• Dec 18, 2009
The photo above, from Chrysler's press conference at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show, is nothing but things that are no more. The gorgeous 200C EV has evaporated. The gentlemen on the podium, Jim Press and Tom LaSorda, have gone their various ways. And the background is arrayed with ENVI electric cars that are all (most likely) gone, as well as the division that created them. Everything swallowed by waves in Chrysler's Year of the Storm.

This year Chrysler is practically avoiding the hubbub entirely, in that it will have no press conference at next month's Detroit Auto Show. It won't be for lack of cars: they'll have items from all four brands, including some limited-edition models. Chrysler's head of marketing, Olivier Francois, said that after the big event last month to reveal the long-term plan, "We presented our plans and the next step is to present the cars."

Understandably, industry observers seem to think that it's a bad idea for Chrysler to go mum in Detroit. Chrysler's a private company and no outsider knows what the real situation is inside the castle walls. If Chrysler does go for the splash of a press conference, with no new models to show or even talk about they'll be ripe for charges of "All that's great talk now show us the cars!" That makes it sound like a case of being damned either way. But at least they'll be there, unlike Saab...

[Source: The Detroit News]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Well...1st of all, there is no 2010 models that are new, so what's there to talk about?

      2011...new 300, new Charger, new Jeep GC, Sebring/Avenger updates...a lot to talk about...a YEAR from now!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Dude, your timeline is off.

        The 2010s came out this last September. The 2011s start coming out this January. Heck, Ford showed the 2011 Fiesta and Mustang 3.7 at LA this month. Buick showed the 2011 Regal there.

        Everyone at this show will be showing the 2011s. Chrysler showed the '11 Grand Cherokee at LAST YEAR'S NAIAS.

        So yeah, the new 300 and Charger will probably be there.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have a Chrysler 300 C with the Hemi engine and I get about 27 miles per gallon on the road., and about 16-18 around town. Some people don't know the motot will run on 4 cylinders on the road, or 8 cylinders if needed. It is called Multi-displacement-system or MDS, with about 360 H.P. I love it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is a shame. Chrysler should make that electric sedan. They got (or had) a diamond on their hands.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I guess Chrysler minivans are OK as are Jeeps.

      Why would anybody by a Chrysler car? The 300 is old, the PT Cruiser was excellent, but now gone, and the Sebring/Avenger siblings are crap.

      If I were car shopping I'd ignore Chrysler as if it weren't even in business at all.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The 300 is still a very nice car and the T&C is the best looking and most practical minivan on the road. Why is everyone so hung up on a car being "all new" every couple of years? If the car was good a few years ago, it's still good. Years ago the car companies were berated for "planned obsolescence". Now the ignorant public begs for it? Stupid.
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      No show?


      and your surprised?.....
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        Nothing to show, then nothing to say.

        Makes sense to me.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        Six minutes Doug E. Fresh and no show!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Give them time. They'll be back. I'll take the 200c with rear-drive and the new Pentastar V6 in twin-turbo form. I'm patient. Meanwhile, I will enjoy my CSRT-4.
      • 5 Years Ago
      How about bring back a re-designed prowler:

      Widen the frame to accept the V8s, like it should have been made originally.
      Build it with existing Dakota/Durango drivetrain.
      Allow Moperformance to supply a never ending range of custom upgrades and options.
      Make the price for the bare bones version of the hot rod sell for about $8,000 - $10,000.

      The Charger name should have come back with a retro '68, not a four door sedan.

      The Imperial name should have come back with something very exclusive as it was in the early to mid 60s, not a rebadged 300. No wonder it didn't fly.

      Maybe not company saving ideas (maybe so), but a good start I think.

      The American automobile used to be a tradition, part of our culture. They pissed it away chasing that portion of the car market going to the rice burning revolt and they lost their identity in the process. They don't do half as good a job being japanese as they do being themselves.

      Oh yeah, how about showing some courage about 30 yrs. ago and stand up to the unions and the government (sometimes they seem one and the same) before they became the colossal monkey on the back.

      What's wrong with the big 3, Chrysler and GM in particular? When was the last time one of them (i.e. execs) were actually car guys?

      Oh well, just the ramblings of a car guy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They need to build that 200C ASAP, without that EV crap.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I had hopes the 200C would be produced
        i was looking forward to it
        i love this car and if thye had slapped the hemi on it I'd opt out the G37 for this
        • 5 Years Ago
        There is no reason why this car couldn't had alternative powertrains. Sooner or later, Chrysler will need an EV to compete with GM and Ford.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Your right I totally forgot how beautiful this car was when it came out.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The 200C is one of the nicest cars from last year's show, IMO.

        Also, I really like the "We presented our plans and the next step is to present the cars." idea. If they could either avoid or cut down on the typical automobile manufacturer hype and just deliver on their plan, that would be a fairly impressive change of pace. ;)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Absolutely! They need that car (minus the EV BS).
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree. If they are truly serious about rebuilding the lineup like Ford & Buick is doing, then they would build the 200C with a turbo Pentastar V-6.
        • 5 Years Ago
        +1
        I had to suck up alot to actually admit I liked the 200C. Hopefully Fiat will be smart enough and realize they need to green light the car yesterday. That and realize that the Sebring nameplate is a lame duck lol
      • 5 Years Ago
      300C is a really nice car. My Challenger has the MDS too. Not bad mpg for the amount of muscle they pack.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ahhh this sucks. I was really hoping to see the new charger/300 at this auto show..there is always the one in February? lol

      also, the 200c was green lighted March 17th i believe, but they decided to cancel it because of cost I think. If they put a realistic interior in that car I would put my deposit down today.
        • 5 Years Ago
        well I've never seen a redesigned major car just being displayed with absolutely no press conference about it? common sense much? I'm hoping it is there but as they said, they have no cars to introduce there besides the special editions of the 300, sebring, t&c and PT.
      • 5 Years Ago
      No smashing windows or humping steers?

      What are we going to make fun of this year?
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's Jim Press and Frank Klegon - not Jim Press and Tom LaSorda in the photo.
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