Trying to fathom Schrempp's plan
I read with great interest your Nov. 20 story on DaimlerChrysler. As a communication guy, one thing puzzles me: Why did Juergen Schrempp say what he said to the Financial Times - that he never intended the tieup to be a merger of equals?
I don't believe he made a slip of the tongue, since I can't imagine a 'chess player' like Schrempp saying something he didn't want to say.
So, then, why did he deliberately choose to anger and demotivate the people in Detroit, knowing that he would make the task of Dieter Zetsche even more difficult? Why such a display of arrogance?
Or was it plain frustration - he stumbled in public when he announced that Chrysler would return to profitability just days before Chrysler announced plant closures? Plus the fact that he may have realized that he should have picked Nissan (vetoed by Tom Stallkamp), not Mitsubishi, or maybe not even Chrysler.
Could it be the emperor realized his clothes were being removed piece by piece, and there was nothing he could do to stop it?
Maybe there is method in Schrempp's madness as he replaced many of the Chrysler directors overnight. In that light, the Financial Times interview was a display of power, showing the will to tear down every brick in the old building in order to start from scratch - on his terms, that is.
MARK DE MEY
Schrempp critic: `That man must go'
When the so-called merger of Daimler and Chrysler occurred in 1998, I wrote to Robert Lutz, former Chrysler vice chairman, and expressed my distrust of the deal.
He urged me to complain if I did not think things were going well. Forgive me. I have not complained enough. Nobody has.
Words cannot express the sadness I feel when I see the DaimlerChrysler name in print. But my sadness has turned to anger.
Juergen Schrempp is a con artist who brags to the world about his own dishonesty.
How can the livelihood of several hundred thousand Chrysler workers be entrusted to that man?
Americans who still work for Chrysler and care about its future should say, 'Enough is enough.' That man must go.
Keith Crain presented an interesting question in your Nov. 20 issue: What would happen if Daimler were to spin off Chrysler?
I think that thousands of Americans would be standing in line to help rebuild this great American car company.
I am proud to say that I would be one of them.
DAVID M. LANTZ
The writer is a college student and a free-lance automotive writer.
First, Chrysler; then the dealers
We are a third-generation Chrysler dealership in a small college town, and we have built our business and reputation on honesty and fair practices.
It is a crime that DaimlerChrysler appears ready and willing to destroy the Chrysler dealers of America just as it has destroyed the former Chrysler Corp.
ROBERT W. CLARK
Clark Motor Co. Inc.
State College, Pa.