DETROIT — More models will get axed before Chrysler LLC CEO Bob Nardelli and his team are finished.
A crossover code-named JZ49 — the Chrysler brand's proposed version of the forthcoming Dodge Journey crossover — already may have been cut, say two sources familiar with Chrysler's product planning.
The Journey is to debut next spring in North America.
The JZ49 is an example of the overlapping vehicles that Chrysler executives want to eliminate (see box at right). A source familiar with Chrysler's product plans says the automaker is considering more cuts.
More than any other automaker, Chrysler depends on trucks and SUVs. None of its smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles has been a real hit. Those vehicles include the Dodge Caliber small car and Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot crossovers, made in Belvidere, Ill., and the Chrysler Sebring sedan and convertible and the Dodge Avenger sedan, made in Sterling Heights, Mich.