Fiat Chrysler's Product Pipeline Drier Than California for 2016

Aaron Cole
by Aaron Cole
fiat chrysler s product pipeline drier than california for 2016

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles may have only one new model built in North America over the next 18 months after executives pushed back development of others due to brisk sales of current models, Reuters is reporting.

The redesigned Chrysler Town and Country minivan may be the only new car built stateside that FCA plans to launch in the next 18 months, sources told Reuters. The company is planning to bring to the United States three Italian cars — the Fiat Spider, Maserati’s crossover and the Alfa Romeo Giulia — in the same timeframe.

This is the part where we would like to mention that a new Jeep Grand Cherokee and Wrangler are seriously overdue.

The reason for the delay in U.S.-built cars also could be the application of the time-tested Georgia farmer theory: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

Wrangler sales are booming this year, Grand Cherokee’s numbers don’t suck either and Jeep is doing pretty well with just the Renegade as its new product this year. According to the story, the Wrangler redesign is now slated for 2017 and the Grand Cherokee overhaul should arrive in 2019.

Earlier this year, FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne said he was hesitant to shut down the Toledo Wrangler factory for retooling when the company needed the plant to produce so many cars.

“If I shut it down for 60 days, I’d lose more money than I’d make in a year,” Marchionne said.

Comparatively, General Motors will launch six new North American vehicles in the next 18 months, according to the report.

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  • Clivesl Clivesl on Jul 30, 2015

    So, FCA is releasing 4 new models over the next 18 months in the US and GM is introducing 6 in the same time frame. They are entering two new segments where they don't play right now with the Giulia and the Spider. They are bringing a pure profit luxed out crossover in the Maserati. And they are bringing a brand new vehicle to the minivan market, which we know they can compete in. This equates to a product drought how exactly?

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    • Th009 Th009 on Jul 31, 2015

      @Kyree And the Ghibli/Quattroporte platform in turn was derived from the LX platform.

  • If you won't return the Magnum (which is stupid if you don't), bring back the Pacifica with RWD/AWD and offer a 3.6-L AWD Pentastar with 8-speed and a 392/ HELLCAT Pacifica.

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    • Matador Matador on Jul 31, 2015

      @matador They were alright. I had a pair back in my dance hall days. I wouldn't buy a mainstream Dodge car today, either. Just like the Tauruses of 10 years ago, you know that in a few years, these will be a dime a dozen.

  • Zip89123 Zip89123 on Jul 30, 2015

    California wouldn't be dry if the 11,000,000 illegals went home.

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    • Bd2 Bd2 on Aug 02, 2015

      True - there wouldn't be anyone to work the agricultural fields so they would lay barren and not take so much of the Cali water supply.

  • S2k Chris S2k Chris on Jul 30, 2015

    "Retooling, that's a great excuse. Retooling, I'LL RETOOL YOU!" All I can think of when I see that word.