FCA Still Seeking Partner to Build Its Compact Cars
Earlier this year, the company revealed that it will eventually stop selling the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 models so that it can focus on increasing production of its popular Jeep SUVs and Ram pickup trucks. When CEO Sergio Marchionne made the announcement, he hinted that both models could return to the marketplace is another automaker is willing to manufacture the cars.
Speaking to Motor Trend at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, Marchionne confirmed the automaker is still actively speaking to potential partners: “There are discussions going on now. I think we will find a solution. We continue to talk. It’s both a technical solution and an economic one. We need to find a solution that works economically.”
He admits that FCA wants to find someone “who is better at it than we are and who has got capacity available.” He also confirmed that if the Dart and 200 do come back to the lineup, it won’t be FCA behind the manufacturing.
The factory in charge of producing the Chrysler 200 is extending its temporary shutdown to April 4. The plant originally went down February 1 and was supposed to return March 14. For the year, Chrysler 200 sales have dropped 61 percent while the Dodge Dart has fallen 26 percent.
[Source: Motor Trend]
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