The Dodge Challenger coupe and Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 sedans won't be redesigned onto the automaker's new Giorgio platform until the 2021 model year, when FCA is likely to discontinue production of one of the large sedans, according to one internal FCA source and one at an FCA supplier.
Now, Fiat Chrysler is returning to a pickup- and SUV-dominated lineup in a bid to improve its profit margins, which lag rivals General Motors and Ford Motor Co. Marchionne said he believes low gasoline prices - and a corresponding shift in consumer preferences away from sedans - is a "permanent change" that necessitates abandoning the billions spent developing the Dart and 200.
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That awareness though, has barely affected the market, with hybrids and electric vehicles representing less than 2 per cent of sales in Canada. If you operate your business as a company and it has unmanageable debt (known as being insolvent), it cannot continue operating.
The reasons are obvious, it is rare (not impossible) that you can haul 3 cars and pay for fuel, insurance and a motel room, also rare not to overload your rear truck axle (if using a one ton), and many wedges try to operate under cdl (with no cdl license, irp, ifta, etc), tough to keep 3 high paying vehicles under 26,000 lbs.
In fairness, this was true of most American automakers at the time, but Chrysler was also not in the best financial shape to do anything about it. Consequently, while General Motors and Ford were quick to begin downsizing their largest cars, Chrysler (and Dodge) moved more slowly out of necessity.
That explains why FCA has a modest shareholder value, or market cap, roughly equal to that of the much smaller Mazda Motor Corp., which has about one-third FCA's vehicle production. Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Mopar and SRT are registered trademarks of FCA US LLC.
De-emphasizing entry-level passenger cars and family sedans will also inhibit FCA's potential in emerging markets, which FCA, like other automakers, has targeted for their high growth potential. Consider that Wall Street investors, after bumping up FCA shares in the wake of its strong quarterly earnings, still give the entire company a market capitalization of around $17 billion.
We have an obligation to purify that portfolio,” Mr. Marchionne said last month during an earnings call with analysts, referring to whether the company was considering FCA future plans divesting business units. FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne has hinted, though, at merging the company with another automaker.