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We’ve all been eagerly awaiting the change at Chrysler that’s certain to come with Fiat taking the helm, and with a number of Alfa Romeo and Fiat models already in the pipeline, the company is now talking brand strategy. And that’s what has Chrysler’s Peter Fong talking about surpassing Lincoln and Cadillac.

Pushing the Chrysler brands farther apart, with larger price and feature gaps to distinguish the Dodge from Chrysler means Dodge will be eying sportier traits, while Chrysler vehicles will move further upscale in the luxury arena. But Chrysler isn’t aiming just to take on Cadillac and Lincoln–it wants to beat them.

That means pushing the Chrysler brand, “a notch above Lincoln, a notch above Cadillac,” says Peter Fong, president and CEO of the brand. That will necessitate a big move up-market as Cadillac is already ahead and is progressing quickly to improve its own products and luxury status with cars like the SRX, CTS sedan, coupe and wagon and the upcoming XTS flagship.

How, exactly, Chrysler plans to do that has not been revealed. The full product plan to back up this new strategy is scheduled for release in November. Though the 200C electric vehicle revealed at this year’s Detroit Auto Show isn’t headed to production, it is a preview of the upcoming design language for the brand revival, so expect any new products to share some hints borrowed from that vehicle, including possible Chrysler-branded Alfa and Fiat variants.

Dodge will move further from Chrysler by focusing on offering sporty vehicles, emphasizing performance while balancing that against the new fuel economy and emissions mandates. Jeep will remain largely unchanged, though its recent focus on the more car-like smaller segments with vehicles like the Compass and Patriot will grow.



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Definitely looks like some good design coming out of Chrysler in the 200C. Granted it's a concept that probably won't hit the showrooms anytime soon, but probably gives some cues to the style direction Chrysler wants to take.

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I sure hope that by "cadillac" they arent referring to the same company that brought us such favorites as the V8-6-4-0, HT4100, and the early Northstars....
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I sure hope that by "cadillac" they arent referring to the same company that brought us such favorites as the V8-6-4-0, HT4100, and the early Northstars....
lol good point
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I sure hope that by "cadillac" they arent referring to the same company that brought us such favorites as the V8-6-4-0, HT4100, and the early Northstars....
Watch your language in here. Swear words like Northstar, and HT4100 are not very nice.
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I know it is Blasphemy here to say so, but after driving my 96 SLS with the Northstar for the last 2 years, I can definitely tell the difference when driving the Trep. There is a reason those cars were $45K when new, and 300HP on tap (STS computer and very minor mods) while getting 30 mpg at 75MPH does not suck. You get used to the self adjusting suspension really fast. BTW I paid $2400 for mine due to a bad heater fan (dealer quoted $700) I fixed it for $50.
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