Selling cars, vans, and trucks one at a time is business good enough to keep most automakers solvent, but fleet sales are where it’s really at. Take this latest order placed by the United States Postal Service from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, for example.
The order calls for a massive fleet of 9,113 units of the 2016 Ram ProMaster 2500 cargo van. That number may only be a drop in the bucket compared to the 190,000 vehicles the Postal Service operates across the country, but it’s still a pretty large order to place all at once.
“While each and every one of our fleet customers is important to us, none command our attention like USPS,” said FCA’sfleet operations director Tim Kuniskis. “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.”
Naturally, each of the 9,113 Ram vans will be specially equipped for the purpose of collecting and delivering the mail and packages. They’ll also be fitted with 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engines driving 280 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque through six-speed automatic transmissions to the front wheels. It’s the latter feature which the post office may find the most compelling, helping the vans get traction regardless of the weather. You know, given the whole “neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night” thing that the service seeks to uphold.