Whatever the reason for the delayed production of the CRD, I am starting to suspect that this is going to be a whole PR mess for Chrysler.
First, Chrysler has been pumping publicity about the engine since last year.
Second, Chrysler already gave the journalists a test drive a few months ago; most of them giving great reviews.
Third, the non-CRD 2014 models have already been streaming into the dealers' lots.
Fourth, a high Chrysler executive has announced that the CRD will be available to purchase in weeks.
At least with Apple, you know when you'll start lining up in front of the stores. This constant rumors and delays will just turn potential CRD customers to other products. Add the "short run" rumor to the mix and people will start feeling disgusted.
Huh, maybe they actually want customers to clear up the Hemi inventory?
As for me, the Ford Explorer and MB 350 are looking nicer and nicer.