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Dodge Avenger, Chrysler Sebring safe from the axe through 2010


As Chrysler pushes forward during its bankruptcy period and prepares for its new face and alliance with Fiat, many are wondering what will come along for the ride and what will be left behind. News today from within Chrysler reveals that the Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Avenger, as oft-maligned as they are, will be sticking around.

Neither of the two sedans are going to win any beauty pageants, and sales have absolutely plummeted, charting just under 7,000 units so far this year - down 80% from 2008's figures. But in an interview with Edmunds, Chrysler spokesman Rick Deneau said, "We definitely have plans for these vehicles beyond December 2010. That's about all I can tell you, but it's pretty definitive."

The 2010 deadline was thrown out there because that is the date of the expected closure of Chrysler's Sterling Heights plant, where the two cars are made.

Instead, it appears the Avenger and Sebring could be made elsewhere, leveraging Chrysler's flexibility in plant configuration. The Belvidere plant was given as an example, but it's not the confirmed location for the post-2010 production of either car.

In the end, however, despite Chrysler's plans for the cars extending beyond 2010, if the market continues to reject them as they have so far this year, those plans may change - especially once Fiat enters the picture.
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  1. As the worst quality cars in the world, I do Wish Obama could axe them as soon as possible for the consumers sake.Once Fiat enter the picture, the alliance must be the political structure and they will use The current channel to sell their cars in USA and maybe totally ignore the restructure of Chrysler and the big 3 will be dispeared no doubt
     
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  2. As the worst quality cars in the world, I do Wish Obama could axe them as soon as possible for the consumers sake.Once Fiat enter the picture, the alliance must be the political structure and they will use The current channel to sell their cars in USA and maybe totally ignore the restructure of Chrysler and the big 3 will be dispeared no doubt

    Someone needs to axe them because you are right they are awful
     
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  3. who designed that sebring anyway? it's mindbogglingly ugly. the avenger isn't anything special either. i really think that the 90s avenger had more pizzaz than the current model. i feel like chrysler wasn't even trying when they made those cars
     
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