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You are in the Chrysler Aspen
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Jun 17, 2005 (7:57 am)
I don't want to be mean or anything, but I hope it flops like a halibut in a dinghy.
On the bright side, it's not like they're dragging a once-great name through the mud of "repurposing" (see also "Charger").
#15 of 106 Re: . [wale_bate1]
Jun 18, 2005 (11:05 am)
What's so bad about Aspen? IMO, it's a lot better than some alpha numerical name, such as "LX470".
I was thinking Chrysler would use a name such as Conquest, Cordoba or Imperial but Aspen sounds great.
I'm glad the vehicle has a real name, not something alpha numerical like FX45, QX56, X5, ML500, G500, H2, etc.
Jun 18, 2005 (6:33 pm)
You never drove an Aspen, did you? ;-]
I think full-size, body on frame SUVs are damn stupid to begin with, and Chrysler getting into a rapidly fading picture even moreso, which is why my disdain. The future is (according to every industry analyst) that car-based crossovers are the next wave before we touch down aagin and actually admit we wanted wagons in the first place, but didn't want anyone to know we had spouses and kids!
I think it's a bad business decision.
As far as the name goes, my points are A) the Aspen name was nothing to be proud of whatsoever, and B) it's OK to stick it on some pudknocker SUV because it can't be sullied any further that it already is!
#17 of 106 Re: . [wale_bate1]
Jun 19, 2005 (10:40 pm)
Yeah I too wondered why they'd opt for another SUV with the tide turning against them. If they 300's success gave them a good feeling and some extra cash, why not spend a little of that on the 300's interior in the way of better plastics? Or more importantly spend that money on the upcoming Sebring/Stratus sedan replacements, like in making them non-rental cars. I applaud the 300 and all, but they really need their next generation mid-size family sedans and minvans to be similar hits to keep things going because eventually the 300's time in the spotlight will be over.
Jul 02, 2005 (11:01 pm)
Can we rename this forum to Chysler Aspen since we know what this future vehicle will be called??
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#21 of 106 I Don't Know About This...
Oct 14, 2005 (6:38 pm)
I like the name, despite the awful connotations it may have sharing it with a car that had one of its car of the year awards yanked away pretty quicky- IIRC. (I know that it was a late 70's Chrysler product won a COTY award from Consumer Guide or a similar publication and had it pulled because of all the problems they had!) The name itself is not what I'm so unsure of...
The idea of bringing a mid-sized, truck based SUV to Chrysler, however, is not one I endorse. SUVs, as symbols of the virtues of excess which many people in America believe in so lovingly, are on the decline because of gas prices. Let's face it, they aren't economical to drive- especially for those people who buy them where they hardly ever get an inch or two of snow (love the logic behind that, even areas with harsher winters I think could do without them) and they're just wasting gas and polluting. GM and Ford have seen steep sales declines because they invested too much money and attention in their trucks, without paying attention to cars- especially the mid-sized and full-sized segments. So not only do I think it's a stupid idea on a personal level, I also think it won't be a good move for business.
Chrysler has a good full-sized car in the 300, and is working on a replacement for the Sebring. The PT Cruiser is as close enough to a compact as they need. The way I see it, they have a decent lineup already when you consider the minivan offerings, but if they want to add anything I'd say something to slot below or above the Sebring depending on its size. Cars are bound to become popular, even if we see some relief in gas prices it's not really economical or sensible to be being trucks, and the more distinct choices in terms of bread and butter cars, the better.
#22 of 106 Chrysler Aspen
Oct 15, 2005 (6:38 am)
It's a good name, IMO, but the timing of the launch is terrible at a time when gas prices are rising.