Breaking: Fiat to Kill-Off Nine Chrysler Group Vehicles Including Sebring, Grand Caravan

Breaking: Fiat to Kill-Off Nine Chrysler Group Vehicles Including Sebring, Grand Caravan

A week ahead of a planned Fiat/Chrysler press conference in which Sergio Marchionne, the CEO of both automakers, was to outline the future of Chrysler, much of the information has been revealed in an in-depth report in the Wall Street Journal. But before we get to the new products that the Italian-owned automaker is planning to bring into the North American marketplace, it’s time to learn the fate of the vehicles being axed. And judging from the list, it appears as though Fiat is intent on moving its products in and Chrysler’s products out.

The vehicles to be cut include the Chrysler PT Cruiser and Sebring. On the Dodge side, four models will be eliminated, including the Caliber, Nitro, Avenger and Grand Caravan. Three Jeeps will also meet their maker: the Commander, Compass and Patriot.

In place of these vehicles Fiat is ready to announce the introduction of the 500 in 2011, along with three Alfa Romeo vehicles: the MiTo (shown above), Milano (which will replace the 147) and another yet unnamed mid-sized sedan.

The rest of the plan will see the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger redesigned in 2011, with the Grand Cherokee due out soon. And with only two Chrysler products left, the rumored decision to axe that brand’s name may just happen.

The Wall Street Journal made no mention of past reports that the Fiat Panda would see its way to the U.S. as a Jeep. There is also no word on if the Fiat 500 will be offered in just it’s standard hatchback form, or if a convertible and sporty Abarth version will also join the product lineup.

GALLERY: Alfa Romeo MiTo


[Source: WallStreetJournal via KickingTires]

  • Andy

    Please tell me the rest of the Dodge/Chrysler lineup will not have to endure the unsightly, vagina-shaped grill as the stupid looking Fiat above is shown with. I know the Dodge “cross-hair” grill has grown old on some of their models but please, PLEASE tell me this isn’t the shape of things to come. If this type of brand identity is going to become commonplace for Dodge models like the RAM or Challenger, then I will just have to become a GM or Ford guy. I like the stuff, just not on my car – where it’s supposed to be full of testosterone, not estrogen.

  • glen walters

    From what i have seen,Chrysler has a great future with the Fiat/Alfa/Lancer/ Chrylser combo. I believe more diesel engines are the way forward. Investing in algae based bio-diesel is the way forward.

  • archipman

    Andy… just as BMW’s double kidney shaped grill defines/identifies the brand, the “viagra-shaped grill” you described, is legendary to the star-studded history of Alfa Romero, a legendary name in motor sport.. IT is tough keeping it “butch” with collision/pedestrian inpact design, and areo dynamics (with 10.00$ gallon gas in Europe). Trust me, or just read up on europe’s love-affair with alfa’s, they’ll drive VW Golf GTI’s off the road, and you’ll love them for their Italianism… Alfa’s are expensive, high end sport cars… Give ’em a chance!! At one time, Alfa’s out classed Ferrari … The top of the line Alfa today sells for over 250,000$$ a car…