Chrysler may use a commercial van from FIAT to replace the Dodge Sprinter, which former parent Daimler AG will no longer provide.
Chrysler and Fiat may sell the Fiat Ducato or the slightly larger Daily from the Turin, Italy-based automaker’s Iveco unit in North America, according to Bloomberg.
Daimler announced yesterday that it’s discontinuing the Dodge Sprinter, as its Mercedes-Benz unit assumes responsibility for the vans in the U.S. Chrysler, based in Auburn Hills, Michigan, since June has been run by Fiat after a bankruptcy reorganization aided by the U.S. government.
The Sprinter has been sold in the U.S. since 2001, first as a Freightliner vehicle and then as a Dodge starting in 2003. The Daimler-designed van has a base price of $37,170 and is built in Charleston, South Carolina.
The Fiat and Iveco models are similar in size to the Sprinter. Neither is sold in the U.S. now.