Housekeeping: The Busy Week Ahead
As we wait for October sales to come rolling in, I’d like to take advantage of the calm before the storm to update our faithful readers on the wild week to come. Tomorrow I’ll be flying to Detroit to cover Chrysler’s five-year product and business plan. Luckily though, the trip will not be limited to a six hour presentation on “Fiat’s fuel-efficient engine technology” and sundry Pentastarred optimism. We’re also getting the opportunity to interview a certain Mr Ian Callum, chief designer for Jaguar. Do you have any burning questions about the new XJ, the XF or Jaguar’s new styling direction? Let us know and we’ll be sure to ask for you. We will also be covering the roast of Bob Lutz, so be sure to tune in for a report on the best jokes of the evening (although really, nobody expects them to improve on Farago’s effort). Though we’re thrilled to be able to offer a week of fresh reporting, interviews and jokes about GM’s Vice-Chairman, making it happen might require a slightly slower pace of content this week. Luckily Robert Farago, Bertel Schmitt, Paul Niedermeyer, Sajeev Mehta and other TTAC faves will be stepping up to keep the flow of news, commentary and analysis steady. So get ready for a big week, and take a moment to tell us what you most want to hear from Mr Callum, and the New New Chrysler. And thanks, as always, for your tips, comments and support.
re: New New Chrysler: -Any plans to add direct injection to the V8s? -Any plans to use the Fiat "dualogic" transmission in the NA market? -Any plans to use a dual-clutch transmission in the NA market?
If there is anyone of consequence there from Fiat, and there probably will be, the question is simple. "Why?"
Does Chrysler's hosting hotel have crappy interiors? How about mouse-fur covered chairs and hard plastic?
Since Dodge cars and trucks are going to be separated I would like you to ask some pointed questions about what is going to happen to Dodge. Are there new cars planned? What is the branding direction? Ask them to be specific. This will help put to rest or confirm rumors that Dodge is going away.