If FCA's five-year forecast comes to pass, dealers will get products including a new three-row Jeep Grand Cherokee, a midsize Ram pickup, several new or updated Alfa Romeos, a Tesla-fighting Maserati coupe and a midsize Maserati plug-in hybrid crossover.
Carried by Jeep, sales by FCA US rose 11 percent in May to 214,294 vehicles. Three recently redesigned Jeep models -- the Wrangler, Cherokee and Compass -- powered the company to its best showing since May 2004.
Sergio Marchionne's last hurrah as CEO of Fiat Chrysler entails betting the carmaker's future on Jeeps and Maserati luxury cars while downsizing its namesake brands, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. The company is considering ending sales of Fiat cars in North America and China in the coming years, while mostly confining Chrysler to the United States.
A new 2.0-liter turbo-four engine, more gears in the transmission, close attention to aerodynamics and greater use of lightweight materials helped give the redesigned 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL a nice bump in fuel economy.