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New Mini-Ram coming from Chrysler?

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Looks like it survived a roll-over.

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that truck looks like it was in a movie called death race and its just plain ugly

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that truck looks like it was in a movie called death race and its just plain ugly

You realize that it's intentionally disguised so you can't see the actual design, right?

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If this is what's actually hiding under there it's not too shabby...

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That pic kinda looks like what would be a new subaru brat.

Edited by Petetrucker07

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I wouldn't buy one due to the small size but it doesn't look too bad. What happened to using metal for vehicles? That thing has more plastic than a hobby shop.

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Looks like they should put MORE camouflage cladding on it. It looks like ugly hiding more ugly.

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The plastic is just part of that trim package I guess.

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That's better without all the plastic fake 'aero' . . . but it still looks like an overgrown Dustbuster. And, the styling is way too busy.

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No thanks, it's not for me...it's still a Fiat.

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Remember the Dodge D50? It does look like a modern Subaru Brat.

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It might be a Fiat, but maybe it will have better brakes than Chrysler. Maybe it's just living here in the Northeast, but Chrysler brakes just don't seem to last very long.

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It does look better without all the cheapo plastic panels added but to me its still a small little truck that could only haul the same as a normal cars trunk could...bet it couldn't pull much ether?

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I hope they don't use the Ram name. It is not worthy of it.

But, I think there is a market for it, even if it is just a small crossover that is missing the rear part of the roof.

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Before retiring from Chrysler, several of the departments that I oversaw utilized the camouflaged prototypes in order to complete our tasks. It was not unusual to take up to an hour to remove the camo so we could get access to the area of the vehicle that we needed. Living in the Detroit area, you get used to seeing these vehicles, referred to as "mules" running around on the local streets. As they get closer to production, the add on panels and canvas get replaced with "zebra stripe" paint to hide the final sheetmetal and trim details. Vehicle "spy photography" is a BIG business and the marketing types really don't like public exposure too far in advance as it makes today's vehicles "old" even though they might have 2 or 3 years left in production. Some of these guys aren't at all shy about selling their photos to competitors, besides the automotive media which is willing tpo pay through the nose for the first pics.

FYI - Looking at the spy phots in the first post, it appears to have been taken at Chrysler's Chelsea. MI proving grounds on the "ride road" that gets within 200 yards of the perimeter of the the property. Local farmers that have land surrounding the PG have been known to rent out tree houses (they claim that their deer tree stands) to the photographers for as much as $100/hour. Despite the company letting vegitation grow naturally and block the view from outside, individuals have been caught scaling the 10' high barbed wire-topped perimeter fences with hand and chain saws attempting to cut down trees and other brush at night. They've been successful many times, but occassionally get caught, pay the fine for trespassing and go back to their business.

A.J.

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It might be a Fiat, but maybe it will have better brakes than Chrysler. Maybe it's just living here in the Northeast, but Chrysler brakes just don't seem to last very long.

 

No they don't. I can't keep brakes on mine and I'm not one of those brake slammer like most folkes.

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They could do without all those stove bolts around the fender flairs. They do nothing for the appearance of the truck except for collecting dirt and dust.

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A.J. from Troy, MI. I noticed you use the name/handle Maxwell48098. Since you said you worked for Chrysler in the past, I'm wondering if that had influence on you picking that handle?

Scott

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Some guys are very insightful.

A.J.

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So would this be about the size of the Dodge Dakota or a D-50? It's still kinda ugly...

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