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Public Opinion: Ford up – GM, Chysler down after Obama bailout

Survey results released on Sunday from Rasmussen Reports shows that the bailout of GM and Chrysler has left the bailed-out with a poor public image while Ford, the only major American car maker not to take public money, is enjoying rising popularity.

When 1,000 people were asked if they viewed each of the car makers as very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable or very unfavorable, Ford came out strong.

44% of respondents said they looked favorably upon Ford, while only 12% and 13% said the same of Chrysler and GM respectively. When looking at all positive responses, 78% of responses were positive for Ford, 54% for GM and 43% for Chrysler.

The unfavorables are equally as enlightening. Ford saw only 13% unfavorable ratings, GM 45% and Chrysler 43%.

The assumption would be that the bailouts hurt the car companies that took them, but why work from assumption? The survey then asked respondents how the bailouts affect their impressions of the big three.

The President and V.P. have been out campaigning hard on the auto bailout. On Sunday the President used his weekly address to remind Americans that it was a major achievement. 55% of respondents said that the bailouts were a bad idea. 57% said it made them more likely to buy a Ford and 52% said it made them less likely to buy a car from GM. 17% said they knew someone that bought a Ford simply because the automaker did not take tax payer money to weather the recession.

Perhaps the auto bailout is not something the President should be touting so loudly.

Chrysler Group LLC Introduces Chrysler 200 Super S by Mopar

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Jan. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ —

  • 2012 Chrysler 200 sedan modified using Mopar parts and accessories
  • Stage One appearance package amplifies refined styling of Chrysler 200
  • Stage Two amplifies performance with coil-over suspension, cold-air intake and cat-back exhaust
  • Mopar package will be available on Chrysler 200S sedans in 2012

Chrysler Group LLC’s Mopar brand set its sights on the 2012 Chrysler 200. The Chrysler 200 Super S by Mopar is a rolling showcase for the latest Mopar exterior parts that will be available for the 200 sedan in 2012. The Chrysler 200 Super S by Mopar will debut at the 2012 North American International Auto Show.

“The Super S is Mopar’s interpretation of the Chrysler 200,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand. “The extensive list of high-quality Mopar parts enhances the performance and appearance of our Chrysler 200.”

For Stage One, Mopar’s long list of modifications starts at the front of the car with a large chin spoiler, satin chrome fog light trim, satin chrome grille surround and mesh in the upper and lower grilles. The upper grille is gloss black with a recessed Chrysler wing badge.

Body sides feature new side sills, satin chrome belt molding, black chrome “200” badges and gray or hyper black 18-inch “S” alloy wheels.

From the rear view, the new look is capped off by a new trunk lid spoiler, satin chrome light bar and a matte black lower diffuser with attached exhaust openings.

Stage Two adds performance with a coil-over suspension, which also lowers the center of gravity for the vehicle. In addition, Stage Two includes a cold-air intake and cat-back exhaust.

This Mopar package on the Chrysler 200 Super S will be available on Chrysler 200S later in 2012. Mopar’s Chrysler 200 Super S will be one of many Mopar-modified vehicles that will debut during the 2012 auto show season.

Made in the USA Foundation Files FTC Complaints Against Chrysler and Ford for Misleading Ads

WASHINGTON, Oct. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ –The Made in the USA Foundation has filed two complaints with the Federal Trade Commission against U.S. auto manufacturers (Ford and Chrysler) for misleading ads, claiming certain vehicles were made in the United States when they were actually imported.

The Foundation filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission against Chrysler Corporation for its television and print ads for the Chrysler 300.  The tagline of the ad states, “Imported from Detroit.”  Joel D. Joseph, general counsel to the Foundation said, “The ads are clever, but they are false.  The Chrysler 300 is made in Canada.  The Chrysler 300 is assembled in Brampton, Ontario, Canada and often includes a Mexican-made engine.  Last time I checked, Detroit is not in Canada.  Chrysler is flat wrong to imply the Chrysler 300 is made in the United States and we have asked the FTC to order corrective advertising.”

The complaint against Ford is for a radio advertisement for the Ford Fusion.  The ad states that the Fusion is an American car.  Joseph said, ” The Fusion is made in Mexico, and is not an American car.  The Ford ad misleads and confuses the public and we have asked the Federal Trade Commission to stop the ads.”

The Made in the USA Foundation has also alleged that Chrysler and Ford have stripped country-of-origin information off of these and other cars at the New York, Washington, Detroit and Los Angeles Auto Shows.  Joseph said, “Chrysler and Ford are intentionally misleading consumers by implying all of their vehicles are Made in the USA, when they are not.  To add to their wrongdoing Chrysler and Ford have removed country of origin labels from their car windows at auto shows where millions of consumers get their first look at many new cars.”

The Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 1989 and dedicated to promoting American-made products.  Although its initial funding was provided the Ford Motor Company, the Foundation will object when Ford violates the law.