Since first unveiling its 5-year plan back in 2009, Chrysler has been steadfast in keeping with the vision thereof. The company is insistent that all planned re-designs and new-vehicle launches are still on a timely track. Included in those planned new-vehicle launches was a Chrysler badged subcompact for the American market.
The company is now augmenting part of that plan, as it no longer plans to introduce the new C- and B-segment vehicles it once did. The B-segment car that was scrapped, was to be a rebadged Lancia Ypsilon. According to Chrysler/Lancia brand president Olivier Francois, the two cars would be too similar to offer both in the US.
Plans for the compact sedan are ‘under review’, Francois said. He also said that either Dodge or Chrysler would be getting a compact sedan, but not both.
Dodge brand CEO Ralph Gilles has already confirmed that Dodge would be replacing the Caliber, with another compact sedan offering.
– By: Stephen Calogera