Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram dealers may be looking to sell Fiat vehicles now that production is ending for three of their models.
FCA already ended production for the Dodge Dart last month and both the 200 and Patriot is set to follow in December this year. A new Jeep Compass will be replacing the Patriot but we still have no word about the other two models’ replacement even though they were promised to us by CEO Sergio Marchionne.
That leaves a two model gap and dealerships are looking towards Fiat to fill the void. John Jones Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram-Fiat, in Corydon, Ind., told Autoweek that they added on the Fiat franchise because “It seemed like we could sell some extra product by picking that up. We were offered the franchise, and we took it. We think we're going to do real well with it."
This move could prove beneficial to dealerships because the 124 spider seems to be selling well and the convertible is drawing in new customers. A Houston Fiat dealership has been seeing an increase in Fiat sales with 23 vehicles sold in August and 25 in September. Those numbers may not be enough for a standalone fiat dealership, but it’ll give combination dealerships a boost in sales after losing three models.
Maybe we’ll see more and more 124 Spiders on showroom floors as time goes by.