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Chrysler No Longer Producing Vehicles for Australia

By Shane O’Sullivan

Mon Nov 22 2021

In sad news for the market in Australia, popular manufacturer Chrysler has announced it will stop selling their cars here. Originally founded in 1925, a subsidiary known as Fiat Chrysler Australia (FCA) was founded 70 years ago, back in 1951. 

As David McCowen notes over on News Australia that this is the end of an era, as the manufacturer stops producing the affordable V8-powered sedans. In fact, the 6.4-litre Chrysler 300 SRT had remained the only V8 on sale for under $100,000. 

With the Chrysler 300 SRT now being axed, the $168,000 M550i by BMW will take over as the cheapest V8 sedan on sale - making an expensive purchase for most Australians even more unlikely with a significant price increase when compared to the Chrysler. 

FCA and Stellantis, their parent company, have now opted to withdraw the marque from shores, effective immediately. Dealerships will still supply parts and provide servicing for the sedan, which also serves as a police highway patrol vehicle in NSW, though the vehicles themselves will no longer be available.

FCA Managing Director Kevin Flynn was quoted as saying “Chrysler has held a special place in the heart of many Australians and we are proud of its history here,” adding that Chrysler fell victim to “the global push towards electrification and focus on SUVs.” 

This statement by Flynn comes as no surprise to many - as sad as it may be. BYD have announced their plans to bring cheap electric cars to Australian shores, while Toyota have revealed their first all-electric vehicle. Furthermore, Lynk & Co, created by Volvo’s parent company Geely, has been announced for Australia.

While electric cars may be more prominent in the future, there will be no shortage of the vehicles the Australian market has known and loved for decades. FCA themselves plan to focus on the Jeep in 2022, introducing a plug-in hybrid version of the Grand Cherokee in addition to a larger three-row Grand Cherokee L which will be aimed at big families.