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Dodge to focus more on performance cars for the next five years


Performance arm SRT to be reintegrated into company

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is on a roll with its ambitious five-year plans for all its marques – Fiat, Chrysler, Maserati, Jeep, among many others.

In addition, Dodge is aiming for a 10-percent increase in annual sales to 600,000 units by 2018, from a projected 546,000 units in 2014, by adding more performance to its range, along with new and updated models.

The company said it will first drop the Avenger sedan in late 2014.


It also said that high-performance division SRT will be absorbed into the company, with a facelifted Viper coming out in 2015.

In 2016, Dodge will debut a revised Dart sedan, along with a turbocharged, all-wheel-drive Dart SRT variant. This year will also be the introduction of the ‘D-CUV,’ replacement for the Journey crossover, and the axing of the Grand Caravan minivan.

The automaker said 2017 will be the arrival of the D-CUV SRT variant, together with a refreshed Durango sport-utility vehicle.

And for 2018, the automaker will debut the new Charger sedan and Challenger coupe, and a new supermini.

Finally, Dodge confirmed that the Charger and Challenger will be getting a supercharged engine dubbed ‘Hellcat,’ producing an estimated 710 PS.

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