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Old 04-27-2009, 09:07 PM   #1
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For Chrysler, the cornerstone of its proposed alliance with Fiat is for the Italian automaker to supply its domestic partner with smaller, more fuel efficient platforms and drivetrains. It's been assumed that the Fiat 500 would be one of the vehicles Chrysler plans to market in the U.S., but according to a the Wall Street Journal, it may have more than a subcompact up its sleeve.

According to the report, Chrysler showed its (troubled) dealers the automaker's future products today in Auburn Hills, Michigan, and along with the all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee and a revised Chrysler 300, a "sporty little sedan" produced by Fiat was in attendance.

Chrysler's head of design, Ralph Gilles, told dealers that the automaker intends to have its own version of the car, with Fiat providing the chassis and Chrysler designing the exterior.

Although the WSJ's source didn't specify which Fiat was shown, informed speculation says that it was likely the Fiat Bravo, which would make a killer Dodge Caliber replacement and would finally provide Chrysler with a true successor to the Neon after its demise in 2006.
http://www.autoblog.com/2009/04/27/c...-sports-sedan/

I kinda like where Chrysler is heading.
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Old 04-27-2009, 09:10 PM   #2
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looks good. could be a great replacement for the strange looking caliber.
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Old 04-28-2009, 01:04 AM   #3
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Don't make it FIAT based; make it a damn FIAT. All Chrysler will do is add weight, crappy seats, cheap tires, and super fatass sized cupholders with faux shiny plastic trim.

Oddly enough I've seen three Caliber SRT-4s in the last four days; I can't remember when I saw one before that.
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^^ I saw my second one today..
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looks good. could be a great replacement for the strange looking caliber.
strange is too kind.
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abysmal is the word you're looking for.
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Don't make it FIAT based; make it a damn FIAT. All Chrysler will do is add weight, crappy seats, cheap tires, and super fatass sized cupholders with faux shiny plastic trim.
You forgot about the ugly ass dodge grill.
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I am rather intrigued with the possibilities of this partnership.

Fiat might be known to come up with some very nice looking cars, but I wouldn't say that they are known for their engineering prowess. Similar thing could be said of Chrysler - their concepts in the past (some of them at least) have been quite stunning, but they usually would fall flat when it came to actually building them.

If given a modern small-car platform, what would desperate Chrysler designers come up with??? Could be quite interesting to see what happens.
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I am rather intrigued with the possibilities of this partnership.

Fiat might be known to come up with some very nice looking cars, but I wouldn't say that they are known for their engineering prowess. Similar thing could be said of Chrysler - their concepts in the past (some of them at least) have been quite stunning, but they usually would fall flat when it came to actually building them.

If given a modern small-car platform, what would desperate Chrysler designers come up with??? Could be quite interesting to see what happens.
I have to agree, Fiat has always struggled to keep up with the competition. The only car that has done well for them is the 500, which actually out paced a Mini One.

The Punto and Bravo have been mediocre at best.

One thing is for sure, Fiat has money.
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