The relationship between Chrysler Group and Fiat SpA is turning out to be a very beneficial one for both automakers. Latest reports suggest that Chrysler will stop selling the Dodge Journey in Europe and will rebadge the model for the market as a Fiat.
The model will be called the Fiat Freemont and is a key part of CEO Sergio Marchionne’s plan to cut development costs and boost capacity utilization at factories by cross selling vehicles from Fiat and Chrysler brands.
The Fiat Freemont will be unveiled at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show in March and will go on sale in Europe in June. It will basically be a rebadged version of the Dodge Journey that was unveiled at the 2010 LA Auto Show in November. The Freemont’s engine lineup will include a 170-hp 2.0L diesel from Fiat – the first application of a Fiat engine in a Chrysler vehicle.
The Freemont will replace the slow-selling Ulysse minivan.
2011 Dodge Journey:
– By: Omar Rana