• Jul 1, 2009
Chrysler Firepower Concept - Click above for a high-res image gallery

When Sergio Marchionne revamped Fiat, he installed new designers at each company division and charged them with creating products that would define each brand and move metal. Marchionne has apparently done the same with Chrysler, putting Brandon Faurote in charge of Chrysler, Joseph Dehner in at Dodge, and Mark Allen in at Jeep.

Faurote has been with the Pentastar since he was 22, and has worked on offerings like the 1999 Jeep Cherokee and the 2001 Chrysler and Dodge minivans. Since 2003, his title has been Chief Designer - Advanced Product Design, and he's given us concept cars like the 2005 Chrysler Firepower (pictured). He's also given us the Chrysler Imperial, so we pray his eye for the brand leads more toward artillery than royalty.

Joseph Dehner leads the Dodge charge and has the Crossfire and 2001 Chrysler Sebring in his quiver... but also the exterior design of the 2007 Sebring. Mark Allen has the the 2006 Jeep Wrangler and 2009 Dodge Ram 150 to take credit for, as well as super cool Jeep concepts like the Jeep JT and Jeep J8 Sarge. Here's to hoping Fiat encourages – and pays for – them to give us their best. Hat tip to 13enS!



[Source: The Motor Report]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Well it doesn't look bad. Is just looks like they chopped an aston martin in half take the read end a stick an american front looking on it.

      Not saying that it is a bad thing just making my point.
      • 5 Years Ago
      that dude looks like a serial killer
      • 5 Years Ago
      Core77.com has an article on him as well....which I forwarded to AB...yesterday!
        • 5 Years Ago
        ...I like that there's new blood being pumped in though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow. First 300C looks like semi Bentley'ish, now -this-, that looks very like an Aston. People may change the grill, but that's about it. Maybe someone comes up with a great design that's not a rip off. I predict that in 3 years we'll see a concept that will look like Lambo. Bet on it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Joseph Dehner leads the Dodge charge and has the Crossfire and 2001 Chrysler Sebring in his quiver.

      The Sebring? What a scary thought.
      • 5 Years Ago
      One correction; I thought Eric Stoddard created both the Crossfire concept and production car.
      +1 on what Kimosen said.
      Joseph Dehner is a very good designer; don't let the production cars fool you.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Joseph Dehner shouldn't have been promoted! After giving designing the '07 Sebring, he should have been legally obligated to stop designing cars!
      • 5 Years Ago
      No two out of three are in good hands. The 1999 Grand Cherokee is I think the best looking Grand Cherokee generation. The minivans from that era were good looking two for vans.

      Its that Joeseph guy we have to worry about. He designed the crossfire and the sebring????? How does he still have a job.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like a Viper in an expensive European suit. Not bad! Love the interior, but would want to ditch the cream colored steering wheel. I guess I could wear gloves, but not very practical.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Looks like a Viper in an expensive European suit."

        Well...that's basically what the concept car was...a V8 Chrysler version of the Viper, that's the platform they used.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The guy who designed the 2007 Sebring should be fired!
      • 5 Years Ago
      So past designs are a jeep and a minivan? Whhooohooo, Chrysler as struck gold!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sure, a jeep and a mini van aren't the most exciting vehicles in the world, but what kind of designs do you think make car companies money? Well-designed, bread-and-butter vehicles. That's what these companies need right now. Halo cars are exciting, but they don't make money.
        • 5 Years Ago
        dude looks like butthead from beavis and butthead
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's so funny because when another foreign automaker copies another brand all you americans start bashing at them saying copycat and crap, but when an american company copies you guys get don't say anything. good job. keep it up.
      this concept is totally an aston martin copy. thank you very much.
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