Hopefully this isn't the way it ends up and its some sort of horse jockeying.
On the other hand ..............
ing the same source, but another take from AutoBlog
- is that the project has been canceled, which makes abundant sense if in fact a Chrysler merger is imminent. If a deal to merge Chrysler with either General Motors or Renault/Nissan materializes, both potential mates have V6 engines that are vastly superior to anything nestled under the hood of a Chrysler, Dodge or Jeep. Why would either automaker want to spend $3 billion for something it already has?
Yet more stupid and basically useless analysis.
You have to go beyond the pale to believe that the Phoenix engine program wouldn't result a superior powertrain familly than what GM and NR
currently have which btw, does not reflect poorly on GM OR NR in the least.
Or, just as dumb, that the Phoenix program wouldn't be likely to produce an equivalent value or possibly 'better' in terms of future programs
versus future programs.
Doubt it ?
Watch what happens if Daimler continues on with the program by themselves - and for that matter watch what happens with the Getrag DCT
program as well.
The question that has to be asked and answered is in the future what combination of engines and transmissions make the most
sense for some kind of conjoined or merged organization.
Evidently, ruthlessly reduced development funding is in the wind - big time.
Better start lovin' the one you're with because anything that isn't perceived as absolutely essential AND is far enough along - is probably gonna be
toast - from everybody.
On this one, contrary to the idiot who wrote the autoblog article, its more about future powertrains from GM and NR versus future Chrysler -
Daimler developments and what combination makes the most over all sense.
Technical merit is but one factor in that calculation - there have been plenty of business mergers where superior product in development or even in
production got left behind.
Probably the biggest driver here concerning these outstanding powertrains that were coming from Chrysler ie the DCT at program in combination
with the Phoenix V6 program is not some sort of superior merger merger strategy - nobodies even had or taken the time to develop that - it is
rather the haste
with which Cerebus is trying to get out and get the deal done - which in turn, is a story of its own.
Clearly Cerebus is in full route from Chrysler - so its simply about the future or they are effectively out of cash - or both - probably with a gun in
their back from the banks.
A useful analogy exists from the Cold War - may turn out to be true in more ways than one.
In the early 1960's, the USSR was working feverishly and at full speed in setting up Mig 21 production as well as every possible activity concerning
Chinese deployment of a batch of '21s produced in Russia - in The Peoples Republic of China.
One day, The USSR people involved were summoned to various group meetings mostly around the early break - lunch time period.
The also over simplified and muddied but still useful short version of what happened next is some were immediately put on aircraft and flown out, and some
were allowed a little time to grab a few things before they left - only due to a lack of transport AC..
Many to most personal possessions were left behind, and a great deal of technical material ( not all ) - which did include some hot bucket lunch pails as
well, in everything from technical centers to production facilities to training centers.
Within 24 hours considerably more than 2/3 s of the USSR personal were back home or on their way and although accounts differ the majority of
the rest were also within another 24 -48 hours after that.
It was literally almost as if they vanished - and all they really did was get their 1,000s of people home - didn't hand off or directly spike the program large - by much etc.
Now, accounts do differ as to when exactly all this happened or really when it started to happen, but the time event that everything was centered
around is not in dispute in the least.
China surprised everyone, and tested their first atomic explosive device.
So the point is, large organizations do not move this hastily and wastefully unless something big has either already happened, or they expect it to, or both.