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Confirmed: Rams going to Australia, NZ

by David Zatz on

A reliable source has confirmed that Rams are to be sent to Australia, but corrected some details from a story originally run by News.com.au and appearing on Allpar recently.

News.com wrote that it appeared the conversion to right-hand drive and other changes would be made by Holden Special Vehicles (HSV), a company with ties to General Motors. It turns out, instead, that Auto Distributors Asia – Pacific Limited is converting the trucks.

Fiat Chrysler itself is not handling distribution, but will supply the trucks to  Chrysler New Zealand (FCNZ), a separate company arranging for distribution in both Australia and New Zealand.

This will end the need to import Rams on the “gray market” with sales limited to 200 per year by Australian law. With Ram 2500s and 3500s meeting all local codes, there are no limits on sales that are not based on demand and conversion capability.

The first right-hand-drive Australian Ram pickups are reportedly to go on sale in September this year, largely for the thriving mining industry. Civilian sales, e.g. for towing, is likely to be kept low due to the high cost of importing and localizing the trucks.

Allpar’s information is that this deal only covers the heavy-duty Rams — the 2500 and 3500 — and that the Ram 1500’s fate in the Australian market has yet to be determined.


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