Editor/Reporter - CheersandGears.com
January 24, 2012
Chrysler/Fiat has some big plans coming up within the next few years. Starting in 2013, Chrysler will introduce new midsize sedans to replace the 200 and Dodge Avenger. The new sedans will be based on the Dodge Dart's platform.
Following along will be the replacements for the Jeep Compass and Liberty, which will also be based on the Dart's platform. Despite using a compact car architecture, Fiat/Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said,
”It’s going to be a trail-rated, full-blooded Jeep that has its origins in the architecture of a sports car.”
Chrysler is also considering a premium compact hatchback in the mix, known for now as the “Chrysler 100." If the vehicle is approved, it will be exported to Europe to be sold as a Lancia.
Those who have been waiting for Alfa Romeo to make a comeback will only have to wait till 2013 (we hope).
“There will be plants making Alfas in the United States and Europe,” Marchionne said. “I need to export to Europe from the U.S. The volumes I get here are how I reintroduce Alfa to Europe.”
The expectations for Alfa Romeo are very high. A 1.8L engine producing an eye-watering 300 HP is currently in the works.
"We had to make sure they were lightweight, fast cars with Alfa powertrains," Marchionne said.
Source: USA Today