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Press: Chrysler dealer cuts are final

by Bill Cawthon on

According to Chrysler Vice Chairman (and only member of the ruling triad who hasn’t announced he’s leaving) Jim Press, the dealer cuts are a done deal and become effective on June 9.

Press said Chrysler will not review its decisions and there will be no appeals process. The terminated dealers will not be offered settlements. He also said Chrysler not buy any inventory but will help affected dealers sell their stocks of vehicles and parts to other dealers, a process he estimated would take about six weeks.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for just-auto.com, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.


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