Starting from 2013, Chrysler Group’s Ram brand will sell its own version of the Fiat Doblo panel van in the United States, with the vehicle to take on the Ford Transit Connect.
Panel van aside, Ram officials are also discussing the possibility of bringing the passenger version of the Fiat Doblo to the U.S. The front-wheel drive panel van will be assembled in Turkey by a Fiat joint venture with local manufacturer Tofas Turk Otomobil Fabrikasi and will wear Ram badging.
Engineered to meet U.S. regulations, the Doblo will make it to the United States first as a windowless commercial model that could be used by small businesses. However, in Europe the Fiat Doblo is also sold as a passenger van and Chrysler Group execs are considering that version as well for the U.S.
“We are studying that as a possibility. It could have passenger car applications,” Fred Diaz, president of the Ram brand, was quoted as saying by Automotive News. “If somebody likes everything we deliver with that vehicle, and they want seats in it, why not?”, he added. The passenger version of the Fiat Doblo offers seating for five persons, with two more seats available as an optional extra.