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CommanderOfficially, Chrysler Still Debating Commander Future
Posted by mike on 2008/4/18 8:38:00 (3139) 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."


Commander2009 Last Model Year for the Commander
Posted by jeepxk on 2008/4/15 7:59:15 (2195) reads

AllPar.com has an unofficial report of what we are all expecting - that the Commander is not long for this world:

Chrysler will drop the slow-selling Jeep Commander in mid-2009. That’s the word from insiders who asked not to be named because the decision has not been officially announced. The cancellation is blamed on high gas prices and changing consumer buying patterns which have significantly reduced demand for large SUVs.

Introduced in 2005, Commander sales hit a peak of 88,497 in 2006, its first full year on the market, but dropped to 63,027 units last year. At the pace set in the first quarter of 2008, annual sales are forecast to be about 36,000 units.


CommanderCommander to Wither Away, Replaced by 7-Seat Grand Cherokee?
Posted by mike on 2007/10/12 9:02:15 (5748) reads

They guys over at LeftLaneNews are reporting that information from Chrysler LLC suppliers indicates that when the current generation Commander runs its course in a couple of years, we won't be seeing an "all new" version.

Introduced at the New York auto show in 2005, the Commander will only go for one life cycle and cease production sometime around 2010. Slow sales and company reorganization — along with weak fuel economy and poor reviews — have doomed Jeep's seven-passenger 'ute.

This is completely in-line with what we've been hearing lately regarding the shrinking of the Jeep nameplates and the cannibalization of sales.




CommanderNew Wrangler, Grand Cherokee, and Commander Recalls
Posted by XJameson on 2007/9/14 16:17:12 (1542) reads

CNN is reporting that almost 300,000 Chrysler vehicles, including Jeep Wranglers, Grand Cherokees, and Commanders are being recalled due to a braking issue:

Chrysler confirmed Friday that it was recalling nearly 300,000 vehicles because of an error in the braking system.

The affected models include 2006 and 2007 Grand Cherokees and Commanders, 2007 Jeep Wrangler SUVs and 2007 Dodge Nitro SUVs, said a company spokesman.

An error in the electronic braking system can cause momentary braking delays on hills in rare instances. The braking system comes from a supplier outside Chrysler. An estimated 296,550 cars are affected.

~XJameson


CommanderNewsweek Suggests Compass, Liberty, and Commander Destined to be Axed
Posted by mike on 2007/9/13 13:02:00 (3587) reads

The weekly news magazine Newsweek is running an article where they suggest that the Jeep Compass, Liberty, and Commander are all on the chopping block as Chrysler LLC moves forward in an effort to prune their offerings.

The article stems from a recent speech that new Chrysler CEO Bob Nardelli gave where he indicated that Chrysler has to move on from having emotional attachments to the vehicles in its lineup. Translation: if it's not selling, it's not staying.

So Nardelli's suggestion that he might euthanize brands and models at Chrysler got the assembled auto writers revved up. When he descended from the stage, he was mobbed in a scene that reminded me of the rushing reporters knocking over the phone booths in the movie "Airplane." Does Chrysler have too many SUVs? What brands are you going to kill? Nardelli backtracked—slightly. No, he's not doing away with the Dodge, Jeep or Chrysler brands. But it's time to get Darwinian about what's sitting on showroom floors. "We have to look very hard at some of the products within those brands," he told the throng of jostling journalists, "and make some tough choices."

The 3 Jeep vehicles were among 9 Chrysler vehicles that Newsweek feels might be axed in the near future. While I agree with the possibility of the Compass and the Commander not having a rosy future, I think the Liberty is a little more of a long shot.


CommanderCommander Doing a Great Job?
Posted by mike on 2007/8/20 16:13:46 (3139) reads

DetNews.com has an article that worries me. A lot. Seems that new Chrysler LLC CEO Bob Nardelli feels that the Jeep Commander is doing just fine. A "great job" as a matter of fact.

"The Jeep Commander is doing a great job," Nardelli told reporters at an event marking the 10th anniversary of Chrysler's Prowler roadster.

Hmm. Commander sales fell 18.7 percent last month compared with a year ago, demand is off 15.5 percent in 2007 and word is it could be on the chopping block in 2009.

Since it was Nardelli's first week on the job, Business Insider will give the former Home Depot Inc. executive a pass. Heck, we'll even make up an excuse for the slip of the tongue: Perhaps an enthused Nardelli read Chrysler's monthly sales chart upside down.

We're not going to panic. We're not going to panic. We're not going to panic. (repeat until calm)


CommanderMore Rumors about Commander Getting the Axe
Posted by mike on 2007/7/3 7:04:00 (4935) reads

Autoblog has a quick article about how the Jefferson North assembly plant in Detroit is being upgraded to soon build both the Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee (they'll soon share a common platform).

The Commander is currently built at Jefferson North - but may not be for long:

The Durango/Aspen will evidently share a platform with the Grand Cherokee, while the absence of the soon-to-be-cancelled Commander will free up plenty of space at the Jefferson North plant for all three models, and possibly the yet-to-be-named JC49 crossover.

Check out entire article.


CommanderClock Ticking on Commander?
Posted by mike on 2007/1/20 22:29:47 (3472) reads

The Detroit News is reporting that Chrysler Group is considering discontinuing the Jeep Commander after the 2009 model year:

The future of the hulking Jeep Commander SUV introduced a little over a year ago looks bleak.

Auto analysts and other industry officials say the Commander, a boxy three-row SUV built at Chrysler's Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit, is likely to be discontinued after the 2009 model-year.

"We removed the Commander from our forecast" after the 2009 model year, said Jeff Schuster, forecasting analyst with California-based J.D. Power and Associates. J.D. Power and other auto forecasting firms gather information from suppliers and other industry sources privy to automakers' future production plans.

There has been on-and-off chatter about this since the initial launch of the Commander. We've often wondered how much Grand Cherokee sales have been affected by the Commander.

Check out the entire article.


CommanderJeep Ad Too Hot for TV
Posted by mike on 2006/11/27 20:02:42 (3616) reads

A big "hats off" to Jalopnik.com for finding some ads created by Chrysler Group's advertising agency. They were never meant to be aired, but like all things digital, they found a way to get out in the public. Here's one featuring the Jeep Commander. WARNING - not mean for little ears...



Really - be sure to check out the entire article.


CommanderLease a Commander For Under $200 Per Month
Posted by mike on 2006/11/10 18:56:00 (3091) reads

Detriot News is running an article that is causing some serious head-scratching. According to the article, current customer and dealer incentives have made it possible for some dealers to offer brand new Jeep Commander leases for less than $200/month:

It's good news for car buyers who can lease a loaded Jeep Commander full-size SUV at some dealerships for less than $200 a month. But analysts say it could prove a risky strategy for Chrysler, particularly as 2007 models are arriving at dealerships.

To make payments attractive, automakers typically have to subsidize leases with precious marketing dollars. Moreover, Chrysler could take a hit on the back end when it sells vehicles coming off lease -- especially if it overestimated their residual, or resale, value when the lease was calculated.

"They basically want to use any tool to move inventory, but there's so much pressure on them to move the units that there's a tendency to want to raise the residual, which will lower the monthly payment," said Tom Libby of J.D. Power's Power Information Network, which tracks vehicle sales. "The long-term problem with that is you could then have a loss on the unit when it comes back."

...snip...

Recently, Fortinberry was leasing a $32,000 Jeep Commander for 27 months for $179 a month. The deal required an initial payment of $1,995. Chrysler employees' monthly payments could be as low as $118.

The deal was possible because up to $8,000 in incentives applied toward the lease. Fortinberry quickly sold all his Commanders.

Likewise, at Mike Riehl's Roseville Chrysler-Jeep, a customer can lease a 2006 Commander for 27 months at a monthly payment of $169. That compares to $483 a month for five years with $1,877 down to buy the same SUV.

Check out the entire article.


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