US-market Fiat-based Chryslers ahead of schedule
12 May 2010

Chrysler could bring forward the launch date of several Fiats in the US, according to company boss Sergio Marchionne.

Chrysler has been looking to launch Fiat-based models from 2012, as bosses look to expand its product line-up as part of the company's reorganisation.

However, Marchionne said that design work was progressing faster than expected, and that the launches could now begin in the fourth quarter of 2011.

"We've run extensive clinics on the first vehicles. We're 98 per cent there on styling," said Marchionne. "My expectation today is we'll be able to get this car into the market Q4 2011. We continue to work pretty aggressively on timing."

The Fiat-based vehicles are likely to be a compact saloon, a Punto-sized car, a new Fiat-based Sebring, and a mid-size crossover.

By the end of this year, Marchionne has also pledged, Chrysler will overhaul the Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Avenger mid-size saloons, which he says are in urgent need of an overhaul.

“We have carried out significant surgery on the architecture of those cars and made significant improvements of the interiors,” he said.

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