RAM muscles through
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.