Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Similarly, the Dodge Avenger compact is toast. Chrysler plans a new crossover that will replace the Caravan and Avenger in 2013.
What? Isn't the Journey a crossover based on the Avenger? I believe the Avenger is midsize, not a compact. That title belongs to the Caliber!
"We cannot have the same type of vehicle in the showroom because the consumer is not stupid," Marchionne is quoted by the News as saying. "We're not going to create the confusion and conflict in the showroom."
In keeping with his war on model duplication, Marchionne has apparently decided not to add another subcompact. The Fiat 500, which off to a rough start when it comes to sales in the U.S., will have to carry the day.
This makes no sense. The Journey is a midsize crossover so why another one? IMHO, a Dodge subcompact makes sense, but not a Chrysler. Fiats are sold in a stand-alone studio, not a Mopar showroom. The last time Chrysler made a crossover based on the minivan (Caravan replacement), it was called Pacifica, and we all know how that ended.
This guy has done wonders so far, but after reading this, I feel he is off the mark. Time will tell.
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