• Dec 17, 2008
This week we attended media events put on by Ford and General Motors called "backgrounders" that give select journalists a preview of what will be shown at the upcoming 2009 Detroit Auto Show. We signed non-disclosure agreements and agreed to embargoes, so we can't tell you what we learned or saw. Assuming the embargoes aren't broken, these events give us the ability to produce thorough, thoughtful posts on the previewed vehicles when they finally debut in early January.

Chrysler held a backgrounder for journalists this week too, today in fact. Despite being invited by Ford and GM to their backgrounders, our request for an invite to the Chrysler event was repeatedly denied by Rick Deneau, the automaker's Director of Product and Brand PR/Communications. Autoblog, Jalopnik and a number of other blogs were blocked from the event, and the reasons given are varied but seem to revolve around a misnomer that blogs can't be trusted.

Well, Mr. Deneau got his wish and banned blogs from today's proceedings, but that didn't stop all the pertinent information from getting out anyway. Jalopnik cites four journalists who attended today's Chrysler backgrounder as saying that the Chrysler vehicles and concepts scheduled to debut during the remainder of this year's auto show season (Detroit, Chicago and New York) are nothing more than "smoke and mirrors" and putting "lipstick on a foam pig." You'll find a list of what leaked out after the jump, all of which may have remained under wraps had Chrysler not decided to piss off the motoring press.


2009 Detroit Auto Show
- Jeep Patriot EV, fourth member of the ENVI division's EV family
- Dodge Ram HD

2009 Chicago Auto Show
- Dodge Ram Chassis Cab trucks

2009 New York Auto Show
- Redesigned 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Beyond
- Redesigned 2011 Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger with all-new interiors

[Source: Jalopnik]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Yes I believe that Chrysler would be in better shape today if the "merger between equals" did not happen. Daimler ciphered money out of Chrysler by cheapening their products and then poured money into Benz to bolster its horrible quality. Thus, leaving Chrysler with lackluster products and quality.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I can understand why Chrysler didn't want bloggers at the previews, with "the reasons given are varied but seem to revolve around a misnomer that blogs can't be trusted".

      Autoblog is complaining that they can't be trusted?

      What just happened here? Trashy "news" coverage with negatively canted photgraphy. The National Enquirer seems classy in comparison.
      • 6 Years Ago
      does it matter, they just announced a cease production as of Dec 19
      • 6 Years Ago
      Barbara Streisand Effect FTL....
      • 6 Years Ago
      I noticed that on all blogs, no matter what the subject, most people like to knock the product/company. I previously owned a 2000 Chrysler LHS. It was a nice car. I hate to see any of the "Big 3" go under, no matter how bad they are doing. It affects too many people. It is easy to sit back and knock ANY car/company. Lets hope they all make it through the next couple of tough years. I know a couple people who work at a nearby Chrysler dealership. I wouldn't hope they lose their job.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It is tough for them to show future products when they will be forced to merge with GM. I am sure Chrysler will have tumble weeds rolling through their displays this year at all of the auto shows. I support the Big 3, but I don't see how Chrysler will survive this with bastard parents that have no clue about what they are doing with a car company. It is as if Cerberus stepped in dog poop and cannot get it off their shoe. God bless the employees that remain at Chrysler and their factories as it will be a rough 2009.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Can anyone blame them, this site is one of the most hatefull and hate filled i have ever read about a car company.
      Be carefull what you wish for people around the world, one goes they all go, just ask Toyota. All the parts suppliers are intermixed togother,one goes it drags them all with it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Where was that picture taken? I don't remember any earthquakes near Michigan.
      • 6 Years Ago

      Hope Jeep gets bought by someone like Renault-Nissan or VW in case Chrysler does not survive.
      • 6 Years Ago
      ENVI huh? Ironic.
      • 6 Years Ago
      what a sad, sad lineup. their one hybrid has already been cancelled, right? and the Crossfire was cancelled already too, from what i've read. they just announced a 1 month cessation of all production starting this friday. i wonder if they'll even come back after that? why bother, really. as i said at the start, sad, sad. W P Chrysler must be dizzy from all the years of spinning in his grave. for the first 50 years, Chrysler was truly an engineer's car company. now it's just irrelevant.

        • 6 Years Ago
        Uh, Crossfire was cancelled a few years ago.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ya sure it wasn't the Dodge Demon? The "American Miata?"
      • 6 Years Ago
      Chrysler's new model outlook is pretty slim. What about the high volume sedans? Their current ones are garbage and could use a major freshening.

      Oh well, I really don't care, let Chrysler die.
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