We at your favorite Maryland Dodge Dealer keep hearing about this thru our various super secret spy channels (read internet) and agree that it would be a great seller. We would rather hear that production is starting up but if we can’t have that yet then we will gladly take any talk that shows it is still on the boards! Come on RAM!
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Chrysler is dropping more hints about an upcoming unibody pickup that would be positioned below the Dodge Dakota. You may recall that first word of the new small truck came back in November when Fred Diaz, CEO of Chrysler’s newly-created Ram brand, dropped tidbits about the company “considering” a Dakota replacement. We speculated that it could be built on a platform derived from the upcoming Jeep Grand Cherokee/Dodge Durango architecture.
Interviewed at the National Truck Equipment Association’s Work Truck Show in St. Louis this month, Joe Veltri, Chrysler Group vice president of product planning, touched on the subject once again. “We’re thinking of something that will separate itself from the full-sized truck more than what happens today, both in capability, price and size,” said Veltri. While the automaker has reportedly shelved the idea of developing a mid-size truck on a unibody platform (the segment is currently owned by the Honda Ridgeline – its sales plummeted 51 percent between 2008 and 2009), the company feels there is a need for a smaller and more fuel efficient pickup without the unnecessary size or capabilities. According to Veltri, buyers still want pickup trucks but they want better fuel economy. “Everybody has gotten the formula wrong,” he adds. Well, everyone except Ford and the ancient-though-still-small Ranger.