The next-generation Ram 1500 could be headed for Australia, according to GoAuto.au.
According to the publication, FCA Australia has pinpointed the Ram 1500 as a product that is a good fit for the Australian market. The decision to bring the full-size pickup down under will ultimately be up to FCA’s top brass in the U.S., however.
Melbourne’s American Special Vehicles currently imports the Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 into Oz on FCA’s behalf, converting them to right-hand drive once they arrive in the country. If FCA doesn’t ship the Ram 1500 to Australia on an official basis, ASV has said it would be interested in shipping it there and doing the conversions itself.
FCA recently revised its U.S. production plan, cancelling production of the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart in order to make way for more trucks and SUVs. The next-gen Ram will be built at the Sterling Heights Assembly plant that currently builds the 200, allowing Ram to boost production capacity and facilitate its growth. Whether that growth includes Australia remains to be seen.
FCA Australia has also expressed interest in bringing the inbound Jeep Wrangler-based pickup truck to market as well. Like the Ram 1500 the Wrangler pickup is seen as a good fit for the blue-collar Australian market, however its arrival in the region could be dependent on demand for it in the U.S.
In the past, Jeep has been forced to avoid foreign markets as it didn’t have the production capacity to meet demand both locally and abroad, a situation described by Marchionne as a ‘Sophie’s Choice’. Considering the pent-up excitement for the Wrangler pickup, FCA Australia may miss out on the highly anticipated model as FCA attempts to meet U.S. demand.