Earlier this year Fiat Chrysler announced both the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 would eventually run their course. FCA recently announced the Dart would go out of production in September, and it has now confirmed the 200’s departure will occur in December.
When the automaker first announced the compact Dart and mid-size 200 would go out of production, it wasn’t clear how much longer the models would stick around. The automaker plans on one day offering compact and mid-size sedans once again, however they will likely share platform with a vehicle from another automaker and won’t be produced by FCA.
Confirmation of the 200’s exit date came as FCA announced a $1.5 billion investment in its Sterling Heights Assembly site, which currently builds the 200. The money will be used to re-tool the plant to accommodate production of the next-generation Ram 1500, which is due in 2018.
FCA’s future production timeline will see it move production of smaller vehicles to Mexico and other sites abroad, with its U.S. facilities focusing on more profit-heavy trucks, SUVs and crossovers. The Warren stamping plant that is currently tasked with building the Ram 1500 will receive the new Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, while a new Jeep pickup will arrive alongside the next-gen Jeep Wrangler at its Toledo Assembly Complex.