As we touched on in our Detroit show coverage this week, those burly full-sized pick-up trucks that dominate the North American market are nothing more than a dream for South African bakkie fans, but that could all change if a rumour emanating from Australia is anything to go by.
Like our market, Australia’s is dominated by one-tonners, with Hilux and Ranger fighting for overall market leadership, but due to the right-hand-drive hurdle Australians simply can’t buy full-sized bakkies like the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado and Ram 1500 unless they go for one of the expensive aftermarket conversions.
But that could be set to change, at least as far as Fiat Chrysler’s Ram brand is concerned - and possibly even Ford's F-150 at a push.
At the 2018 Detroit Show, Ram boss Mike Manley told Australian website Motoring.com.au that right-hand-drive production of new Ram 1500 pick-up was under consideration and that South Africa could also be a factor in that decision.
He said that the company was working closely with its Australian counterparts to work out how feasible the project would be, while also throwing in this interesting little nugget: