DETROIT -- Chrysler Group confirmed Tuesday it is considering two Fiat S.p.A. commercial vehicles to North America to replace the outgoing Dodge Sprinter.
Those vehicles under study are the Fiat Ducato and Iveco Daily, according to Gualberto Ranieri, senior vice president of communications at Chrysler.
Chrysler Group, together with Fiat and Iveco, are together analyzing the possibility, said Ranieri.
Citing unnamed sources, Automotive News had earlier reported Chrysler was considering bringing in the vehicles under a separate Dodge truck brand.
Ranieri would say only that any commercial vehicles would certainly not have the Fiat badge.
The sole Fiat vehicle in North America will be the Fiat 500. Period.
Mercedes-Benz announced Tuesday it would end its partnership with Dodge and would appoint about 120 Sprinter dealers. The vehicles will carry the Mercedes badge. That means the Sprinter contracts will be terminated for about 350 Dodge dealers.
Iveco is a commercial truck maker owned by Fiat. The Iveco Daily is a comparable in size to the largest Sprinters, while the Fiat Ducato is smaller.
Asked when a decision on importing the vehicles might be made, Ranieri said: We are exploring that and a decision will be announced at the appropriate time.