Fiat Chrysler will move production of the Dodge Journey crossover from Toluca, Mexico to Italy for the 2019 model year, Automotive News reports.
The next-generation Journey is expected to share utilize a version of the Alfa Romeo Giulia’s rear-wheel drive ‘Giorgio’ platform and will enter production sometime in 2018. The current-generation Dodge Journey will remain in production in Toluca until 2017.
Moving production of the Journey from Mexico to Italy will free up FCA’s production sites in North America, where the automaker is looking to build more trucks, SUVs and crossovers. The Giorgio-based Journey likely won’t be built alongside the Giulia at FCA’s Stabilimento Fiat di Cassino plant, with the coming Giorgio-based Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV filling the capacity.
Despite the Journey’s old age (it was introduced for the 2009 model year) its sales remain relatively strong. So far in 2016, it has logged its best sales ever for the months of January, February and March, however sales are down 9.7 percent year-over-year.