. Four-out-five of these cars are available now in plug-in hybrid variations, with one being an all-electric vehicle. The five 2017 model year nominees are: the BMW 330e, Chevrolet Bolt, Chrysler Pacifica, Kia Optima, and the Toyota Prius Prime. The winner will be announced next week at the LA Auto Show.