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CarPlay/A-Auto plans slip out

August 24, 2016 - by David Zatz

Allpar member “Moparian” noticed that the press release for the Dodge Challenger T/A let slip news of UConnect 4: … all-new Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen fourth-generation radio, … also includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to further smartphone integration. Based on this, the fourth-generation UConnect will debut in the Dodge Challenger T/A Plus.  The only new capabilities mentioned are support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but when the system is formally introduced, more upgrades or enhancement may be announced. […]

Building over the original Jeep plant

August 24, 2016 - by David Zatz

Detroit Manufacturing Systems has broken ground on a factory being built on the site of the original Willys-Overland plant, which started building Jeeps for World War II and was finally closed in 2010.  Ironically, it will make instrument clusters for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler. The original plant was demolished in 2010, except for a sole smoke-stack on which the word “Overland” is spelled out in black bricks. It is still visible from Route 75. The company, a joint venture between […]


Survey: Allpar vs the world

August 24, 2016 - by David Zatz

Some weeks ago, Allpar surveyed the US residents, 18 years or older, on their impressions of Chrysler, Lancia, and Plymouth. Today, we are releasing the results of our followup, which just taps Allpar readers. The not-surprise is that Allpar readers generally have a far more favorable opinion of Chrysler and Dodge quality, and are more likely to consider a Chrysler, Plymouth, or, yes, a Lancia. But how much more likely? Is there a place for Lancia or Plymouth in readers […]



Mixed bag at Englishtown show

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August 23, 2016 - by David Zatz

The 30th annual Mopars at Englishtown show, back to two days, was a mixed bag, with relatively few show cars but a good helping of drag racing. A single sign with an arrow and  “Mopar” scrawled in chalk told us where we were supposed to go; the huge main parking lot was closed off and we went to the former show field. There were some highly impressive show cars, covering the range from a highly customized, nitrous-boosted 2-liter Dart automatic […]


Rocking the Woodward Cruise

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August 23, 2016 - by Patrick Rall

Once again, the FCA display at the corner of 13 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue in Royal Oak was one of the biggest and most popular stops along the Woodward Dream Cruise route. After attendees registered, they could participate in interactive displays, including a 24th scale drag racing slot car set with Mopar race cars, spray-on tattoos, a Viper virtual drive simulator, and plenty of free stuff, including shirts, stickers, and posters. There was also a […]


Toledo Jeep Fest ’16

August 22, 2016 - by David Zatz

Toledo’s 2016 Jeep festival is now in the history books — according to the Toledo Blade, as a “tremendous success.” Officials estimated that 40,000 people attended the event, with over 1,100 Jeeps in the parade. Organizers are starting to talk about whether they could hold another “Jeep Fest” next year; the hotel/convention bureau estimated that it generated around $3 million in the area, between restaurants, bars, and hotels. It was particularly beneficial for the central business district. […]


Dodge commandeered Woodward

Drag racing Dodge Hemi at Roadkill Nights on Woodward Ave
August 22, 2016 - by David Zatz

The highlight of this year’s Woodward Cruise took place in Pontiac, Michigan, where the famed avenue was converted to a legal drag strip by Dodge on Friday night. Part of the second “Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge” event, it built on last year’s Pontiac Silverdome event. Woodward Avenue, or Highway 1, was closed to normal traffic for nine hours of drag racing, with a total cash purse of $19,000. Over 30,000 people showed up, three times last year’s showing. […]




More jobs for Belvidere

August 19, 2016 - by David Zatz

As FCA prepares to move the Jeep Cherokee from Toledo to Belvidere, ending production of the Dodge Dart, Jeep Compass, and Jeep Patriot, the Rockford Register Star has reported that more jobs will be created — beyond the ones already announced by FCA. The newspaper wrote that a new 336,000 square foot building, housing production of components for the Cherokee, is going up at 725 Logistics Drive, about a mile from the FCA plant. The supplier’s name was not revealed, but […]


Digging debunks prison-labor hoax

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August 19, 2016 - by David Zatz

Some readers have sent us stories alleging that FCA or Chrysler has been using prison labor.  Allpar sought to find out whether this is true. Prison labor is increasingly controversial due to abuses, including pushes for draconian sentences by those who profit from it.  A judge has been bribed to send people to prison, for example. Wikipedia lists other abuses (also see this secondary page). Allpar has investigated each article, digging into the source of Facebook posts and web pages. In some cases, the trail […]


Roadkill Nights hits Detroit tomorrow

August 18, 2016 - by Patrick Rall

The second of this year’s Roadkill Nights by Dodge events is set to take place tomorrow, August 19, at the M1 Concourse in Pontiac, Michigan, with the key attraction being the legal street racing on Woodward Avenue. Gates open at noon for racers, show’n’shine cars and the general public, and at 1pm, the racing action on Woodward Ave begins. From 1pm to 10pm, some 350 cars will make drag passes on a section of Woodward while […]


What of Toluca, the C100, and Journey?

August 18, 2016 - by David Zatz

FCA’s Toluca, Mexico plant, originally part of AutoMex, dates back to the original Chrysler Corporation.  Back in the 1990s it made Neons, then it shifted to PT Cruisers; now it makes the Dodge Journey and North American Fiat 500s. The Journey is living on borrowed time, though — it’s unique on its platform, and critics are starting to notice its age — while the 500 is to have all production centralized in Europe. Sources have hinted at a […]


Charger Daytonas compared

August 17, 2016 - by David Zatz

There have been four Dodge Charger Daytonas, not including the front-wheel-drive Dodge Daytonas. How do they compare? The 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona was an aero package on top of the ordinary Dodge Charger, with a radical nose-cone to the front, a giant spoiler, flush rear glass, and other touches. A prepped car passed 200 mph, and they dominated some NASCAR tracks. The second was a style-seats-and-tires package (adding radials) for the Dodge Charger SE, with standard economy engines. Finally, in 2006, it […]


Challenger T/A: faithful to 1970?

August 16, 2016 - by David Zatz

Reaction to the release of the 2017 Dodge Challenger T/A has been mixed, with some critical of what they see as a “sticker package” and others praising the performance upgrades and inclusion of both the 5.7 and 6.4 liter Hemis (375 and 485 horsepower). The Challenger T/A comes with larger, lightweight wheels, high-performance summer tires, a free-flowing cat-back exhaust, cold air intake, and higher performance brakes and wheels (taken from SRT cars) along with their graphics […]


Canadian union talks started

August 16, 2016 - by David Zatz

Talks between FCA and Unifor, which represents Canadian auto workers, have begun. GM and Ford have also begun to negotiate with Unifor. FCA said it had “a long-standing history of working collaboratively with Unifor, which has helped strengthen our position in the Canadian market since 2009,” and pointed to its investment of over $3 billion in its Canadian facilities along with its addition of nearly 2,200 hourly employees.  The company added, “…we look forward to continuing that partnership while […]


Mo’power: Challenger T/A and Charger Daytona (updated)

August 16, 2016 - by David Zatz

Today, Tim Kuniskis announced two new Dodge cars, both of which can be purchased with either the 375-hp 5.7 or 485-hp 392 Hemi engines. First was the return of the 2017 Dodge Charger Daytona, with two versions. There is a 5.7 and a 392 version; even the 5.7 has the full SRT  appearance package, and sells for $3,000 over the R/T Plus. It has the full SRT appearance, front and rear, a 20×9 inch wheel, with 245 wide F1 tires. […]



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