According to the Wall Street Journal (quoted in Jalopnik), Chrysler is talking to Nissan about farming out small and mid-size car production to Japanese firm. The Wall Street Journal also had a rather eye-opening list of car sales figures, showing the Camry and Accord up top, and somewhere down there, with less than 4000 cars sold for the month of July, Chrysler.
How did Chrysler fall so low? They can make cool cars, like the Dodge Charger and 300C, and in the recent past its cars were interesting to look at (still fell apart but that’s a different story) like the Dodge Intrepid and Stratus which were powerful and fun to drive. The convertible Sebring was quite attractive, too.
These days, sadly, the produce truly hideous cars.
The Sebring and Avenger are just plain ugly. They are smaller, yes, but they look perplexingly half-baked. The tail is just incomplete and does not cover the back properly. The hood has ugly lengthwise metal strips and the headlights just look unappealing. These are two really ugly, blah cars. The only thing that was as ugly in recent memory is the 1990s Buick Skylark with its awful front.
It is just sad that they are giving up when their own designers create the best looking, butch (in a good way) cars (Charger is a favorite of mine). This time, manufacturing in America is giving up because the designers just suck, and that’s sad.