There was a little hoopla and even a photo op when DaimlerChrysler's Tom LaSorda and Volkswagen's Wolfgang Bernhard inked a contract for the Chrysler group to build minivans for VW.
Beginning in two years, Chrysler will build VW minivans based on a new generation of vehicles that debuts for Chrysler next year.
But the latest buzz is that VW could build small cars for Chrysler, possibly in Mexico, according to Automotive News Europe.
The most likely candidate for Chrysler would be a Dodge sedan that's derived from the VW Polo, which is smaller than the new Dodge Caliber hatchback.
Ever since the equity relationship with Mitsubishi hit the fan, Chrysler execs have been looking for a partner to produce small cars they could sell in North America.
It makes sense, given that the so-called B-class segment is expanding here. New entries are either coming or in the works from Chevy, Ford, Honda, Nissan and Toyota.
But who needs to get married when you can just go dutch on a date, eh?
Of course, it helps that LaSorda and Bernhard were colleagues in Auburn Hills before Bernhard left for Germany, so they trust each other and have a pretty good idea about what the other guy can deliver.
Remember, turnabout is fair play.
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