September 3, 1954 - Donald has returned from his month long holiday in Gasmea. After spending just over 30 days in the most prosperous country in the world and driving some of the best cars that Gasmean automakers had to offer, Donald is now disappointed driving his Tiger to the Nassau offices. He now understands why his roadster is struggling so much in the market. It is completely and totally outclassed by the Gasmeans and barely manages to be competitive with what other Fruinian companies offer.
His disappointment turns to anger after a brief meeting with his son Robert. Robert, having just gotten the sales reports for August again pleaded with his father to approve engineering a replacement for the Metropolitan. Sales of all three versions of the chassis are down 3,400 units from the previous year and 4,400 from its best month ever. Donald doesn’t want to hear it and tells Robert that the Tiger will be replaced instead.
Again, Robert argues that replacing the company’s marquee vehicle should be a priority; especially now as sales are falling and the car has been surpassed by the competition. Donald counters that the Metropolitan is still a perfectly acceptable car and will continue to sell well enough, especially with the possibility of the Archanan market opening up in the next year or two. Donald wants a competent sports car to bring some prestige to the brand.
Begrudgingly, Robert leaves his fathers office and gets his team to work on a replacement for the Tiger.
In other news, work continues on our new factories at the North Versailles site. This factory will be used to build our new commercial vehicle, which we expect to hit the market around the end of 1955.
Also, we’ve gotten the tune of our new A24-4C completed. The engine makes 84 horsepower at 3,700rpm and 131 ft lbs of torque at 2,200rpm. Things are shaping up for this to be a very good vehicle.