Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne Slams Jeep Commander In Quote

Most executives working in the automotive industry are quick to back up their company, stating that the cars they produce are wonderful and that gold and fresh oxygen spew out of their exhaust pipes. There are a select, however, that say what is on their mind, be it good or bad, and those are the ones that we truly love. Former General Motors big guy Bob Lutz was one of these outspoken men and now, it seems we have a new guy joining the party, Chrysler’s Sergio Marchionne.

Jeep had a run of bland vehicles and this is simply a fact that the biggest Jeep lovers are going to have to live with. The small Liberty sold quite well and it was one of the vehicles that helped bring new customers into the Jeep brand. Sadly, after buying one it would be hard to want to venture further into their product line.

The same can’t be said of the Compass, which wasn’t fun to drive and required discounts beyond imagination to sell units. Then comes the Commander, Jeep’s attempt to create a seven-seat boxy vehicle to run along side the Grand Cherokee. While it was hit early, many realized their mistake and sales plummeted.

It seems we aren’t the only ones who feel this way, as Marchionne’s newest quote includes some harsh words for the large gas-guzzling machine in an article on Automotive News.

“That car was unfit for human consumption,” Marchionne said of the Commander. “We sold some. But I don’t know why people bought them.”

These are some harsh words from the big man leading Chrysler, but it’s something that needed to be said. Those that attempted to defend Chrysler’s past exploits were fooling themselves. Marchionne is stating the obvious and it shows that things are changing for the better within the company. The chances of another Commander type flop are slim now that he is charge.

[Automotive News]
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