Letters: Correction, New Chrysler Names

Listeners offer suggestions for a new name for bankrupt automaker Chrysler, and there is a correction to a story from Friday. Michele Norris and Robert Siegel read from listeners' comments.

Copyright © 2009 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required.

MICHELE NORRIS, host:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Michele Norris.

ROBERT SIEGEL, host:

And I'm Robert Siegel.

And now your letters. And we start with a correction to a story that aired Friday about retiring Supreme Court Justice David Souter.

We said that he wrote the Court's five-to-three ruling striking down as excessive, a $2.5-billion punitive damage award against Exxon for a massive oil spill in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.

Well, as listener Ellie Boyce(ph) of Boulder, Colorado points out, Prudhoe Bay is almost 700 miles away and in a completely different ocean from the actual location of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound.

NORRIS: Also on Friday, our coverage of Chrysler seeking bankruptcy protection ended with this question. If the Detroit icon survives bankruptcy as part of a deal with Italian automaker Fiat, would the new company change its name, and if so, what should it be called?

Many of you sent in suggestions, some funny, some downright angry.

Jeremy Albred(ph) of Ann Arbor, Michigan, is still smarting from his last Chrysler experience. He writes, here's the only new name that will get me to consider buying one. We're sorry for designing that 1997 Chrysler Cirrus that gave you so many expensive headaches.

(Soundbite of laughter)

SIEGEL: It has a nice ring to it.

Dan Durishon(ph) of Latrobe, Pennsylvania had fun with the idea, and he couldn't pass up the chance to take a dig at the Obama administration. He writes: Automobama Motors(ph), of course. Buy an Automobama. You'll be paying on it for years.

NORRIS: Mick Cranston(ph) of Eugene, Oregon, and Matthew Eyadorola(ph) of Los Angeles also worked the president into their idea. Both wrote in with the exact same suggestion: Fiab, short for Fix it Again, Barack.

SIEGEL: Kim Davis(ph) of Knoxville, Tennessee suggests Falbatross(ph). Bradley Walker(ph) of Larksville, Pennsylvania likes the name Haven't We Tried This Before, Inc.

NORRIS: And Dale Newton(ph) of Stillwater, Minnesota, writes, in response to your request for name suggestions for the merged Chrysler and Fiat companies, it seems that the obvious choice is Fiat Accompli.

SIEGEL: We also got a few optimistic visions for a new and improved Chrysler brand.

Confessor Torres(ph) of Elizabeth, New Jersey suggests Phoenix Motors, and writes, their new logo will be a winged bird, rising from the flames, holding American and Italian flags in its beak and that their first joint car should be named the Esperanza.

NORRIS: And finally, the name that was by far the most-suggested…

(Soundbite of drum roll)

Fiasco.

SIEGEL: Well, if you think the new Chrysler will rise from the ashes or simply crash and burn, or if there's something else on our program that caught your attention, we'd like to hear from you. You can write to us by going to npr.org. Click on contact us.

Copyright © 2009 NPR. All rights reserved. No quotes from the materials contained herein may be used in any media without attribution to NPR. This transcript is provided for personal, noncommercial use only, pursuant to our Terms of Use. Any other use requires NPR's prior permission. Visit our permissions page for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Please be aware that the authoritative record of NPR's programming is the audio.

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.