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Chrysler wins another in arbitration

by Bill Cawthon on

Chrysler Group’s termination of Manual Dodge in Richardson, Texas, was upheld in arbitration. The hearing was held in Dallas last week. In this case, the arbitrator sided with Chrysler, determining that no dealer in a market is preferable to a poorly performing dealer.

In a statement, Chrysler said, “There is no denying that Chrysler Group’s and the public’s economic interests are inextricably linked. Chrysler Group not only employed sound business judgment but is acting in the greater public interest by protecting the dealer network that was created as a result of the bankruptcy proceedings. We are confident we now have the dealer network in place that allows dealers to be successful, which will result in greater investment in their communities, employees and customers and, ultimately will enable the company to repay the U.S. Taxpayers in a timely manner.”

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, 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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