We're heard all sorts of convoluted conspiracy theories about what DaimlerChrysler might really be up to with this whole "Chrysler either is or is not for sale" flag running up and down the pole. But by far our favorite comes today from the car-guys over at Jalopnik. According to the Jalopnikistas, Daimler-Chrysler CEO might not want to sell Chrysler at all. It's just a stunt to pacify his board of directors.
Or something. Here's how Jalopnik explains the scheme:
With so few parties seemingly interested in buying the 'merican side of the German-American hybrid outright, why would DaimlerChrysler CEO Dieter Zetsche be so interested in not selling it off chunk by badge-engineered chunk?
...it's because Dr. Z isn't actually all that interested in seeing the group he once helmed sold off at a yard sale? Pardon us for speculatin' sentimentally here, but we've heard the king teutonic knight has a bit of a soft spot for his old stomping grounds in Auburn Hills. We know the kids and the little lady certainly seem to like it state-side, and it'd be a shame to have to pack up the house and move everyone back to Stuttgart permanently. But in all seriousness (or however serious we get), maybe Dr. Z's using this as a play to keep the board at bay, while he gives Tom "Slim-Faster, dammit!" LaSorda time to make cuts and level the boat again.