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Back at the Mercedes dealership, sales manager said he had been getting ribbed for two days about the merger. His upscale pals had been teasing him in the gym. Some had been making prank phone calls, asking about that vulgar form of transport known as minivans, the things that Chrysler makes. Victor recognized their voices.
“I told them to give me a nonrefundable $5,000 deposit and I’d see if I could find them a Mercedes minivan, and they hung up,” he said, laughing.
Victor and Hutchinson had Mont Blanc pens in their pockets and Rolex watches on their wrists. Seven blocks away, at the Chrysler dealership, it was Parker pens and Seikos.
Chrysler sales manager said there was nothing wrong with a Mercedes, not exactly, but that Chrysler was doing Mercedes a favor by allowing itself to be associated with it.
“They didn’t buy us,” he said, shaking his head. “We’re equals.”
The world wants minivans and trucks, he said, and Chrysler makes them. Mercedes joined up with Chrysler to get into the minivan and truck business. No, Chrysler will not lose its head and start selling six figure cars. Chrysler will stay true to its roots. Floor mats are optional,
now and forever.
At the Rolls Royce dealership on Van Ness Avenue, sales manager laughed when asked whether the Volkswagens had arrived yet.
Mergers are good for business, he said, and the CEOs can do what they want. But a Volkswagen will never be parked in the Rolls showroom, not on his shift.
“If you were a Brit, you would say, ‘Oh my god, there goes Rolls Royce, there goes our pride and joy,’ ” Gold said. “But there are a lot of things that a Volkswagen has that we could really use.”
Pressed for an example, however, Gold said he couldn’t think of one.
The Volkswagen dealers said they were too busy pushing their red hot, back from the dead Beetles to worry about such a stodgy thing as a Rolls Royce. And it was pointed out that, for the price of one top of the line stuffy old Rolls, you could buy 30 cute Beetles, give or take a Beetle.
Once it was stressful to visit an automobile sales floor. This week, in a car world gone topsy turvy,
more than one shopper is discovering that it can be soothing to listen to the sales pitch and find that life goes on as before.