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Under The Pentastar

Under The Pentastar

“Under the Pentastar” is a weekly recap of some of the major stories at Chrysler Group LLC. This week’s stories include: a tour of the Belvidere Assembly Plant by Chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne, who met with employees on the one-year anniversary of the Company repaying its U.S. and Canadian government loans, six years early; the Ram Truck brand and The Chrysler Foundation bestowing a $50,000 grant to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the nation’s largest provider of college financial aid for Latino students; and a new incentive program for those in the market for a new car, truck or SUV.

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FIAT Doblo with Ram Trim

FIAT Doblo with Ram Trucks Trim

You knew it had to happen eventually. It was inevitable. And now here it is. The first Fiat to go Chrysler. As of right now it looks like the FIAT Doblo will be coming to US soil wearing the Ram Truck‘s trim. The above picture is not an actual photo of the new van, just what my imagination leads me to believe it may look like, with the headlights possibly being shaped more similar to a Ram 1500‘s. (This is my first attempt at photoshopping a concept vehicle, so go easy on me.)

But then again, that’s just a guess, and your guess is as good as mine! No actual photos have been released yet, but when they are, we’ll bring them your way! Here’s what Chrysler Group LLC had to say about the Fiat Doblo coming to Ram Trucks:

September 9, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich.; Istanbul, Turkey; Turin, Italy – A Letter of Intent has been signed between Fiat Group Automobiles SpA (FGA) and its Turkish joint-venture partner TOFAS for the supply of the Fiat Doblò vehicle to Chrysler Group where it will be sold in the U.S. and Canadian markets under the Ram brand.

Exports of the Doblò, recently voted “International Van of the Year 2011,” will commence in early 2013. The seven-year supply agreement calls for TOFAS to export a total of 190,000 units of the successful Doblò vehicle from its Bursa facility – Turkey’s largest automobile production plant.

TOFAS will invest over $160 million (USD) for the necessary U.S. and Canadian homologation and customer requirement modifications.

Listed on the Istanbul Stock Exchange and established 43 years ago in 1968, TOFAS is a joint-venture between Fiat Group Automobiles SpA and the Koc Group.

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“Under the Pentastar” is a quick video recapping important happenings around the company over the past week.

This week’s video leads off with a recap of the announcement that Chrysler Group plans to repay their $7.5 billion dollar debt to the US and Canadian governments next week; followed by the exciting news that Chrysler Brand was named “Top Popular Brand” in the 2011 AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards, Lenny Kravitz is starring in the all new Jeep Wrangler Broadcast Campaign; and finally, Jamawn (Jay) Woods of Sterling Heights Assembly Plant was honored for his success on the reality show “America’s Next Great Restaurant”.

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