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Old 10-09-2009, 09:27 PM   #1
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It's Official: Ram Truck Brand Split Off From Dodge Brand; Good Idea?

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The Italian crew that's now calling the shots at Chrysler made it official today: the Dodge Ram truck brand is being split away from the Dodge car brand to better focus each brand. Also announced were several changes to upper management.

"This reorganization will allow us to protect and develop the unique nature of the product offerings within the Dodge brand," Chrysler/Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne said in a statement.




The new brand strategy strips the Ram trucks away from the Dodge brand and will use the Ram name on a number of consumer- and work-oriented vehicles believed to include light- and heavy-duty trucks, SUVs and cargo vans. The Dodge brand, meanwhile, will keep the Caravan and be refocused to better concentrate on performance cars. The split also gives management the ability sell or kill either brand separate from the other should financial circumstances require it. The Ram brand will be run by the head of Chrysler's Denver business center, Fred Diaz Jr., who will also take over as lead sales executive for the U.S.

Along with the brand shake-up, Chrysler-Fiat also announced some changes to its upper-management, surprising in that some of the positions were just filled a few months ago. First to go was Michael Accavitti, whom Marchionne had promoted to head of Dodge back in June when Chrysler emerged from bankruptcy. While Accavitti leaves "to pursue other interests," his responsibilities will be split between Diaz Jr. and Chrysler's Vice President of Design, Ralph Gilles, who will now run the Dodge car brand in addition to his duties as design chief.

Also out is Chrysler brand president and CEO Peter Fong, who resigned for personal reasons. Fong has been replaced by Lancia brand chief Olivier Francois, brought over from Fiat Group by Marchionne. Like Accavitti, Fong was named Chrysler brand chief by Marchionne back in June after Chrysler exited bankruptcy.
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Old 10-09-2009, 09:41 PM   #2
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I think that Chrysler is looking at the success of the GMC brand and trying to make that sort of success part of the Ram's identity. By bundling it with Dodge, the focus of Dodge is too divided. They're good at trucks, so they tend to let cars slide. Now, they have no choice but to work hard on their worst assets and make them more competitive. Hopefully, this decision leads to great Chrysler cars and keeps the truck line as competitive as it has always been.
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Old 10-09-2009, 09:44 PM   #3
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As much as I dislike most Chrysler product's, I wish them the best.
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Old 10-09-2009, 10:20 PM   #4
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Doesn't work quite the way they make it sound here. The Ram brand is a kind of brand within a brand, with the trucks still being sold at Dodge dealers and with the Dodge name on them. Think of this as more of a corporate 'mental disconnect' that allows Dodge cars and trucks to take totally different directions, but still maintain an obviously beneficial connection, and you'll have the idea.
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Old 10-09-2009, 10:23 PM   #5
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That's kinda what I figured it meant.
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