Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne dropped a bombshell earlier this year when he announced plans to phase out the slow selling Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart. The decision to abandon the mid-size sedan market left many shocked but Marchionne hinted the models could eventually return as the automaker was exploring partnership opportunities to "address compact and midsize car segments." When Motor Trend recently asked how the search is going, the outspoken executive confirmed "There are discussions going on now. I think we will find a solution."

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO, Sergio Marchionne, dropped a bombshell earlier this year when he announced plans to phase out the slow selling Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart.

The decision to abandon the mid-size sedan market left many shocked but Marchionne hinted the models could eventually return as the automaker was exploring partnership opportunities to "address compact and midsize car segments."  When Motor Trend recently asked how the search was going, the outspoken executive confirmed, "There are discussions going on now. I think we will find a solution."

Marchionne declined to say which automaker the company is talking with but hinted it's a manufacturer that has capacity available and is better at building mid-size sedans than FCA is.  While no names were mentioned, the executive reiterated, “We’re not going to make the car. We’re not the guys who are going to do the manufacturing of the car.”

As we reported earlier this year, FCA decided to phase out the 200 and Dart to focus on producing trucks and crossovers.  At the time the decision was announced, the company revealed it believes gas prices will continue to remain low and the popularity of crossovers represents a "permanent shift in demand." 

Source: Motor Trend

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