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Fiat’s Iveco Could Provide Chrysler With Ram Van Replacement

Would fill in gap left when Mercedes cancelled Sprinter deal, also add Transit Connect competitor.

by on Jul.11, 2011

Chrysler may soon add a version of the Iveco Daily as a replacement for the former Dodge Sprinter.

Chrysler’s Ram brand has a big hole in its line-up – one left empty when its former German partner, Daimler AG, decided to end a tie-up that had provided the U.S. maker with a version of the big European Sprinter van.

But that gap may soon be filled by a product sharing project with Fiat, Chrysler’s Italian partner.  Fiat’s Iveco Daily or the smaller Fiat Ducato would readily replace the old Dodge Sprinter – and be marketed, going forward, with the badge of the new Ram division.

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Meanwhile, Chrysler appears ready to turn to Iveco to cover another, smaller product hole, reports WardsAuto.com.  Fiat’s little Doblo, an urban European delivery truck, could give Ram a product to toss up against the likes of the Ford TransitConnect.

The two models would cover “different opportunities” in the market, Ram’s new product marketing chief, Rob Hegbloom, told Wards, confirming long-standing rumors that the U.S. truck brand might find opportunities to ally with both Fiat and Iveco.

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Daimler Dumps Chrysler – Again

Newest battle centers on Sprinter van.

by on Sep.02, 2009

As part of the continuing split between former partners Daimler and Chrysler, Dodge dealers will no longer be able to market the popular Sprinter van.

As part of the continuing split between former partners Daimler and Chrysler, Dodge dealers will no longer be able to market the popular Sprinter van, as of January 2010.

Mercedes-Benz USA LLC is preparing to take over sales of the Sprinter vans in the U.S. from Chrysler Group LLC and Freightliner, Daimler AG’s American truck subsidiary. That’s right luxury car dealers will handle the commercial truck.

The unceremonious decision to cut the Sprinter ties to Dodge wasn’t exactly a surprise given the increasingly bad blood between Chrysler LLC and its old German partner. Last week, Chrysler filed a lawsuit against Daimler, charging it with failing to honor a supply contract – in fact, the second legal action the American maker had taken against its former partner in barely a month.

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Daimler plans to stop supplying the Sprinter vans to Dodge dealers on Jan.1, 2010. None of the more than 300 Dodge dealers certified to sell the Sprinter will be retained, Daimler officials said.

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