Chrysler: No plans for a convertible Dodge Challenger in the future

When the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible arrives on the market in 2010, it will only have one competitor – a Ford Mustang Convertible. Originally, Dodge had planned a convertible version for its new Challenger lineup. The convertible Challenger was expected to arrive in late 2009 as a 2010 model year, but it seems like plans have been shelved.

According to Mike Accavitti, director of Dodge brand marketing, there are no plans to add a convertible version for the Challenger in the future.

“We considered a convertible when we were developing Challenger, but the extra weight needed to beef up the car when the top was removed was too much of a penalty,” Accavitti told KickingTires in an interview. “And that was with a manual soft-top. A power-retractable hardtop would add even more weight.”

He also said the Chrysler doesn’t see a huge market for the convertible.

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Source: KickingTires