Report: Fiat and Chrysler alliance will see seven new models sold in U.S.

Just a day after being released for sale by the U.S. Supreme Court, the Fiat-Chrysler sale is final

Just a day after being released for sale by the U.S. Supreme Court, the Fiat-Chrysler sale is final

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The proposed alliance between Chrysler and Fiat Group will reportedly see seven new vehicles introduced to the U.S. market, with most of the cars expected to be produced at idle Chrysler plants across North America. According to sources that have seen the product-sharing agreement, several of the vehicles will be sold through select Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep dealerships.

The plan includes vehicles on four Fiat platforms, with models planned for the minicar, or A-segment, right though to the midsized D-segment. No decision has been made on timing or volumes but a concrete plan is expected to be completed by April 30, reports Automotive News.

One of the most likely vehicles is the pint-sized Fiat 500, which one source said will be manufactured at Chrysler's Toluca, Mexico, plant for sale in North America. This plant is currently responsible for the Dodge Journey crossover and PT Cruiser but production of this latter model is confirmed to end in the middle of the year.

Chrysler will reportedly get its own minicar based on a Fiat platform, which it would sell as a Dodge. The most likely option would be a vehicle based on the five-door Fiat Panda hatchback. Chrysler is in need of more fuel-efficient vehicles to meet CAFE regulations that are set to roll-in across the course of the next decade, and adding the compact Italian models to its lineup will help it somewhat.

For the B-segment, Chrysler is expected to get a subcompact based on the next-generation Fiat Grande Punto. Selling alongside the new B-segment model will be the Alfa Romeo MiTo, with which it will share its platform. There is also the possibility of a new crossover vehicle based on this platform also being added to the Chrysler fold.

In the midsized C and D-segments, Fiat will reportedly lend Chrysler a platform – most likely a new ‘C-evo’ platform which has been developed for the next-generation Alfa Romeo 147. Stretched versions of these could be used for a replacement for slow selling vehicles like the Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Avenger. Chrysler originally established a team to develop a new midsize platform under the ‘Project D’ title, but the group was disbanded last September and the project moved down Chrysler’s list of priorities in the face of the credit crisis and the request for federal funds.

In terms of powertrain options, the alliance could give Chrysler access to Fiat’s 1.4 and 1.8L four-cylinder direct-injection petrol engines. Fiat’s diesel engines would likely be out of bounds for now due to the relatively high-expense of getting the engines to meet stricter U.S. emissions standards. Chrysler’s own Phoenix V6 engine is reportedly still in development and could be lent to Fiat for its vehicles.

Finally, Fiat may be able to distribute vehicles like the Dodge Journey crossover and Dodge Dakota pickup in Latin America and other markets.
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Comments (8)
  1. Wow, Chrysler rwd combined with fuel savings from Fiat, give us a profuction version of the 200C

  2. I dunno about the V8 comment though, Chrysler V8s have better torque then the Ferrari/Maserati ones.

  3. Production of the PT Cruiser cannot end soon enough. I thought the car merely looked like a hangover from the 1950s, until I drove it when I realized it wasn't even that good.

  4. heard Chrysler only wanted the 1.4 liter unit. Glad the Phoenix engine is stay and bring on the Grande Punto and the Mino, love them. I am more indifferent on the Panda.

  5. Ooh, I'd love to get my hands on a Mito! I think this alliance can only be a good thing.

  6. Wow, Fiat wants the Phoenix V6, guess they must be good

  7. I hope Fiat does not get dragged under by the junk Chrsyler has been selling since their last bailout with the K car. No resale valve unless you bought another one, and you need to be a die hard Chrysler fan to own one. My dad was one and had a model you had to remove the fender to change the battery. As for me my last was a 1970 Duster that I bought brand new and watched it rust out in 4 months. You could leave your hand print in the trunk lid just closing it. Lots of luck Fiat.

  8. I would like some information on this fiat chrysler deal? I built and drive doge chrysler cars. The old 1970 duster would be a car to build,No rust these days most of the rust areas of doge and chrysler vehicale are plastic nut and rivets,less rust im told.

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