Earlier this year it was announced Fiat Chrysler would import the Heavy Duty Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 pickup trucks to Australia with the help of Walkinshaw Group. Now it has emerged the company, which is the same responsible for the popular Holden Special Vehicles division in the country, has sold out of the shipment of trucks before they’ve even arrived.
According to Carsguide.au, all 40 Rams expected to be delivered to Walkinshaw in the first shipment from the U.S. has been spoken for. This is despite a $139,500 AUD sticker price for Ram 2500 models and a $146,500 AUD price for Ram 3500 models.
Unlike many right-hand drive conversions, the trucks are not the product of an aftermarket company. The right-hand drive conversion, which is started in the U.S. and then complete by Walkinshaw in Australia, is back by Fiat Chrysler and the trucks are also covered by a three year/100,00km warranty and roadside assistance. Additionally, the same supplier that makes the left-hand drive steering system for the Ram makes the right-hand-drive steering system, and a reputed supplier is also responsible for the dashboard.
Walkinshaw Group company that imports the Ram, called American Special Vehicles, hopes to eventually bring more American pickup trucks to Australia and says more buyers will catch on once they realize they can get a converted truck that is of near identical quality to the original.