The Chrysler group appears to like blaming its salespeople for its lack of sales in recent months. I believe I am speaking for many salespeople when I say maybe Chrysler should look at the vehicles it is designing and asking us to sell.
Since Daimler-Benz took over Chrysler, every new model is priced $30,000 and up. They have canceled the M-80, an entry-level pickup that was a very sharp design. They have canceled plans for a large SUV to compete against the Chevrolet Suburban and Ford Expedition.
The direction they are taking with cars is frightening: replacing the Dodge Intrepid and Chrysler Concorde with another $30,000-and-up station wagon.
They seem to think our only competitors are Lexus, Acura, Volvo and BMW, etc. They wonder why the Japanese brands are making such gains and taking over our place as one of the Big 3.
They seem not even to consider why Hyundai and Kia are gaining sales momentum.
Could it be that they are producing vehicles that are affordable to the mainstream population of the United States and are using sharp designs to catch the eye of the consumer?
I firmly believe that the leadership of this company is trying to turn Chrysler into Mercedes-Benz and has forgotten what Americans are looking for in design, styling and affordability.
Mercedes-Benz is a great brand for the upscale and luxury market, but please keep Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep affordable to the common families and middle-income Americans. They make up the largest market segment in this country. Please, quit blaming your salespeople and take a look at what direction DaimlerChrysler is headed. I hope it will be headed into a brighter future - not over a cliff into an abyss!