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Fiat 500 and 500C: Fiat's charming city cars have been a constant presence in Chrysler's latest media push. It's a sure bet to see the 500 and 500C very soon, as the company seeks to steal shoppers from the MINI Cooper. Added bonus: the fuel-miser 500 is sure to help out Chrysler's push for better fuel economy.
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Fiat Grande Punto: Dodge needs hatchbacks to fill out the void left behind by the Neon, and hopefully, the Caliber. The Grande Punto could be that vehicle--a sleek front-driver with a range of four-cylinder engines and even a sporty turbocharged version. It's also due for a full replacement as a 2010 model, as the latest Punto spy shots indicate. Chrysler has said it would design new bodies for some Fiats, and we think this is a prime candidate to get new sheetmetal and to take the Caliber's place at the small-car plate.
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Fiat Panda: Jeep's Compass and Patriot may have seen their best days, but a small Jeep makes a lot of sense in a high-fuel-economy world. So, how about a Jeep version of the Fiat Panda? Fiat's CEO, Sergio Marchionne, may have let it slip when he referred to the Panda as a Jeep. In any sense, it makes perfect sense, especially given its 40-mpg capability.
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Alfa Romeo MiTo: Dodge may or may not be getting that Lotus-based Circuit roadster promised last fall as its first electric vehicle. What to slip in its place--especially since the Viper appears doomed? An Alfa Romeo MiTo GTA is a good first step. A turbocharged four-cylinder with 240 horsepower sounds like a great compact coupe, even if it gets Dodge crosshairs instead of the evocative Alfa grille.
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Alfa Romeo 149: Chrysler needs fresh material, too. The Alfa Romeo 149 has been all but confirmed as a new vehicle for the new Chrysler--and it's completely new this fall, as a 2010 model to be unveiled at the Frankfurt auto show. A four-door version has been discussed with Chrysler dealers, though it's possible a hatchback could be sold in the U.S. too.
On The Bubble
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Dodge Charger: Does Chrysler need two rear-drive sedans? While the company's shown the Feds its 2011 Chrysler 300 sedan, no mention of the Charger has been made. Is it still there--0r is it like the Mercury Sable, out in the wilderness while the new Taurus shows up this summer?
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Dodge Challenger: It might last a few more years as Chrysler makes the transition to a small-car company. Clearly, though, Chrysler's days as a musclecar maker are on the wane. Again. Didn't we do this in 1973?
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Jeep Liberty: The size and scope of Jeep remains a hot topic at Chrysler and Fiat, we can only assume. Is a Jeep lineup of Panda, Wrangler and Grand Cherokee enough? Probably. The Liberty might just join the Dodge Nitro on the scrapheap as a result.
Dodge crossover: Chrysler's killed off the Aspen SUV and the 2009 Dodge Journey doesn't seem destined for a long life. A bigger, seven-passenger version of the new Grand Cherokee under a Dodge badge is a 50-50 bet.