• Aug 7th 2007 at 9:31AM
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Thank goodness! That was our first response, and we bet it might have been yours as well. Ralph Gilles, vice president of Advance Interior and Design for Chrysler tells Automotive News that his company will begin designing new interiors as much as a year sooner than in the past.

Chrysler's 2008 minivans are cited in the article as an example of the company's decision to invest more time into what some customers consider the most important part of a vehicle. Gilles said the longer design time will give Chrysler more opportunities incorporate innovative ideas, materials and technology into its products.

Hopefully it will give Chrysler more opportunity to get rid of those vast expanses of gray, featureless plastic that their cars are now filled with. It's about time the company that has had some of the most progressive exterior designs gets interiors to match.

[Source: Automotive News - Sub. Req.]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      The things I would be paying attention to when buying a car are the engine, how good the gears shift, if I like the way it drives, and how good the seat sits. I could care less what the rest of the interior looks like. All cars use cheap plastic.
      • 8 Years Ago
      dash panels should only support gages & controls, not vie for attention.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Its a little bit too lait for that chrysler.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I wish Mr. Gilles alot of luck. But I'm afraid under this new ownership he will not get the resources he needs to back up that statement.
      • 8 Years Ago
      A lot of companies need better interiors -- everyone here is picking on Chrysler, and they are a step behind say GM right now -- but I have been in Toyota's I was rather shocked by the cheap (scratched even when new) plastics, lots of seams showing it came from a plastic cut out, and even seams poorly fitted.

      This is not true for the the Lexus of course -- which is finished amazing.

      A lot has to do with perception. I think a lot of the everyday cars need better interiors -- quality seats included.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hmmm .. with its new hack and slash, short term profits ftw, performance-tied (ie profit) compensation packaged, CEO... i somehow doubt the interiors are going to improve.
      • 8 Years Ago
      What bugs me is that Jeep Wrangler interiors look so 'Buick'. These guys seem to have no clue (and have not for several years) about what a Jeep is.

      Sit the designers in the cockpit a DC-3 for a few hours. Dammit.



      • 8 Years Ago
      Can you say two-tone interiors???? My big problem with the Big 3 (mostly Ford and Chrysler) has not been materials quality per-se (although they could stand to pay attention to what Volkswagen does with soft-touch materials; I think their interiors are amazing), but the fact that they make the interiors look very monotone and boring. I like the look of black upper, light lower better than the one color interiors they have been using. Those look extremely plain.

      Also some of the textures they use on their plastics make them seem cheaper than they actually are (the "saw-tooth" texture they use on Sebring, Avenger and Caliber interiors, for example). Toyota and Honda use plenty of hard plastic, its just that the textures are nicer. Even Ford Fusion plastic is nice, because it has a really fine grained, almost leather-looking texture.

      I hope they fix their interiors ASAP. I really wanted a Sebring (I like the exterior looks, especially lowered with nice rims), but the interior is butt-ugly. The interior on the SEMA Sebring is nice, however, because it is all black. For now, I see myself buying a VW Jetta.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Chrysler put the gear selctor back on the sterring collum where it belongs for the new Minivan. The Japanese inspired dash gear shifter is queer looking.
        • 8 Years Ago
        Putting the shifter on the dash will probably allow for tilt & telescope on the wheel, usually loose the telescope with a column shifter. Thats far more important to me than where an auto shifter resides.
      • 8 Years Ago
      FINALLY !!! Yes, a nice exterior (although Chrysler has issues here too) is nice, but you only see the exterior of your car for a few seconds (or a minute) but then you're sitting in the car for minutes/hours staring at the hideous interior !!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I've come to the conclusion that all of you must drive Bentleys, Rolls, A8s, 7-series, and S-classes. Last time I was in a Camry, what did I see? Plastic. Last in an Accord? Plastic. Hell... Infinity, Acura, even the mighty Lexus - PLASTIC. 95% of the cars manufactured in the world have a dash with a big "expanse" of... PLASTIC.

      I love Chrysler more than any other manufacturer but I've almost come to the point where part of me wishes they would go under just so I'd never have to see all of this blatant, biased hating that goes on every single time there is a post about Chrysler. Then 20 years from now when everyone and their mother drives a Hyundai I'll still be happy tooling around in my "antique" Chryslers and Jeeps.
        • 8 Years Ago
        I'm a fan of Chrysler as much as anyone, AND on my second Gr Caravan ( a 2006).

        When I look at the interiors of the chrysler models, they do not seem to have upgraded as well as GM and some of the Nipponese, thus the criticism. Of course, neither has Ford. The Fusion's gauge cluster has to be one of the cheapest looking pieces I have ever seen in a car, staright out of a kid's toy.

        But there you have it. Chrysler has lost its way at some point (probably about the time Mercedes starting diverting all the profits and not re-investing) and I really dont think Nardelli is going to be the one to get them back.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Oh and the "computer tower" center stack look failed with the Cadillac CTS too.
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