DETROIT -- Chrysler Group's new vehicles will be American on the outside with a lot of Fiat on the inside.
In a wide-ranging presentation today, Chrysler executives unveiled a two-pronged strategy for the next five years. The U.S. automaker will rework many current vehicles next year while working on new vehicles with Fiat powertrains and platforms for the following few years.
Chrysler's dismal U.S. sales in October -- down 30 percent, for a 22nd straight month of decline -- underscored the urgency to improve the group's vehicles.
"There is no 'business as usual' at Chrysler," said Chairman Bob Kidder. "There is an incredible commitment and energy for change."
Here are some product highlights unveiled so far in a scheduled seven-hour presentation that began this morning:
In 2012-2013, the Dodge car brand plans:
• A new vehicle for North America in the C segment, which encompasses cars such as the Ford Focus. The car would be based on a Fiat platform.
• A hatchback smaller than the C vehicle, imported from a Fiat factory.
• A new sedan on a Fiat platform to replace the Avenger sedan.