An integral part of Fiat Chrysler’s new 2018 strategy is to invest heavily in trucks and SUVs, a response to low oil prices and high consumer demand for such vehicles. It doesn’t have the capacity to add trucks and SUVs to its lineup without building new production facilities, however, so it must shift car production around in order to accommodate the change.
FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne today said that both the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 will “run their course,” in order to make room for new trucks and SUVs. In other words, new versions of the cars will not be made following their planned product lifecycle and the plants they are currently made at will instead produce a new truck or SUV.
“We need to re-utilize plant infrastructure to try and deal with the development of both Jeep and the Ram brands,” Marchionne told Automotive News.
It would be risky for FCA to completely get rid of the Dart (its only front-wheel drive compact sedan sold in North America) and the 200 without planning replacements for both. Marchionne knows this, and is looking to partner with another automaker on the next-generation versions of both vehicles, saying they need to ““solidify partnering opportunities,” in coming years.