AUBURN HILLS, Michigan — Fiat-Chrysler's new business plan focuses on producing more Jeep SUVs and Ram pickup trucks by the end of 2017 to meet consumer demand, the automaker announced on Wednesday.
The shift in U.S. demand to SUVs and trucks is "expected to be permanent," Fiat-Chrysler said.
The continuation of low gas prices is expected to help support the shift, it said. Pump prices are at their lowest mark in six years, according to AAA.
Car shoppers can't seem to get enough of such products as the Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Renegade SUVs, along with the Ram 1500 pickup truck.
Consumers got a glimpse of what's bound for Jeep showrooms, courtesy of the Fiat-Chrysler business plan.
The automaker said it will build a four-door Jeep Wrangler Diesel before 2022. A new Jeep Grand Wagoneer and Jeep pickup truck are also in the pipeline.
The Jeep Wrangler and Ram 1500 will receive hybrid treatments in the near future.
Fiat-Chrysler said it may turn to other automakers to produce the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart sedans.
Edmunds says: Jeep is the bedrock of Fiat-Chrysler's business plan.