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Posted by mike on 2009/7/10 21:52:00 (2208) reads

According to US News and World Report - Automotive, Chrysler's new pisan, Sergio Marchionne has his finger on the trigger to put some vehicles out to pasture - including the Jeep Compass and Patriot.

According to the article, "Chrysler models are old and they have little appeal on the market." Rather than killing entire brands, word on the street is that Sergio will be whacking individual models in an effort to cut costs and improve sales.

he company hopes to introduce a more attractive vehicle lineup soon. Motor Trend notes, "Fiat will begin U.S. production of its Mini Cooper-fighting 500 city car in 2011. The brand's Alfa Romeo MiTo and upcoming Milano," sporty small and midsize cars, respectively, "may follow it to the States as well."

Clearly, I'm taking advantage of the fact that I'm an American of Italian descent in my writing. No offense intended, all in good fun.

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Posted: 2009/7/14 14:26  Updated: 2009/7/14 14:26
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 Re: The Italians Have Chrysler All Figured Out
It would be odd to cut BOTH the Patriot and Compass. Doing so would make reaching CAFE targets harder and would mean that the Jeep brand would be left without an entry-level model.

The Liberty already got bumped to a slightly more upscale model when the KK debuted, the new Grand Cherokee looks to be going way upscale with the next generation model. And good luck finding much of a discount on Wranglers.

Jeep still needs an economical and fuel thrifty vehicle to be competitive. The new Phoenix engines will probably be making their way to the Wrangler and Liberty within a year or so but I don't think it would be enough to push up the CAFE numbers.

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Posted: 2009/7/16 17:57  Updated: 2009/7/16 17:57
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 Re: The Italians Have Chrysler All Figured Out
Wouldn't it be great if they could sell a small, convertible 4wd, about the size of a CJ-5 with a four cyl gas sipping enigine. The lightest of drive-train. I wonder what it'd get for mileage.

Of course... by the time the gov;t steps in and adds 300 safety features, they'll never meet the CAFE fuel economy features that the gov't imposed... oh wait... this all sound fucked up to anyone else?

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Posted: 2009/7/11 17:10  Updated: 2009/7/11 17:10
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 Re: The Italians Have Chrysler All Figured Out
wouldn't the expression be capo del tuti capo instead of pisan

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Posted: 2009/7/11 10:40  Updated: 2009/7/11 10:40
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 Re: The Italians Have Chrysler All Figured Out
The Patriot EV appeared to be an engineering exercise, with no chance for production, simply because of the age of the platform.

Hopefully Jeep will produce the Wrangler EV soon, with Hub-Mounted electric motors, a 45 mile EV-range battery pack, an ultra-efficient engine producing electricity, and mega-ground clearance, as there is no more transmission, driveshafts, and pumpkins to get in the way of a great day of Four-Wheeling.

A PiHV is needed to hadge against high gas prices..

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Posted: 2009/7/11 10:02  Updated: 2009/7/11 10:02
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 Re: The Italians Have Chrysler All Figured Out
As odd as this sounds, I hope they don't cut the Patriot. My wife has been eying up the Patriot EV as her commuter vehicle. I don't know what we'll do with the XJ. Maybe chop the back top off???
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