Diamond Star Redux: FCA's Getting A New Mid-Size Truck
September 22nd, 2014 11:11 AM Share
The Chrysler/Mitsubishi pairing that brought us the turbocharged DSM twins and the Colt cars is being resurrected in a roundabout way. A new mid-size truck for Fiat’s commercial vehicle lineup will be sourced from Mitsubishi, which will lend FCA the use of its upcoming L200 truck.
Automotive News is reporting that the new truck will, of course, not be sold in North America, and will be built in Thailand for the European and Latin American markets. Mitsubishi and Chrysler have already agreed to sell a rebadged version of the Mirage sedan in Mexico, for sale as a Chrysler product.
Published September 22nd, 2014 11:11 AM
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We see these now and then with Mexican plates. First time I saw one I was really taken aback by the styling.
While looking at this marshmallow of a pickup truck, it occurs to me that although the front end is soft in order to reduce injuries to pedestrians, the license plate is still metal. Wouldn't it be logical for the insurance company lobbyists(strikethrough) beneficial government policymakers to require soft vinyl front license plates? Maybe soft and spongy like the plastic "bumper cover" that usually just covers a chunk of styrofoam.
It sort of reminds me (a lot) of that Ford Explorer sporttruck that they sold a few years back. Probably as functional as anything else with a 6' (or less) bed.
I saw a lot of pickup trucks in this format in Costa Rica.