The Detroit News reports that nastiness between Chrysler and its former overlords at Daimler could prevent the much-needed (by ChryCo) launches of new versions of the 300/Charger and Grand Cherokee/Durango. Apparently production of these new products can’t take place until Daimler and Chrysler agree to terms for Daimler-supplied components. Chrysler needs to resolve its legal differences with Daimler within 20 days in order to prevent delays to the roll-out of the Grand Cherokee/Durango. If the conflict continues, Chrysler admits it won’t be able to find a new supplier until January 2011. The Grand Cherokee/Durango and 300/Charger are planned to be Chrysler’s only 2010 debuts.
Daimler-Chrysler legal disputes have covered the supply of axles, torque converters, diesel engines and steering columns, but since Chrysler has declined to purchase the agreed-upon number of diesel engines for Europe, the other parts contracts have been held hostage. Chrysler wants the court to stipulate that all past agreements remain in effect and no more money is owed, and has said it will seek an injunction if Daimler stops shipping parts. On the other hand, “Chrysler has too much at stake to take a chance,” say spokesfolks for the New Chrysler. “These are important vehicle programs at a critical point in their launch cycle. We can’t afford any delays.”