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I somehow ended up thinking about Disney World last night, particularly how GM/Chevrolet has that big sponsorship deal with the Test Track ride at EPCOT. Not that it's that great of a deal for GM, considering how often that thing broke down, but still... if you're a 7 year old kid, already excited about going to Disney World in the first place, and you go on a ride plastered with gold bowties and then a nice show-off of Corvettes and Camaros before the gift shop, what are you going to think is cool? Brand loyalty is established at an early age. FoMoCo already has the not-altogether-that-subtle benefit of the history books in most schools at least making mention of the Model T and assembly line, as well as the largest museum in the country with Henry's name attatched to it. It's not really a corporate sponsorship, but it is hard to ignore the link between the famous Ford Model T and the (albeit vastly changed) Ford of today. So what does Chrysler have now that the WPC museum is gone and the only real connection to the Chrysler Building (which was only the tallest building in the world for a very short period anyways, and is overshadowed by the much-uglier Empire State) is the name? Opinion seems to be that Chryslers are junk (thanks to our Teutonic friends) or sub-par beater economy cars from the '90s (an altogether undeserved reputation, IMO). Sergio seems to be doing a lot in very big ways to reverse this, but at the same time, that brings the poor reputation (again, something that has changed) of FIAT from the '70s and early '80s and the fact that Ma Mopar is owned by the Italians (even though it seems to be much more equal in terms of advancement and technology sharing than the "merger of equals" ever was). Why doesn't Chrysler have a big sponsorship deal for its core brands, Dodge, Chrysler and Ram (I left out Jeep, since people still give me a lot of weird looks when I mention they're built by Chrysler. Jeep is Jeep. It has its own identity, regardless of who owns it, AMC, Chrysler or otherwise)? It seems like a high-profile tie-in with an amusement park, especially considering the slow sales of the Dart as a sporty car, could be very beneficial...