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Journey replacement postponed

by Bill Cawthon on

Automotive News Chrysler specialist, Larry Vellequette, reported that the existing Dodge Journey will survive for two more years before the replacement originally scheduled for this year.

Photo of 2016 Dodge Journey Crossroads on country road

In the 2014 five-year plan, the Journey was scheduled for an overhaul in July 2016,  with an SRT version appearing in January 2017, to “better align with Dodge DNA.” This change included moving from the current JC body to the CUSW platform which underpins the Chrysler 200, Dodge Dart, and Jeep Cherokee.

Some insiders told Allpar that the Journey would be replaced by a rear wheel drive SUV based on the new, corporate rear wheel drive platform/architecture. The existing Journey’s basic concept would move to Chrysler.

This also means the Journey will most likely continue to be built in the Toluca, Mexico plant for two more years.

Journey-Sales-Chart-Web

Since the first reported sales of the Dodge Journey in February 2008, nearly 780,000 have been sold in the U.S. and Canada. In the U.S., 2010 was the only year in which the Journey failed to beat its previous-year total. US sales rose significantly after the 2011 model year refresh, though Canadian sales peaked in 2009 and have fallen about 12% since then.

The Journey has a relatively high percentage of retail sales, with around 60% of Journeys in daily rental fleets at first; in 2013, the most recent year for which we have data, retail registrations accounted for 76% of total volume.

Sergio Marchionne is likely to talk a little about the company’s revised strategy when FCA releases its first-quarter results tomorrow.

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 just-auto.com, 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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