As you'd imagine, it's pretty tough to run a successful auto company if there's no viable product in the pipeline. Chrysler
has seen its fair share of negative press for not announcing a clear strategy to rebuild the heart of its line-up, namely the Chrysler Sebring
and the Dodge Avenger
, and it's unclear how much life the aging 300C
platform has in it. According to Chrysler's product development chief, Frank Klegon, though, there's nothing to worry about... assuming that the Feds pull through and "show them the money" they need for future development. If Detroit's number 3 automaker doesn't get the cash? Don't ask.
Klegon also says that Project D
is still moving along, though no actual decisions have yet been made as to whether 1) a completely new platform is needed, 2) the old one will be modified or 3) another firm's
mid-sizer will be cribbed for the next Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Avenger. Despite rumors
of its apparent demise, Klegon reiterated
that the Phoenix project
to develop next-gen V6 engines is well into the testing phase. Chrysler needs to knock all of these plans out of the park in order to remain competitive.
[Source: Automotive News
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