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Fiat Chrysler Future Plans Don’t Include Dodge Dart, Chrysler 200

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2016 Dodge Dart Wheels

The Dodge Dart (pictured above) and Chrysler 200 will be getting the axe as Fiat Chrysler focuses more on SUVs and crossovers

Fiat Chrysler is going to be introducing more SUVs and crossover in the future—at the expense of the company’s car lineup. The Italian-American automaker is revamping its business plan and is listening to its consumers, which are asking for bigger vehicles. That means focusing on Jeep and Ram—and kicking the Dodge Dart and the Chrysler 200 to the curb.

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Specifically, the revised business plan looks to “realign installed capacity to produce more pickups and Jeeps by end of 2017 to match shift in demand.” As gas prices hover around $2 a gallon and more consumers ask for SUVs, crossovers, and trucks, this business move makes sense.

In a recent interview with Detroit Free Press, Fiat Chrysler’s CEO Sergio Marchionne stated, “There will be a number of things that will be put in place in the next 18 months—things that have been agreed and detailed, that will effectively withdraw the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart from the marketplace, for a long period of time, during which we will be continuing discussions with potential partners.”

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So, it looks like Marchionne will continue his creepy ex-boyfriend hunt for an automotive partner to help keep the Fiat Chrysler brand active in the sedan segments. While he searches for a new partner, Fiat Chrysler will also introduce at least three new Jeep Wrangler models, including a hybrid model, a diesel model, and a Wrangler-based pickup truck.

News Source: Detroit Free Press

Derrick Brown is the Chrysler Business Manager at Brown Motors Ford Lincoln Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. He is the 4th generation to work at Brown Motors which started selling transportation in 1898. In his spare time, Derrick likes to go boating in the summer and hang out with his dog.