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Detroit Rivals Gunning for Transit Connect?

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Recent trademark filings by both Chrysler and General Motors indicate that Ford’s next-generation Transit Connect Wagon may not have everything its own way in the North American market. Chrysler has long hinted that versions of Fiat’s class-leading Dobló compact LCV and the Ducato large van could fill out the new RAM brand’s commercial vehicle offerings. Trademark applications in the US last month for both Ram Promaster and Ram Promaster City suggest that plans for both vans are progressing. The big surprise though comes from General Motors, which currently does not offer a modern compact LCV of its own anywhere in the world. Opel/Vauxhall’s Combo, originally a segment pioneer, has been replaced by a version of the Dobló produced by TOFAŞ in Turkey; while several emerging markets sell small Chinese Wuling vans under the Chevrolet badge, unsuitable for the US market. (more…)