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...