G.M. May Produce S.U.V. For Chrysler
Chrysler, whose lineup is weighted heavily toward S.U.V.'s, pickups and minivans, has talked about building a large S.U.V. for more than 20 years. But it has not been able to find a way to justify the expense of developing one. G.M. builds the Tahoe, as well as a sister vehicle, the G.M.C. Yukon.
"It's ironic that both of them are in financial trouble because they're too dependent on big vehicles, and now they're talking about doing a big vehicle together," says Kevin Smith, editorial director of Edmunds.com.
S.U.V. sales have fallen since 2002, especially after gasoline prices spiked above $3 a gallon in 2005 and 2006. Still, auto companies say there is a market for big S.U.V.'s, especially for buyers with large families and those who use them for business.