• May 20, 2008

The Chrysler Pacifica Advance Design Center, first opened in 1983, is credited with penning the Plymouth Prowler concept (pictured above), Dodge Challenger concept, Jeep Compass, and Dodge Intrepid concepts. Unfortunately, the Design Center closed earlier this year as Chrysler streamlined operations. Now, Mercedes-Benz will bring it back to life as they move their design studio from its current 13,000 square foot location in Irvine, to the larger 35,000 square foot former Chrysler location in Carlsbad, California. While both parties have confirmed the pending sale, terms and move-in dates have not been released.

[Source: AutoWeek]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Call me crazy but I like that plymouth prowler design.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Had one back in the day maybe 2001 in red. GREAT design, all sorts of awesome oozing from it, except the small engine, front tires kicking stones into the paint and the V shape nose which made your foot hurt after a short ride from twisting it at an angle. I had put a supercharger on it with maybe 8-10 lbs of boost and it still didnt help it any.

        All the same, as you guys said, the design was so damn cool that you could overlook minor flaws. Of course, I have never met a flawless car anyhow :)
        • 6 Years Ago
        Its the fact that its a blow up hotwheels that makes it cool. Its unlike ANY other car out there.

        I agree with you on the engine though.
        • 6 Years Ago
        u both are crazy, prowler is nothing but a blow-up hot wheels with a cheap intrepid 3.5 engine......piece of crap!
      • 6 Years Ago
      So the sale is for the studio, not the designers I hope?
      • 6 Years Ago
      With Mercury and Aston Martin already gone, Volvo on its way out, Mercedes packing up now, and Jaguar/Land Rover obviously about to, is anyone left in Irvine besides Mazda and Kia?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Here we go again...someone else who thinks SoCal is the center of the universe. You make it sound like being based in one location shuts them off from the rest of the planet.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm still really surprised that the New New Chrysler is so short-sighted as to close their California design studio.

        • 6 Years Ago
        we said tool
        • 6 Years Ago
        Dude--you should ask the folks at Nissan how that relo to Nashville is working out.

        The fact is that Southern California--perhaps even more so than Detroit--drives the U.S. auto industry. To leave this area, which produces most of the trends is a big mistake. The designers and product planners will no longer have access to the zeitgeist that is So Cal.
        • 6 Years Ago
        (oops) well said tool
        • 6 Years Ago
        Dude- you have obviously never been through a relocation. A sizable portion of employees (read: those with families and some of those without) decide to stay where they're settled vs. packing up and moving. There are also regional differences in terms of design philosophies in CA vs. other areas. Your ignorance of these things amazes me, but then I have to remind myself this is the Autoblog comment section and not the kickingtires one.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Way to go Chrylser. 25% cheaper crappier interiors than you already have + crap design like the latest avenger and sebring = the dumbest possible combination. What the hell?!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wonder how many choice cuts of Chrysler's corpse Mercedes is going to be able to pick up? I'd suspect a few, since they're primarily responsible for doing most of the damage in the first place.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hrmm...Carlsbad..10 minutes away. Maybe time to try to get a job there ;) This is good news after the Nissan Design America (La Jolla) studio announced it's closure.
      • 6 Years Ago
      just for that, PDS is going to design 300 killer
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