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Bob Lutz On Tesla: "I believe the whole house of cards is going to collapse."& ...from a thread about the new Jeep Compass
Road & Track magazine sorry, no webLink provided
October, 2016; Page 110
Question to Bob Lutz: Do you think Elon Musk has his sights set on a bigger game than car manufacturing? That he may view Tesla as a first step on the road to becoming a supplier of electricity via widespread Supercharger stations?
Answer from Lutz: Contrary to the Musk-besotted faithful, I believe the whole house of cards is going to collapse. Model S sales have slowed dramatically in recent months. The model X appears to refuse to let itself be built. The battery Gigafactory is a white elephant, and at press time, Tesla has announced a deal to buy the cash-hemorrhaging SolarCity, putting two gigantic money eaters together and hastening the ultimate catastrophe. I don't know what Musk's megastrategy is or if he even has one. Two things are sure: He knows how to enthuse people and get their money, and he doesn't have a clue about actually running a car company.
wondering aboutLooks like FCA's focus is solely on Fiat, Alfa, Jeep and Maserati. It is obviously letting Dodge and Chrysler starve so it can eventually kill both brands. I have no idea what it may decide to do to the Ram brand (which looks like was turned into a brand only so FCA could euthanize Dodge). Idk... Marchionne may decide to sell Ram...Chrysler 300 replacement has been put on hold indefinitely.
As of today, Dodge is getting a trio of Charger-based vehicles: the Charger, the Challenger, and a dedicated convertible supposedly using another heritage Plymouth name. They're also getting a new Durango and Journey. All five vehicles are based on the RWD architecture of Alfa Romeo.
Of course, this could all change tomorrow...