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.