July 11, 2007

Come On, Now. Chrysler Still Rulz.

Every brand that wants to survive this decade has to produce at least one econo-box. The question is, what will the American variant of this one do? My Cotillion sisters tell me that even a Neon—provided it was made by Chrysler, rather than a distant-cousin manufacturer—had that same immediate power I've become addicted to in the Cruiser: everything the car had available was right there, right now. She was able to out-accelerate much more expensive cars, such as Porsches.

And, of course, so am I. I can hold my own against a beamer these days, unless he or she is an awfully good driver.

But I really like fucking with the college-age youts—I let the kids in their souped up Jap imports show me up on the interchanges, and then when we hit the open freeway, I sort of ignore them, move left, and slide by. Their tattoos and whatnot don't help them. They still get to watch the girl spurt off to their left with in a 2.4 four-banger that seems to perform like a V-6 on speed. The driver—invariably a 22-year-old with an oversized black earring in his left ear—generally seems chagrined.

I still think the Daimler thing was a bad fit, so I have high hopes for the new owners. After all, they might just let a MoPar be a MoPar. What could be better than that?

I'm trying to move A the H in the direction of the Chrysler 300, rather than the Lexus he's flirting with. I'm really terrifically subtle, though, so I doubt that he's noticed the working of my gentle mind-rays . . .

My ex used to tell me that "Subtlety" was my "first, last, and middle name." You can see immediately that it would take terrific mental discipline to resist my benificent, yet persistent, will.

Aw, come on, Honey: I'm right about this one. It had to happen sometime, you know.

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Posted by: caltechgirl at July 11, 2007 10:16 AM

So... what color is the 300? The man never had a chance did he?

Posted by: RWB at July 11, 2007 03:45 PM

Aren't cars more than transportation in the Hollywood entertainment industry? Remember the people making decisions wouldn't know "good" and "quality" if they bit them on the ass.

The Lexus is already the "entry level" luxury car with the Hollywood crowd. Owning one says you might have a restrained, practical side. A Lexus means you may be down to Earth. The 300 means you're down and out. People that can't recognize quality rely on other "tells." They hire who they think are already successful-- less explaining to do if the project falls flat. In a 'bidness' where $200/week waiters/actor-wannabees lease a Mercedes or BMW, I'd give this a lot of consideration. Perceived success begets more success.

Posted by: Darrell at July 11, 2007 06:01 PM

"Entry-level" and "luxury" go together like "budget" and "caviar." Maybe it's important in Hollywood to pay $40k for what is essentially a Camry with a better stereo; I continue to believe that an ounce of performance is worth a kilogram of image.

Posted by: CGHill at July 12, 2007 03:26 PM

The 300C AWD does have adjustable pedals and pedal memory...Bet that would benefit somebody.

Posted by: Darrell at July 12, 2007 06:07 PM

I'm shocked at the implication, here.

Posted by: Attila Girl at July 12, 2007 11:49 PM

:-) Just saying. . .

That does benefit BOTH of you, after all. I'm sure Suze Orman recommends using somebody else's car as a coping mechanism for those pesky high-gas prices.

Posted by: Darrell at July 13, 2007 05:48 AM

Or to get even with punks that can deliver in those freeway competitions.

Posted by: Darrell at July 13, 2007 05:51 AM

At this exact moment, I think we're even in terms of overpaying for gas--or we would be, if I didn't make a point of driving the Saturn once or twice a week in order to keep it running well enough to sell.

In terms of performance, I seem to hold the winning hand, though the husband's car SHOULD win. I've decided it isn't a question of the time it takes to access the power in a V6; I think that the first round of engineering on the Saturn LS was performed by dorks who had just finished working on Tauruses, or whatever. That is, they targeted the car to a different demographic.

The trick is to remedy that when the husband trades up. He's likely to still go for a sedan, and he'll probably want a large-ish one. And since he doesn't care what his cohorts in the entertainment industry think, he won't be getting a Prius or an SUV (unless we get a cabin in the woods this year or something).

So it's a balance of safety, reliability, reasonable fuel economy, and a bit of actual, you know—power.

I'm going to handle this. All he has to do is write brilliant scripts, and I'll do the rest. Then I'll decide what he wants, and go through the tedious process of persuading him that it was all his idea to begin with.

The burdens we bear on the distaff side . . .!

Posted by: Attila Girl at July 13, 2007 11:35 PM

I hope all that is in the State of the Patriarchy Report for 2007. And women wonder why men rent exotic cars when they are on the road. . .

Posted by: Darrell at July 14, 2007 12:52 PM

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