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Diamond Star plant to see life again?

In 1988, Chrysler and Mitsubishi built a jointly owned plant in Normal, Illinois to build coupe variants of the Mitsubishi Galant. “Diamond Star Motors” was run by Mitsubishi, building Mitsubishi-engineered cars, and eventually Chrysler withdrew from it, still selling Mitsubishi-made Dodges, Eagles, and Plymouths for some time.

Sales eventually slowed to a trickle, and Mitsubishi left in May. The last car was the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport,

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One more last chance to order a new Dodge Viper

Production of the Dodge Viper was stopped back on October 7. While it wasn’t official, many people expected that the last Viper built back in October would be the final 2017 Viper – but while speaking with the Detroit News, Dodge boss Tim Kuniskis effectively announced that production of Detroit’s only supercar* will restart before the end of 2016.

Kuniskis explained that when production was halted back on October 7,

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Giulia overlaps Chrysler, Dodge

Today, Alfa Romeo announced their US pricing for the Giulia, their first new car in North America aside from the limited-production 4C. There’s some potential for competition with Dodge and Chrysler: the base four-cylinder Giulia starts at $37,995 (C$48,995 in Canada).  Just $2,000 more — in the US or Canada — buys the Ti model. All wheel drive also costs $2,000 more in either country.

The base engine is a new 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with direct injection, 

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Where’s the PUG?

It’s now literally been years since we first talked about PUG, the Pentastar engine UpGrade. It’s still coming, even after an initial set of improvements to Chrysler’s sole V6 — which is also, heavily modified, used by Maserati.

The Pentastar is competitive as is, with up to 305 horsepower and 268 pound-feet of torque coupled with good economy, but there are still improvements to make, including adding direct injection.

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Saltillo silvered

The Saltillo South Engine Plant, which makes Pentastar V6 engines, has gained silver status in the World Class Manufacturing system. It is the fourth North American plant to hit the milestone, along with Dundee Engine (four-cylinders), Toledo (Cherokee and Wrangler), and Windsor (minivans). Trenton and Mack Avenue, which also make the Pentastar, is still on bronze.

AMP version.

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Pacifica hybrid: high on gasoline, too

The actual gas mileage numbers for Chrysler’s Pacifica Hybrid minivan weren’t ready until after production started — but we have them now.

The company already reported that the EPA figure for running on electricity was 84 MPGe, around 5% higher than Chrysler’s estimate. The total range is 33 miles on electricity alone. So what if you want to drive the full 570 miles you get on a full tank and battery?

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New Challenger GT: four wheels a-rockin’

The Dodge Challenger GT AWD, billed as “the world’s first and only all-wheel drive muscle coupe,” is now official.

The 305-horsepower 2017 Dodge Challenger GT  is only sold with the V6 engine, with a base price of $34,490. Production starts in January, and the car should be at dealerships nationwide by March.

The Pentastar V6 engine is tuned for 305 horsepower at 6,350 rpm in the Challenger,

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