Chrysler/Dodge is dead. Cerebus is going to drain that company for all its worth and sell it piecemeal if they have to. Cancelling the Magnum was a stupid, stupid mistake. They've also said the rest of the LX cars (300/Charger) won't be redone until 2011... that's a classic GM move if there ever was one (hello Pontiac G6) and you'd think the auto industry would be smart enough as a whole not to do it anymore.Originally Posted by droobie
It wasn't Cerebus who did this one... but naming what is supposed to be a luxury SUV after a car everyone would probably like to forget (Aspen) was a mistake as well.
Ford is also floundering. They just can't quite get it right with cars. My parents looked at a Fusion only to find that it doesn't even come with ABS as a standard feature. Ok?? How can a 2008 model not come with even the most basic of safety features? When I bought my car, the Taurus wasn't out yet, it was still the 500. I looked at them. Who wants a 200hp slug of a car? I know they have rectified that now, but the 500 was a mistake from the beginning, and even with an identifiable name isn't selling well now. And the new Focus is a hideous looking machine. They seem to be in a rut with their design.
Ford has a chance to reinvent something with Mercury. It should become the Saturn of FoMoCo. Import everything from Europe, vary it ever so slightly to be acceptable by Americans, and sell it here. As broke as they are they probably can't do this, but it certainly would be the smartest thing.
There are two things I like about Ford. One is the Panther platform. There is still an appreciation for RWD cars built on a 1979 platform. I would LOVE to have a Crown Vic as a second car. If they would put a larger V8 in them the cars would be very respectable... the Grand Marquis has been massaged to be a pretty decent looking automobile. The other thing is the balls it took to put out the Excursion. If they released it now they would have been even more crucified than they were back then, but what a vehicle. Chevy is finally getting ready to fill that slot with diesel Suburbans -- I can't wait.