DETROIT -- The Chrysler brand will end production of its minivan, the Town & Country, in two years and replace it with a smaller crossover.
The switch is part of CEO Sergio Marchionne's plan to differentiate the Chrysler brand and nudge it upscale.
Town & Country: Production of the minivan will end in 2014, leaving the traditional minivan segment to its sibling, the Dodge Grand Caravan.
Small crossover: The Town & Country will be replaced with an as-yet-unnamed crossover for the 2015 model year that is likely to share styling cues with the Chrysler 700C concept. The new crossover, which could keep the Town & Country name, will share a platform with a redesigned Dodge Grand Caravan, and perhaps a redesigned Dodge Durango.
300: Chrysler's large sedan will be refreshed in 2014 for the 2015 model year, along with the Dodge Charger and Challenger. The 300C performance version will add launch control, which reduces wheel spin and enhances torque delivery to the wheels.
200: The mid-sized sedan will be redesigned for the 2014 model year
on Fiat's CUSW platform. The 200 will get a new nine-speed transmission and new engine variants.
100: The new compact hatchback is scheduled to arrive for the 2015 model year,
according to some analysts. But the launch could be moved up depending on production availability. The car will share Fiat's CUSW platform.