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The RAM 1500 is the latest addition to the ASV stable in Australia, and priced to start from under 80k drive-away, it promises to appeal to cashed-up ute buyers.

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Ram recalls 1.45 million trucks globally over tailgate fault
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Ram recalls 1.45 million trucks globally over tailgate fault

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has been forced to issue a global recall for more than 1.1 million Ram trucks in the US, along with a further 260,000 in Canada, nearly 20,000 in Mexico, and a further 25,000 in markets outside North America. According to the manufacturer, affected models are fitted with faulty power-locking mechanisms that could break over time...


Sergio Marchionne: A brief history of his time as CEO of Fiat and Chrysler
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Sergio Marchionne: A brief history of his time as CEO of Fiat and Chrysler

Sergio Marchionne, head of Fiat since 2004 and Chrysler from 2009, has passed away aged 66 after complications arising from surgery. Known for his straight-talking style, workaholic lifestyle, and love of black wooly sweaters, Marchionne was not a noted "car guy", but his legacy includes turning around not one, but two automakers...


Former FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne passes away
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Former FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne passes away

Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler (FCA) until last weekend, has passed away after complications arising from surgery. “Unfortunately, what we feared has come to pass. Sergio Marchionne, man and friend, is gone," John Elkann, head of Exor, the holding company for the Agnelli and Elkann families, and largest shareholder in FCA, said in a statement released in the last hour...


Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne replaced suddenly due to ill health
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Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne replaced suddenly due to ill health

After an emergency board meeting Fiat Chrysler (FCA) has appointed Mike Manley, previously head of Jeep and RAM, as its acting CEO effectively immediately. In a statement overnight, the company announced with "profound sorrow that during the course of this week unexpected complications arose while Mr Marchionne was recovering from surgery and that these have worsened significantly in recent hours", and as a result the outspoken CEO "will be unable to return to work"...


2018 Ram 1500 pricing and specs
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2018 Ram 1500 pricing and specs

As the North American market begins rollout of the new-generation 2019 Ram 1500, Australian details for the older 2018 Ram 1500 have been announced this week. UPDATE, 23/8/18: The original version of this article listed a rear-view camera as standard equipment across the range, however this isn't the case. A rear-view camera is included with the Laramie specification only...


Ram 1500: First ute rolls off Aussie production line
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Ram 1500: First ute rolls off Aussie production line

The Ateco Group has produced its first Ram 1500 at its facility in Melbourne, Victoria, ahead of the truck's market launch this month. Pricing and specifications for our market are still to be announced, though all versions will feature a 5.7-litre 'Hemi' V8 – which makes 395hp (294kW) in US trim – and offer a towing capacity of up to 4...


2018 Ram 2500, 3500 pricing and specs
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2018 Ram 2500, 3500 pricing and specs

Ateco Australia has announced a host of 2018 model year changes to the Ram 2500 and 3500 in Australia, promising better comfort and refinement from a new, locally-developed suspension tune. Behind the wheel, the changes start with a new 8.4-inch uConnect touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto...


Ram competitor for Toyota Hilux, Fiat Doblo replacement due by 2022
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Ram competitor for Toyota Hilux, Fiat Doblo replacement due by 2022

Laying its five-year product plan out at an investors' meeting in Balocco, Italy, Fiat Chrysler has confirmed with will launch a smaller D-segment ute by 2022. According to Automotive News, the "mid-size" Ram ute will also be sold with Fiat badges, meaning it will be a true global competitor to the Toyota Hilux, Ford Ranger, Chevrolet/Holden Colorado, Isuzu D-Max, and others...


2017-18 Ram 2500 and 3500 recalled
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2017-18 Ram 2500 and 3500 recalled

American Special Vehicles has recalled the 2017-18 Ram 2500 and 3500 over concerns the power steering could fail. The company reports vehicles fitted with a certain type of power steering hose may experience the fault. If the condition occurs, owners may notice a loss of hydraulic assistance to both the brakes and steering, subsequently increasing the risk an accident...


2018 Ram 2500 recalled
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2018 Ram 2500 recalled

American Special Vehicles has issued a recall notice for the 2018 Ram 2500, over concerns about the Trailer Brake Module on cars with a 12-pin trailer plug. According to the import company, some MY18 trucks with the 12-pin plug may have the incorrect software installed, rendering the tail-lights on attached trailers inoperative...


Ram 2500 and 3500 recalled over fire risk
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Ram 2500 and 3500 recalled over fire risk

American Special Vehicles has recalled 2014-2017 Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks with the 6.7-litre diesel engine, over concerns a faulty water pump could cause an engine fire. According to the importer and right-hand drive converter, the water pump could fail which, in turn, might cause an engine compartment fire. There are 529 vehicles included in this recall...


RAM 1500 confirmed for Australia by mid-year 2018
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RAM 1500 confirmed for Australia by mid-year 2018

Local distributor Ateco Automotive has confirmed a mid-year Australian launch for the 2018 Ram 1500 – that is, the outgoing model, not the 2019 range revealed in January. Due to demand in the US, that all-new offering won't be available to our market for at least another year...


Fiat Chrysler to kill diesel by 2022 - Report
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Fiat Chrysler to kill diesel by 2022 - Report

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will end production of its diesel vehicles by 2022, telling the Financial Times a lack of demand and high costs are behind the decision. According to the report, people "familiar with the [diesel] strategy" say the company will announce decision as part of a four-year plan, set to be fully revealed on June 1...


2018 Super Bowl LII car ads: Watch them all here
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2018 Super Bowl LII car ads: Watch them all here

Sometimes, advertisements are the only thing keeping us engaged in the Super Bowl. Thankfully, the on-field entertainment was up to scratch in yesterday's Philadelphia Eagles win. In this writer's opinion, yesterday's crop of automotive ads were a bit, well, flat. One piece will be remembered for being a bit tone deaf, and for using words deeply out of context...


RAM 2500 and 3500 recalled for transmission fix
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RAM 2500 and 3500 recalled for transmission fix

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has recalled the 2010 RAM 2500 and 3500 to fix an issue with the gear selector. According to the company, the Brake Transmission Interlock pin could become locked open, allowing owners to shift the car out of Park without pressing the brake. This increases the risk of a rollaway, putting occupants and other road users at risk...


2019 Ram 1500 revealed in Detroit
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2019 Ram 1500 revealed in Detroit

The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 has made its debut at the Detroit motor show this week, sporting a lighter body and technology upgrades, along with a new mild-hybrid powertrain. Weighing up to 102 kilograms less than its predecessor, the new 1500 features an aluminium tailgate - but not the tray bed, which remains a decision unique to Ford and its big F-150...


Fiat Chrysler rejected Chinese bid, others interested - report
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Fiat Chrysler rejected Chinese bid, others interested - report

Fiat Chrysler could be acquired by a Chinese car maker, with reports indicating it has already rejected one offer for no reason other than the size of the offer. According to Automotive News, a large Chinese automaker recently had a bid for the Fiat Chrysler (FCA) turned down...


Ram 1500, 2500, 3500 recalled for safety fix
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Ram 1500, 2500, 3500 recalled for safety fix

Local importer and conversion company American Special Vehicles (ASV) has issued a recall for six vehicles across its Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 model lines over concerns a faulty occupant sensor could cause the airbags to not deploy in an accident. Affected vehicles were built in 2014, 2015 and 2016...


Ram 2500 Code Black special arrives from $149,500
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Ram 2500 Code Black special arrives from $149,500

Ram Trucks has released its first limited-edition variant of the Ram 2500 truck, named Code Black, bringing an array of dark-themed enhancements. Starting at $149,500 before on-road costs, the Ram 2500 Code Black gets a black finish on the front grille, front and rear bumpers, badging, and side mirrors. There are also new heavy-duty wheel arch flares...