• Sign in to follow this  
    Followers 0

    FCA Considers A Full-Size SUV Using Next-Gen Ram 1500


    • FCA Could Have A Competitor to the Tahoe and Expedition

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is considering whether or not to do a large SUV. This model would take on the likes of the Chevrolet Tahoe/GMC Yukon and Ford Expedition. Large SUVs are also big money makers. According to analysts, GM makes $10,000 or more on their large SUVs.

     

    "While crossovers are all anyone wants to talk about, the money is still in pickups and SUVs. FCA needs to enter this segment. FCA is chasing profit-driving vehicles and they are missing out on a major one, just as Ford is getting ready to launch an all-aluminum Expedition," said Dave Sullivan, an automotive analyst for Auto Pacific to the Detroit Free Press.

     

    Mike Manley, head of Jeep and Ram brands told the paper last month they are putting some thought into doing a large SUV. This possible new model might use the platform for the next-generation Ram truck - due out in 2018.

     

    "You have the opportunity with a new frame for the next-generation Ram. You have the opportunity to take a large SUV off of it because we already have a very, very capable frame today that is going to be upgraded," said Manley.

     

    One item Manley made very clear was this new SUV wouldn't be wearing a Ram badge. If FCA was to go forward with this, it would be part of the Chrysler, Dodge, or Jeep.

     

    Source: Detroit Free Press

    0


    Sign in to follow this  
    Followers 0


    User Feedback


    Interesting, I know RAM has their 2 door full size SUV in Mexico. Not sure if it is still in production this year or not, but I have been surprised that they have not done this sooner. After all it would not be hard to add the 3rd row and enclose the bed so it is a Suburban / Expedition fighter.

    0

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    Just in time for the return of high fuel prices, another ChryCo SUV that will play second fiddle to the Yukon/Tahoe juggernauts, and be cross-shopped with a Lincoln SUV that's nearly as old as Honest Abe.

     

    Why is FCA terrible at everything?

    0

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    Just in time for the return of high fuel prices, another ChryCo SUV that will play second fiddle to the Yukon/Tahoe juggernauts, and be cross-shopped with a Lincoln SUV that's nearly as old as Honest Abe.

     

    Why is FCA terrible at everything?

    Sergio is just proving that he can still shoot himself in the leg and survive. Stupid is as Stupid Does.

    0

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    gas prices aren't going to be skyrocketing anytime soon.. and yes, FCA should have done this the last time they redesigned the Ram. These are very high margin vehicles and even if they come in third behind GM and Ford, they'll still be ahead of Toyota and Nissan... which means a good chunk of profit for FCA. 

    2

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites


    Your content will need to be approved by a moderator

    Guest
    You are commenting as a guest. If you have an account, please sign in.
    Add a comment...

    ×   You have pasted content with formatting.   Remove formatting

      Only 75 emoticons maximum are allowed.

    ×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

    ×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor




  • Popular Stories

  • Today's Birthdays

    1. Northstar
      Northstar
      (29 years old)
    2. redfox
      redfox
      (74 years old)
  • Similar Content

    • By William Maley
      It was only a week ago that Volkswagen CEO Matthias Müller rebuffed FCA's CEO Sergio Marchionne'sidea of having talks between Volkswagen and FCA.
      “We are not ready for talks about anything. I haven’t seen Marchionne for months,” said Müller.
      “We have other problems.”
      This week, Müller seems to have changed his tune. Speaking with reporters at the company's annual press conference, he said that he was open to talks with FCA.
      "I am not ruling out a conversation," Müller told reporters. “It would be very helpful if Mr. Marchionne were to communicate his considerations to me.”

      What changed? There are two possibilities. First is the sale of Opel and Vauxhall to PSA Group, which makes them the second-largest automaker in Europe. Volkswagen could see this as a threat and might consider teaming up with another automaker as an additional layer of protection. The other comes from the massive costs as a result of the diesel emission mess. Volkswagen has so far agreed to pay $25 billion in fines and buyback programs.
      Source: Reuters

      View full article
    • By William Maley
      It was only a week ago that Volkswagen CEO Matthias Müller rebuffed FCA's CEO Sergio Marchionne'sidea of having talks between Volkswagen and FCA.
      “We are not ready for talks about anything. I haven’t seen Marchionne for months,” said Müller.
      “We have other problems.”
      This week, Müller seems to have changed his tune. Speaking with reporters at the company's annual press conference, he said that he was open to talks with FCA.
      "I am not ruling out a conversation," Müller told reporters. “It would be very helpful if Mr. Marchionne were to communicate his considerations to me.”

      What changed? There are two possibilities. First is the sale of Opel and Vauxhall to PSA Group, which makes them the second-largest automaker in Europe. Volkswagen could see this as a threat and might consider teaming up with another automaker as an additional layer of protection. The other comes from the massive costs as a result of the diesel emission mess. Volkswagen has so far agreed to pay $25 billion in fines and buyback programs.
      Source: Reuters
    • By William Maley
      You have to admire Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' CEO Sergio Marchionne for still hanging onto the dream of FCA and General Motors merging, despite being told repeatedly that isn't going to happen. At the Geneva Motor Show this week, Marchionne put out there that he is still interested in getting together with GM.
      "I never close any doors. I may shamelessly try and knock again ... on the GM door or any door if I thought it was a good thing for the business. Absolutely, without even blinking. The desirability of GM as a potential merger candidate remains untouched," said Marchionne.
      Unsurprisingly, GM shot down Marchionne's dreams.
      "We weren't interested before and we're even less interested now," said GM President Dan Ammann.
      Marchionne isn't one to give up however, he has a plan B: Volkswagen. As he told Bloomberg, with PSA Group becoming the second largest automaker in Europe with the acquisition of Opel/Vauxhall, this could put Volkswagen in a vulnerable position. He sees the company possibly looking for a partner.
      “I have no doubt that at the relevant time VW may show up and have a chat” about a merger, said Marchionne.
      Volkswagen CEO Matthias Müller slapped down that idea when asked.
      “We are not ready for talks about anything. I haven’t seen Marchionne for months,” said Müller.
      “We have other problems.” 
      Source: Bloomberg , Reuters, (2)

      View full article
    • By William Maley
      You have to admire Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' CEO Sergio Marchionne for still hanging onto the dream of FCA and General Motors merging, despite being told repeatedly that isn't going to happen. At the Geneva Motor Show this week, Marchionne put out there that he is still interested in getting together with GM.
      "I never close any doors. I may shamelessly try and knock again ... on the GM door or any door if I thought it was a good thing for the business. Absolutely, without even blinking. The desirability of GM as a potential merger candidate remains untouched," said Marchionne.
      Unsurprisingly, GM shot down Marchionne's dreams.
      "We weren't interested before and we're even less interested now," said GM President Dan Ammann.
      Marchionne isn't one to give up however, he has a plan B: Volkswagen. As he told Bloomberg, with PSA Group becoming the second largest automaker in Europe with the acquisition of Opel/Vauxhall, this could put Volkswagen in a vulnerable position. He sees the company possibly looking for a partner.
      “I have no doubt that at the relevant time VW may show up and have a chat” about a merger, said Marchionne.
      Volkswagen CEO Matthias Müller slapped down that idea when asked.
      “We are not ready for talks about anything. I haven’t seen Marchionne for months,” said Müller.
      “We have other problems.” 
      Source: Bloomberg , Reuters, (2)
  • Recent Status Updates

  • Who's Online (See full list)