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Sebring, Avenger to get reprieve

by Bill Cawthon on

While workers at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant rally to save their jobs, Automotive News is reporting the Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Avenger have been given another chance. The Sebring will get a significant facelift for the 2011 model year while a revamped Avenger will appear somewhat sooner as less work is required.

The Sterling Heights plant had been slated for closure at the end of 2010 with the cancellation of the Sebring and Avenger, but AN says the Fiat models intended to replace them won’t be ready for at least two more years, meaning they won’t be available until the 2012 model year at the earliest.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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