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Clarifying: JL 4×4 vs 4WD

The recent revelation that the next-generation, 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL will have an optional full-time four wheel drive system struck a nerve with some, who saw it as being inappropriate for the vehicle.

The current Wrangler’s part-time system stays in rear wheel drive, unless the driver pulls a lever to activate the other wheels. Then, power is mechanically split, 50/50, front to rear; and,

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Who’s not buying FCA?

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Dongfeng Motor Group and Geely Automotive holdings are two Chinese automakers not buying any or all of FCA in the near future, according to Reuters reports. The news syndicate sent inquiries to leading Chinese automakers after Automotive News reported that a Chinese firm would be buying some or all of FCA’s mass-market brands.

The most likely candidates for sale are Chrysler, Fiat,

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FCA to smooth out 9-speeds?

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The ZF nine-speed automatic is a wonder — efficient, light, and, well, a nine-speed, designed to work well with hybrids, stop-starts, and all wheel drive. The first units, though, were criticized by many, whether they were put into Jeeps, Hondas, or Land Rovers.

FCA US may have a solution — replacing one of the internal dog clutches with a traditional clutch. While dog clutches are smaller and more efficient,

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FCA in self-driving alliance

FCA has done an about-face in autonomous cars, joining an alliance with BMW and Intel.

Sergio Marchionne had said earlier that he planned to let suppliers provide any needed expertise in autonomous cars, but that was before the alliance had been created — at a time when automakers were developing the technology on their own or with an IT provider.

This Pacifica was developed with Waymo,

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Roadkill Nights: The Good, The Bad and the Soggy

The 2017 Roadkill Nights by Dodge events in Pontiac, Michigan brought about a second year of action-packed, legal street racing on Woodward Avenue, with a huge car show, food trucks, thrill rides in Hellcat cars, and lots of Dodge-themed attractions at the M1 Concourse near Detroit.

Unfortunately, this second year of racing on Woodward (the third year overall) also brought about the worst weather that we have seen for a Detroit Roadkill event;

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FCAU up on China rumor

FCA stock (FCAU) has shot up on rumors that the company would be taken over by a Chinese business, gaining over a dollar per share overnight (from $11.61 to $12.62).

Chinese companies have amassed billions of dollars as global manufacturing has moved to the country, which has the advantages of a new, well-developed infrastructure, government support, cheap labor, few environmental or worker safety rules, subsidized shipping, and instant access to armies of manufacturing engineers.

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Exploring AWD for the Wrangler JL


Allpar learned this week that a new 2.72:1 Selec-Trac full-time four wheel drive system will be available on Sport and Sahara models of the JL Wrangler.  This sparked immense discussion, including the difference between part-time and full-time four wheel drive.

In a part-time system, the only choice on current Wranglers, drivers choose whether to have all four wheels, or just the rear wheels, powered at any given time.

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How do you say “Fiat Chrysler” in China?

Early this morning, Larry Vellequette broke a story in Automotive News about a possible purchase of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles by a Chinese automaker.

According to Vellequette’s article, at least one offer has been made offering slightly more than market value, which is currently at $35.49 billion. The offer was rejected by Fiat Chrysler as being too low.

CEO Sergio Marchionne has long stated his desire for a merger,

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