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Making a step towards a more fuel-efficient vehicle lineup, and reducing the number of overlapping vehicles between its brands, the plug has been pulled on a Chrysler-branded version of the 2009 Dodge Journey. Chrysler LLC will instead focus the resources on a Nissan-manufactured compact car.

While the automaker currently captures the bulk of its sales from light trucks and SUVs, Chrysler is trying to pare down its lineup significantly to cut costs. So far, they have cut four models. Moving forward, the Jeep Commander SUV is expected to be dropped next year, and the company has already said they were canceling the PT Cruiser Convertible. While the 2009 Dodge lineup gains the aforementioned Journey, Dodge Challenger, and a redesigned Dodge Ram pickup, Chrysler's product lineup for the next twelve months looks particularly bleak with nothing significantly new in the pipeline. Company officials are holding their breath for 2010, when the new Nissan-built compact, new Jeep Grand Cherokee, and redesigned Chrysler 300 sedans arrive.

[Source: Bloomberg]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      You can't blame Chrysler for dropping another SUV on the market. They probably started the development of this vehicle when gas was a lot cheaper. That being said, wasn't the market flooded with SUVs already?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Journey looks better then most of their designs. They need to kill ALL Chrysler vehicles and make it a small carhybrid line or something similar. I have never considered any car with a Chrysler badge on it, although I have owned many Dodges and even a Plymouth once.

      After asking how they could change things recently, they seem to be seeing the light.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm curious, does anyone know where I can find YTD info on which has sold more, the Chrysler Aspen or the Dodge Durango? Again, I see alot of new Aspens on the road, but rarely notice any new(er) Durangos.....yet it seems like the popular opinion is the Durango sells much more. ???
      • 7 Years Ago
      And in other news, large herds of pigs were seen flying over several major metropolitan areas this afternoon ...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Great decision .. they need a small sedan and the Versa plateform should be a good one. The body etc will be Chrysler, so it could be a nice offering.

      Journey is getting terrific reviews. Interior is getting good reviews too. The worse review I've seen said the interior was very good but could still be improved.

      The price point is simply outstanding as well ... something like $10,000 plus less expensive then the Edge.

      Anyway, they only need a Dodge version for sure; and focusing on the sedan shows they are listening to the market well.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I thought the Journey was based on the larger Endeavor platform that was based on the Galant. If it was based on the Outlander platform it would be made on the same platform as the Caliber.

      I think the new Mitsubishi C platform holds the record for cars based off of it. Lancer, EVO-X, Outlander, Caliber, Avenger, Sebring, Compass, Patriot, a Peugeot, and two Rennaults, maybe a few more I've missed.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Oh, and I should add that this is probably the best thing for them to do right now. By the time a Chrysler version would be ready to launch, the crossover market might well be drying up. Would suck if they got all dressed up without a party to go to; which incidentally was one of the problems that Chrysler had while under Teutonic rule.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I agree, the Pacifica was ahead of its time and was really a decent car. It had a decent interior for Chrysler, room for 6, safe, offered relevant features for the time (like the neat nav screen mounted in the speedo) and personally I thought the styling was OK. I still see tons of Pacificas on the road. They should've forgotten the Sebring/Journey platform and readied a real replacement for it and made it compete strictly with higher-end crossovers like the Lexus RX and Cadillac SRX, etc. with the Dodge Journey picking up the lower end/higher volume market. I guess they just didn't have the money to develop it.

        I don't get why if Cadillac can make a credible comeback against the foreign brands, why can't Chrysler do the same by investing more! Benz had 10 years to share its resources and didn't! Shame, remember how much new ground Chrysler covered in the 90's?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Smart move on Chrysler's part. I'm glad to see they put their foot down and didn't badge engineer a Chrysler clone of the Journey. It is far, far more important to their survival that they get a decent small and midsize car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      A "Journey" too late for Dodge for another "Freestyle" lookalike...
        • 7 Years Ago
        The Freestyle / Taurus X was/is a good car. But it was too bloody expensive.

        The Journey on the other hand starts at 20k CND. Thats pretty damn good, and even if you want the options, you can have pretty much every toy for under 30k.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Is that was the Pacifica was?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Well Chrysler better work HARD on a small car, because IMO, they've never had a small car worth looking at, except the Caliber SRT4, but that's different, it's an SRT.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The Neon had a damn nice run. Then they came out with the POS Caliber.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If chrysler doesn't come out with some new cars soon they will have nothing but the 300, sebring, and sebring convertible.
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