The Dodge Dart will officially go out of production at Fiat Chrysler’s Belvidere Assembly plant this September, The Detroit News reports.
FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne announced earlier this year the Dart, along with the mid-size Chrysler 200, would both be killed off in order to free up production capacity. Until now, it wasn’t clear just how much longer the compact sedan would remain in production.
The Dart’s departure will allow FCA to move production of the Jeep Cherokee to Belvidere, freeing up space at its Toledo Assembly Complex in Ohio so it can build more Jeep Wranglers. The next-generation Wrangler will soon go into production at Toledo, along with a Wrangler-based Jeep pickup truck.
FCA decided to rid of both the Dart and 200 so it could build more trucks and SUVs, which have higher profit margins than compact and mid-size sedans. Sales of both the Dart and 200 also fell short of the automaker’s expectations, whereas trucks and SUVs are currently in extremely high demand amid reasonable fuel prices.
The 200 is expected to go out of production in late 2017 or early 2017. The free space created at the Sterling Heights, Michigan plant with that move will be used up by the next-generation Ram 1500.