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Fiat to Kill-Off Nine Chrysler Group Vehicles Including Commander


A week ahead of a planned Fiat/Chrysler press conference in which Sergio Marchionne, the CEO of both automakers, was to outline the future of Chrysler, much of the information has been revealed in an in-depth report in the Wall Street Journal. But before we get to the new products that the Italian-owned automaker is planning to bring into the North American marketplace, it's time to learn the fate of the vehicles being axed. And judging from the list, it appears as though Fiat is intent on moving its products in and Chrysler's products out.

The vehicles to be cut include the Chrysler PT Cruiser and Sebring. On the Dodge side, four models will be eliminated, including the Caliber, Nitro, Avenger and Grand Caravan. Three Jeeps will also meet their maker: the Commander, Compass and Patriot.

In place of these vehicles Fiat is ready to announce the introduction of the 500 in 2011, along with three Alfa Romeo vehicles: the MiTo (shown above), Milano (which will replace the 147) and another yet unnamed mid-sized sedan.

The rest of the plan will see the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger redesigned in 2011, with the Grand Cherokee due out soon. And with only two Chrysler products left, the rumored decision to axe that brand's name may just happen.

The Wall Street Journal made no mention of past reports that the Fiat Panda would see its way to the U.S. as a Jeep. There is also no word on if the Fiat 500 will be offered in just it's standard hatchback form, or if a convertible and sporty Abarth version will also join the product lineup.

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I wouldnt touch an Alfa...ever! Low value Italian rubbish!

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It will be very interesting to see how the Charger is redesigned.

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Three Jeeps will also meet their maker: the Commander, Compass and Patriot.
I guess that confirms the Commanders end now!



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I wouldnt touch an Alfa...ever! Low value Italian rubbish!
That's interesting. I've heard that POV before. What makes you say that? I've also heard that Alfas are a [pain] to work on. They use non-standard sized bolts and fasteners and to get to anything you might as well just pull the engine.




Sucks about our beloved Commander. They are clearly staying with models with a proven track record for sales and popularity - Wrangler and GC.

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I am on a Chrysler customer advisory board.
The Fiat 'partnership' was a hotly discussed item.
I stated at the time I saw no value in the arrangement and all Fiat would do is desseminate the corporation and finish what MB started.
There will be many jobs lost as Fiat gains a instant avenue to market their uh, stuff.
I saw no value in the arrangement before it happened, I see even less now.

It is a very sad day for another proud, once DOMESTIC automaker.
The Fiat trash was run out in the 60's and early 70's.
Anyone who owned one got stiffed when they pulled out.
Looks like history will repeat itself, only this time a different player falls.

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I guess that confirms the Commanders end now!
I thought we already knew the Commander was going after 2010?




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There was rumor a month or so ago that continued production was being contemplated, possible as far as 2016.
Seemed that since so many manufacturers had dropped various suv's the Commander might enjoy a sales uptick.

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I thought we already knew the Commander was going after 2010?
In one of the threads an insider hinted to an extension to 2012.



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One question: if they kill of the Chrysler brand, how can they still call it the Chrysler company?

Either way, its another sad day for the American auto industry. I'm not going to buy anything made by Fiat, and since GM's out for me too, guess there'll be a Ford in my driveway next.

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