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Hemi Under Glass’ new driver – Hellcat next?

July 29, 2016 - by David Zatz

The world’s most famous drag racing exhibition car, the Hemi Under Glass, has a new driver, Mike Mantel, who will take over the driving honors from Mopar Hall of Fame inductee Bob Riggle. Bob Riggle started working for George Hurst in 1964, working on the Hairy Olds and the Hemi Under Glass; he got behind the wheel  in 1966 after the original test driver, Wild Bill Shrewsberry, left to pursue his own project – the LA […]

Big Dallas Mopar show

July 27, 2016 - by David Zatz

The big “We Are Mopar” car show in Dallas, sponsored by the DFWLX modern Mopar car club, is less than 30 days away. The judged show will have 50 different classes and a club participation award, custom fabricated in metal by “Forever Art by Tommy.” General entrance is at 10 am on August 20, with an indoor awards ceremony at 2:30 pm.  A “Friday Night Light” show and competition is slated for the night before.  Special accommodations […]

Q2: More money from fewer sales

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July 27, 2016 - by Patrick Rall

FCA has announced the financial results for the first half of 2016 and while global vehicle shipments are down due to a slump of sorts in the Asia-Pacific region, Q2 was still profitable for the company. During the second quarter of 2016, FCA shipped 1.175 million vehicles, down 1% from the 1.191 million vehicles sold during the same period in 2015. Shipments were down 2% in the North American market (666k in 2016, 677k in 2015) […]

Hellcat X found a home

July 26, 2016 - by David Zatz

The 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat X, shown here with a 1970 Challenger R/T, was a one-off car built for a charity raffle. Part of the annual Dream Giveaway, the car was part of a successful effort to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for charitable groups.  To make it go, Walsh Motorsports added a pair of 62mm turbos under the car, boosting output to 805 horsepower and 800lb-ft of torque. The winner of the car was seventy-one year old Dennis […]

2014-15 wiring recall

July 22, 2016 - by David Zatz

FCA is recalling over 400,000 vehicles to prevent stalling, according to Automotive News.  The recall does not yet show on the NHTSA web site or Chrysler’s media page. The issue is software and a wiring harness, and the problem has so far affected only a “small number of vehicles.” Covered in the recall are 2015 Chrysler 200s, Ram ProMaster Citys, Jeep Renegades, and Jeep Cherokees, including some 2014s.  Based on this list, it appears that the specific software and […]

A different big picture?

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July 22, 2016 - by David Zatz

Pundits have been talking about FCA’s “big picture” and taking CEO Sergio Marchionne at his word when he talks about the need to grow and to include an Asian automaker in the group. But what happens if we look at things that have not been well publicized by pundits and analysts? Namely… FCA has been buying up suppliers, including VM (diesel engine makers), Magneti Marelli, and Teksid; and has been bolstering its own internal parts capabilities. For example, Chrysler has […]

Which Jeeps are hits in Europe?

July 21, 2016 - by David Zatz

Jeep sells a full line in Europe, but it’s been clear that its skyrocketing popularity has been entirely due to the Renegade. What’s the status of the other models? The Compass, once a decent seller, has fallen to 161 sales for January-May 2016, according to Automotive News Europe. What’s more, it didn’t do much better last year, with just 349 sold. The Renegade, in contrast, moved from 22,132 in Jan-May 2015 to 33,322 this year. The next best seller […]

Mopar returns to Top Fuel racing

leah Pritchett
July 21, 2016 - by David Zatz

Mopar and Pennzoil® will sponsor the NHRA Top Fuel Dragster driven by Leah Pritchett, returning Mopar to the class in which it first established its reputation for excellence at the dragstrip. Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) driver Leah Pritchett will compete at select events in 2016, debuting the blue Omega M on her dragster at the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals, scheduled for July 22-24 at Bandimere Speedway, near Denver. Drag racing icon “Big Daddy” Don Garlits captured most of his Top […]

124 dealers get awards

July 21, 2016 - by David Zatz

The first 124 Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram and FIAT dealerships have earned the 2016 Customer First Award for Excellence, created by FCA, its dealers, and J.D. Power to increase customer satisfaction with the dealerships. A second group of award winners will be announced in early 2017. The initiative was rolled out to dealerships in October 2015. For a list of the winners, see our Customer First Awards page. Limited-feature AMP version for low-speed cellphones. Does not include comments […]

FCA’s new chief of regs

July 20, 2016 - by David Zatz

Engineering executive Mark Chernoby, who joined Chrysler Corporation in 1985, is now Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s global chief technical compliance officer. The 55 year old engineer will lead a new compliance office, “overseeing all regulatory compliance programs” around the world, from safety to gas mileage. Sergio Marchionne noted that central oversight and coordination is needed as new standards appear around the world. The office will have to evaluate and approve all new and changed technical standards, including emissions, presumably to avoid […]

Resurrection of Fiat San Antonio

Closed Fiat studio
July 20, 2016 - by David Zatz

Last year, Allpar reported the closure of both Fiat “studios” in San Antonio, Texas, leaving Fiat owners in the seventh largest US city stranded — the next closest studio is nearly 80 miles away, in Austin, a long distance for service. Now, though, the Principle Auto Group appears to have secured both Fiat and Alfa Romeo franchises, and is planning a new Fiat studio in a prime location along Loop 410, using a former Toyota dealership that has […]

Dodge nabs CHP cars

July 20, 2016 - by David Zatz

Dodge announced that the famed California Highway Patrol (CHP) has ordered over 580 Dodge Charger Pursuit police cars, to be delivered over the next two years. The CHP is the largest state police agency in the nation, and this is their first major purchase since the end of a low-balled, three-year exclusive deal to buy Explorer-based Ford Police Utility crossovers. The CHP-Ford contract was a deciding factor in the move of other fleets from sedans to crossovers and SUVs. The contract […]

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