• Sep 15, 2007
The holders of the purse-strings at Chrysler have been juggling and ditching programs since the change of ownership, and the latest move is sure to make fans of American muscle cars over in England particularly sad. When Chrysler announced that they would be building the new Challenger next year, they intended to export the cars to overseas markets as well. However, it now appears that the Challenger will be kept at home and possibly be built in lower volumes than originally planned. Prospective Challenger drivers in the UK will now have to import the cars one at time and only in left hand drive configuration. They should be able to do that shortly after the the production version is launched next February at the Chicago Auto Show.

[Source: AutoExpress]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Chrysler has come to their senses. A big dorky car is more suitable for Americans. Cars of the seventies never appealed to Europe and they have no nostalgia for them. Chrysler is showing that they are already facing realism. Perhaps they'll survive after all. Next on the agenda should be to produce cars favorable to the general public and make them with quality, not these gas hogs.
      • 7 Years Ago
      ''How about showing some respect for them and their troops who are fighting hard and well alongside our men and women in Afganistan, Iraq, Bosnia, etc, so that we can have the freedom to have the Challenger!''

      LOL
      • 7 Years Ago
      "the latest move is sure to make fans of American muscle cars over in England particularly sad"

      Yes... I'm sure the 3 fans of this will cry day and night.

      Anyway... it's obvious why they won't import it over- nobody would buy this thing in England unless one were Richard Hammond.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Chrysler has a habit of overestimating the appeal of their pos cars.. its happened with Pacifica (segment buster my ass), Compass, Sebring, Neon, Nitro, Caliber, Avenger, Imperial, Aspen, viper, etc..

      Not only that.. they are too confident in their designs and cars.. at least Toyota knows that they are making appliances and dont pretend (for example) that the Pacifica is a segment buster or the Sebring is going to destroy Cammcord sales.

      Sometimes they get it right.. like the 300.. but, 99% of the time.. the public see their pos cars for what they are.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Humm...Imperial was a concept.

        Neon started life in 94 and was more powerful in base model form than any Civic or Corolla and has SCCA titles to back itself up.

        Viper is a low volume halo car that has a pretty large following behind it, it's the type of car that was designed to be on a track, not for some 16 year old kid to be able to pop it into drive and drive it around the block, hence it isn't offered with any save your ass devices (ESP comes to mind).

        Pacifica was one of the first "cross-overs" to hit the market, and now everyone has one. What took GM and Ford so long?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Even 300 is half-baked. It mostly appeals to those with hip-hop level of intellect.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yeah, the Brits don't deserve this car. They like ugly, small, worthless cars.
        • 7 Years Ago
        They like ugly, small, worthless

        Your parents must be British.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It would be nice if this car didn't come to North America, either. The Mustang is an attractive modern take on a classic car. Ditto the Mini. This is an ugly car that will not sell nearly to the levels the Mustang or Mini do.

      The Challenger, and to a lesser degree, the Camaro, are me-too cars cashing in--too late!--at the end of the fad. Where the Mustang takes classic design cues and applies them to a modern shape, these two (especially the Challenger) take a modern platform and try to cram a classic body onto it. This thing is long of overhang, high of wheel arch (on production rims) and awkward of proportion. It looks like it's on it's tippy toes--something that works on a real classic, but just looks bizzare given the constraints of using a modern platform.

      How a company can design hits like the Intrepid, 300M, 300C, PT Cruiser or Magnum, then proceed to pull off disasters like this, the Sebring and the Imperial is impressive.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I agree, it's way to retro for my tastes. I can only see baby-boomers buying this car as it won't appeal to the younger generations.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The UK market will already be saturated with Monaros (GTOs) and Commodores (G8s) by the time the Challenger arrives.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That's too much displacement for the UK. If the Challenger had a 1.3 litre petrol engine and the car were one third the size, then they'd buy it.
        • 7 Years Ago
        you boys wake up, you're just lost the war. just wait - soon the troops will be home from Iraq, gas will shot to $5 or $6 per gallon, and we will see how many those cars will be rusting at dealers lots and you might be envy of British that at least they have diesels to drive.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Or if it was a diesel.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't think the Brits are gonna miss it too much, and I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if Yanks don't turn their pocketbooks inside out to buy one.


      $80 barrel for oil

      "possibly be built in lower volumes than originally
      planned."

      It's really not too hard to figure out.
        • 7 Years Ago
        "$80 barrel for oil"

        AND going UP!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'll think of them as I'm melting the tires off mine..

        • 7 Years Ago
        500, First of all the pickups range from around £15k+. Second - do some research and you will see that the minimum wage in England is like £6 an hour. My average wage is like £1000 a week that makes $2000. So according to our currency we pay roughly the same on our cars and houses when you calculate the difference. It may seem a lot but with our currency the money can go double the distance the dollar can.

        Plus I forgot to mention that you don't even get diesels lol.

        Plus we may pay more for our fuel but at the end of the day you would be lucky to still have $3/gallon by the end of the decade. Thanks to my good mate george w bush and the lessons his learning from the british, watch the petrol cost rise sharply in the very near future. Plus we get the ultra low sulpur fuel as standard anyway
        • 7 Years Ago
        Haha that makes two of us.

        I really think that Chrysler is seriously underestimating the potential demand. How many other large, RWD, 400+ hp V8-powered coupes are available out the door for under, say, $100,000? Um, none. And the badass 1970-style looks are a plus too. If they can keep the price within reason and produce it in sufficient quantities, it will sell like hotcakes.

        Sadly, it seems like the new Chrysler management expects it to fail, which may be a self-fulfilling prophecy if they only make a few thousand and price it too high.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If the new Chrysler is all about bean counters? They are doomed.
        • 7 Years Ago
        It's not about what's fun and exciting. It's about paying bills. When you get older and more mature, you'll learn that or go broke. Chrysler needs bean counters or they'll never make it as a corporation.
      • 7 Years Ago
      We finally get a long sought after ride before the Euros do. Does that mean it'll be crap? I hope not, because my cars are payed off and I'm looking for a rear wheel drive ride that has balls and doesn't suck. Right now it's this or Chevy's Bumblebee.
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