Before we delve into the details on this matter, it’s worth noting that no definitive plans for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ right-hand-drive (RHD) production strategy have been laid out. The following information has been accrued through various reports, but the automaker itself has stated that it’s still fully committed to right-hand-drive markets.
That said, recent reports state that FCA is ending production of RHD vehicles at the Windsor and Brampton factories in Canada. In addition, there has also been talk of the automaker withdrawing from RHD markets in South Africa, New Zealand, Japan, India, Pakistan, Indonesia, and Australia. This notion came to light when FCA South Africa CEO Robin van Rensburg implied that Chrysler and Dodge would no longer be available in RHD since North America had ceased production. However, the head of FCA Australia’s PR and communications, Alessia Terranova, has gone on the record saying that this was South Africa’s decision.
As for the Australian market, companies such as American Special Vehicles, a collaboration between Ateco Automotive and Walkinshaw Automotive Group, convert imported Ram pickup trucks into right-hand-drive.
It’s also worth noting that back in 2015 FCA had announced that Chrysler products would no longer be offered in the United Kingdom after 2017, and that Dodge withdrew from the UK market back in 2010. The automaker claimed that it needed to concentrate more on the Alfa Romeo, Fiat, and Jeep brands, which could potentially still offer RHD vehicles. And if not officially, there are definitely RHD conversion companies out there, as we’re seeing with American Special Vehicles.
Source: Motor 1