Restructuring Plans: Caddies, 300s, And Grand Cherokees, Oh My

February 18, 2009
2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe

2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe

2011 Chrysler 300

2011 Chrysler 300

2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee

If you've got nothing better to do on a Wednesday morning, we highly recommend you flip through the restructuring plans Chrysler and GM submitted yesterday. (And really, what could you possibly have to do that's more important than that?) Among all the legalese and financial statistics, there's plenty of info about each company's rollouts to tease and tantalize. We're pretty sure the folks at Ford have already printed out that stuff in quadruplicate and wallpapered the breakrooms with it.

Here are a few of the tidbits that caught our attention--and there are plenty more where these came from:

The Cadillac CTS Coupe (pg 65 of the GM plan):

  • Start of production: 2010
  • Location of production facility: Lansing, Michigan
  • Powertrain with best fuel economy: 3.6L V6, 6-speed auto 

We've seen it in person, and we have to say: the CTS Coupe is one sweet ride. We're sad that production was delayed by a year, but we're happy to see the model hasn't been scrapped. Rumors abound that a CTS-V coupe with a supercharged V8 may also be in the works, too, but not a convertible (even though the Cadillac XLR convertible will soon go the way of the dodo).

Next Generation Jeep Grand Cherokee (pg. 130-131 of the Chrysler plan)

  • Chrysler’s revenue in the near term will get a boost with the debut of a redesigned Jeep Grand Cherokee.
  • Jeep is an iconic American brand whose roots go back to World War II, when the U.S. military needed a go-anywhere, do-anything vehicle to support American troops in every theater of the war.
  • Today, Jeep is one of the best-known and strongest automotive brands in the world.
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee set the trend as the first luxury SUV.
  • The new fourth-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee will be built in the United States and will feature improved fuel economy and a best-in-class interior.

Obviously, this baby's ready for the assembly line, and the 2010 - 2012 model year versions will boast a 19% increase in fuel economy.  Its styling may be a little "generic SUV" for some, but Jeep's legendary brand loyalty will likely turn this model into a winner on the lot.

All- New Chrysler 300 (pg. 132-133 of the Chrysler plan)

  • Chrysler 300 is the Company’s flagship sedan.
  • The Chrysler 300C has won more awards than any car ever – including North American Car of the Year, Motor Trend Car of the Year, Automobile Magazine’s Automobile of the Year, and Car and Driver’s Ten Best list.
  • The next generation Chrysler 300 will feature stylish new exterior and interior designs, improved fuel efficiency and unprecedented “uconnect” connectivity.
  • Powertrain options will include an all-new fuel-efficient six-cylinder engine in addition to the HEMI eight-cylinder engine. The HEMI engine features Chrysler’s Multiple Displacement System (MDS) that automatically deactivates engine cylinders for enhanced fuel economy.
  • Safety features available on the new Chrysler 300 include:
  1. Rear Cross Path and Blind Spot Monitoring systems to warn drivers of unseen vehicles
  2. Electronic Stability Control, all speed traction control, and four-wheel anti-lock brakes
  3. Energy-absorbing steering column, rear-sill reinforcement and structure, and available side-curtain and seat mounted side air bags.

According to the doc, Obama's former car of choice will see a fuel economy boost of 22% in the 2010 - 2012 model year, and certainly no one can argue with the 300's popularity. And the new fuel efficient V6 in lieu of the HEMI V8 is a nice touch.

But what say you, gentle readers? Is all this enough to pull Chrysler and GM out of the tank?

[source: Chrysler's PDF and GM's PDF]

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