It is risky to drop fuel-efficient models: One of the main drivers of the crossover/SUV/pickup sales growth in 2015 has been cheap gas. At below $2/gallon, where it stands right now, it makes fuel efficiency a distant consideration on most buyers’ wish list, hurting sales in segments such as minicar, subcompact, compact, mid-sized and alternative power. However, low gas prices are not the “new normal” many think they are – they are driven by geopolitical winds that are shifty and can change suddenly. Should the current situation reverse, sending gas prices back over $3/gallon, does it really make sense for FCA to get rid of its most fuel-efficient models?
Is FCA right to drop the 200/Dart duo?
- No - it is foolish to throw away 250,000+ annual sales and weaken the brands like this (74%, 95 Votes)
- Maybe - it's too hard to tell right now (14%, 18 Votes)
- Yes - they are both also-rans, and it'll be better-off concentrating on more profitable models (12%, 16 Votes)
Total Voters: 129