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4/29/2002
15:03:05

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This is copied from the 4/26/02 news section of ALLPAR. "To review, the list of future Chrysler vehicles is currently:
Neon replacement - based on Mitsubishi Lancer, possibly to be built at their Diamond-Star plant (leading to closure of Belvedere)
Stratus/Sebring replacement - based on Mitsu. Galant
LX (Intrepid, 300M, Concorde replacement) - uses Mercedes transmission, electronics, axle, and suspension components
Jeep Grand Cherokee - shared platform with Mercedes ML
Jeep Liberty - new
PT Cruiser - new but unlikely to remain on its own platform past 2006
Crossfire - restyled Mercedes
Ram
Dakota/Durango - rumored to be on the block in favor of a Mitsubishi small pickup
Pacifica - mostly done before Mercedes took control
Thus, closing the Pillette Road plant is entirely "in character" for DCX - especially considering that two plants have already been sold, with more on the block." NOTE THE REFERENCE TO DAKOTA AND MITSUBISHI. THIS IS NOT A POSITIVE RUMOR.

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4/29/2002
15:17:07

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I am sure glad I already own a Dakota...

Rascal

98 SLT 2wd 5.2 Powerdyne S/C (just bought), Powerslots, Hawk pads, Snugtop hard tonneau cover, Rancho brushguard and sidesteps, Flowkooler, Edelbrock shocks and dbl timing chain, Flowmetrics TB, Hella 500 lights, Magnacore wires, Autolites, Black Magic #150 and #110, etc...

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4/29/2002
15:37:27

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Mitsubishi! What the @#$*&!



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4/29/2002
16:09:05

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I am with 56K. A Mitsubishi! That makes me sick.

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4/29/2002
16:22:21

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I beleive that is definately a rumor. If it's not then well, what can you expect when an american car company is sold to a foriegn owner.

OPINIONS ARE LIKE....WELL, YOU KNOW THE REST!!

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4/29/2002
16:37:48

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Neon is being moved from the Chrysler Platform to the Dodge platform and will be rebranded as the "SX", no more "Neon".

Old news: Sebring is already based on Mitsu parts and design.

PT Cruiser will continue to evolve, first with the PT Turbo and then the Convertible ... more permutations to come!

M80 *might* be a replacement for Dakota, although from what I have heard it is not geared towards that market. Dakota will continue despite what rumors may be saying, I also firmly believe that the R/T will get a 5.7ci HEMI as well.

Pacifica and Crossfire are definitely sharing Mercedes technology, why wouldn't they take advantage of it? As for Mitsu, DCX has a pretty decent stake in Mitsu and they have some solid products (maybe a little overlap).

The Dodge you all know and love will be around for a long time to come!!!



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4/30/2002
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Maybe Dodoge will be around but the Dak, with it's current configuration, will be gone and looks to become a Ranger/S-10 clone made by Mitsubishi. I'm sorry but that is not much to look forward to in my book. I guess it is back to a full size PU the next round.

JP



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4/30/2002
01:07:26

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I think DODGE or DCX has something up its sleeve and i dont believe they are gonna get rid of one of the best sellers they might rename it. Whatever they bring up its gonna be bigger a than the DAKOTAS we drive now.



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4/30/2002
01:36:18

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they can go ahead and make a gay little mistu s-10/ranger clone as long as the keep a truck sized somewhere between that and a full size, they have the only part of the market as of current for a mid sized pickup, s-10 and rangers are minipickups, well at least in my book



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4/30/2002
05:41:01

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I guess if that happens, we all will have the last of the good trucks..

99 Sport, Solar Yellow, DJM 5/7 drop, 18" Coddingtons on the way, 180* tstat, IAT adjuster, autolite plugs, JBA 8mm wires, cap and rotor, MP Intake, JBA headers, 5.9 V8 TB, FUTURE MODS: too many to list

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