Even if Chrylser has reduce the company’s platforms from 12 to seven, they plan call for 20 new vehicles and 13 major facelifts by the end of 2009. The first one will be the highly anticipated Challenger. next to it there will be the fifth-generation Chrysler minivan due later this year, Chrysler Sebring/ Dodge Avenger-based crossovers and the next-generation Ram pickup. Cut from the portfolio will be the Dodge Durango/ Chrysler Aspen, once the plant that produces the slow-selling big utes is shuttered in late 2009.

Then there is the dream cars to consider, from the big flagship Chrysler Imperial that debuted at the Detroit auto show in 2006 and the minicar-based Dodge Hornet shown at Geneva that year to the Dodge Demon roadster that bowed at Geneva in March 2007.

Chrysler hasn’t made any decision about the Imperial’s production, but rumblings surrounding the Chrysler sales talks suggested that the big luxury liner was just the kind of vehicle needed to spark interest in the brand from wealthy venture capitalists. Now that private investors are at the helm, it may be only a matter of time before the Imperial gets the go-ahead.

Source: Autoweek

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