• Mar 4, 2010
Chrysler, now led by Sergio Marchionne and the rest of the management crew brought in by Italian automaker Fiat, has big plans in place that will replace just about every single vehicle the American automaker currently offers. Judging from the purported list of new vehicle launches secured by the Mopar fanatics at Allpar, it would seem that new Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep vehicles will be hitting the market all through 2010 and well into 2011.

Looking over the list of 2010 production start dates, the first date to get excited about (barring the March 29th Viper production launch, of course – we're talking about for the mainstream market), is May 10th, which is when the thoroughly recreated Jeep Grand Cherokee will begin rolling down the assembly line. In mid-August, the 2011 Wrangler will make its initial appearance, and we're really hoping for a new powertrain combination for the venerable off-roader.

Towards the end of 2010, we should begin seeing the heavily revised Pentastar minivans along with the new Avenger and Sebring replacements, though the Chrysler midsizer seems likely to get a new moniker to erase memories of the current car. Finally, the three LX-based cars – those being the Challenger, Charger and 300 – will go into production in November, followed closely by the North American 2012 Fiat 500. Keep it together, Chrysler.

[Source: Allpar]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey, at least they are planing SOMETHING, after having taken the last decade off (trucks excluded.) This is a good sign!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Are you serious - "taken the last decade off?" Diamler DIDN'T PROVIDE THEM WITH FUNDING FOR CURRNENT NOT FUTURE PRODUCTS... CERBERUS ALSO DID NOT PROVIDE THEM WITH FUNDING FOR FUTURE OR CURRENT PRODUCTS.

        These facts have been printed in the WSJ and Busniessweek a number of times.
      • 4 Years Ago
      All the best,Chrysler.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm excited and hopeful to have some decent Pentastar product, but I am pretty worried about their quality- rolling out THIS MANY new/heavily revised vehicles in such a short timespan, with historically mediocre reliability and Italian management, doesn't bode well... are they still offering that lifetime warranty?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sandeep,

        You said mediocre, which is correct. In JD Powers, Chrysler comes out mid pack to a little below most of the time. Jared said at the bottom, which is not true. It's that perception thing again.

        Jim,

        LOL! Ain't that the truth.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Unfortunately, mediocre reliability would be a step up for Chrysler. They are currently at the bottom of most reliability surveys.

        I surely hope Chrysler makes it, but I'm skeptical.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "That would be VW, Suzuki, Land Rover, and until recently Jaguar. Chrysler hasn't even been close to the poor showings of those makes."

        for some reason, it seems to be acceptable/forgivable for European makes to be unreliable.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ jared.

        I have a charger with 117,000 miles. So far so good. Oh wait... I hope I just didn't jinx myself. :) ***knocks on wood***
        • 4 Years Ago
        I said mediocre for a very good reason- the ratings vary depending on the source, but I think there is no debating that Chrysler is not, on the whole, what one would call a brand known for its reliability.

        Sure there are some good cars, good examples, etc. But take a statistically significant group, and you will find that Chrysler is sub-par.

        There's no point in arguing whether its merely sub-par or at the bottom. The result is the same- it's not considered to be "Honda reliable" (I'd say Toyota....but yeah not so much)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Refreshing their turds, rather then some new designs all thanks to US tax dollars, which is not being repaid. I have 2 Chryslers in my garage, one for sale, not buying anymore. I'm not for brand loyalty, but I would have a hard time buying a Chrysler product again.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Back to work while you wannabes sit here and post all night waiting for your 9 oclock shift to start. Be your own man, then come talk to me. Hit rock bottom and come back better then ever, then talk to me. I will never collect unemployment nor work for someone else ever again. Don't need to. You sit there and wish bad on those who made the American dream while cheering on those who fail. Most guys like me keep their mouth shut and make poilicies quietly on the sideline, I think I will join them. Ya all want people to succeed, until they do, then you cut them down for that too.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The tax dollars would either go to the company and they in turn would have funding to develop and produce products OR go toward the unemployment benefits of folks who would be out of work as a result of the company going belly up. TAKE YOUR PICK.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Preferred they went down the tubes."

        I hope you lose your job.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Preferred they went down the tubes.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I won't bitch, want to know why? Lets see, because I was Union for 13 years until I got hurt and no one helped me. Now I make my OWN living with my own self taught business instead of crying to the government. Now, I am supposed to pay for these crybabies. Vote that down losers, while I go buy another car and you sit here and dream. Not one of you has owned as many Chrysler products as me, your all typical internet wannabes with big mouths. Losers.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Major Geek. I rated you up.

        It's so easy to just take (information, money) what is handed to you. Many just take, take, take and they want to take it NOW and they want it fast. GImme gimme! Instead of putting the pieces together (or back together) yourself. Too many go for convenient way through life. Today's convenient information (or hand outs) seems to be of the same quality as fast food. Many don't care. All they care for is if it is convenient and they do not realize what they are doing. And if we do that for too long, we will become like that movie Idiocracy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's amusing to hear the words "Chrysler" and "future" in the same sentence.
      • 4 Years Ago
      My best wishes to Chrysler. And I really hope they keep Charger with V8 engine and same size. With GM killed G8 and Ford going turbo-crazy, Chrysler is my only hope to own an affordable V8 sedan.
      • 4 Years Ago
      good to see.. oh20 usually is right on so you should be able to bank on these.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Fiat managed to get their Bravo small hatchback from initial design to full production in just over 18 months thanks to extensive use of CAD/CAM and computer prototyping. Physical prototypes were only built towards the very end of the development phase.

      Admittedly, a lot of the work was contracted out to Magna-Steyr because Fiat was busy working on other models, and the project did have the considerable benefit of using an existing platform adapted from the preceding Fiat Stilo. Given that the Avenger/Sebring replacements are being developed in a very similar way, ie. built on a redeveloped version of the current car's architecture, the timescales involved aren't especially unrealistic or unachievable.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Marchionne has a Canadian education, he is not your classic Italian manager (nothing wrong with Italian managers, but he has a more cinic approach to managment than Italians).
      Suffice to say that before Marchionne took control of Fiat, the Italian car maker was on the brink of extintion.

      Now he turned the 5th European car maker into a global player, within just few years at its helm.
      Fiat has Mr Tata (biggest car maker in India) in its board and it has a joint venture with the biggest car supplier company in China (they share Fiat China 50/50)
      If Chrysler delivers what Fiat expect in the next few years, the Fiat/Chrysler group will be the 4th biggest car maker in the world.
      Fiat is the daddy of small cheap cars (they started the trend with the 500 in the 60'), something the Chrysler group never had in its line up in its entire hystory, and this will give an advantage to Chrysler in the US market as well.
      Expect all Chrysler products to be much cheaper (hopefully only in price) than similar products.

      Personally I am very optimistic for Chrysler, this is going to be a very different company from what you all used to.
      What you will see between now and 2012 is only the started, the main meal will be served after 2012..............

      • 4 Years Ago
      All these new models and no spy shots (less the Cherokee)? Anyone know anything about the new Wrangler?
        • 4 Years Ago
        wow... everyone missed this one.

        "The stunning Chrysler 200C had been approved, to be built on the LX line."
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Charger,

        Although Allpar is a pretty good source of Chrysler info and news, they also don't update or revise things very often. Also, unless their tipster 'oh20' is making claims, take everything else with a grain of salt.

        The 200C was , then wasn't, then was, and currently is ''unknown'' for production. I'm betting on no, especially if this next part is true...

        http://www.allpar.com/weblogs/2010/03/01/chrysler-announces-revolutionary-new-marketing/

        There is a ''leak'' of data -- a month in advance -- that the brand 'Chrysler' will be replaced by Plymouth over the next few years. The idea is Chrysler the car brand is so damaged that the name cannot be saved. Plymouth will be the new brand, and all models will be renamed. (Chrysler 300 becomes Plymouth Fury, Sebring becomes Valiant etc). The other reason is to separate Chrysler the company from Chrysler the brand, in much the same way that there are no ''GM'' cars.

        Who knows if this is true. I sent in a tip a day or so to Autoblog, so either this is completely bogus - especially since this is in their blog section and not their news section, or everyone is under embargo.

        The major problem with all of this is product/brand hierarchy. Chrysler is (supposed to be) the luxury/premium brand. Dodge was performance, and Plymouth was entry-level and for the everyman. If Plymouth does displace Chrysler as a brand, how does the structure work? I can see Dodge, over a number of years, becoming an American BMW. Pontiac proved with the G8 that it is do'able. Plymouth could be the old Dodge and be their volume product. Jeep will be Jeep, and Alfa now has an in to be the Premium/Luxury arm of the Chrysler.

        Sure it all sounds far fetched, but Sergio actually seems to care what happens to this company. So everything appears to be fair game. Chrysler doesn't need to have volume, they just have to have profit on every vehicle going forward. So if they do turn into a sub 1million car company -- that's ok. Just make good bucks on each one. And for that to happen, maybe Chrysler the brand needs to go away for a few decades until that bad taste of Chrysler TC's and Sebrings are gone.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Most likely. But it does raise good points. How will they position their product. How do you restore consumer confidence? If the product REALLY is world class, will it sell? Those are the product realities of this company.

        I would love to see Chrysler with real luxury at premium (Buick) prices and Dodge's that move like Audi's and BMW's. Hell, give me a new Neon with interior plastics that are flush with each other and bit more sound deadening!
        • 4 Years Ago
        My guess is the Wrangler will get the GC's engine and maybe an interior redo.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That Allpar article is a "month in advance", and was posted on March 1st... now, what's exactly one month after March 1st, hm?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Grand coming second half of 2010.

        http://www.allpar.com/model/upcoming.html
        • 4 Years Ago
        Memphis,

        I for one would like to see Plymouth come back in one form or another. You and I had this discussion on AB before: take the magnum wagon back end and a new "Plymouth" front end and call it the Fury wagon/Estate. And a limited build 'Cuda version of the Challenger. Too late I know but it's nice to dream!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I could care less what most people think of Chrysler other than the fact that perception of Chrysler is unfair.
      GM or Ford couldn`t figure out how to build a competitive Minivan.
      Chrysler does a great job with the limited resources it has. My Chrysler vehicles have been on par with the other makes I`ve owned.
      My local Chrysler dealer has been better than the others in my area.
      Still all the way around nothing beats the minivan. Toyota and Honda vans are not better than the caravan, they maybe as good but not better.
      May God bless Chrysler, as long as I`m alive I want the Chrysler option even if I don`t choose it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree with your take on the minivan in particular. Chrysler started that market segment here in America and eventually blew out most of their competitors. The Chrysler minivan is by far their best product and always has been. I've driven many Chrysler minivans and had a used one for two years. I'd buy another Chrysler minivan if I needed one.

        I want to see Chrysler succeed in the marketplace and be profitable. I have major doubts about Fiat being the savior we were all looking for, but it's all we've got. Time will tell.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wish them well. It will be a few years before the FIAT influence is felt. What's the development cycle of a car? I've read companies say that 2 years from concept to sales floor is a huge accomplishment. Based on that, I guess we'll have the same high quality and entertaining cars from Chrysler for another two years (sarcasm). I guess 2013 models should be the ones we might actually want.
      on a side note, I hate Chrysler for having awesome concepts, look at Razor, and only deliver a few (Viper). Also, the Dodge Hornet would give the Scion xB some great competition... or the Dodge Demon, done properly would be awesome
        • 4 Years Ago
        Naggs....two years is about right. The Ford GT went from concept to production in about two years (I think it was like 18 months to be exact).

        Sure some cars may take longer (looking at you Camarao, LF-A).
        • 4 Years Ago
        its usually about 5 years from the first tentative go ahead by senior management to a decent selection of vehicles on dealer lots
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