• Mar 14, 2006


When it comes to the sports car market, judging by the numbers, Chrysler has been shooting blanks with its Crossfire. Reports Monday say that DaimlerChrysler is negotiating compensation with German subcontractor Karmann (which builds the Crossfire for Chrysler) because of lower-than-expected production requirements for the slow-selling coupe.

Karmann's production of the Crossfire has fallen from a peak of 35,700 in 2004 to just 12,500 last year. Introduced in 2003, the Crossfire managed about 28,000 sales in 2004, but less than 10,000 in 2005. Chrysler was so desperate to move Crossfires in late 2005 that it even engaged in a marketing stunt when it attempted to sell units on Overstock.com.

[Source: Automotive News]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Ive had an 05 crossfire covertible for 5 months and drive it everyday. I love driving this car. It corners like it's on rails! The dealer sold it to me for 8,000 off sticker price. This car is also one serious attention getter! Not as common as a Z3 or 350Z which makes it more appealing. Even little things such as the smooth click the doors make when you close them reminds you it's purely German. It does use synthetic oil, but only have to change it on 7,000 mile intervals. All the auto "experts" here really should test drive a car before passing judgement!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I've had my crossfire for the past 16 months and absolutely love it! Too small huh? That's rich, I'm 6'0" tall and weight 205 lbs.- 55 years old and have absolutely to problem getting in and out of the vehicle. I might add that I drive 80 miles a day to and from work. Too underpowered? I haven't had a speeding ticket in 25 years----until I got my Crossfire-- now I've had 3 in the past 14 months. A fraternity brother of mine had a 911 porsche in the middle 70's and this car appears to road handle as well, if not better than that (then new) porsche. My brother just purchased a Lexus SC-430 and I swear, I'M just as comfortable in the Crossfire as the Lexus. Its all subjective, biased opinion anyway----but if you want the truth--- the D part of DC probably re-thought their position and figured--- Why do we want to promote a car that's every bit as good a car as the 2003 Slk and at a price some 10 k less? Hense, their marketing purposely sucked on this car. I have seen a total of 2 T.V. spots on the vehicle since it came out. If you don't like the interior, there is always exotic wood dash.com-- real dark burlwood looks great! Just remember, the only thing that will keep a man or women in ignorance is ;"contempt prior to investigation".
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Crossfire was release at the time when they wanted to move Chrysler upscale (remember the moreso disasterous Pacifica launch) ... that is, they purposely overpriced the (mediocre) vehicle thinking that comsumers would equate Premium Price = Premium Prestige Car (or something like that) .. and somehow ignore that the Crossfire was a pos. Consumers didn't buy it (literally).

      haha .. Chrysler is NOT and will never be a luxury brand ..so just give it up DC.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Crossfire never made sense at the price DC was asking. Similar roadsters, the Z4, Boxster and others, were not that much more expensive, yet offered better handling and performance. Not only that, but after 2 years, the BMW and Porsche were worth a lot more in resale value.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Was it a failure in America because it was another attempt for Chrysler to break the European market? I've seen one or two of these and I must say I love the styling. It's probably worth mentioning that it's the first car from Chrysler to employ the new, oh-so-talked about design language as seen on the much-raved about 300 (I don't include the PT Cruiser because... well... it doesn't count).
      • 8 Years Ago
      Who fits in these cars? I'm 5'11" (180cm) and my knees hit the dash with the seat all the way back.
      • 8 Years Ago
      My wife and I purchased our Crossfire in Oct 05 and we are both very satisfied with the vehicle. The reason we went with the Crossfire is that I fit. I am 6'4" and have no trouble getting in or out of the vehicle. The only complaints we have with the vehicle are the lack of a memory seat for the driver, she is only 5'4", and no auto dimming review mirror. Other than those two short comings, we really like the car

      • 8 Years Ago
      In some cases I'm sure they would sell them at a loss to free up floorplan. There's a 300+ day turn-over cycle on those things.

      Is it overpriced, over-hyped? Wrong car for the time? Bad styling? Poor performance? Not sure.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Crossfire definitely has some limitations which have resulted in the less than exciting sales for DC. Short comings include tight cabin (limits market), no spare/different front back wheel sizes, lower hp than class/cost alternatives. Positives, styling is very much concept car, either you love it or hate it; drivability - super grip and corning ability; sport feel - let's you feel the road without rattling your teeth. It's a great car to own, maybe not the first choice for a daily driver.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I have to agree with Accordsforall above. For the most part Chrysler vehicles are so similar that they look like a take-off on the 3 Bears: the Charger looks just like the Magnum which looks just like the Pacifica which looks just like the Ram, all grill-mobiles. Evidently, if you make the front end look kinda like a Rolls you've made a class vehicle.
      The Crossfire, on the other hand, is a complete change from the cookie-cutter cars they've been manufacturing. I love my Crossfire; nothing on the road looks like it, a mere touch of the pedal pushes you past anything in front of you & it's pretty darn reasonable on gas. I look forward to zipping around those twisty, turny country roads & it makes my 50 mile drive to work seem way too short. The sound system is wonderful. I will agree that headroom for us 6+ footers is a wee bit on the tight side but every car has its flaws.
      Chrysler has done a crappy job marketing this car which is just fine with me. In the past year, here in upstate WI, I've seen just 3, count 'em 3, Crossfires.
      Tsk, tsk, breaks my heart!
      An excellent car: if you love sports cars then the Crossfire is worth a serious drive.
      Diana Frantsen
      • 8 Years Ago
      I,m crazy about my crossfire! Everywhere we go we see few on the road. Everyone always takes a 2nd look as they walk by. People are always asking what "what is it?" It's a one of a kind feeling to drive. If you want a car that is not like all the others on the road, get one of these. I do have to say my husband has a hard time fitting in it, but seems to enjoy driving it. We plan to take our summer vaction in it this year. Gas is a bit higher as it takes premim. Perhaps if few are sold it may become a collectable! That is what I'm wishing for, so I' very careful to keep mine in top shape. I feel like a VIP when I drive. Go Crossfire!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yeah, cheap soon, unless it becomes a niche collectable.

      I know one of the big criticisms of Chrysler on the European market is the quality of the interior finish. But I agree with zed's take on things. The car was a risk, and Chrysler's current language is quite polarising. More risks make for a more interesting time, and out of the American Big 3, the Chrysler group are the only ones that hold my interest at all aside from a few glimmers from other parties. I'm especially looking forward to the possibility of the Hornet being produced.
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