Now that Chrysler is in private hands the tough decisions will be coming hard and fast. Already we’ve seen production plans for the Imperial sedan get the can and now we could see five existing nameplates dropped from Chrysler’s lineup within the month. Sources familiar with the situation claim the move is “highly likely” and that managers are still considering which models to drop.

Analysts predict to see the Chrysler Pacifica, Dodge Dakota, Jeep Commander and Compass all face the axe, while the Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Durango are also favorites.

Chrysler has established a product evaluation committee that’s currently reviewing sales progress of each model but any final decision will come down to managers at Cerberus, reports the Free Press. The carmaker’s new Vice Chairman Jim Press explained to reporters last week that too many models overlap and that markets exist “where Chrysler has insufficient coverage. Where Chrysler doesn’t have enough product.”

This helps to explain why last week’s UAW negotiations failed to secure any production guarantees in the same way it did with GM. When CEO Bob Nardelli took over the reigns back in August he mentioned that one of his key moves would be to reduce the number of models currently available.