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Chrysler shifts its focus to trucks: Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart to go bye bye

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has released its revised five-year plan today, which has some brings some big updates to its midsize and compact sedan offerings.

2015 Chrysler 200C

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has released its revised five-year plan today, which has some brings some big updates to its midsize and compact sedan offerings.
Since gas prices are relatively low, FCA feels that it can now focus more of its attention on trucks and SUVs. “There’s been a permanent shift toward SUVs and pickups,” CEO Sergio Marchionne stated. The permanent shift means that FCA will focus less on models like compact and midsize sedans, which means that the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart will eventually be phased out.

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Killing off the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart will free up more production space for Jeep and Ram models at its Sterling Heights, MI and Belvidere, IL plants. Sales of the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 have failed to meet initial targets, so it’s no real surprise that both sedans will be going away. Instead of building its own compact and midsize sedans, FCA plans to “solidify partnering opportunities” to stay in the two segments. The automaker recently partnered with Mazda to create the Fiat 124 Spider.

Source: Automotive News