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Toledo upgrades mean furloughs

The Toledo Blade reported that around 3,200 workers will be furloughed, or temporarily laid off, while the $700 million Toledo plant renovation and retooling takes place. The changeover could take up to six months, as one of two Toledo plants switches from making unibody, front-drive-based Cherokees to body-on-frame, rear-drive-based Wranglers.

After the workers are brought back, in waves (as production ramps up), the company expects to hire 700 more people. 

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Truth and fiction: Demon power rumors

There are lots of numbers being thrown around in the search for 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon horsepower and torque figures;   some outlets are insisting they have the “official” numbers. Today, we look at these rumored power numbers and whether they could be real hints of the Demon’s output, or just random numbers in marketing materials which are throwing everyone off the trail.

There are no official power numbers for the new Demon,

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Demon sends 35% more launch force to the tires

The next pieces of the puzzle which will eventually reveal the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon were rolled out this morning. This week, we are discussing the tires, gears and torque convertor of the upcoming Mopar monster – all of which work together to help the Demon put 35% more torque to the ground on launch.

We learned a few weeks back that the 2018 Challenger Demon will be fitted with 315/40R18 Nitto NT05R drag radial tires on lightweight 18X11 inch wheels.

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Could PSA-Opel go back to GM-FCA?

FCA leader Sergio Marchionne has made no bones about want to merge with the giant General Motors, now under the capable control of engineer Mary Barra after years of wandering at sea. Eventually, the FCA CEO gave up, and said FCA was making all its plans under the “no-merge” assumption.

But could the sale of GM’s European operation, Opel Vauxhall, end that? Possibly.

That assumes,

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Where’s the Hemi going?

The Hemi engine is at the core of Dodge’s reputation and credibility today.  As Dodge has gotten more and more muscular, the Hemi has become more important — but what of the rumors that the Hemi is being dropped in 2018?

Allpar has heard from several sources who agreed that the 5.7 Hemi is slated to leave production next year. Hundreds of thousands of the V8s are being built for storage and sale in the meantime,

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AN: dealers vs FCA

Automotive News today wrote about two conflicts between FCA and its car dealers. The first covers protests filed individually by over twenty Fiat and Alfa Romeo dealerships, following a rewrite of their franchise agreements in December 2016.  The main points of contention are facility requirements, FCA’s obligation to supply vehicles, the possibility of third parties “branded merchandise,” and moving some definitions of dealership obligations to a set of manuals maintained by FCA itself (rather than being in the contracts.)

The other conflict is arising around plans to add 380 dealerships within the US,

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Mopar scores in Pomona

Mopar-sponsored Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) drivers racked up two class wins to kick off the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello drag racing season.

In the just-completed Winternationals in Pomona, California, Matt Hagan shut down Courtney Force to capture the Funny Car Wally while Leah Pritchett tripped the lights long before Doug Kalitta.

Hagan and Pritchett were also the top qualifiers in their classes. Hagan reset both ends of the Auto Club Raceway track record as he matched his career-best ET and speed.

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