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The future of Chrysler

Discussion in 'Rumors and Speculation' started by Dave Z, Sep 13, 2017.

  1. Erik Latranyi

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    The next CEO is going to be hand-picked by Marchionne. Yes, he will sit on the supervising board and will look over that CEO's shoulder every day. I am sure if there are problems, the media will run to Marchionne for a comment and he will give a comment.
     
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  2. GasAxe

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    For the first time in years, there is concern from corporate about employee retention in our company. When the mill manager asked my opinion, I had to measure my words carefully to make sure a firehose of direct quotes of "be happy you have a job" and "do the same work with less people" erupted out of me. If nothing else, I do value how my company treats safety as a number 1 condition of employment top to bottom. I'm pretty lucky too. I've only gone through 2 mergers and 1 bankruptcy in my 22 year career. Some of my counterparts have 4-5 mergers and 2-3 bankruptcies under their belts. Now rumors are floating about a deal brewing with a Chinese company. Ahh well, que sera, sera...
     
  3. valiant67

    valiant67 Rich Corinthian Leather
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    And I’m sure he will I’ll stick up for his replacement the same way he stuck up for the 200 designers.
     
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  4. redriderbob

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    You also have to remember the market for small "compact" cars is pushing the mid-$20k to mid-$30k for regular trim models... the performance versions of Civic Type-R and Focus RS are over $40k. So basically I hear from everyone is Dodge needs to build or should I say FCA US needs to bring sedans besides the RWD/AWD Charger and 300 to the NAFTA market, but they aren't interested in them. Sounds like the reason why FCA US decided to focus on profitable trucks, muscle cars, CUVs and SUVs.

    Remember the last Neon we had in 2005 had these stats..

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    In 2005 Dodge Neon SE went for $13,800 MSRP / $12,918 Invoice. A 2005 Neon SXT went for $16,110 MSRP / $15,020 Invoice. 2005 Dodge SRT-4 had a $20,700 MSRP.

    Compare that with Caliber...

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    Calber had a base price range of $13,850 for SE, $15,700 for SXT, $17,495 for R/T and $20,045 for R/T AWD. SRT-4 was $23,250.

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    Dart base prices for SE and Aero were $15,995, SXT and Rallye were $17,995, Limited and GT were $19,995. Dart was also a considered a mid-size car according to FCA US.
     
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  5. DarkSky

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    And an modern SRT would probably surpass $30k with a few options and packages.
     
  6. redriderbob

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    Try $40k with AWD and HO Turbo... like Ford Focus RS...

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  7. DarkSky

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    For that price I'd buy a Giulia.
     
  8. GasAxe

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    High performance small cars that were also relatively cheap was a stars aligning moment in automotive history. It may happen again, but not anytime soon.
     
  9. Christopher

    Christopher Socially Unacceptable
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    My manager at the health system would say, "Well, you signed up for that" any time you voiced a complaint about something. I felt like saying, "I signed up to work with competent people too, but that didn't happen so here we are." Most of the allied med people were good. It was the doctors that scared me.
     
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  10. JavelinAMX

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    But some of these cars in question are quality models ;)
     
  11. JavelinAMX

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    I do differ with you in this one respect :

    In this instance - A brand is a model - a model is a brand.

    Dodge is definitely a brand with some models. Chrysler is a weak brand having a couple models ( with more promised ).

    With Lancia, however, it could just as easily be the Ypsilon brand since the customer's choice is simply a thumbs-up or a thumbs-down decision for that one thing. { At least for the moment }.

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  12. T_690

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    Maybe the most similar vehicles to Focus RS in the USA are Mercedes AMG 45 CLA and Audi RS3 Sedan. Both have hatch versions in Europe. We are talking about performance compact models with AWD based on FWD platform with transverse engine. Base price for both is higher than $50,000.
     
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