Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has released its revised five-year plan, which has some brings some big updates to its midsize and compact sedan offerings.
Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne mentioned that it would phase out the compact Dodge Dart and the mid-size Chrysler 200.
Killing off the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart will free up more production space for Jeep and Ram models at its Sterling Heights, MI and Belvidere, IL plants.
We already knew FCA was planning to shift 200 and Dart production to Mexico, to free up the Sterling Heights facility for Ram 1500 production, and the Belivdere site for Jeep Cherokee output. The Cherokee will move from its current home in Toledo, OH, to allow for increased Wrangler production.
It's no shock that FCA wants to shift its focus to crossovers and trucks. In December 2015, for example, combined sales of the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 were 15,310. The Jeep Cherokee, which uses the same platform as the Dart and 200, outsold both models combined, with 24,049 sales.