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Chrysler, already hurt by slow sales of its bread-and-butter pickups and SUVs, doesn't think things will improve any time soon. According to an email sent by CEO Bob Nardelli to Chrysler employees, he believes that sales will continue to spiral down the drain. So far, though, the third of the Detroit 3 isn't ready to announce any additional layoffs or plant closures. Chrysler must have had some really foresighted, or extremely pessimistic, people on the team who set early '08 predictions, as Nardelli claims that the company he's leading is still on track to achieve its goals.

Dodge has already shut the doors of its Saltillo plant in northern Mexico in an effort to "adjust" inventory levels of the current Ram pickup. The next vehicle set to debut for Dodge is the completely new Ram, which will appear just as gas prices have seriously trimmed truck sales. For Chrysler, the Hornet can't come soon enough.

[Source: The Detroit News, Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm thinking that Chrysler could replace Nardelli with a consortium comprised of me, a middle aged housewife, my neighbor Linda, my 20 yr. old son and his group of his pals. Oh! My husband could consult between the painting jobs he's had to take since he was laid off by another Fortune 500 company! We're a hearty bunch, unemcumbered by advanced degrees and a desire for lavish lifestyles. Think about it Chrysler Board of Directors...we need to know before Ford makes their pitch!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hello World guess what is he worried he won't be making the big bucks ?? The money he and all the CEOs get sending jobs to Mexico and China to save a bucks for the big guys .We little guys who made the good money bought their cars now we cant because are jobs are going ..I have maybe 3 months left on my job it is now in Mexico , I go to work and watch line by line going. We also make parts to send to Mexico to build their bank, and get things sent back to sort or fix that they messed up down there. 4 years ago I started at my job on a 2 tier bought out retires and said we would say company with cheaper wages. We only saved so they could get up and running In Mexico ..From almst 700 employes to 250 all us 2 tier will be gone and the 1st teir thinks they will still be there ...so Money + jobs in USA = us able to BUY And I did not go to college and learn that
      What goes around come around
      • 7 Years Ago
      Anyone going to notice this spammer and his generic comments anytime soon?
      Shirley Hamelman
      • 7 Years Ago
      Chrysler has partnershiped with Cummins', Inc. to build the first new LDD engine for light duty diesel passengers vehicles. Big business for Plant One in Columbus, IN.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Dodge gets what they deserve, the plant shouldn't have been in Mexico to begin with. American truck, American made!
      • 7 Years Ago
      take a look a the Chevy Malibu!!! Find a fault!!
      Suppport America!! This car is the real deal!!
      It is currently spending the shortest time on the dealers lots than any other car in the segment. From the outside to every detail on the inside, the car is best in initial quality. Take pride in an American product and stop believing the liberal media propoganda. Drive it, and make your own conclusion. Then, email me, and I dare you to tell me GM can't compete globally!
      • 7 Years Ago
      The fall out, from Lee Iacoccas` choice of putting Bob Eaton in charge of Chrysler, before the Diamler take over continues to this day.
      God what if Bob Lutz got the job when Chrysler was on top of its game?
      People can say what they want about Lutz GM could care less they`re glad they have him.
      The New Ram may be the only good thing to come from the Diamler years including the Challenger. Dropping the Neon ??????
      • 7 Years Ago
      Chrysler execs are to ignorant to understand fuel efficientcy sells cars, not Hemi motors. It is a miracle they are still in business. It is sad that Toyota makes Chrysler look stupid. Where is L. Iacoca when you need him?
      • 7 Years Ago
      This imbisile BUSH has ruined things so bad, that we may NEVER recover!!!!

      How soon can this idiot BUSH leave (not soon enough!) so that President Obama can get us back on the road to recovery!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      CEOs could give 1/10 of their multi-million dollar salaries to eliminate lay-offs.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Something to note, Chrysler LLC vehicles in Canada are still growing! Yes, smaller market, but still interesting to say the least.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I want a Crossfire Roadster. Can we make a deal Bob?
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