Fiat to build next-generation Chrysler Sebring in Italy

2010 Chrysler Sebring

Fiat sources said yesterday at the company’s 5-year business plan presentation that Fiat Group will assemble two Chrysler brand models in Italy. The two models include the next-generation Sebring sedan. Under the plan, Fiat and Chrysler will produce more vehicles for each other to take advantage of purchasing and other operations for maximum efficiencies of scale.

In 2013, Fiat will build a mid-size sedan in Turin “that will be primarily produced and distributed for Chrysler in the U.S.,” Marchionne said. Sources said that the model will be the next Sebring.

A year before that, Fiat will build a new compact sedan in Italy that will be distributed in North America under the Chrysler brand.

Alfa Romeo is also planning a rear-wheel-drive roadster for 2013 that could be build in Canada or Italy. In the United States, Chrysler will build two Alfa Romeo SUVs – a compact SUV in 2012 and a larger model in 2014.

Chrysler could also export a Fiat-built subcompact in 2013 for both Chrysler and Dodge.

– By: Kap Shah

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