The Dodge Tomahawk. Executive Arrogance. Micheline's Prophecy.

In lieu of Chrysler's new board, last night I wandered through their media site, looking for something interesting. Remember the 2003 Dodge Tomahawk concept? Powered by the Viper engine, it's the only Chrysler concept without a steering wheel.

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The Tomahawk went 0-60 in 2.5 seconds and hit a top speed of 420 screaming mph

I came across a speech given in October 2003 by Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chrysler's CEO. Addressing the Chief Executives' Club of Boston, he sneers:

"There’s … a new book out, written by a “New York Times” auto industry reporter, with the title, 'The End of Detroit.' According to the publisher, the author boldly predicts that by the end of the decade … and I quote … “One of the American car makers will no longer exist in its present form.” It’s as if the Oracle of Delphi speaks to us from the shelves of Barnes & Noble!"

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Not street legal, Chrysler referred to the polished billet aluminum beast as a 'rolling sculpture'

For the record, the sacred prophetic site was the oracle of Apollo at Delphi.

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The Tomahawk weighed 1,500 lbs and only had room for a 3.25 gallon tank

The book Dr. Dieter's referring to was distinguished Detroit-based writer Micheline Maynard's gripping "The End of Detroit: How the Big Three Lost Their Grip on the American Car Market." The actual text reads:

"Indeed, there is a strong chance that by the end of this decade, at least one of Detroit's Big Three will not continue in the same form that it is in now."

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Chrysler reportedly sold nine Tomahawks through Neiman Marcus, at $550,000 each

The oracle of Micheline at 8 Mile clarified her point in an Interview with BookReporter.com two days after that speech:

"… One won't survive in its present form. That means a restructuring, i.e., job cuts, plant closings and streamlining, or at the most extreme, a [Chapter 11] bankruptcy."

Enough said.

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