• Feb 16, 2007
Last evening, a source privy to the talks between Chrysler and GM, revealed to the New York Times that the General may be sharing its GMT900 SUV platform with the American half of the German-American hybrid.

Since Chrysler doesn't have a large SUV in its line-up (the Durango doesn't make the cut), the rumored platform sharing could make a bit of sense – for Chrysler. As for General Motors, the automaker's turnaround plan is in full effect and the only upside we can see is that a little extra cash in the coffers certainly wouldn't do any harm, as long as it doesn't cut into their highly-profitable SUVs.

Talks between the two automakers have supposedly gone on for about six months, which leads us to believe that some partnership between the two automakers is forthcoming. Naturally, when the NYT contacted a spokesperson for Chrysler about the leak, the response was "no comment."

Ready, set, speculate...

[Source: New York Times via Jalopnik]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Just what Dodge/Chrysler really need - more slow selling SUVs in their product portfolio!
      • 7 Years Ago
      SHUT IT DOWN, GM! This is just the kind of 'Let's share costs' crap that benefits other automakers but not GM. You don't EVER need to help out others, especially those who joked about you when times were really bad. So just cut the cord and continue to focus on a new global line-up.
      You wanna share transmission basics? Yes. Hybrid tech? OK.
      ARCHITECTURES? NO. NO. NO. NO. NO NO NO NO NO NO NO!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      While I'm not sure I like the idea of a GM-based Dodge SUV, I am a fan of GM's vehicles, and it's about damned time that Dodge had a full-size SUV! Honestly though I think it would do better under the Jeep badge, but I guess it depends on how they intend to market it, if they went ahead with such a venture. Jeep's current 4x4 technology is all specific to small/compact SUVs, so that's of no use here, but the brand could benefit from such a vehicle. Even Jeep's "big" Commander is small compared to the Durango. Jeep needs a big SUV tow vehicle in their line-up so poeple will stop buying Tahoes for their two vehicles and get a DCX product.

      And yes, the Durango IS TOO SMALL! For those of us who do need big SUVs for towing and hauling people and gear, the Durango is just too small when there are options out there like the Tahoe and Suburban, especially when the Durango ends up in the same price range and fuel economy. Why pay get a Durango when for the same money I can get the bigger Tahoe? The new Durango is even bigger than the old one, but still smaller than the Tahoe and Expedition.

      Maybe you guys in your crowded coastal cities are all moving to tiny cars, but big trucks and SUV's are still very much alive and kicking here in the open spaces of the midwest.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This may just be wild speculation, but a lot of europeans that i've talked to think that big trucks and SUVs are as exotic as we think some of their sports cars are. MB giganto-SUV? Maybe.
      • 7 Years Ago
      GM-badge engineered 4-door Ramchargers here we come! =D
      • 7 Years Ago
      4. Are they total idiots??? 1st of all, why would GM want to share its latest truck platform with a rival? If Chrysler wants such a large SUV, why can't they design one themselves? With all the other holes in Chrysler/Dodge's lineup - no small cars, no crossovers - and the general crappiness of their cars, why are they worried about getting another 10k sales with a huge SUV in a declining segment?

      Posted at 5:40AM on Feb 16th 2007 by doug


      First off this is a rumor. So speculating at this time is just that - speculating. Chrylser has the ability to make one off the Ram platform and they have had proposals before. They could never make the business case for it. Even Ford could have the Expedition and the Excursion at the same time. It seems there is only so much room in this market. And GM has done a good job of creating it and holding it.

      Chrysler has a small car the Caliber, it's a little bigger than most, but they have always done that, each of their segment cars have always offered more room than the competition. And we all know they are working on the B segment Hornet - just know know who will build it yet. Also they have a crossover - the Pacifica, one of the first. My guess is they won't push to heavily in that area becuase of their minivans - and why should they? Ford and GM have left that market.

      As for "the general crappiness of their cars" - certaintly their interiors are not good but from the recent DCX press release -

      "The Chrysler Group also made more progress in the field of vehicle quality in 2006. Internal measurements show that the quality of the division's vehicles is better than ever before, a fact which is confirmed by external quality studies: The Chrysler brand ranked in the top ten in the 2006 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study.

      All three Chrysler Group brands also made gains in the 2006 J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study, showing that customer perception of quality continues to improve as new vehicles replace older models in the product range."
      • 7 Years Ago
      The point of the discussions is to allow Chrysler/Dodge to continue to offer large SUVs without the $B+ expense of developing a platform.

      Smart move for DCX to cut engineering costsso they can focus on their mainstream products. Smart move for GM as they can run their factories more efficiently at higher volumes. Win-win.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Let me see if I have a good grip on this. Mercedes Benz is concerned about allowing its Chrysler subsidiary to share the parts bin because it fears the Mercedes brand will be diluted, but it's OK for GM!

      Come to think of it, Ford and GM share the same 6-speed auto transmission now - and they're both lousy, poor shifting units; so why not share truck platforms? Or, why not go all the way and put a Dodge badge on a Suburban? Because people won't buy either of them, that's why!
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Come to think of it, Ford and GM share the same 6-speed auto transmission now - and they're both lousy, poor shifting units."

      Really? That's strange considering GM supplies transmissions for other companies such as BMW.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Big SUV's are NOT the direction Chysler needs to be going right now. Don't they see the latest market trends? Who runs these companies?!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Didn't anyone tell Chrysler about the backlash against huge SUV's? Why do they want one now? Why didn't they design the current Ram platform with the intent of spinning off an SUV variant?

      This is a dumb move for Chrysler. Probably not a great thing for GM either, unless there's something in the deal that no one knows about yet.
      • 7 Years Ago
      20k more units for the sales bank. Dumb!
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