The Chicago Auto Show is the largest show in North America, based upon floor square footage, even after a 2009 cutback in South Hall floor space.
According to correspondent Jim Choate, Chrysler’s space in Chicago is almost twice of the size of the space they have in Detroit, and is the largest space out of all the automakers at 101,378 square feet. In contrast, one of the world’s largest automakers, General Motors, has just under 99,000 square feet, while America’s #2, Ford/Lincoln, has just over 70,000. Admittedly, around 20,000 square feet of Chrysler’s space is used by indoor test tracks.
For 2014, Mr. Choate reported that Chrysler is changing its usual setup by moving SRT over to its own five thousand square foot display at the far north end of the North hall — nearly as far as it can be from the Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep/Ram/Fiat setup at the far south end of the South Hall. This puts SRT much closer to its own competitors (BMW, Infiniti, Audi, Jaguar/Land Rover), the Comcast Super Car Garage display, and Fiat’s own Maserati.
The separation of SRT from Dodge and Chrysler has previously been explained as an attempt to make the brand more credible to buyers in its price range; rather than being an upscale mass-market car, SRT is attempting to be a high-performance marque. The separation of the SRT brand was intended to make it more palatable to buyers in the $50,000-and-up range, particularly those who would normally be buying a BMW or Audi.
Some time ago, Sergio Marchionne, head of Fiat Chrysler, said that the only way to reboot Alfa Romeo would be by amortizing engineering costs with Dodge. That’s gone down the memory hole, now. It had to. The Alfisti will have fitsies if they overtly share with Chrysler. The D-RWD platform is now Giorgio, an Italian name for something developed largely in Auburn [...]
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We may have the first clear 2017 Chrysler Town & Country minivan spy shots, adding to a small “phone pic” shot posted some time ago. The vehicle, parked with the Chrysler Technical Center in sight, has camouflage and padding, but you can clearly see the openings for the side and front door handles. The photo gives some idea of the relatively length [...]
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FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne has long expressed his desire to slash the number of Fiat and Chrysler platforms, emulating Volkswagen’s “back to the future” move of putting just about everything onto a single platform. Mr. Marchionne has allowed major exceptions; the combination of an over-ambitious plan and a grip on reality delayed the Jeep Renegade and some other cars, because the [...]