Chrysler Dodge Exit NZ Market

Discussion in 'VTCoA New Zealand' started by Kiwi SRT10, Jul 20, 2020.

  1. Kiwi SRT10

    Kiwi SRT10 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    No more new Chrysler or Dodge vehicles to be sold in NZ. Detroit can't be bothered with Right Hand Drive.
    Their loss. I am sure the Korean, Japanese and European car makers will be happy. How clever are they? They can manage to make both left and right hand drive vehicles.
    At least we will still have Jeep and RAM (if you have $$$)
    GM have also done the same. Sold their European divisions Vauxhall/Opel to PSA Group then closed Holden in Australia because most of their cars were from GM Euro oops buying from opposition.
    I can see a 5 series BMW in my future
     
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    Kiwi: I feel your pain. But, speaking of pain (read on)...

    When you hear about some of these business decisions, it really makes you want to scratch your noggin.
    I worked for Chrysler when I was a kid in the mid-70s at their National Parts Depot in Red Deer Alberta, Canada.

    Periodically we would take really cool (and rare) stuff out of stock (brand new, of course) such as: Fenders, hoods (including Shakers and Air-Grabber as well as the rare 4-pin 440-6 pack hoods with the tall scoop), bumpers, Cranks, Pistons, trim items, purple-shaft cams, rear 1/4s, rods, dashes, pistol-grip shifters, 6-pack intakes, magnesium cross-rams for the 426 Hemis, etc.

    We also pulled some cool short block assemblies: 340 AAR, 426 Hemi, 440 6 pack, etc.

    Where did they go? To the loading dock where some guy would slide them onto his flatbed truck deck and the engines were treated to a pick through the side, cutting torches, sledge hammers and anything else that was handy.

    I intercepted a set of virgin 426 Hemi heads that were being SHIPPED from Montreal, across the country to Vancouver BC to be destroyed (highly efficient program they had there).That required some begging and pleading but I managed to get the pair for $700.00 and save them from a fate worse than death.

    When I asked why these parts were being destroyed the only answer that made some sense was the write-off/loss was cheaper than storing and trying to sell them. Most of these parts were for vehicles only a few years old.
     
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    Kiwi SRT10 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Yeah, there are always reasons, whether we agree with them or not is not important. We are not the owners of the company trying the best they can to survive/make a dollar. Sometimes you have to be brutal.
     
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    Man, those are jewels to find these days. What a shame, and waste of money.
     
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    Kiwi SRT10 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    The real problem for me is I really don't fit in micro Asian cars. Heads in the roof and the knees are in the dash and the headrest is in the middle of my back.
    Not what I call comfortable. I had a 2003 Jeep Cherokee/Liberty 2.8L Diesel for 11 years. That fitted me fine especially with a K&N filter a Tune, exhaust and LPG on the top of diesel 174 RWHP at 2000rpm Haven't had a Jap car for 25 years now. I try one every so often but the size is not there yet
     
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    I made some quick calculations. If the headrest is in the middle of your back, you must be 7 foot 14" tall, at least.
     
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    Kiwi SRT10 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    hey that's pretty close hahaha
    was 6'4" and a half. 125kg. little asian import cars are made for 5' 70kg. I break them
     
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    2006 smart car convertible.