Thread: Chrysler selling Viper brand
#1 Chrysler selling Viper brand09-07-2008, 10:11 PM
Can you hear the funeral bells for the US auto industry?
Nah, the govt will never let it happen. The US taxpayers will get to foot the bill for yet another failed industry. Do we all get a free car out of it?
At a time when General Motors is trying to sell the Hummer SUV line – and not getting very far – it must take courage to put something on the block.
But unlike the lumbering, gas guzzling Hummer line, Viper may not be such a tough sell.
Unlike a Hummer, the Viper is not designed for off-road use. It’s no paragon of fuel-efficiency either, but it gives you a unique, luxurious handcrafted vehicle.**** Obama and **** you too.
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09-08-2008, 02:18 AM
It seems they are selling their only profitable brand. Great move.**** Obama and **** you too.
09-10-2008, 10:11 AM
Hope it's quality is better than my son's Chrysler product, a minivan. It's 3 years old and falling apart. My boss said his son has a Jeep (Chrysler product) and each of the 4 windows fell down, requiring a $475 each repair. The same thing happened to my son's van.
My '99 BMW has had very few repairs and almost everything is still original, other than a battery and tires. I'd never, ever buy a Chrysler product.
09-10-2008, 12:04 PM
I’ve only ever seen Vipers next to me for a couple of short seconds. The rest of the time they’re cute little things fading from sight in my rear view mirror.At Coretta Scott King's funeral in early 2006, Ethel Kennedy, the widow of Robert Kennedy, leaned over to him and whispered, "The torch is being passed to you." "A chill went up my spine," Obama told an aide. (Newsweek)
JohnGuest09-12-2008, 05:30 AM
Cerberus has assured Dodge,Chrysler & Jeep customers that they aren't going to part off and liquidate the company. That doesn't mean I believe them, as they've also hinted at selling off the company to GM. However, part of the deal was that production cars that bought Mercedes parts would continue to use those Mercedes parts throughout their production cycle. I'm guessing that this has been a huge burden on Cerberus, and a huge profit for Mercedes. Daimler no longer needs to fund R&D for Chrysler, yet Chrysler must continue to work around the same part costs for future models.
I guess Cerberus's plan was pretty straight forward, start introducing new models while cutting out the old Mercedes dependent models. We saw the Magnum go away, to be replaced with nothing. The neon was traded for the Caliber in model year '07, The Charger replaced the Intrepid as the 4 door sedan, and I'm not entirely sure Mercedes can lay claim to the Charger as a model requiring Mercedes parts, as the Charger is actually a '64 model car. The 300C is also another late model car which would otherwise require Mercedes parts had they not actually been introduced in the '60's. The Sebring was originally a Mitsubishi car.
Like I said, I'm not analyst, but it looks like the Chrysler Group, under the command of Cerberus, is trying to break free of Daimler obligations while retaining brand name recognition and consumer loyalty.
Either way, I think Cerberus wants to wean itself from reliance on the Mercedes' parts bin as soon as possible. I expect the Challenger to replace the Viper in the performance sector. I fully expect Dodge to stop offering SUV's and off road vehicles that compete with Jeep. Self competition isn't a good thing. I think the future of Chrysler will go something like this:
Dodge: Work trucks, fleet trucks, passengers cars in the sedan to compact range, and of course, muscle & sport tuner.
Jeep: SUVs, 4x4 off road trucks, and something to compete with Range Rover & Suburban in that market.
Chrysler: Luxury sedans, coupes and something to compete with Mercedes/Infinity/BMW performance sedans.
I just hope I get my hands on a Chrysler Aspen before this type of conversion happens.
JohnGuest09-12-2008, 05:36 AM
Oh, and if that's not good enough for you, my friend Steven has a 10.2 second SRT4 Neon that might satisfy your sport tuner needs. Being front wheel drive and all, you'll still be steering with the wheel. if you can keep up.
*Unless you're driving the Nitro. It's fast as all hell, but I'll be damned if I can break loose a tire without the Electronic Stability Program (ESP) kicking in and hitting my brakes, cutting my fuel and even when "off", forcing break induced under steering on my behalf. The trucks quick as all get out, fast as a trailblazer SS or an Infiity glorified station wagon, if only it wouldn't cut fuel and break for you! Note to future carmakers...."off" should mean god damned "off"!
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