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CommanderOfficially, Chrysler Still Debating Commander Future
Posted by mike on 2008/4/18 8:38:00 (3060) reads

The Detroit Free Press has a good article about the future of Chrysler's lineup. In addition to providing details about the recent deal between Nissan and Chrysler (Nissan will manufacture small cars for Chrysler starting with 2010 models), there's still talk of "halving Chrysler's 11 SUVs":

"What I don't know is whether we'll have another vehicle called the Commander in the next generation," Klegon said.

Chrysler will look at the market and ask, "Is there a need for a Jeep vehicle that is three rows? If the customer says 'yes,' we'll make one. What I don't know is whether we just call it a Jeep Grand Cherokee or whether we have two body styles and all of the marketing and the things that goes with that, or do you have a Jeep Grand Cherokee that's offered in a couple different ways? I don't know."

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Posted: 2008/4/22 21:29  Updated: 2008/4/22 21:29
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 Re: Officially, Chrysler Still Debating Commander Future
Personally, I think they need to drop the GC and update the Commander in the next generation but I think they're banking on the name recognition.

I like the name Commander better, personally. I always thought that in the XJ days the the Grand should've been given a more unique name then.

Chrysler should pair down their SUV line-up, for sure. But they shouldn't cut any Jeeps. Well, they can cut the hatchbacks and cute-utes ::coughcoughCompassPatriotcough::. Put those under the Dodge or Chrysler nameplate. And I don't imagine the Durango is going anywhere, but really other than that one SUV does Chrysler really need to build any SUVs outside of the Jeep line-up?

I don't think they should...

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Posted: 2008/4/18 12:55  Updated: 2008/4/18 12:55
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 Re: Officially, Chrysler Still Debating Commander Future
Looks like the new Grand Cherokee might have more in common with the current Commander than the current Grand Cherokee. Then again, I'm assuming Jeep keeps up its boxier styling cues in most new vehicles.

Also, am I the only one who has a problem with Datsun-made Jeeps?

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Posted: 2008/4/21 18:12  Updated: 2008/4/21 18:12
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I absolutely think the next gen GC will have more in common with the style/design of the Commander than it will the current GC.
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