This all came to light while executives were showing off the factory at Sterling Heights, Michigan. Currently, the 200 and Avenger are built in the plant. The remark came while reporters were on a tour of the new paint shop.
The two vehicles on the chop block that Chrysler is looking to replace are its own 200 and the Dodge Avenger. Both vehicles are having a tough time against the competition, in particular the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord.
The details as to what to expect on the new car are minimal. It’s assumed at this point that Fiat will be an influence seeing as how the Italian automaker has already made an impact on the majority of new vehicles coming from Chrysler. The last update on the current midsize cars were three years ago. In fact, the design is the oldest in the midsize category.
The plant itself that this will all occur at has something of a miracle history. It’s been slated to close multiple times, but somehow always manages to keep its head above water. Now, Chrysler has invested a large sum of money to expand on the paint shop that will allow it to paint any Chrysler or Fiat vehicle, the large trucks and commercial vans included. On top of that, another $165 million will be invested into a new body shop.
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