• Bill Burke Posted: 8/26/2009 7:23am PDT

    As a former Daimler/Chrysler stockholder I can attest to the contempt and resentment shown to Chrysler by foreign stockholders. This unrelenting bias and arrogance led directly to a souring of this alliance,the looting of Chrysler cash reserves by Daimler and the forced deminishment of the Chrysler product line.
    The apparent respect and commitment of Fiat to a proud Chrysler of true inherent value and ability just infuriates Daimler. The prospect that a European rival will enhance Chrysler and actually partner with Americans as equals and succeed in an honorable way is intolerable to their ego. I'm not surprised by this "blackmail".
    I sincerly believe this partnership will succeed to the embarasement of Daimler, whos' stock I sold(at a nice profit,thank you) with relish as a proud American and Chrysler loyalist.

  • Mr. D Posted: 8/26/2009 8:24am PDT

    Chrysler could purchase and sell the number of diesel engines that it agreed to do if they could have certified, like VW, the engine and offered those vehicles here in the US. The public and Feds want and are crying out for fuel efficient vehicles such as vehicles equipped with this engine -- particularly the PT Cruiser. If Chrysler had done so, it could have possibly made a bigger splash than Ford with Cash for Clunkers. The new Chrysler appears to be a lot like the old Chrysler to me!

  • richard avatar Richard Posted: 8/26/2009 8:59am PDT

    @Bill: I think that's an EXCELLENT take on the matter. I would only add that the blow to Daimler might've been somewhat softened by the fact that Fiat is Italian. Had it been a German automaker with which Chrysler had partnered... Yeesh.