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    Chrysler Design Boss Say Next Generation Vehicles Will Be Sleeker


    William Maley

    Editor/Reporter - CheersandGears.com

    June 4, 2012

    Chrysler design chief Ralph Gilles says design changes are coming for future Chrysler products. The current lineup is known for their boxy design aesthetic, but Gilles says that's not in line with the industry.

    Speaking at the annual Mackinac Policy Conference, a gathering of Michigan political and business leaders, Gilles says aerodynamics are becoming an important design aspect. He uses the Audi A7 and the new Toyota Avalon as vehicles that can have the aerodynamic design usually associated with sports cars.

    "The wind is starting to sculpt these vehicles," Gilles said.

    Gilles said Chrysler will be abandon the boxy look and go for a sleeker look, starting with the next generation 200 and 300.

    "We'll have no choice but to be some of the most wind-swept vehicles that you've ever seen."

    How does Chrysler plan to accomplish this? Gilles told reporters that his design team spends between 200-300 hours in the wind tunnel, analyzing the aerodynamics during the vehicle's design stage. Chrysler has also been putting more emphasis on hiring people with experience in fluid dynamics to help further their understanding on aerodynamics.

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    This will be their death. The cars he talks about are bland boring designs and I do not see a JellyBean design being desirable.

    We have been down this road and everyone ended up with generic blaw cars.

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    This will be their death. The cars he talks about are bland boring designs and I do not see a JellyBean design being desirable.

    We have been down this road and everyone ended up with generic blaw cars.

    They already did the aero look in the 90s w/ the LHs and cloud cars.

    I was just going to mention that. The LH cars were some of the most handsome vehicles during the nineties.

    I don't think Chrysler will go down the generic blaw route. I do have some faith in the design staff to produce some beautiful and aerodynamic vehicles.

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    this will be what makes Chrysler stand out. not what kills them. there are alot of people who dont like the boxy 300 and have been calling for a smooth sleek looking 300 for some time now. this MAY be the return of the intrepid but who knows. with the problems they had with the 2.7 they may not want to bring that name up again no matter how good of a car the intrepid actually was. i hope they do keep what makes them different. such as the Cross hairs with dodge.

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    I can see sleeker being a good thing. I like the current LX cars, but they are too thick. Compare the new Challenger to the old... the old is sleeker... without being a jelly bean.

    Some slicker designs that aren't jelly beans and the availability of RWD/V8/bodystyle selection could continue to lure me to the Mopar fold, now that GM's stuff is undesirable to me anymore.

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    I can see sleeker being a good thing. I like the current LX cars, but they are too thick. Compare the new Challenger to the old... the old is sleeker... without being a jelly bean.

    Some slicker designs that aren't jelly beans and the availability of RWD/V8/bodystyle selection could continue to lure me to the Mopar fold, now that GM's stuff is undesirable to me anymore.

    Seen the Camaro lately? How about the upcoming Chevy SS? GM may well have answered the bell for you.

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    They are going to have to really come out with a striking design to get me to buy into this new wind is sculpting the cars.

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    Seen the Camaro lately? How about the upcoming Chevy SS? GM may well have answered the bell for you.

    The Camaro isn't sleek. Its a tank with a turret top. It is wider, longer and taller than its inspiration, the 1st gen F-body, yet its uncomfortable as hell for me. The 1st gen F-bods were much more comfortable.

    The upcoming SS? I think the name is stupid and GM lied to us about the Holden Zeta coming here... I don't like the new renderings much... and I remain to be convinced it will be better ergonomically than the G8 was... a car I could drive, but not ride as a passenger in.

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      Sales of the Fiat 500 were up 1 percent in February, compared with the same month a year ago. Sales of the new Fiat 124 Spider were up 26 percent compared with the previous month of January. The 124 Spider was named in February as one of the Best Cars for the Money in the Sports Car category by U.S. News & World Report. In addition, the Fiat 124 Spider Abarth, according to the valuation experts at Hagerty, is one of 10 vehicles this year that stand out as the likeliest to grow in value and appeal to classic car enthusiasts. That puts the 124 Spider Abarth on the “Hagerty Hot List” for 2017. 
       
      Chrysler Brand
      Sales of the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica – the most awarded minivan of 2016 and 2017 – were up in its second month of year-over-year comparisons, and increased 36 percent compared with sales in the previous month of January. The Pacifica continues to earn a plethora of awards and accolades in 2017. In February, the Pacifica was named Best Minivan for the Money by U.S. News & World Report, 2017 Family Vehicle of the Year by the Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA), and MotorWeek’s 2017 Drivers’ Choice Award for Best Minivan. The Chrysler 300 full-size sedan turned in a 2 percent year-over-year increase in February.
        
      Alfa Romeo Brand
      Alfa Romeo brand sales of 443 units were up 843 percent compared with the same month in 2016.
       
      Maserati Brand
      Maserati brand sales of 1,087 units were up 49 percent compared with the same month a year ago.
       
      U.S. Sales Summary February 2017
                Month Sales
      Vol %
      CYTD Sales
      Vol %
      Model
      Curr Yr
      Pr Yr
      Change
      Curr Yr
      Pr Yr
      Change
      Compass
      2,737
      8,893
      -69%
      5,901
      15,164
      -61%
      Patriot
      5,512
      11,363
      -51%
      10,212
      19,947
      -49%
      Wrangler
      13,641
      13,349
      2%
      24,975
      24,336
      3%
      Cherokee
      13,615
      15,353
      -11%
      26,166
      32,136
      -19%
      Grand Cherokee
      18,925
      16,990
      11%
      36,226
      30,965
      17%
      Renegade
      7,915
      7,115
      11%
      17,280
      13,282
      30%
      JEEP BRAND
      62,345
      73,063
      -15%
      120,760
      135,830
      -11%
      200
      2,194
      6,259
      -65%
      4,055
      10,944
      -63%
      300
      5,386
      5,304
      2%
      10,094
      10,969
      -8%
      Town & Country
      108
      11,645
      -99%
      246
      23,028
      -99%
      Pacifica
      9,042
      71
      New
      15,712
      110
      New
      CHRYSLER BRAND
      16,730
      23,279
      -28%
      30,107
      45,051
      -33%
      Dart
      1,683
      5,824
      -71%
      3,080
      11,104
      -72%
      Avenger
      0
      6
      -100%
      0
      15
      -100%
      Charger
      6,930
      8,765
      -21%
      14,083
      17,547
      -20%
      Challenger
      6,107
      5,142
      19%
      9,500
      10,803
      -12%
      Viper
      54
      44
      23%
      107
      72
      49%
      Journey
      9,906
      6,375
      55%
      22,542
      17,961
      26%
      Caravan
      13,682
      13,978
      -2%
      24,452
      24,933
      -2%
      Durango
      5,516
      6,851
      -19%
      10,223
      12,852
      -20%
      DODGE  BRAND
      43,878
      46,985
      -7%
      83,987
      95,287
      -12%
      Ram P/U
      39,046
      37,087
      5%
      72,815
      69,651
      5%
      Cargo Van
      0
      0
      0%
      0
      2
      -100%
      ProMaster Van
      2,648
      2,697
      -2%
      5,999
      5,039
      19%
      ProMaster City
      1,091
      1,509
      -28%
      2,016
      2,665
      -24%
      RAM BRAND
      42,785
      41,293
      4%
      80,830
      77,357
      4%
      Giulia
      412
      0
      New
      482
      0
      New
      Alfa 4C 
      31
      47
      -34%
      69
      115
      -40%
      ALFA BRAND
      443
      47
      843%
      551
      115
      379%
      500
      1,131
      1,120
      1%
      2,349
      2,101
      12%
      500L
      72
      370
      -81%
      178
      727
      -76%
      500X
      640
      1,161
      -45%
      1,240
      2,202
      -44%
      Spider
      302
      0
      New
      542
      0
      New
      FIAT BRAND
      2,145
      2,651
      -19%
      4,309
      5,030
      -14%
      TOTAL FCA US LLC
      168,326
      187,318
      -10%
      320,544
      358,670
      -11%
          Total Car & MPV
      47,134
      58,575
      -20%
      84,949
      112,468
      -24%
          Total UV's
      78,407
      87,450
      -10%
      154,765
      168,845
      -8%
          Total Truck & LCV
      42,785
      41,293
      4%
      80,830
      77,357
      4%
                    MASERATI BRAND
      1,087
      728
      49%
      1,976
      1,253
      58%

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