After announcing production of the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart would end two months ago, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has confirmed the automaker is already in talks with a partner to produce their replacements, Motor Trend reports.
Marchionne had previously stated that successors to the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart would arrive following their departure so long as FCA could find a partner to jointly develop the cars with. The Dart and 200, compact and mid-size sedans, respectively, are slow sellers and offer comparatively low profit margins to the Jeeps and Rams FCA is currently leaning on to bankroll its business.
The subject of replacements for the Dart and 200 was brought up to Marchionne at the recent Geneva International Motor Show, with the Canadian-Italian CEO confirming that a partner to produce the cars has already been found that “there are discussions going on now,” in regards to the vehicles.
“I think we will find a solution. We continue to talk,” Marchionne told Motor Trend. It’s both a technical solution and an economic one. We need to find a solution that works economically.”
Marchionne also added that it would ideally like to outsource the production of its small cars to another automaker “who is better at it than we are and who has got capacity available.” FCA axed the Dart and 200 as they were taking up production capacity that could otherwise be used to produce Jeeps and other trucks and crossovers.
“We’re not going to make the car. We’re not the guys who are going to do the manufacturing of the car,” Marchionne said.