Posted: 12/07/09 01:24 PM
Say it isnt so? A Replacement is to come, but a Unibody?!?!
What do say?
Chrysler plans for future Ram after Dakota
One future product idea that has survived the transition from bankrupt Chrysler to the new Chrysler Group LLC is a unibody pickup to replace the Dodge Dakota, which will be discontinued in 2011.
"As we look to replace the Dakota with a different product, there are some opportunities with (partner) Fiat (SpA) that we have and we need to examine," Fred Diaz, head of the Ram brand, said in an interview with The Detroit News.
But there also are possibilities "within the walls of Chrysler that we're looking at as well that could end up being a very good replacement for the Dakota," Diaz said.
A car-based pickup was already in the works before Chrysler's financial difficulties forced it into bankruptcy and a partnership with Fiat.
Posted: 12/07/09 04:29 PM
It's probably inevitable that this is the long-term design direction for small-to-midsize trucks. Fuel economy standards are not getting any easier, and short of widespread adoption of diesel and/or hybrid powertrains in this segment, it looks like BOF chassis small-to-midsize trucks may be a dying breed.