Illustration for article titled What Stays, What Goes And What Changes In A GM-Chrysler Tie-Up?

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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