Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne provided more details on the automaker’s forthcoming production changes Friday, telling Automotive News Chrysler 200 production will end by late 2016 or early 2017.
Previously, Marchionne had announced the 200 would go out of production due to its lack of popularity and low profit margins, however until last week he had yet to provide a timeframe for its demise.
In addition to the 200, the Italian-Canadian also announced earlier this year the Dodge Dart would be phased out. It’s not yet clear just when Dart production will end, however he said Friday the Jeep Cherokee will move from FCA’s Toledo, OH plant to the Dart’s Belvidere, Illinois plant by late 2017.
The Cherokee is leaving the Toledo site in order to make way for the next-generation Jeep Wrangler and the yet-to-be-named Wrangler-based pickup. FCA is looking to sell more Wranglers both at home in North America and abroad with the new model and thus needs to free up production capacity at Toledo.
Meanwhile, the Sterling Heights plant that currently builds the 200 will be retooled in order to accommodate production of the next-generation Ram 1500, which is due in early 2018. The Warren Truck plant that builds the Ram 1500 now will then be overhauled and tasked with building the next-gen Jeep Grand Cherokee and higher-end Jeep Grand Wagoneer.
Finally, Marchionne also said the platform that underpins the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan could serve as the foundation for the next-gen Chrysler 300 sedan. That would allow it to be build alongside the van at FCA’s Windsor, ON plant, however Marchionne only said such a scenario is possible and didn’t confirm the automaker would go ahead with the idea.