Chrysler-Fiat Plans 47 New or Updated Cars by End of 2016
on January 31, 2013
Chrysler-Fiat will introduce, redesign or update 47 cars over the next four years, the automaker said Wednesday in a financial presentation to analysts. Among them are six Alfa Romeos from Fiat's upscale European division, plus seven new Fiat-branded models. Chrysler also encompasses the Dodge, Jeep, Ram and SRT brands.
The pipeline goes well beyond what Fiat had planned when it took a government-brokered stake in Chrysler in 2009. In September 2012, the automaker unveiled 66 future models at a private dealer meeting in Las Vegas, and we don't know how many of these 47 cars overlap with those. At that meeting there were just two Alfas, however.
The new plan eliminates four Fiat-built cars — two Chryslers and two Dodges — and moves the timing back by one to three years on nine models. All told, there are 16 refreshes and 31 new cars between now and the end of 2016. We've already seen five of them — the refreshed Compass and Grand Cherokee, plus Fiat's new 500L and the Ram HD and chassis cabs — and an SRT Grand Cherokee is also in the works. That still leaves 42 to come. Naturally, all of this is subject to change. Chrysler-Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne called the plan "a living document," the Detroit News reports.
Here's how it breaks down:
- Chrysler will have one new car and one refresh in 2014, plus three new cars in 2015. Marchionne confirmed that the 2014 car would be the next-generation 200 midsize sedan, the Detroit News reports. It’ll get an industry-first nine-speed automatic transmission. Dealers at last year's private unveiling described the car's styling as similar to the Dodge Dart.
- Besides the updated Compass and Grand Cherokee SUVs, Jeep will unveil a midsize SUV this year — we noted earlier this week that it will replace the truck-based Liberty — plus five new models and a refresh through 2016.
- Ram will introduce a ProMaster full-size van this year, and we've already seen the updates to the Ram HD and chassis cab. Through 2016, expect three more new vehicles and one refresh.
- Dodge gets three refreshes this year and next, plus a refresh and two new cars in 2015 and 2016. One of them may be Chrysler's next-gen minivan. Marchionne said the automaker has developed the vehicle but lacks the money to build it, according to the Detroit News.
- Chrysler's high-performance SRT division will add five refreshes and one new car through 2016.
- Fiat and Alfa Romeo get one new car apiece in 2013 — we already know Fiat's addition is the 500L hatchback. It appears 2015 will be a coming-out party for both brands, with a combined 10 introductions or redesigns on the schedule. Two more will follow in 2016.
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