Rams landed

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first eight Ram trucks for Aus­tralia have landed. There has been a two-month de­lay in the pro­gram for large-scale semi-of­fi­cial im­ports of the iconic Amer­i­can work­horse, hatched by Ateco boss Neville Crich­ton in a pro­duc­tion part­ner­ship with the Walkin­shaw group in Mel­bourne, but the first pick-ups should still be in show­rooms by late Oc­to­ber.

The pro­ject was de­layed by some fall­out from the le­gal ac­tion taken by Fiat Chrysler Automotive against its for­mer Aus­tralian CEO Clyde Camp­bell, who was one of the prime movers in the RAM plan.

But Crich­ton re­ports that things are now back on track with­out go­ing into much de­tail.

He is still re­fus­ing to out­line prices, the deal­ers who will han­dle the Rams in Aus­tralia, or the sales vol­umes.

But the first eight Rams have ar­rived in Mel­bourne and have been con­verted to right­hand drive at Walkin­shaw’s en­gi­neer­ing base at Clay­ton.

Test­ing to en­sure they meet the nec­es­sary Aus­tralian De­sign Rules is now un­der­way for a sign-off in Septem­ber be­fore the start of fullscale pro­duc­tion.

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