Star Chrysler Car Designer Keeping His Eye on Patriot and Compass Reaction

Date 2006/11/15 9:02:00 | Topic: Compass

Ralph Gilles, one of Chrysler Group's lead designers and a star among his peers (he designed the Chrysler 300) has been tasked with his next project: the next generation of Chrysler Group pickup trucks and SUVs. First up, an all-new Dodge Ram.

In addition, he's got some other work to do:
His other big project is monitoring consumer reaction to the new Jeep Compass and Patriot SUVs. He says the small sport-utility vehicles will show where Chrysler can take the Jeep brand, which has long been known for its rugged vehicles like the Jeep Wrangler. Because of the struggling market for full- and midsize SUVs, the Jeep brand has seen sales drop by 3.9 percent through October, according to Autodata.

Something tells me that Mr. Gilles stamp may show up in the next generation of Jeep vehicles.


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