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Chrysler, Dodge will 'no longer be available' in SA

2017-10-06 23:36

Johannesburg - Earlier in 2016, Wheels24 reported that Citroen  would no longer be selling vehicles locally. In May 2017, Chevrolet  announced its exit from SA. 

In October, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has announced that two of its brand staples, Chrysler and Dodge, will no longer be available locally. 

FCA adds however that it's set to launch many new models in SA.

A 'fond farewell'

According to the automaker: "FCA will say a fond farewell to two of the mainstay car brands, with the Chrysler and Dodge vehicle ranges no longer being available locally.

"This unfortunate situation has arisen from our principals in the USA no longer building Chrysler or Dodge vehicles in Right Hand Drive configuration." 

What about local customers?

FCA said: "We will, however, continue to support and service the existing Chrysler and Dodge vehicles through our franchise dealers."

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FCA said: "The National Sales Companies of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), the World's 5th largest automobile manufacturer, have been operating locally as separate financial entities for the past five years, albeit under one management team, and are due to take the next step towards full integration under the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles South Africa (FCASA) banner from early in 2018."

Stelvio, Cherokee Trackhawk for SA

Later in 2017, Alfa Romeo will launch its Stelvio SUV, the first SUV from the Italian automaker. 

The new Jeep Compass is due to arrive in SA during the first quarter of 2018 and the Jeep Wrangler replacement will also make its first appearance later in the year.

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The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, powered by a supercharged V8 engine, will make its local debut.

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FCA said: "Numerous new model additions will also be added to the various Italian brands to keep the lineups fresh."

Expanding dealer network

In addition to the product lineups, FCA says it will expand its dealer network with "new dealerships being planned for Sandton, Fourways, Menlyn and Durban following the consolidation of our dealer network in 2017. FCA will have 42 Service and Parts to ensure a greater reach to our aftersales customers."

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