After Autonews broke a story about the production a mid-size Ram pickup truck that would take place at the Assembly Complex in Toledo, Ohio, instead of Saltillo, Coahuila, the head of the union that represents hourly workers at the facility said there’s no capacity at the plant to build the new product.
Bruce Baumhower, president of United Auto Workers Local 12, said to The Toledo Blade newspaper that in order to build the mid-size Ram —of which it has been speculated to be a new version of the Dakota pickup— Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) would need to build a new facility, an unlikely move considering the Saltillo plant will free up enough room once the production of the Ram HD shifts back to Michigan and the output for the outgoing version of the Ram 1500 completes its cycle.
In addition to Baumhower’s point of view, the report cites a statement from FCA’s spokesman Jodi Tinson who said the Italian-American automaker has not changed its original plan that a Ram mid-sized pickup would likely be built outside the United States, possibly at the assembly plant in Saltillo.
Said plan was revealed in June by the late FCA’s CEO Sergio Marchionne at a conference in Italy. Marchionne said at the time that the move made sense given that most sales of a smaller Ram pickup would take place outside the United States.