Chrysler’s new platform to spawn variety of vehicle types

Chrysler’s new mid-sized global platform, which will replace the D-segment platform, will spawn a variety of vehicle types including sedans, hatchbacks, crossovers and small pickups.

“It has to be a pretty flexible platform,” said Frank Klegon, Chrysler’s head of product development. “We set up a small group. We’re calling it Project D, to take a look at the next generation” mid-sized platform, said Klegon.

Klegon said that Project D consists of engineers, product planners and program managers, as well as purchasing and international business managers. Their main job is to come up with a strategy, not plan and execute a new platform. The group will also consider whether or not Chrysler should partner up with another auto maker to produce the mid-sized platform.

“It could be front-wheel drive; it could be rear-wheel drive; it could be the ability to switch,” said Klegon.

Chrysler recently said that it plans to roll out a new program called Project Genesis, where it will sharply reduce the number of products in its lineup.


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