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Chrysler planning 'debut' party to hype its return to American roots

Playing the role of the wild and free divorcee, Chrysler is sending out 3,700 party kits and invitation to its dealers to mark the automaker's return to all-American greatness. The celebration will run in conjunction with a new ad campaign (TV, print, etc.) that touts the brand's rebirth, along with a new logo and some form of rewards that will attract new buyers.

Spy Shots: Dodge JC49 Crossover

Whoopee, just what Dodge needs, another crossover. We're glad that operations are still underway after the sale announcement, but come on, have cars been forsaken? The Jalopnik boys captured an odd duo cruising around; a JC 49 with camo, followed by a PSA minivan. Would it be rude to confess we're more interested in the French van?

Iacocca holds back nothing in new book, Slams Bush, Daimler-Chrysler merger

Lee Iacocca has been an automotive icon for so long, it's hard to remember a time when he wasn't in the picture. He was at the apex of the Ford Mustang project, saved Chrysler from ruin, and lead the charge for the minivan. Those credentials have helped Iacocca sell some books over the years, and his new book, "Where have all the leaders gone" takes some big cuts at the leadership in the White House, and a few auto execut

DCX to delay first quarter report

The bean counters at DaimlerChrysler have decided to postpone the automaker's first quarter results, mainly due to a switch from one set of reporting standards to another. Instead of publishing the report in April, as expected, DCX plans to release its quarterly earnings sometime in mid-May.

GM still possible suitor for Chrysler, but not going to the prom yet

Not much has been heard about GM's acquisition of Chrysler recently, and with parts supplier Magna partnering with two private equity firms, the General has taken a back seat in the bidding. According to both Automotive News and the Detroit News, GM's proposal is still on the table,

Spy Shots: JC49 Dodge Crossover

Times have been tough lately for the Chrysler group, so we're happy to see the company is soldiering on. Dodge may be late to the crossover game, but with a best-selling minivan, the automaker hasn't had the need to bring another people mover to market. However, with minivan sales stagnant and competitors ushering in a greater variety of products into the show

Autoblog Podcast #61

We're fired up about a few things for episode #61. We eventually get to an enthusiastic discussion of the American LeMans Series, but we wind our way through a few subjects to get there. We start off with the snub to Chrysler by some DCX shareholders who suggest a return to Daimler-Benz AG name. Not only is that a kick in the pa

Lorinser takes on the new Merc C-class

The C-class is the entry-level Benz in the North American market. As such, every nouveau riche new graduate seemingly goes out and treats themselves to a slice of flashy bourgeois pie. That can be alarming for the Euro-car fan, as you risk being lumped into that precocious category along with Johnny Overachiever from down the block. There's no denying that the Stuttgart Swabians build nice vehicles, and we've certainly considered parking one in our driveway. We wouldn't want to deny ourselves th

Will consult for food: Wolfgang Bernhard hired by potential Chrysler Group bidder

Rumors have been flying around about which companies and/or equity groups are interested in purchasing the Chrysler Group. Buyout firm Cerberus has shown it is definitely in the running by hiring former Chrysler COO Wolfgang Bernhard as a consultant. Bernhard could be an asset to Cerberus since he knows Chrysler's strengths and weaknesses and was one of the architects of Chrys

Chrysler sale update: Wall St. more interested than automakers

Since Daimler Chrysler CEO Dieter Zetsche declared 'all options are open' with regards to a possible Chrysler sale, the rumors have been flying. With the exception of GM and Magna, every automaker that comes up as a potential suitor has politely denied the rumor.

China will get Dodge vehicles this year

The rumors, innuendo and leaks surrounding the sale of Chrysler and its brands haven't stopped DCX's plans to move into emerging markets around the globe. During the second half of 2007, Dodge will enter the Chinese marketplace, although it hasn't been made clear what models will be offered.

When will the madness end? GM's talks to buy Chrysler heat up

We were all ready to start this week anew, leaving behind the reports of a supposed sale of Chrysler to General Motors. But alas, that ain't going to happen.

BorgWarner gets tapped to provide AWD system for Avenger

Following on the heels of the successful AWD adaptation of the Chrysler Pacifica, Borg Warner has been tapped once again to outfit the Sebring and Avenger models with all-wheel motiviation. The Borg will supply the hardware as well as the electronic controls and support for integrating the system with the rest of the platform. BW has a line of products specifically aimed at adapting AWD to front-drive platforms. Known as iTrac, the suite of products is designed to interface with

Ford is not #4, still part of Big 3

After all the sales numbers for the month of January were released, reports began popping up that Ford had fallen to fourth place in sales in the U.S. last month behind General Motors, Toyota and the Chrysler Group. This is nothing more than selective journalism, with journos picking out the numbers that serve a sensational headline like "Ford's #4!". Basically, the battle for third place in sales in the U.S. is betwe

Homewreckin' Shareholders want to split DaimlerChrysler

The "merger" at DaimlerChrysler never really came off as a good idea. We put "merger" in quotation marks because no one ever really bought it as a marriage of equals, but saw it for what it always was: Daimler-Benz taking over Chrysler. Whatever way you spin it, though, it was never a match made in heaven. Lagging sales from Chrysler Group brands are a drain on the parent company's bottom line, and the US lost one of its Big 3 independent domestic carmakers.

DaimlerChrysler buys Chinese commercial truck company

China is the fastest growing market in the world and it's gobbling up autos at a prodigious rate. Every global automaker wants a piece of the pie and the one's that moved quick and early to enter the market, like General Motors and Volkswagen, are reaping the biggest rewards right now. DaimlerChrysler, however, is pursuing another plan to shovel some of that Chinese Yuan in its trunk. The German-American automaker announced today it has bought 24 percent of Beiqi Foton Motor Co., which produces

Jokes on us: Chrysler takes gag ads off YouTube

The pair of risque gag ads produced by The Chrysler Group's ad agency BBDO Detroit have been unceremoniously yanked off YouTube and their poster, the fine upstanding netizens over at Jalopnik, slapped with a DMCA violation. Apparently Chrysler PR doesn't think the image of those under its employ having some actual f

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