RAM mus­cles through

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scan­dal swirling around for­mer Fiat Chrysler boss Clyde Camp­bell will not af­fect plans to im­port RAM trucks from the USA.

Camp­bell was one of the in­sti­ga­tors of a plan to bring the Amer­i­can pick-ups to Aus­tralia, con­vert them at the Walkin­shaw Per­for­mance fac­tory in Mel­bourne and then sell them in big num­bers from Septem­ber.

But he now faces al­le­ga­tions in the Fed­eral Court of mis-use of up to $30 mil­lion of FCA com­pany funds, in­clud­ing deals which al­legedly pro­vided gains to him­self and his com­pany con­nec­tions.

The RAM plan is now go­ing ahead with­out Camp­bell af­ter his part­ner in the ven­ture, Ateco Automotive king­pin Neville Crich­ton, dis­solved their busi­ness deal­ings – in­clud­ing a joint ven­ture as the Fiat Chrysler im­porter in New Zealand – just be­fore the court ac­tion be­came public.

Crich­ton, who re­cently turned 70, says he in­tends to push ahead with the RAM plan and is also in­ves­ti­gat­ing fresh im­port part­ner­ships with Chi­nese com­pa­nies af­ter in­tro­duc­ing the Great Wall and Ch­ery brands – fol­low­ing ear­lier deals with Suzuki, Fer­rari, Alfa Romeo, Kia and many oth­ers over more than three decades.

There is still no con­fir­ma­tion of ex­act pric­ing or spec­i­fi­ca­tions for the right-hand drive RAM trucks, but the show­room stick­ers are likely to start at less than $100,000 and that will make them a rel­a­tive bar­gain as Crich­ton at­tempts to sell more than 2000 units a year in Aus­tralia and New Zealand.

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