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Key Chrysler product developer Donoughe quits

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Key Chrysler product developer Donoughe quits
Company denies there was clash with senior management

Bradford Wernle
Automotive News
March 25, 2008 - 7:34 pm ET

DETROIT -- Barely two months after being named to a key Chrysler product development post, one of Chrysler's top vehicle engineers has left the company.

On Tuesday, Mike Donoughe resigned his position heading Chrysler's top secret Project D, which was developing a new global mid-size car platform to replace the Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Avenger. He had just been named to the post in January. Citing unnamed sources, The Wall Street Journal reported Donoughe left the company after clashing with senior management.

In a prepared statement, Chrysler denied there was any clash.

The company made several changes in its product development department following Donoughe's departure.

Mark Chernoby was appointed to replace Donoughe as vice president and chief engineer for Chrysler's future mid-size product team.

James Issner replaced Chernoby as vice president of core components, process and international engineering.

Louis Rhodes was named vice president of advance vehicle engineering. He adds that title to his responsibilities at ENVI, Chrysler's internal unit responsible for electric cars and other advanced propulsion systems.
Donoughe, 49, was regarded as one of Chrysler's most talented engineers and had worked on both front- and rear drive vehicle programs. He did a two year stint in Stuttgart as director of passenger car development for Mercedes-Benz when Chrysler and Mercedes were owned by DaimlerChrysler AG.

Chrysler has made the development of a global mid-size car platform a key priority in its restructuring efforts. The current company's current mid-size cars, the Sebring and Avenger, have been critically panned and have failed to meet sales expectations.
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The smart ones leaving the sink ship. I was out yesterday looking for a new car for the wife. I talked to more than a few dealers and all of them felt that Chrysler. Will be gone in the next few years. Sad Or cut up and sold to other Companies. Only time well tell. I was looking for mid size car ( the wife wrecked her Stang last week). Sad but true the Sebring's just don't look very good. And both the Avenger and Sebring's have cheap looking seat's and interiors. More than likely i am leaning torwards then Hyundai Sonata. The new 09's have great looking interiors and good looking bodies. 5 speed autos for both I4's and V-6's with Shiftonic. Way more safety features, good MPG,and better Warranty. And at a low price. Chrysler needs to get on the stick with a new mid size family car.

Mine 2012 Black Challenger SXT. Hers 2005 Red V-6 Mustang, the Son 1997 Red Plymouth Breeze
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Who knows at this point. I think along the lines of Spook but so many industry insiders think they are on the way to be better off than ever. I guess it's hard to see it right now but I hope they are right. Sigh...
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