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Is the Dakota dead?

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Or what?
Its been a couple of years now and nothing. The only small truck that seems to be holding true for USA is the Chev Colorado and a brand-new is right around the corner. Ford as of right now, is not bringing the updated Ranger to the USA.. I just think they are just scared of pulling the trigger on the Dakota because, the Ram is selling so, well.
I see nothing wrong with a 4/6 cynl truck getting 30 Mpg or more. I would imagine it being a #1 seller if designed right. RamPage? I dont know.. They should collaberate with Honda on the next Ridgeline so, they can save a little money and have 2-options. Any more thoughts on this? Its been awhile since I have heard any news on this and thought I would bring it back up. RP :cop:
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I'm posting this here, although the DOJ thread might be better. Please note these investments are for Brazil, where this announcement was made.

Fiat adding Jeep Raises Investments to $75bn by 2016

Here's how the plan looks:

  • January 2015: SUV compact (Project 338) and medium-size pick-up (Project 226), the latter based on the same medium-compact architecture that underpins the [Dodge Dart-based] Fiat Viaggio saloon (made and sold in China)
  • December 2015: Two Jeep models: a SUV compact derived from Fiat’s 338 (renamed Project 530 for Brazil) and another SUV compact-medium (Project 546), this one based on the Project 226 medium-size pick-up
  • January 2016: SUV compact-medium (Project XSU) based on Jeep’s Project 546.
  • May 2016: At last, the compact-medium Viaggio saloon (Project 343) begins production, built on the versatile, new architecture shared with the Dodge Dart and Chinese Fiat Viaggio.
Source: http://www.just-auto.com/news/fiat-adding-jeep-raises-investments-to-75bn-by-2016_id134198.aspx
 

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Project 226 will be made in Brazil. The question then becomes. Will the next Dodge Journey have a low load floor like the Doblo or a high load floor like the next Cherokee? Toluca could provide a very different vehicle than what is produced in Brazil.
 

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If Fiat produces a CUSW pickup in Brazil, and then exports a version as a lifestyle truck to the USA, it will be called a club coupe SUV instead of a club cab pickup. There won't be a tax applied, look at the Subaru Brat.

The Strada is only produced in Brazil, yet is sold far outside of Latin America.
 
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