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Ram version of Ducato coming in 2013

A Ram version of the Fiat Ducato van will, as predicted by Allpar, be coming in 2013 — though it will be made in the Saltillo, Mexico plant rather than at Warren.  The expansion of Saltillo, expected to cost around $500 million, would allow the van to be made in Fiat form for South America (distribution outside North America was not mentioned by Chrysler spokesmen).

Ram Ducato van

Sergio Marchionne announced the investment at the Detroit Auto Show, according to an article in Automotive News.

The van is a front wheel drive model around the same size as the Ford Econoline. The Fiat Doblo, which is around the size of the Ford Transit Connect, is also due to be imported.  Allpar sources had already reported glimpsing a Ram-faced Ducato, though Ram CEO Fred Diaz wrote that designers would not change very much (probably not going as far as in our speculative rendering), because the van’s Fiat styling was very aerodynamic.

The van will likely compete with the Sprinter in some applications, though the Nissan commercial van is a closer match to the Freightliner/Mercedes, especially for upfitters. Estimates of production remain small, with prior reports claiming just 30,000 per year.  (See our article on Fiat’s commercial vans for details on Ducato, Doblo, and Daily.)

Hellcat vs ZL1, GT500

Motor Trend recently dyno-tested a Challenger SRT Hellcat and Camaro ZL1. They found that the Challenger peaked at 635 horsepower and 591 lb-ft at the rear wheels, far more than the Camaro’s 472 hp and 482 lb-ft of toque....

Chrysler 300 one of the “Most Comfortable Cars”

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The 2014 Chrysler 300 equipped with the Pentastar V6 has been named one of KBB.com’s “10 Most Comfortable Cars under $30,000.” “For many car shoppers, comfort is among the top factors in their choice of a new vehicle, especially with so many Americans spending countless hours commuting,” said Jack R....

Supercharged Viper? (Updated)

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With the supercharged 6.2 Hemi delivering 707 horsepower to the Dodge Charger and Challenger, the Viper boys are reportedly looking for ways to get back on top. While the Viper may be superior on a tight racing course, the straight-line performance of Charger and Challenger, in five-seaters with all the amenities, large trunks, and automatic or manual transmissions, is a challenge for Team Viper — as is the current series of Corvettes....

Categories: Chrysler, Fiat and Fiat Brands, Future Cars and Rumors.


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