This is unsettling for Brad Joseph, general manager of Oliver C. Joseph Inc., a Dodge and Chrysler dealer in Belleville.Joseph
spent $6.5 million to move his
third-generation, family-run dealership into a new facility in 2006.He
spared no expense in investing in the dealership's future, even installing a fireplace in the showroom and attaching to it a restored 1927 railroad passenger car for use as a conference room.
dealership carries only two of Chrysler's
three lines, Joseph
was not searching to buy a Jeep franchise.But he
wouldn't mind adding a Jeep franchise for the right price.
is happy with the current state of the company and its newest products.Chrysler
debuted three new or redesigned products in the last few months to mostly positive reviews - the Dodge Ram pickup, the Dodge Journey crossover and a Dodge Challenger sport coupe.
is concerned about the company's future product lineup.Joseph
usually has concept photos or at least descriptions of new vehicles two years before the models reach his
After meeting with Chrysler
executives this month in San Francisco at the National Automobile Dealers Association conference, he
still doesn't know what new vehicles he'll be selling come 2010.
"Beyond what's coming this fall, I really don't know what (vehicles are) coming next," Joseph
said."That frightens me more than the dealership consolidations."
came away from the meeting impressed with the company's leadership.
"I've got a lot of confidence in the future," he