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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Face Off: Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Avenger may go separate ways

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The Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Avenger may be split off into two separate platforms according to company sources.

The Dodge Avenger would go the sporty route with a rear wheel drive platform based off the Dodge Challenger while the Chrysler Sebring would stay front wheel drive on the previously speculated Alfa Romeo Milano based D-Evo platform.

Breaking up the twins would accomplish Fiat's stated goal of no longer offering Chrysler and Dodge clones. Dodge would have a sporty RWD sedan while Chrysler would offer a luxurious FWD sedan: Attracting different customers would ease tensions between the two brands on the showroom floor.

This plan is far from final. You might recall that Chrysler has had about fifty (slight exaggeration) scenarios for the mid-sized sedans' replacements. One common theme in all of the rumored plans is that the company realizes it must do far better than the current models,which some critics complained were worse than their predecessors.

Source: This story is based on information from Automotive News

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