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New evidence for a FWD Chrysler 300

Discussion in 'Mopar / FCA News' started by Dave Z, May 6, 2016.

  1. Prabhjot

    Prabhjot Active Member

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    @EVOL

    You exgerrate, of course, but yes: a holding operation for the Chrysler brand, except for the (Hybrid) Pacifica, in order to wait for the financially opportune time to make Chrysler (twinned with Lancia?) as a PHEV and/or pure ev + autonomy etc specialist comfort-centric, and near-premium marque, among FCA's many brands with clearcut 'driver centric, enthusiast and/or luxury' cachets. Also, maybe with a huge future in China, post the (hopefully) start of local manufacturing there in 2017/18 of the C 200.

    So it would seem: a rational if 'slow' and 'longterm' strategy for what is the one FCA brand with a currently too-nebulous character, and ambiguous market-prospects in N America? Have no idea whether that is indeed the logic at work for 'chrysler' at fca hq, but i hope so.
     
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  2. rapidtrans

    rapidtrans Well-Known Member

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    The only LH i thought particularly attractive was the LHS. Not a big fan of the big front overhang of those cars. The same thing that makes the current Cherokee awkward or unbalanced looking I.M.O.
     
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  3. jerseyjoe

    jerseyjoe Plymouth Makes It

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    Matter of taste, 68 chatger overhang not bad.
     
  4. jerseyjoe

    jerseyjoe Plymouth Makes It

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    Was said Dodge RWD, Chrysler mass market.
     
  5. Mike V.

    Mike V. Mopar-nac The Moderator

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    SRT... 392 and the 8 speed.

    Mike
     
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  6. jerseyjoe

    jerseyjoe Plymouth Makes It

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    Manual would be nice also. Just dreamin.
     
  7. Mike V.

    Mike V. Mopar-nac The Moderator

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    Not worth dreaming about. The 8 speed out performs the manual all day, everyday.

    Mike
     
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  8. Dave Z

    Dave Z It's me, Dave
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    And yet I suspect the LHS had the longest overhang...

    The front overhang was actually relatively small for the class. Large compared with Civics and such, I admit.
     
  9. HotCarNut

    HotCarNut Defender of Reality
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    +1 Make mine in black please! :)
     
  10. hmk123

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    They are beautiful in dark red metallic, too!
     
  11. jerseyjoe

    jerseyjoe Plymouth Makes It

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    I like the full control of manual trans, want to be in higher gear or chirp the tires when I want to. In traffic my trans does not want to get locked. Drove manual most of my life, most of the time not even aware of shifting. Read in these forums some people are displeased with transmission delays and choice of gears. Then there are unwanted bump shifts. Maybe it should carry a big premium, there is an option that I would pay for. I could go on but i know it ain't gonna happen.
     
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  12. Mike V.

    Mike V. Mopar-nac The Moderator

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    It is what it is.

    Mike
     
  13. jerseyjoe

    jerseyjoe Plymouth Makes It

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    @Mike, its really bothering me that all my life Chrysler gave choices. Now it don't. I may be a pain but i'm gonna say what i have to. With the advances in data processing and robotics it should be just a matter of pushing the right keys at ones house to get what is an individusls requirements. Should not have to go through a comittiee or investors choices. Buyer should make last decision.
     
  14. Mike V.

    Mike V. Mopar-nac The Moderator

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    There hasn't been a choice for a manual transmission in a large Chrysler for over three decades. While I get your frustration, you seem to take every criticize to the nth degree and pile on at times.

    Further, Chrysler is not the only one limiting options, they all are and it boils down to cost control.

    Mike
     
  15. Erik Latranyi

    Erik Latranyi Allpar Legacy

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    You know that offering a manual transmission means the vehicle has to be re-certified again (millions of dollars).

    Due to regulations like this, and for many other reasons, transmission choices are being reduced to save costs.
     
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  16. jerseyjoe

    jerseyjoe Plymouth Makes It

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    Lets not go there with transmissions if you get my drift.
     
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    Don't get your hopes up just yet, but I do know that this has been under discussion and consideration lately...
     
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    Likely on the refreshed model ?
    We assume Charger will be sporty, what happens (class it up or bread and butter styling ) with the 300 will be interesting.
     
  19. gary longo

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    About the manual transmissions....I like them when the gear choices are in your favor! I own a Volare Kit car that came with a 3 speed automatic...found a 4-speed from an a-body that was gone through buy a local mechanic,works great. Went to a bone yard and got all the stuff I needed for the install from a donor car. So I do like what others see in them. Have a 2003 Dakota with a 5-speed manual,that took alot of searching to find one. The truck is seeing the end of it's life cycle,figured that since I am getting rid of it anyway....teach the wife to drive a manual. Told her that I would like to get a Challenger with a manual in it...now see in that it is no longer a 6-speed vs. 5-speed.....it is now 6-speed vs. 8-speed....and the automatic is faster with more gears....I am now leaning towards the automatic. If they go to a 7-speed manual and it can match the automatic ....then my opinion Would change. Love the manuals...but they have to sell for Chrysler to make them as an option ;)
     
  20. jerseyjoe

    jerseyjoe Plymouth Makes It

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    Still will pay extra for a trans I can maintain myself wuickly for cheap. No deaer mantenance invoved
     

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