While Chrysler can’t boast a lineup as impressive as Ford or Chevrolet, it appears the FCA executives are still contemplating the retirement of the 200 model along with its platform sibling the Dodge Dart.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne announced this January the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart would be retired by the end of the year. A few months afterwards we heard they were looking for partners to still “address compact and midsize car segments,” meaning the cars could turn out as badge engineered models. Now there’s a new report coming to deliver more gloom over the fate of the two – it appears Fiat Chrysler Automobiles again has issues finding suitable partners willing to build the couple for them. Asked by the media, an official said there are no announcements to be made concerning the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart – meaning the retirement at the end of the year is still a valid issue.
This means the two models will be soon dropped from the lineup, with what may be the final Dart coming out the factory gates of the FCA Belvidere assembly facility this September – with its place being taken by the Jeep Cherokee. The Chrysler 200 phase out has been planned for later this year in December, with the lines then used for the body-on-frame 2018 Ram 1500. The decision is also in part due to slowing sales, with specialists saying the vehicles had very low profit margins so losing them won’t affect the dealers.
Via Automotive News