Fiat Chrysler cleared many things up yesterday with its hoard of announcements following its 2015 net profit announcement. We now know what the future of Alfa Romeo, Jeep and Ram holds and we know the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 will eventually be killed off, but what hasn’t FCA shared with us?
The Detroit Free Press listed all the important info FCA divulged yesterday and stuck everything they didn’t in a list underneath. Near the top of this list is just when the Dart and 200 will die off – a good question considering the 200 was just introduced for the 2015 model year. It will have to be soon, though, because the clock is ticking for FCA to get its truck and SUV-intensive business plan under way.
Another big unknown us what will happen to the Chrysler brand without the 200 mid-size sedan. Sedans have long been a major part of Chrysler’s business and with the 300 on its way out in a short while, its future lineup may consist of only the Pacifica and a future crossover or SUV. Marchionne will soon begin searching for partners to produce a 200 replacement, but there’s no telling if he’ll find one.
Where will the next-generation Ram 1500 pickup be built? Where will Jeep Cherokee production move following the arrival of the next-gen Jeep Wrangler? What will happen to FCA’s Dundee Engine plant following the discontinuation of the Dart and 200? The answers to these questions and more (hopefully) coming soon from FCA.