Chrysler's volume will hold them back.
DC seems to think all Chrysler cars should have a truck front grill.
With the 300 Chrysler did return to the 60s. OK for a few years, but
they lost their steady customers and can't keep the emotional new ones
that bought the 300.
Sometimes I think Daimler-Benz bought Chrysler Corp. as a German tax
Well, not really...the "crossed bars" grille is a salute to Chrysler's
glory days with the letter series 300s of the '50s, but only old
timers seem to remember that.
The 300M was just another gussied up LH, wasn't it, a la Iacocca's EEK
cars. The current 300 is a whole different concept and even has some
performance in its hemi form, but as I said, that car has been spoiled
by being a "ghetto ride," which scares off buyers looking for a long
term car investment. Cadillac's now feeling the problems associated
with having that image.
A few years ago I would receive regularly the monthly mag of the ADAC,
Germany's largest motoring organization (equivalent to the AAA in US, I
Annualy they published break-down and repair stats for all cars with more
than 10 000 annual sales. In all classes where the Japanese manufacturers
(Toyota, Mazda and, I think Honda) were represented they clustered at the
top of the reliability tree.
There were anomalies and distortions in the figures. E.g. they were not
normalised for mileage, so that cars like the Merc S Class came out worse
than they should because their average mileage was much higher than those of
other cars, but as a rough-and-ready measure the tables were not bad.
Don't know how it is now. Sadly I don't get the mag anymore.
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"Edwin Pawlowski" < email@example.com> wrote in message
If one looks at ANY magazines ratings in PERCENTAGES rather than as a LIST
from best to worst you will discover they ALL have a defect rate between 1%
and 2%. Around 2% is the defect rate for all manufactured products.
Paying 20% to 30% more to buy a Japanese vehicle is hardy worth it,
considering one chances of getting one of the 1% and 2%
Better for one to look at what large corporate and government fleets buy
year after year. Corporate fleets have no brand loyalty. They buy what is
the most cost effective to buy, insure, maintain, repair and replace. Like
any 'tool' used to operate their business they consider the total cost of
ownership over five years or 300K. Federal corporate tax laws require their
vehicles to be depreciated over five years and many corporations keep them
that long or longer. The brands that get around 80% of the fleet business
are Ford, and GM second. Very few buy import brands because of the higher
purchase price, as well as insurance, part and maintenance costs. Even
stand alone rental car companies, whose cars are their 'product,' rather
than their 'tools' that they sell off in a year or less, chose mostly
domestic cars and trucks
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