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What Stays, What Goes And What Changes In A GM-Chrysler Tie-Up?

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The shocking news that talks on a potential GM-Chrysler merger are ongoing (and that GM sought out Ford first) got us thinking about the product lines of the two merging companies — you know, if this even happens, of course. But we've all seen it before. Two people move in together and stuff has to go. You don't need two coffee tables. You don't need two sets of cutlery. You don't need two Rain Dogs LPs. Given the market and recent performance it's clear that they can't carry on two separate lines. But what stays and what goes? We think GM platforms are going to have an advantage given that they're generally newer, more popular and shared with the General's overseas brands (Opel, Holden, et cetera). Also, numerous Chrysler vehicles are based on platforms developed with Mitsubishi a billion years ago. This isn't to say that Chrysler doesn't have some things going for it. We like Chrysler minivans and what's not to love about Jeep that couldn't be corrected by axing a few models? You are the product planner, what gets a starring role in a new company and what gets the hook? QOTD is your chance to answer the day's most pressing automotive questions and experience the opinions of the insightful insiders, practicing pundits and gleeful gearheads that make up the Jalopnik commentariat. If you've got a suggestion for a good "Question Of The Day" send an email to tips at jalopnik dot com.)


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The Wreck of General Motors

The legend lives on from Wayne County on down

Of the big makes they call General Motors

The company, it is said, has been given up for dead

When the economies of October turn gloomy.

With a falling stock price - despite products that are nice

The General needed protecting from Kerkorian

GM good and and true was a bone to be chewed

When the calls for repayment came early

GM was the pride of the American side

Calling its headquarters Detroit

As the big companies go it was bigger than most

With a burden of pensions and health care.

They looked cross the street - and with Ford they did meet

To determine if they could be partners

But Ford had no cash and so the talks didn't last

And so GM went to the houses of Walter.

Now Chrysler's in dire straits Like GM is these days

And like waves braking over the railing

Of a ship taking on waters and so gone,

From the radar screens of car buyers.

The dawn came late and the breakfast had to wait

When the negotiations they came heated

When afternoon came they talked again

But they couldn't come to agreement

When supper time came they agreed on a name

For the company that would combine them

At 7PM they announced it and then

From here on out they'd be General Dodgers

As reported by some and to make a man glum

Our industry's now in recession

What once was mighty is now quite wee

Evidence the wreck of General Motors.

Does anyone know where the love of God goes

When the words turn the minutes to hours

The employment line, it grows all of the time

And still we're all buying us Camrys.

Honda rolls, Porsche sings

In the ruins of their foreign nations

Memories of muscle cars steam in young men's dreams,

But these are all but for few men.

And farther below Hyundai does grow

And sends more jobs to Korea

When never again do we build cars our men

Will only have fast-food careers.

And on this day in Detroit they pray

In the hall of the U-A-W

The church bell will chime, 'til it rings one million times

For each man who has lost his earnings

The legend lives on from Wayne County on down

Of the big makes they called General Motors

The company, it is said, was already dead

When the economies of October turn gloomy.

Apologies to Gordon Lightfoot