As Automotive News reported in March, cargo capacity for Ram’s new Fiat Ducato-based ProMaster commercial van was significantly smaller than advertised when the interior was measured using U.S. cargo standards instead of European.
Ram had to backtrack on its claims and recalculate. Now it says the largest version of the ProMaster has 463 cubic feet of capacity, not the 530 cubic feet claimed for the Ducato in Europe.
The difference? The equivalent of about three full-sized refrigerators.
In Europe, cargo capacity is measured as if the space is holding water, allowing automakers to count spaces above and between seats, for example. Under the more stringent U.S. standard, cargo capacity is calculated as if the space is holding boxes.
Now Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner have dialed back their cargo claims for the Sprinter commercial vans for the same reason. Our story led Mercedes to take its tape measure to the back of the Sprinter and to reduce the previously stated, European-spec capacity of 547 cubic feet to 530 cubic feet — still the biggest capacity among commercial vans sold in the United States. Mercedes says a bigger version of its high-roof Sprinter arriving this year will offer 586 U.S.-certified cubic feet.