What Would You Do?
I often read press releases and news article about what Chrysler/Jeep (Fiat) has planned for future Wranglers, Grand Cherokees, and other platforms donning the "Jeep" logo.
Although incorporating new technologies into Jeeps is not always a bad thing, I sometimes wonder if the big automakers really take into consideration the everyday Joe or Jane who would love to have something a little (or a lot) different than what the company presents to the masses.
When searching for a new Jeep or any other new vehicle today the potential customer usually finds various "packages" or, using the telecommunications ads, "bundling" options.
A few years ago I went into a Ford dealership (just for grins) to look at the new Mustangs. There on the showroom floor was a beautiful, fully loaded, convertible, V8, high performance, anniversary special...with a corresponding special (read high) price tag.
Out of curiosity I asked the salesperson if I could get the same Mustang without
power door locks, power windows, anti-theft system, super stereo system, custom wheels, automatic transmission, etc.
While he stammered around...I went on to ask him if I could order a basic model the way I wanted from the factory, since they obviously had nothing similar available at the dealership.
He finally said I could get what I wanted, BUT...it would cost more
to order a basic simple model than the super loaded package deal he had sitting on the showroom floor.
That's when I realized that if we as customers want a vehicle to be simplified and not "bundled" we end up paying MORE for Less.
I understand that the automakers see more profit in packaging/bundling options, but in my opinion the customer often has to settle on options he/she does not want or need...and still pay a darned high price.
So, after that trip down the rabbit trail I ask you this question:
If you could change anything about new Jeeps to attract more potential customers...What Would You Do?
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