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Old 10-27-2009, 11:06 PM
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Say goodbye to 9 vehicles in the near future, to include the Avenger, Caliber, and the Nitro
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Well we knew when Fiat took the reigns , it would eventually happen . Would be neat if the stuffed a 5.7 in a little X19 body .
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Old 10-27-2009, 11:16 PM
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yeah, i really didnt expect them to get rid of that many cars...especially like the caliber(my wife just bought one in july)...Damn, they just put it into production in 07...
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that means parts are going to skyrocket!
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That means Blue will be a classic!

Maybe I can get a Ram now!!!
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^^^ Yeah thats what ill tell my wife about her Caliber...
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It is sad to see our stuff replaced with foreign things. Not that I have anything against foreign things but it takes away ours jobs and pride in what we make.
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It was inevitable. One of the overriding inducements to the Chairman of Fiat to participate in Chrysler's bailout was the availability of a US manufacturing and sales infrastructure. Gotta make room for the new wave of cars that come as part of that deal.
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I understand the business aspect of the axing of so many vahicles, but I was surprised to see the caliber and grand caravan on there, since I see them all over the place out here. Hell, since my gf bought her caliber I'm seeing them more than before, either that or i'm just aware. I'd kill the neon instead... it's time for it to die...

Having Alfa over here again won't be so bad, I grew up with them all over the place as a middle class family car, so we'll see how they handle the joining. Shame about the cars though...
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While it is a bit of a bummer, sad to say we've seen it coming. In fact this has been talked about for quite awhile. I thought the Jeep Commander had already gone out of production, though? Wasn't '08 supposed to be the last year for that one or was it '07? I'm gonna have to go back and find where I read that.

One of the problems for Chrysler was it built too many redundancies into its brand/vehicle lineups. For instance, the Compass/Caliber, same vehicle just with different styling, badges, grille, etc. but same 2.4L 16-valve engine (in the states), same CVT/CVT-2 transmission, same frame, etc.

As a previous '07 Jeep Compass owner (yeah, I know, shameful...), we bought it in '06, I had to admit even then that I really didin't expect it to be around for too long, I think I gave it one maybe two more years at best at that point before it got axed and look what happened. Perhaps breakups really aren't that bad, lol! (My ex got stuck with that one).

Seriously, though, Chrysler has just been too out of touch with what customers actually want to buy and I have to say, their ad execs need to take a cut in pay as their marketing strategies, particularly when it comes to the release of something brand new, never been done before, well that hasn't really been all that beneficial, either, so little wonder it encountered a lackluster response at best. Bottom line, as an automaker, you can't build cars YOU want, kinda along the principle of "if you build it they will come" idea, you have to build vehicles people want to drive, period, whether it be looks, performance, fuel mileage, whatever.

IMHO, the PT Cruiser (honestly what were they thinking???) will not be a loss, and I have to agree on the Neon, time to move on to that big Autobahn in the sky...

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