8/20/2019 | 1 MINUTE READ

FCA Focuses On Small Cars, EVs for Europe

Facebook Share Icon LinkedIn Share Icon Twitter Share Icon Share by EMail icon Print Icon

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV will revamp the center of its European product lineup around its two best-selling models, the 500 city car and Panda mini crossover, Autocar reports.

Share

Facebook Share Icon LinkedIn Share Icon Twitter Share Icon Share by EMail icon Print Icon

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV will revamp the center of its European product lineup around its two best-selling models, the 500 city car and Panda mini crossover, Autocar reports.

The British enthusiast magazine says CEO Oliver Francois presented the strategy late last month in a senior-management meeting in Turin.

Francois tells Autocar that FCA wants the heart of its European products to be a balance between a range of city car variants of the 500 (pictured) and slightly larger B- and C-class models anchored by variants of a redesigned Panda and Tipo.

Virtually all FCA models developed for the European mass market will be between 3.5 meters and 4.5 meters long, according to Francois. “There will be no big cars, no premium cars, no sporty cars,” he declares.

Francois also says future models will be more stylish and well-appointed iterations that “look legitimate enough to take higher pricing.”

Autocar says FCA will drop the slow-selling 500L MPV, replace its 500X crossover and introduce an upscale 500 Giardiniera estate model. A revamped Panda is due in 2021, to be joined by an all-electric version in 2023. The restyled car is expected to resemble the Centoventi concept.

The current Tipo is likely to be replaced with a crossover body style, perhaps sharing its platform with the Jeep Renegade

Francois says FCA also will need more all-electric models. The company plans to debut an electric, next-generation 500 for Europe about one year from now.

Related Topics

RELATED CONTENT

  • 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Blue

    A young(ish) guy that I’ve known for a number of years, a man who spent the better part of his career writing for auto buff books and who is a car racer on the side, mentioned to me that his wife has a used Lexus ES Hybrid.

  • The BMW i3: Deconstructed

    The engineers at Munro & Associates have taken a perfectly sound BMW i3 and taken it apart. Completely apart. And they are impressed with what they’ve discovered about how the EV is engineered.

  • The 2019 Ram 1500 Up Close

    The pickup-truck segment in the U.S. market is somewhat like the vehicles themselves: big.