In another thread on RWD, Brian McGreevy posted:
"Mercedes is not Chrysler and the parts shared are only a couple percent depending on the model. It is Infinity and Nissan that share approximately 90% of the non-cosmetic parts."
I thought I had read otherwise, which prompted some research, and I found the following article on the Chrysler Crossfire (which, BTW, I think is a great looking car..and yes, it is indeed RWD...with HUGE tires) in Road & Track, dated July 2003:
According to this article, which may or may not be correct, the Crossfire has "Benz bones and powertrain", a 3.2-liter Mercedes V-6, the same platform as the SLK class roadster, suspension pieces from Stuttgart, with the upper control arms from a previous-generation E-class sedan, and the lower from the C-class sedan and SLK, multilink rear suspension form the SLK, and the SLK 320's brakes.
In addition it uses the recircualting-ball steeering system used in the SLK, and the transmission is the SLK's as are some of the controls.
Basically, they sum up by saying that the Crossfire is a Mercedes SLK in dressed-down form, only $11,000 less...with technology that is about to be made obsolete by the new SLK.
IMO, this seems to me to be Benz with a Chrysler name..or is it the other way around?? And..will they soon all be one and the same?