Although Chrysler reported record profits from year-end 2012 auto sales Wednesday, there was little offered in the form of an updated product plan. Chrysler-Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne called 2012 an "exceptional year" for Chrysler but gave away little in the form of updated product plans for any of the company’s pickup truck, commercial or SUV brands.
The Chrysler leader made several notes in the quarterly report meeting to industry analysts about how well sales and award gathering was going for the Ram truck team, as well as how the company is succeeding globally with Jeep's continued marketshare gains. The only sour note came when discussing the European market outlook and the company’s slumping sales data there.
Automotive News is reporting the debut of the new Fiat-based (likely off the Doblo platform) Ram ProMaster City small commercial van, which will eventually compete with the Ford Transit Connect, will appear sometime next year. On a related note, rumors are swirling about a full-size Ford Transit fighter from Ram. We guess it will be shown at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show (February) or NTEA Work Truck Show (March) this year.
The smaller ProMaster will likely be based off the quirky Fiat Doblo. When asked about how aggressive he would be with competitors in the viscious and profitable truck segments, Marchionne responded, "I will never declare war on the competitors — I just want a fair share of the U.S. market, whatever that may be."
For the 2012 quarterly financial report press release, click here.
For the accompanying presentation (and it's a large file), click here.