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Ram commercial van and the new Daily

by David Zatz on

Ram was slated to get two commercial vans – an imported Fiat, and an American-engineered van based on one of Fiat’s or Iveco’s Eurovans, most likely the Iveco Daily. This would compete directly against the Sprinter.

Allpar member patfromnigh wrote:

The Iveco five year plan includes discussion about joint ventures with SAIC in China. They will build knock down kits of previous generation Daily vans for global sales through Iveco outlets.

There will be a totally new Iveco Daily in 2013 according to the plan. This would be a good bet for the “Fiat sourced platform” mentioned in Chrysler Group’s plan. But first a history lesson:

In 1948, Dodge introduced the Route Van models having (for that time) low cargo floors. The technology enabling the low floor was separate drive and load axles. Anybody with one of Chrysler’s AWD minivans has roughly the same set-up at the rear. The previous generation Fiat Ducato used the AWD system and it still survives in some markets.

Centro Ricerhe Fiat (Fiat Central Research), which likes to brag about their work, has developed an improvement of that rear axle set-up which “is finalized for a rear drive light commercial vehicle.” CRF also wrote that the next generation Daily will be based on a uni-body. The next Iveco LCV’s “…architecture is already able to achieve particularly significant passive safety targets (for example, EU-NCAP 64 km/h, US-NCAP 56 km/h)…”

This might provide Ram with the basis for a design and a good place to use Cummins’ new V6 diesel (if it fits) [editor’s note: VM’s diesels may also work]. A rear drive van with such a drive axle might be able to share the engines, transmissions, and differentials from rear drive Dodges.

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