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Old 08-27-2008, 06:43 PM   #31
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Viper is dead already.. Chrysler's just trying to make a badly needed buck. It's not a bad idea if they can get someone to buy it.. but it would be a lost cause, just like selling TVR to a wealthy Russian kid.
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Old 08-27-2008, 07:07 PM   #32
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Originally Posted by dutchmasterflex View Post
Viper is dead already.. Chrysler's just trying to make a badly needed buck. It's not a bad idea if they can get someone to buy it.. but it would be a lost cause, just like selling TVR to a wealthy Russian kid.
selling 2x as many vipers as last year isn't "dead"

Also, I've heard stories that Saleen want Viper...
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Old 08-27-2008, 07:56 PM   #33
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Originally Posted by nthfinity View Post
selling 2x as many vipers as last year isn't "dead"

Also, I've heard stories that Saleen want Viper...
Saleen making Vipers eh? That might not be a bad idea, although I can't even begin to fathom how much Cerberus will ask for the Viper "brand".
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Old 08-27-2008, 08:18 PM   #34
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Originally Posted by nthfinity View Post
selling 2x as many vipers as last year isn't "dead"

Also, I've heard stories that Saleen want Viper...
They may as well be though - the Viper "brand" is partly the Didge heritage, and as I say, with an established dealer network, parts inventory etc etc the idea o fjust offloading that in its entirety and then somehow having Viper continue as a product has slim to no chance of surving.

I mean Saleen barely got by selling thousands of bodykit Mustangs - and the big Saleen is a superniche limited edition car with a very small following.

Viper can't really survive without Dodge - and probably the reverse is also true.

When folks go down to the local Dodge dealer, the presence of SRT/8 vehicles makes a difference - the real price of selling to the Krauts is now being paid
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Old 08-29-2008, 01:01 PM   #35
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Originally Posted by nthfinity View Post
selling 2x as many vipers as last year isn't "dead"

Also, I've heard stories that Saleen want Viper...
They killed it when they announced they would be no more new Vipers.

Now they are just selling the dead body to be revived. Ya hear me now?
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Old 12-18-2008, 11:30 AM   #36
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Chrysler turns off engine for a month

Nick Bunkley, Detroit

December 19, 2008
CHRYSLER will close all 30 of its factories for at least one month, in response to plunging vehicle sales in the United States.
The company said the plants, which employ 46,000 union workers, would close this week and resume production no sooner than January 19.
Some will remain closed for several more weeks. Normally, the Detroit car makers close their plants for about two weeks at the end of the year. In addition, Ford said it would extend the holiday shutdown at most of its plants to a third week.
Meanwhile, worries that Chrysler could be forced to file for bankruptcy have spooked many car dealers into borrowing so much money from the car maker's lending arm that the company said it might need to suspend the loans.
Dealers have been requesting nearly $US60 million ($A86 million) a day from a fund used to finance vehicle inventories, and a total of $US1.5 billion since July. Chrysler Financial's chief executive, Thomas Gilman, told dealers in a letter last week that the requests were "troubling" and he urged them not to borrow more than "what's absolutely necessary for the operation of your business".
US car sales are at their lowest in 26 years. Chrysler's sales were down 47 per cent last month, compared with a 37 per cent decline for the industry overall.
Chrysler's chief executive, Robert Nardelli, told Congress this month that the company needed an immediate loan of $US7 billion to help it survive into the new year. Senate Republicans blocked aid to Chrysler and the other Detroit car makers last week, but the Bush Administration is expected to step in with some form of aid.
General Motors, which has said it needs $US4 billion this month to stay afloat and another $US14 billion after that, said last week it would shut 20 assembly plants in North America for at least part of the first quarter.
"People just don't want to buy cars," said Anthony Viviano, the chairman of Sterling Heights Dodge and Meadowbrook Dodge near Detroit. "Hopefully, by Friday, the President OK's this thing. We just have to calm everybody down."
Mr Gilman's letter showed dealers were feeling jittery along with their would-be customers.
"They don't know what to do. They're just running wild," Mr Viviano said.
Without access to financing, few Chrysler dealers would be able to order new vehicles. "Chrysler Financial finances 75 per cent of all vehicles shipped to US dealers, and we continue to support our dealer body with uninterrupted wholesale financing," said Chrysler Financial spokeswoman Amber Gowen.
Chrysler said its dealers, during a recent meeting at the company's Michigan headquarters, told executives that they had lost 20 to 25 per cent of their volume because consumers were unable to obtain loans.
"They have many willing buyers for Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicles but are unable to close the deals due to lack of financing," Chrysler said in a statement.
In addition to leaving their plants idle, car makers have been trying to save money by cutting their workforce.
Last month, Chrysler cut about 5000 salaried jobs through a buy-out and early retirement program. By the end of this month, it is expected to have eliminated more than 1800 hourly positions.
Workers at the plants will be laid off during the down time, but a supplemental unemployment program ensures they will continue to receive most of their pay.
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Old 12-18-2008, 02:08 PM   #37
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One month, if we're lucky.
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Old 04-28-2009, 02:24 AM   #38
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UAW owning majority of Chrysler in the new deal?
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Old 04-28-2009, 08:20 PM   #39
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and.... nothing of value was lost

I wouldn't even bat an eye at chrysler eating a bullet, seriously, would not miss them, not their idiotic Jeep brand, their nonsense cheap ass dodge caliber, the ugly as hell nitro

chrysler was only good for about 4 years during the 1990's and that was because they were selling cars powered by mitsubishi engines (avenger= eclipse, intrepid = diamante) but then they somehow missed on a good thing by not releasing a proper americanized version of the evo III (which could have been named the dodge colt)
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Old 07-11-2009, 04:00 AM   #40
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Dodge Viper SRT10 Will Live On

Auburn Hills, Mich., Jul 10, 2009 - Chrysler Group LLC announced today that production will continue for the legendary Dodge Viper SRT10.

Originally slated to cease production in December 2009, the Chrysler Group Conner Avenue Assembly Plant - the exclusive home of Dodge Viper production since 1995 - will continue to build the V-10 powered sports car. Chrysler Group is no longer pursuing a sale of the Viper business assets.

"The Dodge Viper has successfully captured the hearts and imagination of performance enthusiasts around the globe," said Mike Accavitti, President and Chief Executive Officer, Dodge Brand. "We're extremely proud that the ultimate American-built sports car with its world-class performance will live on as the iconic image leader for the Dodge brand."

Introduced as a concept car in 1989 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the Dodge Viper was designed and engineered to test public reaction to the concept of a back-to-basics, high-performance, limited production sports car.

The reaction was so overwhelming that customer orders began to flow in even before the auto show was over. Chrysler Corporation immediately decided to determine the production feasibility on transforming the crowd-pleasing Dodge Viper show car into a limited-production sports car in no more than three years.
In May 1990, after months of intensive study and testing, Chrysler Corporation announced that the Dodge Viper, powered by an aluminum V-10 was a "go."

Dodge Viper production began in May 1992 at the New Mack Assembly Plant and was moved to Conner Avenue in October 1995. Viper V-10 engine production transferred from Mound Road Engine to Conner Avenue Assembly in May 2001. In 2008, Dodge introduced the all-new, fourth generation Dodge Viper SRT10. With more horsepower, more torque and more than 30 exterior and interior color combinations, the latest Viper gives enthusiasts the performance they expect on the track and off, with more factory customization options than before.

For 2009, the Dodge Viper SRT10 offers outrageous power, with an 8.4-liter, 600-horsepower (450 kW) V-10 engine contributing to blistering acceleration (0-60 mph in less than four seconds, 0-100-0 mph in the low 12-second range), setting an American sports car benchmark.

To date, more than 25,000 Dodge Vipers have been built.
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Old 07-11-2009, 01:36 PM   #41
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As long as the "next-gen" Viper isnt an Alfa Spyder Veloce with a 4 cylinder and 2 electric motors LOL
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Old 07-11-2009, 01:45 PM   #42
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^^^^lol lol,good news.
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Old 07-11-2009, 03:24 PM   #43
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oh happy day
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Old 07-11-2009, 07:39 PM   #44
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Originally Posted by RC45 View Post
As long as the "next-gen" Viper isnt an Alfa Spyder Veloce with a 4 cylinder and 2 electric motors LOL
I will have itaaalian brake calipers
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Old 07-11-2009, 07:40 PM   #45
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You what i would love to see a modern day version of a detomaso pantera whit a viper engine
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