Smaller cars to be added to lineup 2016
Chrysler's plans to add a few more small cars to its Chrysler and Dodge brands have been scrapped in favour of importing several new Fiat and Alfa Romeo models.
The North American market will see seven new Fiat models introduced over 2015 and 2016, Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne told reporters via conference call January 30.
Alfa Romeo will bring five new models to North America over those two years, too, he said.
Three Fiat-built models that were to be introduced under the Chrysler brand were axed, Automotive News quotes Marchionne, but three other new Chrysler vehicles will debut 2015, including a revised Town & Country minivan.
Jeep will add a small new Fiat-built vehicle to its lineup 2014, and two other new or revised models are due out 2015.
A Fiat-built Ram is also due out 2014, with two new models coming 2016. The performance SRT brand will see the Viper refreshed in 2015, and a new model added to its lineup 2016.
Two new Dodge models to be built by Fiat have been dropped from the company's product plans, but three vehicle refreshes are due soon, one this year and two in 2014. The Grand Caravan will move to a new platform 2015, and a new model will be added 2016.
Marchionne did not go into the specifics of what nameplates or what segments these new or refreshed products would be sold under or in.