Official: Chrysler Leaves Australia

Industry News / Comments

And the US carmaker is taking the 300 with it.

Chrysler has had a few big ups and downs in the past year. The brand, which has been teasing some interesting EV concepts, recently suffered an explosion at its minivan plant in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and low sales volumes means that the Chrysler 300, the brand's only surviving sedan, will soon see its life cut short. To add insult to injury, the company is now leaving the Australian market for good. FCA Australia (a subsidiary of Stellantis) has confirmed the news, which means that Australia will be losing the 300, an affordable rear-wheel-drive V8 sedan in a market filled with pricier options. The brand first entered the Australian market in 1951.

2015-2022 Chrysler 300 Sedan Front View Chrysler
2015-2022 Chrysler 300 Sedan Front View Chrysler
2015-2022 Chrysler 300 Sedan Rear View Chrysler
2015-2022 Chrysler 300 Sedan Rear View Chrysler

The fact that production of the 300 is set to end by mid-decade, and that Chrysler doesn't offer RHD versions of its Voyager/Pacifica minivan, has forced the brand to withdraw from the market.

Australia also represents the last right-hand-drive market for Chrysler, after it made its exit out of South Africa in 2017. Chrysler Australia now only offers a single model, the Chrysler 300, where it comes in C Luxury trim with V6 power, or in hardcore SRT guise where it gets a healthy dose of V8 power.

As is standard procedure when a manufacturer pulls out of a country, Chrysler has made a commitment to supply parts and servicing for its vehicles for the foreseeable future, which will all be handled by Jeep dealerships.

2015-2022 Chrysler 300 Sedan Grill Chrysler
2015-2022 Chrysler 300 Sedan Exhaust Chrysler
2015-2022 Chrysler 300 Sedan Wheel Chrysler
2015-2022 Chrysler 300 Sedan Rear Bumper Closeup Chrysler
7 Japanese Sports Cars You've Probably Never Heard Of
7 Japanese Sports Cars You've Probably Never Heard Of
8 Crazy Cool Active Wings And Spoilers
8 Crazy Cool Active Wings And Spoilers

Those looking to buy a 300 will have to move fast: FCA Australia says that it only has 30 of these retro-looking sedans left. The 6.4-liter V8-powered SRT, which develops a healthy 470 horsepower, traditionally competed with local legends such as the Holden Commodore SS and Ford Falcon XR8, but sales have declined from a high of 2508 units in 2013, to 152 units in 2021 (YTD). Chrysler Australia's most popular model historically was the Valiant range which made its debut in 1962 and sold in great numbers for two decades.

FCA Australia's last big withdrawal was with the Dodge brand back in 2016 which also struggled with a lack of RHD models. Chrysler will be looking at consolidating its global offering and focusing on its range of EV vehicles in the short to medium term.

2015-2022 Chrysler 300 Sedan Dashboard Chrysler
2015-2022 Chrysler 300 Sedan Gearbox Controls Chrysler
2015-2022 Chrysler 300 Sedan Front Seating Chrysler
2015-2022 Chrysler 300 Sedan Steering Wheel Controls Chrysler

Join The Discussion

Gallery

2015-2022 Chrysler 300 Sedan Dashboard
2015-2022 Chrysler 300 Sedan Exhaust
2015-2022 Chrysler 300 Sedan Front View
2015-2022 Chrysler 300 Sedan Front View
2015-2022 Chrysler 300 Sedan Rear View
12
Photos
Back
To Top