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Give Chrysler Its Due

Filed under: — GM Guy @ 7:56 am

MSNBC News tells the story of how the Mercedes half of Daimler Chrysler is faltering but Chrysler is now red hot in the market.

(…) In the United States, former money pit Chrysler is hot. After years of red ink, including an incredible 5.3 billion loss in 2001, Chrysler is lean and healthy. As rivals Ford and GM lose market share, Chrysler has gained for six consecutive quarters, and earned more than 250 million from January to March. Last week it reported a sizzling 9 percent rise in April sales, led by popular new models like the 300 sedan and the Dodge Viper. While the rest of Detroit lives off the SUV, Chrysler is now the only member of the Big Three automakers that makes even one popular car in the U.S. market.

Meanwhile, DaimlerChrysler’s flagship German brand and erstwhile cash cow, Mercedes-Benz, is in deep and serious trouble. (…)

And Mercedes is saying it’s not concerned about trying to be a the top of the J.D.Power’s Initial Quality Survey? OK . . .

But what’s up with Chrysler? What a difference a model or two or three makes! 300C, Magnum, Viper – got to give them credit where it’s due. Except for Cadillac, there are no other domestic rear-wheel-drive sedans to compete with those first two, and the ‘Vette and Viper don’t seem to actually compete in the same market segment, one being a brute and the other a gent.

So, congratulations, Chrysler on a job well done. Wonder how long it will be before Deter gets called back to the Fatherland to work some magic on the Mercedes half of the family?


What to Buy?

Filed under: — GM Guy @ 10:24 am

We should all have such a problem! One of our good buds is wanting to get away from his tricked out GS400 (chipped, big brakes, lowered, cat/back, yadda, yadda) and go with something a little more Western this time. An STS-"V” would be perfect, but that’s not available until the end of the year and this purchase will happen in the next few months. So here’s the short list:

Cadillac CTS-"V”

Chrysler 300C - SRT/8

Mercedes CLS

Let us know which one you would choose via the comments, and if you know of something else in the same league that is available now that you would rather have, tell us that, too!

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