Ram mulling passenger version of promised Fiat Doblo van for U.S.
The Doblo panel van will compete with the Ford Transit Connect when it hits U.S. streets in early 2013. Ford decided to offer a passenger van version after its small hauler gained a foothold in the States. Ram President Fred Diaz can see that happening to the new Fiat-based van, adding that "it could have passenger car applications." To do that, Chrysler would only need to add a second row of seats and some windows for scenery, items that are already available in other markets.
Fiat is investing $160 million to upgrade its joint venture plant in Turkey so that the Ram version of the Doblo can pass U.S. regulations.
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