With the Ram ProMaster shown, one of three major Fiat/Iveco vans has been shown. Another one, the Fiat Doblo, will get minimal changes for North American sale; it is likely to be made in Turkey and sold here as the Ram ProMaster City.
Then there’s the third — the one that would compete directly with [brand of the month] Sprinter and the large Ford and Nissan vans that have sold in other nations, and are just making their way here now. The Iveco Daily is reportedly being reworked to be a fiercer Sprinter competitor; most likely, Ram and Iveco engineers are working together on the project. It may well be the vehicle in the photo, towards the back, with what seems like a more pronounced, chromed Ram grille.
Ram engineers would likely be quite happy to get some of their own back from Mercedes, whose name is now on the Sprinter in place of Dodge and Freightliner. More to the point, though, Ram is trying to assemble a full, complete fleet of commercial vehicles to enable it to be a single source of vehicles for any company, ranch, individual, or small government. That would address a competitive disadvantage against Ford, which can currently supply just about any kind of vehicle, so that fleet buyers can have a single vendor to deal with, regardless of the merits of any particular car or truck.
While ProMaster is a versatile, efficient series, there are markets that require a higher payload and larger interior than it can handle; that is where Daily comes in. (Is that a Daily in the photo, or just a high-roof ProMaster? Either way, a Ram version of the Daily has been announced.) (Thanks, “jeepnut.”)
Months after unconfirmed reports made it to Allpar’s pages, the power of Automotive News, in the person of reporter Larry Vellequette, pried a key fact from Chrysler executives — that they cast and build “Ferrari” engines for Maserati. As our sister site pentastars.com reported, the engines are actually cast in Kokomo, and machined in the Trenton Engine plant, using a mixture of [...]
The 2017 Jeep Wrangler may leave its historic steel body-on-frame construction and Toledo plant behind, according to Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, as quoted by Automotive News’ Larry Vellequette. The current Wrangler has good mileage for rugged four wheel drive vehicles, but poor economy overall, at around 17/21 mpg (depending on model and transmission). Mr. Marchionne said the Wrangler will need to lose weight [...]
Allpar’s informal sources have agreed that there are plans for a new Dodge Viper ACR, debuting for the 2016 model year, possibly replacing the current TA (Time Attack) model. Artist suzq044 provided the following rendering, which uses SRT’s trademark black wheels and a Dodge concept-car semi-rendering. The Viper ACR may have a mild power boost, but will be mainly a suspension and/or airflow upgrade, to increase track [...]
Keeping a years-long tradition, Chrysler today released a number of “teaser images” for concepts to be revealed at the SEMA aftermarket show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Each brand is covered, though Chrysler has but one car — the 200S. That can be explained by the status of the brand’s three cars: the 2015 300 has yet to be launched, and the [...]
Dodge has released pricing for the full Charger lineup, starting with the V6/eight-speed Dodge Charger SE at $28,990 (all prices include $995 destination for the “49 states”). Charger was thoroughly renovated for the 2015 model year, with a new look, suspension and electronics revisions, a standard eight-speed automatic for ever engine, and other upgrades. The top Charger, the SRT Hellcat, has [...]