Fiat Increases Chrysler Stake
The Chrysler 200 is new for 2011. A vast improvement over the old Chrysler Sebring on which it is built, Fiat is even offering the car as a Lancia branded vehicle in Europe.
The Fiat 500, already a hit in France and Italy, has just begun selling in the U.S. It is a "mini-car, but seats four pretty comfortably. Fiat is hoping it attracts some would-be MINI Cooper buyers, as well as people who like the styling, the European cachet and the affordable price of $16K-$18K.
This car as is won't be coming to the U.S. But Fiat took the engineering platform of the car and is adapting it to be the basis of a new Dodge, Chrysler and even a Jeep.
Fiat and Chrysler designers remade the Charger for 2012 inside and out, including a top-drawer treatment of the interior that makes the car a legitimate competitor to sedans ranging from Nissan Altima and Toyota Camry (the upper-priced heavily featured versions) as well as premium sedans like Ford Taurus and Nissan Maxima.
Jeep Grand Cherokee
The remake of the Jeep Grand Cherokee started while German automaker Daimler still owned Chrysler. In fact, the SUV was developed alongside the Mercedes-Benz M Class, and shares parts and systems with the German luxury ute. But Fiat has made valuable contributions to this SUV, as well, and many auto writers believe this to be the best Jeep Grand Cherokee ever.