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Looks Like It’s Business As Usual at Dodge

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2015 Dodge Journey Crossroad, Image: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

It’s Fiat Chrysler Friday, apparently. Updates proceed to trickle out of Italy, the place FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne was hounded by press following the revealing of his firm’s 5-yr product plan.

A plan, it must be famous, that utterly ignored Chrysler, Fiat, and Dodge. With speak of the 4 essential international manufacturers out of the best way, Marchionne opened up on the lesser divisions. So, what does the longer term maintain for Dodge, probably the most ignored model of the day? Not a hell of so much, apparently.

Based on Wards Auto, which compiled Marchionne’s feedback from the press scrum, the Dodge model sticks to the present plan. Like Chrysler, Dodge isn’t in peril of disappearing from the USA.

“These two manufacturers are usually not in query,” the CEO stated, silently referencing Fiat’s hazy home future.

Dodge will proceed on because the automaker’s efficiency model, he added. Future fashions will supply their underpinnings from modified, present platforms. That’s hardly information, because it’s anticipated that the (pushed again) 2021 redesign of the Dodge Charger and Challenger will see the fashions’ historic LX platform give method to that the Maserati Ghibli. Different future merchandise embrace a redesigned Journey and Durango, scheduled to seem subsequent yr. These fashions undertake the Giorgio platform discovered beneath the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio.

Sure, the Journey will develop into a rear-drive “efficiency” crossover. Begin planning your tearful goodbyes to the bottom mannequin’s 4-velocity automated.

It’s value noting that the one Dodge automobiles to see a significant yr-over-yr gross sales improve in Might have been the lengthy-in-the-tooth Journey (up 37 %), and the equally historic Caravan (up 12 %). The Challenger elevated its U.S. tally by sixteen automobiles in comparison with Might of final yr. Whereas Might introduced a yr-over-yr gross sales improve for the model as an entire, its quantity over the primary 5 months of 2018 undercuts final yr’s gross sales by 6 %.

Different tidbits leaking out of Italy this afternoon embrace Marchionne mentioning Chrysler’s future as a “individuals mover” model, and a inexperienced one at that. Not surprisingly, a subsequent-era 300 sedan appears to be off the desk. Based on analyst Stephanie Brinley of IHS Automotive, Marchionne stated, “Making an attempt to construct a place in sedan isn’t useful.”

In the meantime, whereas the Fiat model stands to slowly depart from our shores, FCA isn’t saying goodbye simply but. Plainly, like earlier than, the model will serve a strategic inexperienced function. Marchionne admitted hating the all-electric 500e when it debuted in America earlier this decade, including that it was essential to decrease the automaker’s company common fuel financial system and fulfill the EPA and CARB. It’s nonetheless the one true electric within the automaker’s U.S. lineup.

Nicely, there’s a brand new 500 rising from Europe in 2020. Constructed on a brand new platform, the little metropolis car will boast delicate hybrid and electric variants, in addition to a Giardiniera wagon model (which could have greater than two aspect doorways). It isn’t recognized for positive if the subsequent-gen 500e will arrive on these shores, however Marchionne’s successor may want it.

[Images: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles]

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