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Chrysler Group Will Retire Town & Country and Jeep Compass

Chrysler Group LLC will make some significant changes to its Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and FIAT model lines within the next few years.

The Chrysler Town & Country will end production in 2014, according to Automotive News, and an all-new crossover will take its place.

Automobile Magazine speculates that the minivan’s “replacement will be an upscale crossover that might resemble the Mercedes-Benz R-Class.” When the Town & Country is retired, the Dodge Grand Caravan will be the automaker’s sole minivan.

In a media briefing, Sergio Marchionne, Chrysler and FIAT chief executive, also told Automotive News that the Jeep Compass will also be discontinued after 2014.

Some automotive experts also report that the Jeep Patriot will be phased out. Inside Line says, “Chrysler also plans to replace its Jeep Compass and Patriot compacts with a single model in calendar 2014, with a successor to the Jeep Liberty due around the same time.”

Automotive News reports that a high-performance SRT version of the all-new 2013 Dodge Dart will definitely be available to consumers, but didn’t say when. "The only thing we're fighting over now is to determine how big an engine we stick in it," Marchionne said.

The Fiat 500 model lineup is also growing, as Automotive News reports that an electric Fiat 500 will debut later this year to meet electric vehicle requirements in California and other states.

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