Chrysler Ditches 2 Doors, GM Remains Committed

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  1. TriShield

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    GM still likes coupes, says it will continue pursue market

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    JASON STEIN | Automotive News
    Posted Date: 1/12/05

    Some automakers may view the coupe segment as passé, but don't count General Motors in that camp. Lori Queen, GM's vehicle line executive for small cars, said GM will continue to pursue the North American coupe market.

    "A lot of people are walking away from coupes. We're not going to walk away," Queen said Monday. "Everyone wants to find a winning formula. We think coupes are here to stay."

    Last month, Trevor Creed, the Chrysler group's senior vice president of design, said his company will abandon nearly all two-door vehicles after the 2006 model year. The Dodge Stratus and Chrysler Sebring coupes are expected to go out of production at that time. "If you do a two-door, people say it looks sportier but that a four-door is more practical," Creed said in December. "There is no market for two-doors."

    Queen said GM's internal research shows coupes still attract a healthy segment of the market. She said sedans draw two-thirds of the market, but coupes are still strong.

    "When you go into a customer's second choice, coupes are always right there," Queen said. "We feel very strongly (the coupe) is part of Chevrolet's identity, and we have no intention of walking away from the coupe. "Five years from now, could that change? It's possible," Queen said. "But right now, all of our research data indicate there is a market for coupes, and we're going to keep doing it."

    Queen said GM's Cobalt plant in Lords-town, Ohio, has begun building coupes. Dealers should begin seeing the vehicle this month.

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    PPSSSSTTT that next to the last saturn is technically a 4 door :mamoru:
     
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    I fucking love that little saturn convertible :noes:
     
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    I :love: the 2 doors.

    Chrysler can make the land yachts if they want to.
     
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    Chrysler has been burned pretty bad by coupes. :o
     
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    New Camaro and El Camino in 07 too. :naughty:
     
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    I wouldnt buy a 2 door.. look at the performace of Sedans now people are shying away from them
     
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    And the end of Chrysler is at hand.....damn fool.
     
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    I'd love it if they made a CTS coupe, maybe when redesign time comes around. It'd be like a mini-me XLR. :o
     
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    chyrsler is just had one of the best years in their history, the 300c is the car of the year, and they are still selling a shit load pt cruiser, lots of new cars like the crossfire, pacifica, and other shitty cars
     
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    It just doesnt make sense, why produce so many 2-door concepts then announce there is no market for coupes
     
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    Much of the two door truck market has moved towards four doors.
     
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    I would like to see Chryslers sales numbers compared to respective GM sales.
     
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    I dont like saturns that much, but that saturn curve is hot :drool:
     
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    I couldnt own a two door, people have kids are on the go, why do you think SUVs are so popular, people need room, its the younger people like OT'ers who are like 17-18 with no responsbility you cant see that 2 doors are becoming a thing of the past except on sports cars like the Vette
     
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    :eek3: what is that?
     
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    GM will have a bunch of V8, RWD sedans available starting in 2007 too, so they will be covering both preferences.
     
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    So which will get your cash Y2K, a new Charger or Magnum R/T?
     
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    oh man...

    they were gonna do a 300C coupe before :sad:
     
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    My next car will likely be a G35 (sedan) although I do like the Hemi Magnums or 300c
    I have a kid and need room. Coupes dont cut it
     
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    I'd like to see them make the Firepower concept. :noes:
     
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    they did say nearly all coupes

    this has been dissected and discussed to death on some of the mopar boards :mamoru:
     
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    I doubt the Viper is going anywhere.
     

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