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Ram News: Ram Trucks' Head Sees An Opportunity For A Midsize Truck

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Sergio Marchionne isn't the only person who is interested in doing a midsize truck for Ram. Speaking with The Detroit News, Jeep and Ram Trucks' CEO Mike Manley says he sees an opportunity.

 

“I think there’s opportunity there in the U.S. if you look at what’s happened in the mid-size segment here – significant growth last year. I think that space is big enough, certainly, to have two offerings there,” said Manley.

 

One of the two offerings is the upcoming Jeep Wrangler pickup due next year. Manley said he doesn't believe there will be overlap in terms of buyers who want the Jeep or a possible Ram truck.

 

Manley admitted that Ram could use a Fiat platform for a new midsize truck. A possible candidate for this is the new Fiat Toro pickup sold in South America, although it is quite small. The Toro is about 20 inches shorter than the Chevrolet Colorado.

 

Source: The Detroit News


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Toro is a Compact truck and that is what RAM and JEEP should do, NOT a Mid size truck. The market has enough mid sizes, a Compact is what the market really needs.

 

Stop trying to copy GM, Blaze the trail with a Compact Pickup.

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Bring back a Dakota -sized truck with upgrade!

Do the same with the Durango -- current offerings are too bloated to be useful !

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There is also the Fiat Fullback sold in some markets, based on the Mitsubishi compact truck...could be used for a Ram 50 revival ;)

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The elephant in the room is a RAM, version of the Jeep Pickup truck, same chassis, but the RAM version for goes the extreme off road Jeep Suspension,  and RAM versions gets its OWN body work.

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WOW, Could Fiat make a truck any uglier?

 

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Is it me or does the wheelbase look awkward? Like.. the rear wheel needs to more back some. 

Yes, typical on-the-cheap Asian market truck where they cram the extended cab and crew cab on the same wheelbase..

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Is it me or does the wheelbase look awkward? Like.. the rear wheel needs to more back some. 

Yes, typical on-the-cheap Asian market truck where they cram the extended cab and crew cab on the same wheelbase..

 

Okay, making sure it wasn't just my eyes. It looks overall, terrible. But honestly, not all that far off from looking good. The biggest thing to me that that wheelbase issue. 

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      It has been a rough start for the 2019 Ram 1500 production line. FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne said on an earnings call last week that the Sterling Heights Assembly plant, home to the 2019 model is only operating at 60 percent of where the company wants it to be. Automotive News learned from sources at the FCA and suppliers that the plant was building around 1,000 trucks per day last week.
      "That's not where we need to be. We allowed enough time in 2017 to get that installation up, but it's proven to be challenging," said Marchionne.
      Why the low production rate? A union source explained there are a few reasons. One is that suppliers are having a difficult time with providing parts for two-generations of the Ram 1500 - FCA is planning on building the last-generation model to help keep sales up while production ramps up on the next-generation 1500. The Sterling Heights' plant is also undergoing construction for the 2019 Ram 1500, which cuts the number of trucks that can be built. Also, the union source said that some workers still lack proper training on building the new model.
      Another source said that more than 2,500 2019 Ram 1500s were sitting in holding areas due to an electrical issue. Once fixed, the trucks will be shipped out to dealers.
      Getting production up and running for the 2019 Ram 1500 is important for FCA. Marchionne said it and the redesigned Jeep Wrangler need smooth launches if the company wants to achieve its financial goals for this year. To this end, the company is planning on spending more than $300 million to get the production ramp-up back on track. Automotive News also obtained a revised production calendar from March that indicates FCA will run the Sterling Heights plant every weekend and holiday through Labor Day.
      Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)

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