A source at Fiat said that Chrysler will discontinue sales of the Dodge Journey in Europe and instead will market minivan, the Fiat brand. According to these sources also said that the minivan version of Fiat’s major will be called the Freemont, and will replace another Fiat minivans, the Ulysse. Fiat Ulysse stop production this month because of sluggish sales, last year, Fiat Ulysse sold only 1956 units.
Fiat Freemont is an important part of the plan-Chrysler CEO of Fiat, Sergio Marchionne to cut development costs and increase capacity utilization at factories car with cross selling vehicles from Fiat Group and the Chrysler group brands. Freemont Fiat officially became a rebadged version (brand rate) of the Dodge Journey at the auto show in Los Angeles Motor Show, last November, to be little change in the exterior design, a revised interior and suspension are modified. Freemont carrying diesel 2000 cc Fiat engine that produces maximum power up to 170 hp, this is the first application of the Fiat engine in Chrysler vehicles (currently Journey 2,000 cc diesel engine 140 hp supplied by Volkswagen AG).
Fiat hopes Freemont will have greater sales potential than Ulysse because it will offer all-wheel-drive, which is not owned Ulysse, in addition, Freemont diesel engine is more powerful than the current Journey and its sales will be supported through more 5000 Fiat sales network in Europe, which is far larger than Chrysler, so they can offer more potential sales. Freemont Fiat will be exported to Europe from the Chrysler plant in Toluca, Mexico, who build the Dodge Journey and the Fiat 500 for North America. The plan, Fiat will debut Freemont at auto show in Geneva in March 2011, then followed by the launch of its sales in Europe in June 2011.
Fiat Freemont is actually a “right machine designed to meet the diverse needs of families and looking for a spacious car, comfortable and versatile to serve the fast pace of daily life or leisure weekend. The vehicle combines the flexibility and functionality with its distinctive and original style. Dimensions (length of 489 cm, width 188 cm and 172 cm height) provides excellent interior space, helped by the best in its class wheelbase (289 cm).
Fiat Freemont ensure maximum space, comfort and versatility due to its 7-passenger seating with a real third row seats spacious which are easily accessible when the doors open 90 degrees. The third row seats can be folded with a flick of disappearing under the floor and create a platform for regular load. The second row seats are mounted higher than on the forehead, while the third row is highlighted in relation to each other by giving maximum visibility to all passengers.