Chrysler cuts product & jobs

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by who, Nov 1, 2007.

  1. who

    who Guest

    Not unexpected if they are to survive and I personally am not surprised
    at the Magnum and Pacifica being cut. Just the wrong package.
    Hopefully Chrysler will get back to the lovely cars they built in the
    90s, with the latest technology of course.

    I like the mechanical technology in the Caliber and Compass lines, but I
    just can't accept the styling.
    who, Nov 1, 2007
  2. who

    MoPar Man Guest

    I want them to bring back the 300N concept car they showed on the
    auto-show circuit back in 2000.

    I suppose it's too late - it was based on the LH platform (which could
    have handled RWD). Maybe they still have the tools and dies for the
    LH platform ? They could then do away with all the (EXPENSIVE)
    mercedes parts.
    MoPar Man, Nov 1, 2007
  3. who

    Steve Guest

    Accuracy question: Are they actually discontinuiing the Pacifica and
    Magnum altogether, or are they just stopping production at Brampton?
    There's a difference. The Pacifica isn't selling all that badly, and I
    have to say that the 4.0L version is an outstanding vehicle to drive.
    Chrysler created another market segment with the Pacifica, but lost out
    to crap like the Murano because it looked sportier and had a more potent
    engine earlier on. The 4.0 solved the power problem for the Pacifica,
    but it may have been too little too late.

    The Magnum may still be my favorite of the LX vehicles, although the
    Charger looks better and better every time I see one. At first I thought
    it was just an ugly box like the 300, but its got some really greaceful
    lines, especially the hood, grille, and "C" pillar/rear qauarter area.
    The rear end is too simple, and the "greenouse" too short, but other
    than that its very nice. They still should have called it "Monaco" or
    "Polara" or "Coronet," though.
    Steve, Nov 2, 2007
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    Lloyd Guest

    I always thought the Magnum was the best-looking of the LX cars. If
    only it had the 300's interior.
    Yeah. Rumor was the Compass was going to be dropped too. And
    Lloyd, Nov 2, 2007
  5. who

    Lloyd Guest

    It even got a pretty good rating from Consumker Reports (below-average
    reliability kept them from recommending it though).

    It's also quite big -- as long as a Town & Country, for example. Yet
    it only seats 6, not the 7-8 other vehicles that size seat. That
    probably hurt it.

    The headlights are still a weak area, and the C-pillar always makes me
    think of Richard Nixon -- hunched-up shoulders.
    Yeah, and Avenger could be Coronet or even Dart.
    Lloyd, Nov 2, 2007
  6. I think we all were expecting this but do not forget that there will be a
    of families and children out there who will be having a pretty grim
    Christmas. The only good part about it is that they didn't wait until the
    middle of December before making the announcement, when these people
    had already spent their money on presents. This way the employees
    will have a little time to prepare, hopefully some can pick up seasonal
    work to help build a cushion. I would expect to see most of them
    off the payroll by end of month December, though, and looking for a
    job in January really sucks. And to top it off the housing market has taken
    a big dump, so a lot of these folks may not be able to sell out and
    move somewhere else.

    My guess is it will be years before Chrysler is hiring again.

    Ted Mittelstaedt, Nov 3, 2007
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    Steve Guest

    You know my opinion on that rag. If they give it a low rating, its just
    as likely to mean its superb.
    Those aren't shoulders, they're hips... and cars are female :)

    I say that's one of the strong points of the styling because it
    (FINALLY!!) brings back at least one element of the beautiful "coke
    bottle" lines that were common on the '68-'72 B-bodies, and probably
    reached the highest level of grace on the '71 Satellite/GTX. The new
    Charger "squares" the hips off a little too much, but its a step in the
    right direction. At least its not a rounded vitamin pill. IMO, marrying
    the coke-bottle side profile with the taller greenouse from the LH cars
    would have been a good combination. I still don't care for the high
    beltline and gun-turret slit windows that are the common styling trend now.
    Steve, Nov 3, 2007
  8. who

    who Guest

    Yes very unfortunate, but better they don't waste money on Xmas presents.
    In Canada the housing market is OK and they have other employment
    I'm sure Chrysler's new owner wants to keep employment lower.

    If the Canadian employees are willing to travel a bit or move they may
    get a job at the new Toyota plant now being built on Ontario. >:)

    The Pacifica employees are in the Windsor van plant aren't they?
    Where will the Journey be built? It seems to be targeting the space
    left by the heavy clumsy Pacifica, the nice short van and poor
    visibility RWD Magnum.
    who, Nov 3, 2007
  9. When that stops being the case, it'll be time for the last of the
    hardheaded holdouts to admit that Chrysler really and truly is gone
    forever. ;-)
    Daniel J. Stern, Nov 4, 2007
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    Lloyd Guest

    The Journey is aimed at those who bought the short-wheelbase minivans,
    according to reports. It's based on the Avenger/Sebring platform, so
    I guess it'll be built alongside them.
    Lloyd, Nov 5, 2007
  11. who

    Lloyd Guest

    Hey, Daniel, you got a mention in the latest issue of The Star, the
    MBCA magazine (at least your web site did).
    Lloyd, Nov 5, 2007
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