Ever since the divorce of DaimlerChrysler in 2009, Dodge has struggled to find a replacement for the Sprinter vans. Fiat says look no further as it plans to assemble a large panel commercial van based on the Fiat Ducato to sell in the U.S.
Chrysler will build 30,000 vans a year in Mexico and slap a Fiat badge on them, a report from Automotive News says. Ram heavy-duty trucks are already produced at the Saltillo facility and Chrysler believes it can handle the additional production. A smaller Fiat van will likely arrive in 2013 and is expected to compete against the Ford Transit Connect. The Ducato-based van will be the bigger of the two vans in the Ram stable.
To hold over consumers until the Fiat vans are ready, Ram is producing its own cargo van. The windowless Ram cargo van replaces the Dodge Grand Caravan C/V but still comes with a flat floor and rides on heavy-duty suspension.
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