New Ram 1500 To Bow In Detroit, Marchionne Successor Due In Early 2019

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne has used the company’s second quarter results presentation to confirm two highly-anticipated models will be introduced within six months.

Speaking to investors and the media, Marchionne stated the 2018 Jeep Wrangler will be unveiled in November. It will be followed by the next-generation Ram 1500 will debut at the North American International Auto Show in January.

Both models are key to the company’s bottom line as Carsalesbase reports Jeep sold 191,788 Wranglers in the United States last year, while Ram sold a whopping 487,558 pickups.

Besides talking about the two upcoming models, Automotive News says Marchionne reiterated his plans to step down in the near future. The executive said he’s “not worried about succession” and his replacement will be selected from a “suitable stable” of people from within the company. There’s no word on who is his top pick but Marchionne’s replacement isn’t expected to takeover until early 2019.

Marchionne went on to announce the company will unveil its new five-year plan early next year. The plan covers 2018-2022 and the executive believes it will help ensure FCA has a smooth transition when a new CEO is named.

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  • Craig

    The nicest looking of all full-sized pickups. But I’m not a HUGE fan of that grill.

    • Shane

      Same here, I actually love the idea/concept of the nostril design on a Ram. Unfortunately I don’t dig the final product. Maybe they could work to incorporate in in some other way? The cross grill is instantly recognizable and looks great though so tough call.

    • Six Thousand Times

      What sort of grill do you prefer to cook on?

  • Nihar

    Finally! That idiot is leaving! How about putting somebody with a brain in charge for once.

  • kachuks

    That successor needs to be someone from RAM/Jeep.

    Seems all the creativity, talent, innovation at FCA is there. Those guys should be telling all the other divisions what to do and they should all just listen and do it.

  • Status

    “Sergio Marchionne….”

    Booo!

    “….Successor.”

    Yay!

    • Six Thousand Times

      Well, that’s easy to say and ol’ Sergio isn’t the greatest auto exec of all time but FCA has had almost no operating cash for many years and even the greatest minds in autodom may not be able to make a silk purse from that sow’s ear of a company.

      • Status

        Very true. I should hope that the successor is able to revive and grow FCA into a much more stable and profitable position, although seeing how much FCA has contracted in size and social relevance poses an even greater challenge than the undoing of the already present stigmas of the ‘Unreliable American car’ and the ‘Unreliable Italian car’.

        I still wouldn’t put money it.

        • Six Thousand Times

          Oh, yeah, definitely an investment best avoided.

      • Ed Ward

        Chrysler had plenty of operating cash thanks to it’s home country USA. It was piss poor Fiat and its many subsidiaries that dragged Chrysler’s resources. Its clear Chrysler is the FCA head honcho in this reverse merger and should be renamed CFA.

        • Status

          Wait, you think the ordering of the letters in the companys acronym matter?

        • Six Thousand Times

          All of that is 100% wrong. You know we deal in facts here, I’m not sure why you bother posting on this site.

  • I hate that grille. I used to thing Dodge Ram were by far the best looking modern Trucks… and for years. This just looks stupid. The Ram logo is yes, COOL, mean, bold. This just says “I’m a RAM, look at me please”. Who the hell at FCA said yes, lets kill the identity of our trucks… that seeams like a good Idea.

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    “Marchionne Successor Due In Early 2019”

    That’s not soon enough. There may not be much left for the guy/gal to run.

  • DMJ

    Marchionne, after 15 years in FCA, will leave without any full line-up in any brand (except Ferrari):
    – Fiat: no new Fiat Punto, just 1 SUV in the line-up (500X), no car bigger than a Tipo SW;
    – Lancia – killed.
    – Alfa Romeo: 15 years to start recovering. No Giulia SW; no luxury car; no coupé; no wheelbase for a car smaller than Giulia;
    – Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep – incomplete and old products.
    Maserati – any sports car released after the aging Granturismo; Quattropuorte, Ghibli and Levante all based in a old wheelbase.

    WHAT A GREAT MANAGER!!

  • Ed Ward

    18′ to 22′ should be Chrysler and Dodge future products. If they take care of Chrysler and Dodge the company will be fine, it not, its a wrap.

  • Navy P. Morroccan ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Nothing but good ole’ news from FCA. Marchionne is finally stepping down – hopefully into retirement – and Fiat Chrysler should hire Allan Mullaly to make Chrysler profitable.