September 28, 2023

Quick-growing American pick-up model Ram is happy in its Australian companions Ram Vans Australia and can assist the native distributor and converter stay aggressive within the face of recent competitors.

Ram’s native conversion is the results of a partnership between Walkinshaw automotive group and Neville Crichton, proprietor of Ateco Automotive, which goals to promote 10,000 Rams this yr and develop to twenty,000 within the close to future.

Although the model managed 6,149 automobile gross sales in Australia in 2022 and appears set to do 10,000 based mostly on its present month-to-month run fee in 2023, which may change because the American truck market is ready to warmth up in Australia with the arrival of the Ford F-150 later this yr.

Priced from $106,950 (earlier than on-road prices), Ford’s best-selling mannequin within the U.S., shall be going after the Ram 1500, which begins at $98,950 for the Specific Crew Cab (earlier than on-road prices).

Chatting with the Australian media on the New York Autoshow unveiling of the brand new Ram 1500 REV, Mike Koval the CEO of Ram confirmed the connection with the Australian distributor stays robust.

“We admire all the things that the workforce in Australia and New Zealand is doing, they’ve been incredible companions for us and also you see the numbers. I imply, we’re rising leaps and bounds yr after yr. In truth, 2022 is the very best yr of the historical past of the model in that market. So [we are] very happy with how issues are going,” Koval stated.

As a way to assist Ram hit its targets in Australia, Koval confirmed the model will help the native distributor to stay aggressive if worth turns into a problem.

“We now have a robust working relationship, [it’s] open and clear. Their success is our success and vice versa… So we, we’ve to work collectively and if there are challenges that we have to [meet], I feel one of many issues that we all the time need to do is we’ve to make sure competitiveness. We are going to all the time have these conversations and the doorways are all the time open,”

Koval was upbeat in regards to the potential for the RAM 1500 electrical ute heading to Australia and for our market to be handled as an much more critical contender for future merchandise.

“We’re a worldwide model greater than ever. For positive traditionally, Ram model gross sales have been predominantly in North America. Not anymore. When you have a look at the numbers of South America, the Center East, Australia, New Zealand… which is the place one thing like this [Ram 1500 REV] can actually assist us. Proper? So no, that is all about world development,

“This electrification is game-changing for all of us. So particularly within the truck phase. With full data of what the opposite guys have introduced.”

The Ram 1500 REV has a spread of greater than 800km with greater than 650hp, however it received’t go into manufacturing till not less than late 2024, that means Australian conversions and deliveries are unlikely to begin till mid to late 2025. Nonetheless, the pure electrical EV ute would be the begin of a brand new period for the American model’s globalisation technique.