It’s fun to be a hotshot dealer for a major car corporation. All year long you push hard to be the top salesman so your company will award you with such perks as a free trip to Mexico to show their appreciation for your had work and commitment to the company. That is if you work for Chrysler. Yes, for the first time in decades—that’s right DECADES—Chrysler has cancelled their annual reward meeting for top-performing dealers. The annual pat-on-the-back was going to be held in March and would have included an all-expenses paid trip to the Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. Last year’s meeting was held at the Ritz-Carlton in Naples, Fla., with 300 dealers enjoying the perks of a job well done. The canceling of this year’s trip is to cut costs and give time to shift around the deck chairs on the auto industry Titanic.
What are you guys going to do for holiday vacation? I’m going to Cabo. How about you? Holiday vacation is for everyone. In fact, Chrysler plans to close its factory for a month. That’s right all you autoworkers—YOU GET THE WHOLE MONTH OFF! Woo-hoo! Well…….having the whole month off might sound good if you’re in college, but it’s not so great if you’re working in the struggling U.S. auto industry.
In order to save money, while waiting for the US government to bail them out, Chrysler is going to halt production for one month on ALL OF ITS 30 PLANTS! It’s car companies gone wild, except for the fact that all the factory works are going to be unemployed for the entire month. Impacted employees will not return to work any sooner than January 19th; with the possibility left open that the plants may remain closed longer than that. Not to be left out of the fun, on Wednesday Ford announced that it’s normal two-week Christmas shut-down will extend past the normal two-weeks. Looks like for those who works in the auto industry, it’s going to be like summer all-year-round except I don’t think anyone is going to be going to Cabo.
With the economy souring and auto sales plummeting, the possibility of one or more of the Big Three (GM, Chrysler, Ford) going bankrupt is becoming very real. Although an argument can be easily made that they dug their own grave through bad strategic decisions, inept management, and less than competitive products, there remains the question of whether the domestic car industry is too significant to fail.
Lining up on the pro side of a bailout are the Democrats in Congress, who are trying to push through an additional $50 billion in cash for the carmakers. Following the same logic that led the Fed to bailout the banks, the argument is that any bankruptcy in Detroit would have a devastating ripple effect on the economy.
Auburn Hills, Mich., May 5, 2008 – In response to direct customer feedback citing the prospect of rising gas prices as a top concern, Chrysler LLC today announces its own economic stimulus package: an exclusive gas price protection policy that eliminates the risk of further spikes in fuel prices. With the U.S. purchase of eligible Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicles, customers can enroll in the “Let’s Refuel America” program and receive a gas card that immediately lowers their gas price to $2.99 a gallon, and keeps it there for three years. The offer is available at 3,511 U.S. Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge dealerships through June 2, 2008, and is available on vehicles ranging from popular new compacts, crossovers and minivans to full-size diesel-powered pickup trucks.“Today we are proud to introduce an unprecedented program to help put customers’ minds at ease and do something to help working people who are worried about the volatility of fuel prices and vehicle cost of ownership,” said Jim Press, Vice-Chairman and President, Chrysler LLC. “The Let’s Refuel America Price Guarantee puts money in your pocket today, and allows our customers to better manage their fuel expenses. And you can’t get it anywhere else besides a Chrysler, Jeep or Dodge dealership.”
Auburn Hills, Mich. – Mopar® and the Mopar Underground team showcased their customized Jeep® vehicles and Dodge trucks at Moab Jeep Safari 2008 in March.
“Jeep engineering has been coming to Moab for years. Mopar is at Moab to test, evaluate and prove the authenticity of our Mopar Performance Parts for Jeep vehicles and Dodge trucks on the most grueling off-road trails in Moab,” said Simon Boag, President – Service & Parts/Mopar, Chrysler LLC. Mopar is Chrysler LLC’s original equipment parts manufacturer and supplier.
Chrysler LLC’s First Production Hybrid Vehicles
- Hybrid fuel efficiency combined with full-size SUV performance, capability and utility
- HEMI® Hybrid delivers more than 25 percent overall fuel economy improvement
- Full-size SUVs boast nearly 40 percent fuel economy improvement in the city
- HEMI Hybrid features Chrysler’s Multi-displacement System (MDS)
Auburn Hills, Mich., Nov 14, 2007 - With the introduction of the new 2009 Chrysler Aspen HEMI® Hybrid and 2009 Dodge Durango HEMI Hybrid, Chrysler LLC delivers two hybrid-electric vehicles that combine fuel-efficient advanced-hybrid technology with full-size sport-utility vehicle (SUV) performance and capability.
“The new 2009 Chrysler Aspen and Dodge Durango HEMI Hybrid vehicles will offer our customers the sought-after blend of performance, utility, capability and vastly improved fuel economy — all in one package,” said Frank Klegon, Executive Vice President – Product Development, Chrysler LLC. “Combined with Chrysler’s Multi-displacement System (MDS), our advanced, two-mode hybrid technology immediately delivers a more than 25 percent fuel economy improvement to our full-size SUVs — and up to a 40 percent improvement in the city.”