With so much attention focused on Sergio Marchionne and Fiat, the story behind the 2011, second-generation Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger sedans has been lost.
Neither car is a warmed-over version of the previous-generation sedan, merely dressed up with new sheet metal and a spiffed-up interior.
And the Daimler link? With one exception, it's gone, and that remaining connection is on its way out, too.
When the first-generation 300 appeared in 2004, and when the Charger followed, much was made of the fact that the sedans shared a range of Mercedes-Benz E- and C-class components.
The steering column, front seat frames, five-speed automatic transmission, rear suspension architecture and more came from the Mercedes parts bin.
The collaboration was done to improve the perception of the 300 and Charger and allow some of Chrysler's lineup to bask in the glow of Mercedes' engineering excellence.