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2009 Dodge Challenger Convertible Sent To The Scrap Heap

Posted in auto industry, Car Tech, Cars, Chrysler, Dodge, muscle cars, Newsworthy by Suzanne Denbow | October 8th, 2008 | 2 Responses |

2009 Dodge Challenger Drop-Top

Today, Chrysler announced that, contrary to earlier plans, they will not be offering a convertible option for the 2009 Dodge Challenger. The announcement follows yesterday’s similar announcement by cash-strapped Detroit brethren, GM, that plans for a mid-engined C7 Corvette were scrapped for going over budget. According to Mike Accavetti, director of brand marketing for Dodge, the reason for Chrysler’s decision was twofold: a direct result of Detroit’s current economic situation as well as engineering discrepancies. “We considered a convertible when we were developing Challenger, but the extra weight needed to beef up the car when the top was removed was too much of a penalty,” Accavitti explained to Kicking Tires. “And that was with a manual soft-top. A power-retractable hardtop would add even more weight.” Accavetti also explained that a convertible Challenger would have been a niche market vehicle, and given Detroit’s current financial woes, it’d be next to impossible for Chrysler to recoup the cost of development.

[Source: LeftLaneNews]

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  1. Robbie Pierce says:

    I have been saving and skimping for the Camaro Convertable for 2 years. Now it’s scrapped. My husband likes the Challenger. It, TOO, is scrapped. Ok….so I have to buy a Mustang convertable. Found On Road Dead. I’m SICK over this crap. Some of us spend our $$$ on cars because we inherited JUNKIE houses that are rent/payment free. My HEART is broken……..and, at 52 years old, that’s a lot of time invested for NOTHING. GEE, THANKS, O’DUMMY!!!!!! :(:(:(:(:( I think I’ll write George W. an email and ask him for the $$$. No, I’ll write OPRAH. She wanted the man….oops…I forgot….I’m not in the correct category!!!!! :(:(:(