FCA’s Gilles: Love Fiat Toro, No Plans for U.S.
Tweet Corrects Earlier Speculation
With a renaissance of midsize pickups lately, one of the sole holdouts has been Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). Since the discontinuation of the Dakota in 2011, the company has had no pickup offerings smaller than the Ram 1500 in the U.S. and Canadian markets. At a press conference at the Chicago Auto Show, Automotive News interpreted a comment from FCA’s global design chief Ralph Gilles, “You’ll be seeing a lot more from Fiat, on the truck side, especially,” as insinuating there were plans to bring the compact trucklet to the U.S. market.
A few hours later, Gilles sent out a tweet correcting the speculation saying, “I must clear something up this morning from this morning’s MAMA (Midwestern Automotive Media Association) I meant I love the new 2017 Fiat Toro sold in Latin America, no plans to sell in the U.S.”
Ford’s announcement of the Ranger’s comeback to the U.S. market for 2019 leaves Ram as the lone domestic holdout in the midsize pickup market. Ram recently introduced a Mitsubishi-based Ram 1200 for select Middle Eastern Markets. That truck is smaller and less powerful than the current midsize models offered in the U.S. market, and any serious entry in the conventional midsize segment would probably require a clean-sheet design or substantial update.
Source: Automotive News