The future of Chrysler

October 22, 2008
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The latest unnamed source to discuss the future of Chrysler raises the possibility of the company being sold off in pieces.

This, after it became public that General Motors is interested in Chrysler to snag desperately needed cash. Nissan and its partner Renault are talking with Chrysler, too.

Chrysler is gradually pulling out of Indiana. The Indianapolis foundry is gone, and another company took over its longtime plant in New Castle, where the high school still bears the automakerâ??s name.

That pretty much leaves the transmission plants in Kokomo. And the dealers.

Aside from the iconic Jeep brand, is there anything within Chrysler thatâ??s worth salvaging? Anything that other car companies donâ??t do better?
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  • Well, the base - Dodge - and the high end; I've personally always preferred the Chrysler New Yorker and related to the comparable Cadillac or Lincoln models. What I'd like to see is AM general take back the Jeep line, although the AMC versions used the Chrysler automatic... I do note that when Chrysler took over, they standardized the in-line six at 4.0 liter; AMC made the same CAST IRON ENGINE in two different strokes - 3.8 and 4.2; and you STILL can't kill a cast iron engine!
  • The Chrysler New Yorker has been dead for years.......and AMC has ceased to exist for a few decades now.........the market is over saturated with make and models. The Chrysler 300 and the minivans have been the only things aside from Jeep that have had any sales success this decade.....
  • Outside of the Jeep brand the only thing they have that's currently worth anything (from a business perspective) is the minivan line. One could argue Toyota or Honda actually execute better, but they still do very well in that segment.

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  1. With Pence running the ship good luck with a new government building on the site. He does everything on the cheap except unnecessary roads line a new beltway( like we need that). Things like state of the art office buildings and light rail will never be seen as an asset to these types. They don't get that these are the things that help a city prosper.

  2. Does the $100,000,000,000 include salaries for members of Congress?

  3. "But that doesn't change how the piece plays to most of the people who will see it." If it stands out so little during the day as you seem to suggest maybe most of the people who actually see it will be those present when it is dark enough to experience its full effects.

  4. That's the mentality of most retail marketers. In this case Leo was asked to build the brand. HHG then had a bad sales quarter and rather than stay the course, now want to go back to the schlock that Zimmerman provides (at a considerable cut in price.) And while HHG salesmen are, by far, the pushiest salesmen I have ever experienced, I believe they are NOT paid on commission. But that doesn't mean they aren't trained to be aggressive.

  5. The reason HHG's sales team hits you from the moment you walk through the door is the same reason car salesmen do the same thing: Commission. HHG's folks are paid by commission they and need to hit sales targets or get cut, while BB does not. The sales figures are aggressive, so turnover rate is high. Electronics are the largest commission earners along with non-needed warranties, service plans etc, known in the industry as 'cheese'. The wholesale base price is listed on the cryptic price tag in the string of numbers near the bar code. Know how to decipher it and you get things at cost, with little to no commission to the sales persons. Whether or not this is fair, is more of a moral question than a financial one.

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