Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne recently declared that Chrysler will stop production of the Jeep Compass and will replace Chrysler Town & Country minivan with a crossover.
This change is part of Marchionne’s plan to eliminate product overlaps and offer each Chrysler group a more distinct identity, which is crucial for the company since it has four volume brands: Ram, Jeep, Dodge and Chrysler.
The Jeep Comapass, which is similar to the Jeep Patriot, will be eliminated, and the Town & Country, similar to the Dodge Grand Caravan minivan, will be replaced by a crossover with the same name. This means that Chrysler will only have one minivan, the Grand Caravan.
“The Compass and Patriot will continue to be built alongside the new Dodge Dart in Belvidere through August 2014. (After that) there are a number of candidates to take the place of the Compass,” said Marchionne.
The company is developing an SRT version of the Dart, but no decision was taken concerning the size of the car or the engine power. Before the model was revealed in January 2012, racing enthusiasts expressed their desire for a high-performance version of the four-cylinder Dart.