Photo courtesy of Ram The 2014 Ram ProMaster van, available in the fall starting at $27,025, is based on the Fiat Ducato, which has sold more than 4.5 million units in Europe. Related Links: Ford Transit Ushers In New Era for Work Vans Nissan Presents a Practical, Lower-Costing Alternative The days of the cramped, gas-guzzling American contractor van are numbered. Fleet buyers are now faced with a wide range of roomy, fuel-efficient, European-style models—such as the Ford Transit, Nissan NV, Mercedes Sprinter and Ram ProMaster—that promise more capability and cargo space while driving twice as many miles on the same
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.