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Chrysler and Dodge Will No Longer be Available in SA

October 9, 2017

Chrysler 300c
End of the road for the Chrysler 300C in SA

The Chrysler and Dodge car marques, which falls under the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) group, will exit from our local market. This came after an announcement made by FCA SA late last week.
2017 has been a challenging year for the South African motor industry as a whole. In less than a year quite a few carmakers have called in quits in our tough economic climate.

The first announcements, that they will be pulling out of the auto SA market, came from Diahatsu in 2015 and Citroen late in 2016, followed by GM’s Chevrolet in May 2017.

Now in October of 2017, FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles), which produces Jeep, Dodge, Chrysler, Fiat and Alfa Romeo vehicles, has announced that two of its main brands, Chrysler and Dodge, will no longer be available locally.

Dodge Journey
The journey has come to an end for Dodge in SA

According to FCA, their principals in the US are no longer building Chrysler or Dodge vehicles in Right Hand Drive configuration, and hence the Chrysler and Dodge brands can no longer be imported to South Africa. FCA will, however, continue to support and service the existing Chrysler and Dodge vehicles through their local franchise dealers.

The termination of the Chrysler and Dodge marques in SA will allow the local subsidiary of FCA to focus on further expanding the Alfa Romeo, Fiat & Jeep brands locally.

FCA is set to launch various new models in SA over the course of the following year including the upcoming Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV late this year, the all-new Jeep Compass in Q1 2018, and a Jeep Wrangler replacement later in the year. Fiat’s Fullback bakkie range will be expanded and their Tipo models have just been launched.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV will be launched later this year

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