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2019 Ram 1500, 2500 recalled

American Special Vehicles (ASV) has issued a recall for the 2019 model-year Ram 1500 and 2500 pickup lines over concerns of brake failure. The local conversion firm says "on some MY19 RAM 1500 and 2500 vehicles the master cylinder pushrod clip is not secured correctly"...

2004-09 Dodge Ram added to Takata recall

Queensland's Maracoonda Automotive has issued a recall for converted Dodge Ram utes sold between 2004 and 2010 as part of the ongoing Takata airbag campaign. As with all Takata notices, a combination of high temperatures and humidity can cause airbag inflator propellant to degrade over time...

Ram pickup sales skyrocket in Australia

The Australian company responsible for the right-hand drive conversion and distribution of America’s Ram pickup trucks is demonstrating astonishing growth and battling to satisfy demand in a flat market. American Special Vehicles (ASV), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sydney’s Ateco Group that contracts conversions to the Walkinshaw Group, has sold 1378 Ram trucks this year through its network of 47 dealer partners...

Ram 1500: Older 'Classic' in line for an update

Ram could update its long-serving DS 1500 to extend its life as a cheaper, simpler foil to the high-tech fifth-generation currently on sale in the USA. Speaking at Fiat Chrysler's earnings call, FCA CEO Mike Manley said minor updates could be in store for the 1500 Classic (as it's known) to keep it relevant in the crowded North American pickup market...

Japanese government may have helped to kill Renault, Fiat Chrysler merger - report

Japanese worries about the proposed merger's effects on the 20-year old Renault and Nissan alliance may have scuppered the proposed US$35 billion ($51 billion) merger between Renault and Fiat Chrysler (FCA). Sources have told Bloomberg Japanese officials informed their French counterparts about fears the proposed Fiat Chrysler and Renault merger could harm Nissan...

Bill Ford discussed merger with Fiat Chrysler

Bill Ford, chairman of Ford, has revealed he had discussions with Sergio Marchionne, then-CEO of Fiat Chrysler (FCA), about merging the two companies. At the EcoMobility conference in Tel Aviv, Ford revealed to journalists, including those from Automotive News Europe, he had a "number of dinners together [with Marchionne] talking about ..

Fiat Chrysler and Renault in talks to revive merger - report

High-level discussions are reportedly taking place between Renault and Fiat Chrysler (FCA) aimed at reviving the merger between the two companies, and gaining the approval of Nissan, Renault's alliance partner. Three sources have told Reuters John Elkann, chairman of FCA, has had talks with Jean-Dominique Senard, Renault's chairman, and Thierry Bollore, the French automaker's CEO, about bringing the proposed merger between the two companies back to life...

Ram chief sues Fiat Chrysler for making him a 'scapegoat'

According to his lawsuit, Reid Bigland, head of US sales for Fiat Chrysler (FCA) and chief of the Ram brand, says he has been cooperating with a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigation into the company's sales reporting practices, including allegations it had wrongfully inflated numbers...

Ram celebrates 1500th vehicle, start of 24-hour production

For the first time in almost 20 years, an Australian car assembly line will tonight return to 24-hour production – to keep up with unexpected and unprecedented local demand for Ram pick-ups from the US...

Nissan sees no 'negative aspect' to Renault and FCA's merger

Nissan has reportedly rebuffed plans to merge with Renault, but the Japanese automaker is unlikely to oppose the proposed merger between Fiat Chrysler (FCA) and Renault. "Overall, we don't see any particularly negative aspect," Hiroto Saikawa, Nissan CEO, told reporters (including those from Reuters) after a meeting of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance board...

Renault to decide on Fiat Chrysler merger by next week - report

  Renault could respond to the "transformative merger" offer from Fiat Chrysler (FCA) as early as next week. Sources have told Reuters the Renault board won't dawdle in deciding whether to accept Fiat Chrysler's offer for a 50/50 merger worth $52.7 billion...