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Ha! Just beat me to it Patfromhigh! ;)
 

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MoparNorm said:
Marchionne wants common platforms, for cost reasons, regardless of performance disadvantage, so it's hard to guess, but you should also consider the Strada mini-truck, in your mix of platforms above. There is no guarantee that they will use a US platform or plant.
More likely Mexico, so that Brazil is in the mix, where the Strada is already produced and sold.
The Strada is way too small.
This small "truck" looks like it will be a Cherokee-based pickup ;) except probably they will use a much simpler and sturdier suspension setup.
 

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Gotcha ;)
 

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bethlumboy said:
Sounds like they are talking about the 500X and new Strada* (Dart-based, which is roughly the same size as the current Strada), followed by the B-Jeep and new Patriot, and finally a Patriot-based FIAT CUV (Pandona or Alfa C-CUV) and Viaggio.
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*They call the Dart "medium-compact" and the new pick-up "medium" but say they share the same "architecture," which is why I suggested that this is the next Strada, not Dakota. However, if they meant "platform" rather than "architecture," then the "medium" pickup may well be a Cherokee-based Dakota.
The Strada is much smaller; it's based on the Palio, which is an offshoot of the 1st gen Punto (the small one), and later grande Punto (2009-->).
According to what Pat posted and also an earlier article from C&D Brazil I posted somewhere, the medium pickup will be based on CUSW.
That platform is also being installed on the new mega plant FIAT is building in Brazil, so from the Viaggio to this pickup to pretty much everything specific to the local market (Brazil+Argentina, the rest of southAm is peanuts) will be made locally with locally sourced engines.
My guess is the medium pickup will use part of the reinforced architecture developed for the Cherokee, also in order to allow for a 4x4-version.

Erik Latranyi said:
I justnfinished an interesting survey from Strategic Vision. It was for new Chrysler owners and how we perceive quality.

But the most interesting part was the last three questions:

Would you buy a car made in Italy?

Would you buy a car made in China?

Would you buy a car made in India?
Worded like that, they are going to get 90% NOs across the board IMO...
 

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MoparNorm said:
That cannot bode well for future products and American workers???
They keep hinting that some of the chinese and Indian Jeeps will be sent to the US, that is a mistake.
The reason I own Jeeps and Dodge's is because I believe in buying American.
It really irritates me that my Dodge HD pickups are assembled in Mexico, the build quality suffers, even though they are good, they aren't as good as they could be.
I will not buy any product made in china, if I have a domestic choice.
They are probably fielding out these questions to see what the general sentiment is. Worded like that, they will get a resounding NO.

Had they said, "would you buy a car made in XYZ if it had the same quality and costed 20% less", then probably the answers could have been very different ;)

Btw, I thought the quality of the Mexican plant was one of the best ones of the group, worldwide. Maybe I'm remembering wrong...
 
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