Chrysler’s previous ownership by Daimler continues to effect the company’s future as plans to replace two of its struggling vehicles have been pushed back. Both the Dodge Avenger and Chrysler Sebring were scheduled to be replaced in 2010, but the American automaker’s new Fiat management has now decided to extend the life-cycles of the two vehicles until at least 2012.
Under Daimler ownership Chrysler practically halted major research and development of its models, choosing instead to follow a business plan where Mercedes technology was handed down form the basis of new American vehicles. With Daimler having jumped ship during the recent bankruptcy proceedings, now Fiat and Chrysler must work together to start fresh.
In the mean time, Fiat has said it is planing a model refresh for both sedans, with the revamped Avenger due out next year and the Sebring most likely following the year after that.
During that period Chrysler is also expected to release mid-cycle changes to the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans, the Dodge Journey, Dodge Caliber; Jeep Compass and Patriot, and even the recently resurrected Chrysler PT Cruiser.
The replacements for the Sebring and Avenger have been rumored to be based on Alfa Romeo models, but with completely new bodywork.