My take away of pre-Daimler success is different. Chrysler had a corporate culture which, given the limited resources that it had at its disposal, was willing to do more with it than the competition. Chrysler happened to have developed the FWD K-car, and so it spun out compact cars, midsize cars, fullsize cars, sporty coupes, sporty subcompacts, convertibles, minivans and even a compact pickups out of it. This resourcefulness manifested itself beyond FWD, too, when Chrysler took a old Dodge Diplomat, added a plastic cap to the back of the roof, leather to the seats and wire covers to the wheels, and sold tons of Chrysler Fifth Avenues at amazing margins because the development had been paid off years before. I don't see this happening now. Fiat was ready to ditch LX hadn't it been for market realities that forced them to rethink their plans. I can't imagine the old Chrysler Corp. ditching two state-of-the-art sedans, the way FCA ditched Dart and 200. The resourcefulness of the old culture would have spun those products into other variants until something stuck on the market, and until they had paid off the initial investment. The pre-Dieselgate success of VWAG was built on a somewhat similar strategy, but adapted for the 21st century, churning humble VWs into highly desirable Audis of all sizes, shapes and configurations.