Writing in today's edition of Automotive News, Larry Vellequette reports that Chrysler/Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne plans to present a revised five-year product plan during next Wednesday'sc quarterly earnings call. While most of the benchmarks promised in the original 2009 plan have been achieved on schedule, ongoing challenges have required enough reevaluation that Marchionne has decided a revision of what can be realistically expected is necessary. Most notable among possible corrections are products like the Jeep Grand Wagoneer and new, Fiat-based sub-compact B- and C-Series cars for Chrysler and Dodge. While an extra-large Jeep might be appealing to some, the market for plus-size American SUVs has declined considerably from its peak: in 2012, combined sales of the Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV and Lincoln Navigator were more than 10,000 units less than those posted by the Escalde alone in 2006. Sales of the Ford Expedition are down 56.4% over the same period and..
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