• Dec 23, 2010
Chrysler has gone on a bit of a trademark bender, snapping up a couple of high-profile names that may give us some insight into what the smallest of the Big Three has planned for the near future. According to Inside Line, the company has laid claim to both the Cuda and Tradesman monikers. We're more than a little perplexed by the automaker's decision to tuck away the Cuda name, especially since the legendary Barracuda sailed under the long-dead Plymouth banner. Who knows, maybe Chrysler is simply hoping to cash in on some nostalgic licensing later down the line.

More interesting is the Tradesman name. Way back in 1971, Dodge offered up a no-frills work van under the that nameplate. The resurrection has spurred the crew at Inside Line to meditate on the possibility of an all-new work van based on bones from the Fiat Ducato Goods Transport Van. Given how popular offerings like the Dodge Sprinter proved to be on our shores, a successor to that beast is a logical move.

[Source: Inside Line]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Your assessment of the 'benz Sprinter van's US success over the past ten years is a little light......IT'S BEEN A SCREAMING SUCCESS WITH EVERYONE FROM SOCCER MOMS TO FEDEX BUYING THEY BY THE BOAT LOAD....Ya the snoozers at Ford and GM, unawared what's happening outside their own executive suites, allowed MBnez (behind Chrysler and Freightliner) to pick all the low hanging fruit in the light delivery market. Just as ol' Lee at Chrysler couldn't figure out why anyone would buy a Miata instead of his little FWD Australian Capri roadster, so nobody at Ford or GM, for a decade, have been able to understand why tradesman would rather have a spacious 22mpg work van than a 460cubic inch, cramped 'church van' with no vertical space inside.....what it comes down to is the inability of all but a few in detroit to understand the appeal of small diesels....towing your flatbottom to the lake is about all they unstand....good for Chrysler for staying in the game......
      • 4 Years Ago
      there's supposed to be a 'dual' assembly line manufacturing plant being built for a van and the new dakota. wonder if this is the van.
      • 4 Years Ago
      We use the FIAT vans in some USAF bases in Europe and the MPG and utility is pretty outstanding. The FIAT/Iveco vans would make a great replacement for the Sprinter van.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I've run one of these for my business for the last 3 years and it replaced a Merc Sprinter. The Merc was good but cost a fortune on fuel and servicing and after 4 years was a rust bucket. My Ducato Maxi has the excellent 130 BHP 2.8 JTDi Diesel engine and returns 35 -40 MPG, servicing is cheap and it has a galvanised body so no rust. Mercs are good but running costs and purchase price means it makes a very big dent in your profit margins. The wife has had the Landy for the snow over the past couple of weeks but the big front wheel drive Fiat has been as good and a lot better than my Jag in the white stuff.

      • 4 Years Ago
      The use of Fiat based vans/trucks will be a boon to Ram. I remember when virtually every tradesman or airport service drove a Dodge van and they were everywhere. If Ram can re-energize that market for its vehicles, Ram sales could double in two years. A new, smaller Dakota is in the works and Ram pickup sales are growing as the economy improves. Things could be very interesting for Ram shortly.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Don't forget the manual transmission. A diesel would be nice too.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Awesome look except for the BIG BLACK front bumper... fix that and u got a winner....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Go DODGE It has been the best vehickles i have ever owned. I am over 50 yrs old and i wish i could find another 1994 dodge ram like i once had. I have had a 1976,1985,and a 1994 dodge ram pick up 318 magnum and i believe there is no better vehickle on the road. I am sorry to say i now have a 2004 chevrolet and have had more trouble with that chevy truck in the first year than i ever had with the 1994 dodge magnum the whole time i had it. I owned it for 10 years and wish now that i would have kept it and rebuilt it. I could have rebilt it for what i have put into this chevrolet (sh-tolet) I realy think it is like when JESUS was crucified, humans still want there barabus. PEOPLE WITH BRAINS AND MONEY SHOULD GO DODGE. GO DODGE IF YOU ARE SMART.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That is one ugly mofo truck.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That is one practical and efficient truck.
      77Sportsman
      • 4 Years Ago
      Where is the plant located?
      77Sportsman
      • 4 Years Ago
      The passenger version of the Tradesman was called the Sportsman. Will that nameplate be brought back?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think the Iveco Daily would be a better choice for a Sprinter replacement.
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