• Sep 7th 2007 at 4:26PM
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Bob Nardelli, Chrysler LLC's new chief-exec and chairman, made it clear today in his first public speech that Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep are safe, but some of the products in the automaker's lineup may face the axe in the near future. Addressing the Automotive Press Association today, Nardelli talked about the future of Chrysler, its brands and the recent high-profile hires of Jim Press and Phil Murtaugh. Restructuring the ailing automaker will involve some tough decisions on the product front, and Nardelli made it clear that, "We have to look very hard at some of the product within those brands." We're hoping that the Jeep Compass is euthanized first. What say you?

Top tip Peter!

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Chrysler's immediate issue is too many unpopular and overlapping models. It's good to hear Nardelli will immediately address that.

      It's obvious the Compass and Patriot need to be discontinued today. They can also eliminate the Chrysler Aspen.

      Dodge is Chrysler's mainstream product line from cheap economy cars to big bad trucks and crossovers. Chrysler as a brand should be positioned similar to Lincoln or Cadillac. Jeep is all about off-road, and should never be diluted with a car, crossover, or anything that doesn't have serious off-road capability. Jeep is only slightly less niche than HUMMER.

      When Chrysler understands their brands, brand image, and how they should be stacked they will be better off.
      • 8 Years Ago
      1. Bring back a Neon replacement, the Caliber doesn't cut it. They really need a smaller car.

      2. The whole cut Durango and Dakota is pointless:

      Durango is the full-sized SUV, so your telling potential customers to go to another make? Dream on.

      Dakota although not a hot seller, is an extremely capable truck. Now 302 horses for 2008, the largest towing capacity, passenger room, and cargo capacity and people jump up and down to cut it? Please, GM has had 20 years to get the "small" truck right and they still can't do it. Small trucks are out, wonder why Nissan and Toyota are just NOW catching up to the Dakota? With the expected V-6 Cummins diesel, I would expect to see that injected into the truck.

      • 8 Years Ago
      I sell Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep. The cars that don't move anymore are the Magnum, Pacifica, Durango, Aspen, Compass, P.T Cruiser, Commander. The rest are good sellers. I do believe that they should replace, not just cut these cars. Chrysler's main problem i feel is that they can't get any of their cars to get good gas mileage. Well that is compaired to G.M's.
        • 8 Years Ago
        I was a Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep dealer for 23 years up until this past December. We did ok with Pacifica as long as it wasn't too loaded. But Compass, PT, Commander, and Magnum we didn't. You hardly ever had anyone come in to look at a Magnum. The dealers didn't want Magnum when it was announced. They wanted the Charger instead. Yeah we sold a few Magnums in that first year but it fell off the table ofter that.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The headline of this item should read "...maybe cut models." As it reads now, it says that Nardelli is considering cutting production.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Jeep Truck, bring it
      • 8 Years Ago
      >>> Personally I hope Nardelli and Cerberus will remain true to their word and the heritage of Chrysler and not break-up or dissolve the Chrysler, Dodge or Jeep brands. As for which models should be discontinued, that debate can go on for hours.

      Many of you have suggested the Compass be a prime candidate to be phased out as it is not considered to be a "true" Jeep. I applaud the company for its willingness to venture into expanded areas of the market, but for me the Compass just doesn't foster much interest. Although that is not to say its not a good little vehicle for what it is and what is does.

      A few years ago (2000) Jeep introduced a concept vehicle known as the Varsity which was a four-door, sedan-like, all-wheel/four-wheel drive vehicle which garnered a bit of interest from the public.

      It's a pity the company didn't reach back and consider developing that design as an entry-level vehicle for the brand. I was able to find a photo and some information of it on the Internet and have included the link for you folks to have a "look-see."

      What do you think?


      • 8 Years Ago
      Dodge can't kill the Caliber. It's the only small car they sell. But they should improve the interior. It's ghastly. Get rid of the Compass, however. BRING BACK PLYMOUTH!! Make Chrysler the luxury car division. Make cars that can compete with Cadillac and Lexus. Move the T&C over to Plymouth and call it the Voyager again. Axe the Aspen. It's pointless. Redesign the PT Cruiser and give it to Plymouth as well. I think I read somewhere that this is the last year for the Pacifica, but I'm not positive. However, this leaves Chrysler with no crossover vehicle. Do they have a replacement in mind?

      Chrysler - Luxury cars
      Plymouth - Family cars (PT, Voyager, a totally redesigned Sebring and a crossover)
      Dodge - Sporty cars & trucks
      Jeep - get rid of the Compass, keep everything else
      Eagle - I love the idea of a rally car division.
      • 8 Years Ago
      step 1, undo everything ze germans did
      step 2, virtually every model needs to be redesigned asap
      step 3, new neon based on the small car archetuture
      • 8 Years Ago
      The rental fleets called. They want this guy fired!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Kill the Compass, but first run over it's designer with it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      4 Cylinder SUVs .. cut them. Are you crazy in this market. Compass is doing very well, the Patriot will definately start selling more then the Compass, but their production has that all built in.

      Dream on, it will be trucks if anything. PT was toasted by Mercedes just not liking it much -- too bad as it has been very profitable. Pacifica is long in the tooth I think, and it (again) is not fuel efficient. Their truck line up has a lot of duplication or weak niches; they will likely tighten that up.

      I am surprised Nardelli is saying anything like this in public so early. I am not overly impressed by him so far. GM made that mistake of letting people talk about cutting cars and brands - this fellow should have known better.

      Nardelli should be out in all the plants talking to the employees -- they usually know exactly what Chrysler is doing right and wrong. He should be out with the dealers and industry network to get a feel from them what they like about Chrysler and see as needing improving. This is a time for quiet hard work.
      • 8 Years Ago
      COMPASS! Cut it please. Never understood why it is there along with the Patriot.
        • 8 Years Ago
        The Patriot is for those of us who want to replace our cherokee and don't want to spend 40k on a commander, however it need to have a chrome grille as an option. Compass should go and the Jeep sportster concept from a few years ago should come back.
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