Chrysler announced that the redesigned 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan will begin production at the Sterling Heights plant in early 2014.
Production of the 2014 Chrysler 200 will be stopped in December so that the automaker would have enough time to prepare the facility for the production of the redesigned 200 and also for a new midsize sedan, which is to replace the Dodge Avenger. Chrysler believes that an overhaul will make these two models more competitive with Toyota’s Camry, the leader of the midsize segment, but also with other popular family sedans such as the Ford Fusion and the Honda Accord.
The automaker said the redesigned Chrysler 200 will have the same basic architecture with the new 2014 Jeep Cherokee and the Dodge Dart. The CUSW platform, which was developed for the Cherokee and the Dart, was originally implemented by Fiat, Chrysler’s parent, but it is also used by Alfa Romeo in Europe.
Since the beginning of July, the Sterling Heights plant has been quiet as the automaker prepares it for the new models. Chrysler will also add the newly built body and paint shops. Although the US automaker said that it will close this plant by the end of 2010, it has decided to save it by adding production for upgraded models such as the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger.