The new for 2015 Ram ProMaster City van is headed our way, and thanks to FIAT engineers in Italy, we'll get a US version of the FIAT Doblo van. Hold on to your Made in the USA hats, batten down your Made In Italy Hatches, because believe it or not, this vehicle is built in Turkey, so that just might be a first for cars in the US! Here's a great review from the New York Daily News: NY Daily News LINK
Here at Nixon Motor Sports we're no strangers to foreign built cars since we're happily driving the Japanese built Mazda MX-5 Miata and the Mexican built FIAT 500 Abarth, (and in the past, the VW Rabbit, VW Fox, Nissan Sentra, etc.), but TURKEY? THE VAN IS BUILT IN THE COUNTRY OF TURKEY?????
The facts are that all the major manufacturers probably build cars in multiple countries around the world, so it's not a big shock when you look at it that way. Let's walk around the van we saw at the Motor Trend Auto Show in Richmond VA and see what we find!
Note that the final assembly point is Bursa Turkey, but the engine and transmission are built in the US. So, buy one of these vans and you can tell people your van already has 10,000 miles on the engine, on less than a gallon of gas!
Base price: $25,655
Vehicle Shown: $27,505
21mpg in the city
I'm still thinking about a van built in Turkey, so sorry if I don't come up with any witty sayings on the reverse of RAM is MAR.
Shoot, just look near all four corners and you'll find a handy D ring thing to tie stuff down.
Then again, driving in the city, how long will you be sitting?
Not my best photo, but you can see the van has a steering wheel, dash, and is an automatic. Lots of knobs and it does everything you need a van to do I guess.
How will the FIAT-Doblo-Ram-ProMaster-City sell in the US? Too soon to tell, but I'm going to predict it will be very popular, and you're bound to see one on the road soon.
However, I'm pretty darn sure that the Fiat Chrysler Automobile company would prefer you just don't call it the Turkey Van.