Showing posts with label chrysler. Show all posts
Showing posts with label chrysler. Show all posts

Friday, April 22, 2016

2017 Chrysler Pacifica

Yes, we've all see this before.
But after posting stuff about ugly cars, I thought it would be nice to see something good looking, for a change.
I just saw these pictures of the new Pacifica Minivan I hadn't seen before. So I thought I'd post them.

This looks better and better to me. I wasn't crazy about it at first (Maybe I was expecting too much)
But this looks like the most stylish choice in its segment.
Good for them.

It's too bad Chrysler is still a company in turmoil. With crazy/greedy Sergio trying to merge or sell off to another company.
Publicly announcing the death of the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 and then be surprised when sale numbers hit the floor.
(His decision to publicly criticize the 200's design and killing it early just cost 500 jobs, by the way)

And, there is still zero new Dodge models on the horizon. And not much else for Chrysler for that matter (How old is the 300 now?)
Everything is going to Jeep...

But for now, let's forget about that dummy and enjoy the nice work of some good designers...

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

New Chrysler 200 & 300 commercials.

These are some of the saddest car commercials I've ever seen. I don't mean to blame the actors. It's not their fault, really. (Except accepting that job)
But the idea is horrible. The writing should be punished.
Jokes don't work. You can tell it wants to be funny but it's not, etc...
The worst.
Plus, we can't even see the cars?! All they talk about is patriotic/election/fake politics BS.
Not really enough to actually sell a car.
Who is this even for? I mean who wants to buy a new car from two old guys pretending to be the president?!?!

After announcing the premature death of the Chrysler 200, now they advertise it???
Who is going to actually buy one now?

And that poor "5 years old" 300 sedan has no replacement in sight.
They were supposed to be working on a next one based on the new Giulia platform.
But the Alfa has had many troubles lately. (Weird handling, not passing internal crash tests etc...)Due to "Crazy Marchionne"s mandate to come up with a brand new platform in just 2 years.
So now it's late. Very late...
(Since he blamed the designers for the 200, he'll probably blame the engineers for he Giulia.)

As I mentioned before, I think Marchionne's goal is to kill Chrysler/Dodge, and sell Jeep/Ram to someone else. Anyone. As long as they give him money for it.

It is sad to see such lame commercials trying to sell what are very decent cars.
Cars doomed by the crazy guy running the company...

But!. To make everyone feel better, here are some GREAT old timey Chrysler commercials.
Cool cars with a cool actor! And you actually see the car! They were proud of it!

Back when the guy in charge actually cared.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Is Sergio Marchionne killing Chrysler?

I like Fiat.
I really like Chrysler. (Poor old Chrysler. You have to feel bad.)
After a string of dead beat owners, they now have this guy...

His recent comment sound like bad news to me.

First, he's been trying to force some stupid alliance with GM. Over and over.
Even after they said "no way" repeatedly .

Then, just a few days ago, he blamed the designers (The designers!!!) for the Chrysler 200 inability to get a "recommended" rating from Consumer Reports.
By saying :"The Sonata has a similar problem (rear seat entry), we copied the entry point of the rear seat, dummies"
Therefore insulting both Chrysler and Hyundai designers.
So I guess he, the big boss, had nothing to say about it while it was being designed, tested, re-tested.  Checked, re-checked.... He just wasn't around...

Now he is also "realigning" the North American production capacity.
Which means more (only?) pick ups and SUVs, and killing the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200.

The Dart has been poorly received since it came out.
But not the 200.
He also keeps saying crazy stuff, like he's going to find a "partner" to produce these 2 models. (The ones he is canceling??) Where? Who?
Does that mean we will be getting Darts and 200s from China soon?
(The assembly line where the 200 is built will soon being converted to built pick up trucks.)

So basically, he is giving up on cars all together. Since we hear nothing about a new Chrysler 300.
And he is killing the 200 and won't be replacing it.
Soon Chrysler will only have one model: The new pacifica Minivan.
And Dodge will basically have nothing.

Amazing how pretty much everyone else has now figured out how to generate money from successful compact and mid sized sedans .The market is far from dead.
(Camry, Accord, Fusion, Sonata, Optima, Civic, Corolla, Focus, Elantra etc...)

It looks like he is trying to kill both Chrysler and Dodge and put everything into Jeep and Ram trucks.
Which is really sad...

As for the "always late' Alfa Romeo return to the US?
After all these promises of an all new full line up, now we get more bad news.
Although the Giulia will go in production in a couple of months (I guess it was too late to kill it), it won't be joined by the larger sedan they were talking about any time soon.
Instead, we'll get even more SUVs. One in 2017. And more later.

So basically, Chrysler's future is trucks, trucks, trucks. And probably NO Chrysler.

Sorry about the rant.
Marchionne might actually be a nice guy to have a beer with. But his short term vision for this great old company is a disaster.

Claiming that low fuel prices are "permanent" is idiotic.
He also uses the word "permanent" to describe the "shift towards SUVs and pick-ups".
If there is one thing car companies need to learn from the past, is that trends do not last forever.
Putting ALL your eggs in the same basket is a huge mistake.

Someone with such short sighted thinking should never run a car company.
Or anything else.

One more time, Chrysler is on the verge of death.... Because of one guy.

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

2017 Chrysler minivan

I keep seeing these Chrysler minivans around. By now, there aren't early mules anymore.
(The front resembles the 200 sedan, a lot) It is supposed to be shown at the Detroit show in just a few months.
But they still have these Dodge Durango tail lights on them.

That's pretty strange right?
(Although not as strange as the driver's Chrysler building tattoo?)

Friday, June 05, 2015

2017 Chrysler Minivan. EV!

minivan chrysler 2017 new dodge ev electric
Yes. This one says EV on it.

So it looks like Chrysler will offer a plug-in hybrid version of their upcoming Minivan.
Or maybe a pure EV?
Either way, they could be the only one to do so. I haven't heard of anything like that coming from anyone else. (A plug-in Minivan)

On these prototypes, the front end does look like a version of the new 200 sedan. So I guess that's the "new face" for Chrysler. (No more huge chrome grilles)

And the back still has these "Durango like" tail lights. Which is still kind of weird.
Since this isn't a Dodge. Unless they changed their minds and the next Minivan goes to Dodge?
But then, what about that Chrysler face?

What do you think?

Monday, April 20, 2015

2017 Chrysler Town & Country

chrysler spy spyshot future minivan 2017
Nothing new really. We've seen this test mule before.
I still think it is weird that it still has the Dodge tail lights.

I mean, they are covered up. Why add this extra layer of camouflage?
It looks like the real thing is under there, somewhere...