There are some significant changes to Chrysler Group LLC's Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and FIAT model lines within the next few years. Chrysler Group LLC announced that production of the Dodge Caravan will be continued, and the Chrysler Town & Country will end production in 2014, according to sources familiar with the situation.
The Dodge Grand Caravan will be the automaker's sole minivan. In a media briefing, Sergio Marchionne, Chrysler and FIAT chief executive, also told Automotive News that the Jeep Compass will also be discontinued after 2014. Some automotive experts also report that the Jeep Patriot will be phased out. Inside Line says, "Chrysler also plans to replace its Jeep Compass and Patriot compacts with a single model in calendar 2014, with a successor to the Jeep Liberty due around the same time." A high-performance SRT version of the all-new 2013 Dodge Dart will definitely be available to consumers, but didn't say when. "The only thing we're fighting over now is to determine how big an engine we stick in it," Marchionne said. The Fiat 500 model lineup is also growing, as Automotive News reports that an electric Fiat 500 will debut later this year to meet electric vehicle requirements in California and other states.
Minivan is very popular in USA market. A data showed that 472,398 minivans were sold in the United States last year. Dodge and Chrysler combined sold 200,000 of their minivans in 2011: 110,862 Caravans and 94,320 Town & Countrys. "I don't really see an advantage one way or another, but there is more upward room with a crossover. The international market for the minivan is limited. Having a larger crossover, on the other hand, could be an advantage — particularly for Lancia. They are looking at it on a global stage." Aaron Bragman who is senior analyst at IHS Automotive and the head of Fiat SpA said.
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