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We recently made our own list of five cars we want to see from the Chrysler/Fiat alliance and we've since heard that the 500 is a contender for 2010 U.S. release. Automotive News (subs req'd) is reporting that there are a full seven models that will soon come to North America thanks to the partnership, and they're all small to mid-sized vehicles. Here are the details:
- Two minicars, a Fiat 500 3-door hatchback and a 5-door hatch version of the next-gen Panda
- Two subcompact vehicles, the Alfa Romeo MiTo and a Chrysler-branded model
- Two compacts, a model that uses Fiat's C-Evo platform (maybe replacing the Dodge Caliber) and a Alfa Romeo 147 replacement
- One mid-sized vehicle, a Sebring/Avenger replacement from Fiat's C-Evo platform
This all makes a lot of sense for Chrysler, which doesn't have enough small car models to sell in the upcoming high-mpg world. What would Fiat get? Perhaps the Journey CUV and the Dodge Dakota pickup to sell in Latin America, easier access to the North American market, and an engine or two. A final decision should be made by the end of April, so don't count any of this as official just yet.
[Source: Automotive News (subs req'd)]