Chrysler and Jeep announce 2011 range expansion
I've followed the decline of Chrysler and Jeep over the last couple of years with sadness. From the heady days of 2006 and 2007 with its confusing 21 model range, through to its 2007 split from Daimler and finally the company's fall into chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2007.
Finally, after forming a partnership with Fiat in 2009, we will finally see the fruits of the Italian's investment in 2011. A total of four new models will be launched next year, along with facelifts for a further three!The new Chrysler models are basically a re-badged, re-engineered version of the Lancia Delta and a new version of the Ypsilon. The new Ypsilon, which will be launched at Geneva next year, is said to feature frugal engines and the same distinctive styling.
The arrival of these re-badged Lancias is likely to incense enthusiasts, who had hoped the Italian brand would return to the UK for the first time since 1994.
It's the Jeep brand's 70th anniversary in 2011, highlights include two new model launches and some special editions. An all-new version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Compass will make an appearance, along with facelifted versions of the Patriot, Grand Voyager and Wrangler.
Sadly, there have been casualties, as it has also been confirmed the Dodge brand has been canned in the UK. The last car is due to leave the dealers before the end of the year, but don't worry if you're an owner as after sales and service are unaffected.