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Chrysler Announces One Van Plan, End of Road for Compass

Chrysler Announces One Van Plan, End of Road for Compass

By Jeff Youngs, May 30, 2012
In an interview with Automotive News, Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat-Chrysler, has confirmed that the Chrysler Town & Country and Jeep Compass will not be replaced at the end of their current life cycles. With 90% of the company's North American dealers selling Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram vehicles under a single roof, model overlap has become a problem, Marchionne said. The company is working to eliminate overlap to give each of the brands a unique identity, and cancelation of the Town & Country and the Compass is aligned with this effort.

The moves will leave the next-generation Dodge Grand Caravan to serve as the company's sole minivan. Marchionne says the Chrysler Town & Country will be replaced by a smaller crossover SUV, and may retain the minivan's historically significant name. The Jeep Compass shares a platform and drivetrains with the Jeep Patriot. Marchionne did not discuss future plans for the Patriot.

In other Fiat-Chrysler news, a high-performance version of the Dodge Dart is in development. According to Marchionne, the only decision left for the Street and Racing Technology (SRT) group regarding the upcoming Dart SRT4 model is choosing an engine.

Additionally, the Fiat 500 will be available with an electric drive system for 2013, and is expected to go on sale before the end of 2012.

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