Well the thing is, it's not really Chrysler's fault, or the other car makers either for that matter. This is like Deja-vu, everyone here that's in my age bracket (mid 40's...) has seen this before in the early 70's when Emission standards and gas lines killed the muscle car era. The same thing is going to happen to this 'muscle car era' due to oil prices and the new CAFE standards of 35 mpg. It probably won't get as bad as it did in the late 70's and early 80's, but many big torquey V8's will give way to turbocharged and supercharged 4's and V6's. There will still be fun, fast cars, but they won't be big V8 powered 'torque monsters' ; and it won't be the same.Nope, speaking of which I can hardly wait to order my 2011 300N! I heard it'd look like this:
Chrysler already killed the Magnum, they're not making them any more, and they have no plans to continue making cars with HEMI engines.
WTF?! That's one of the few things they make that sells. IF they think they'll make a living selling Caliber rebadges and rebadged Mitsubishis (Sebring and Avenger), they deserve to go bust.
snapping funds straight from the mouth of the Aussie economy and injecting it into the bloated red, white and blue leviathan. Funny how it's all connected, aye?
Woah woah, back up. Sorry, my intention was not to imply the US was 'sucking up jobs'.
For quite a while, Holden Australia made a pretty penny manufacturing tremendous amounts of cars and exporting quite a fair portion to the States. Then, Chevrolet decided to start manufacturing the R8 and such on home turf, shutting down the Aussie plants that previously supplied them. Now there's talk that even further plants will be shut down, and a complete inverse of power will be in place; the Americans will be exporting Holdens to Australia, instead of vice-versa. Under the Free Trade Agreement between Australia and the States, exporting Holdens was one of the few good deals Australia got out of the whole thing. Now it looks like it's being totally turned around to bite us in the arse.
It also means we can't turn to home-grown grunt to get our V8 fix if manufacturers in Detroit start dropping V8's to comply with emissions laws. As it is, our largest source of emissions woes seems to be from our energy industry. Hence my venom; Australia could have V8's, but it looks like we could be relying on American-owned muscle in the near future, American-owned muscle which is looking to be under serious stress with this latest news.