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Ducato will be large Ram van

by Bill Cawthon on

As predicted by Allpar last year, Automotive News is reporting that Ram will get a large van based on the Fiat Ducato in 2013. The information comes for sources at the Frankfurt Motor Show, which opened to the public yesterday. A Ram spokesman had no comment on the matter.

Earlier speculation had been on the Iveco Daily, a commercial van produced by Fiat Industrial S.p.A., which was spun off from Fiat at the end of 2010.

According to the report, Chrysler will build 30,000 vans a year in Mexico, most likely at the Saltillo plant that currently builds the Ram heavy-duty pickups.

The van will fill the gap in Chrysler’s commercial vehicle line left by Daimler AG-built Dodge Sprinter van. Chrysler has not had its own full-size van since production of the B-Series ended in 2003.

As previously reported on Allpar, Ram will also have a smaller commercial van based on the Fiat Doblo, but these will not be built in the NAFTA region. Last week Fiat and Tofas Turk Otomobil Fabrikasi, Fiat’s joint venture in Turkey, signed a memorandum of understanding on a seven-year deal to supply 190,000 Doblo-based Ram vans.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for just-auto.com, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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