Chrysler Looking For A 'Safety Date'

January 28, 2009

Chrysler is kind of like that guy in romantic comedies--you know, the one who schedules two dates in the same night, often with hilarious results? Except this time, the results may not be so funny.

For a while, the company has had casual, NSA relationships with Volkswagen and Nissan, helping to develop a van for the former and a pickup for the latter. Then, as we all know, the sporty, sexy, Euro-stylish Fiat caught Chrysler's eye, and before anyone knew what was happening, Chrysler was on one knee, Fiat said yes, and press releases went flying across the interwebz, announcing plans for a big wedding soon. (VW and Nissan seemed nonchalant about the whole thing, but then, Nissan did announce that it's picking up its design studio and leaving Michigan, so take it for what it's worth.)

Today, Chrysler and Fiat are still riding the engagement buzz, and they sees nothing but roses ahead. In fact, Chrysler president and vice chairman Jim Press thinks that the marriage will make Chrysler even more attractive to congress when the company asks for an additional $3 billion in bailout funds over and above the $4 billion it's received so far: “We think the partnership with Fiat not only gives us a lot of confidence, but more than that, it really moves us to a prosperity plan where it’s a true global powerhouse.” So basically, Fiat is Chrysler's trophy spouse.

Only problem is, Big Daddy (a.k.a. the U.S. congress) may have issues with Chrysler's plans. Most notably, the D.C. crowd has expressed concern about pumping billions of dollars into a company that could end up in foreign hands. (Not that they've invested much larger sums abroad in recent years or anything.) So just to be on the safe side, Chrysler is scoping out other lifepartners. Who? Press had this to say: "It's a little bit like dating: nobody knows who we're dating. We don't need the paparazzi to follow us around and put pressure on the dates."

Not to be outdone in the tramp department, Fiat appears to have a wandering eye, too. In fact, some sources are reporting that the hot-to-trot Italian number may be canoodling with its neighbor to the north, BMW.

Wow. This is turning into one, big reunion episode of Sex and the City. Not that we'd know about such things.

[sources: MotorAuthority, Freep, DetNews, Autoblog]

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