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Better Brampton big-car paint

Last year, FCA agreed to dramatically upgrade the paint shop at their Brampton, Ontario plant — an investment the union, Unifor, saw as key to keeping the plant active in the future.

Unifor President Jerry Dias told Automotive News, at the time, that their paint shop was one of the oldest within FCA, and that it would have a “complete rebuild” in 2017.  

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Another Chrysler Atlantic?

Steven St. Laurent pointed us to another interesting FCA US trademark application: Atlantic.

Could there be a Chrysler Atlantic in the future? Many expect Chrysler to get at least one crossover, based on the Pacifica (with some Portal cues), and possibly two, with the second based on the Jeep K8 project.

The 1995 Chrysler Atlantic concept car was based on the curvy French coupes of the 1930s,

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Fiery finish for Beckman – Updated with points

Jack Beckman’s Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T funny car turned on the win light just as the engine let go at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals that wrapped up this afternoon in Norwalk, Ohio.

While Beckman’s opponent Robert Hight smoked the tires and had to give up on the run, Beckman had a good pass going right up to the finish line, when the blower popped off and flames were spotted under his car.

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The official vehicle of Canada Day

A new Chrysler Pacifica comes off Windsor Assembly Line

It may be completely overshadowed by the Dodge Caravan in sales, but the Chrysler Pacifica is now the official vehicle of Canada Day.

From June 30 to July 2, 2017, Canada will be celebrating its 150th anniversary with events on Parliament Hill, the Canadian Museum of History, and Major’s Hill Park.

FCA Canada is the exclusive OEM sponsor of Canada Day 2017.

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Ram leaving “big rig” look behind?

2019 Ram 1500

A spy shot from Chris Doane shows a prototype of the 2019 Ram 1500, coded “DT,” which appears to leave Ram’s long-standing drop-fender “big rig” look behind.

Since the 1994 Dodge Ram, Dodge and Ram pickups have had a “big rig” look with lowered fenders, aped after a time by Ford. The outlines of the current pickup seem to have more of a conventional shape,

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Musical (engine) plants

Daimler liked to replace factories; Fiat tends to re-use them. That’s good news for people in the Detroit area, as we look at  FCA US’ engine-building strategy.

The Pentastar V6, current Hemi V8, and World Gas Engines are reportedly being phased out over the next ten years (the Pentastar may remain). Where will they build the new engines?

For the most part, the new engines will be built in the same place as the existing ones.

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The minivan that just won’t die

The plan for Dodge was so simple and clear: it would be all muscle. The old people movers would be pushed onto Chrysler. The only thing standing in the way: Dodge’s two best sellers are front wheel drive people-movers.

The company has apparently been ambivalent, sometimes planning on Chrysler crossovers, sometimes planning on Dodge crossovers.  At least the plan for the minivan was clear: the new,

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Spotted: the terms for Demon owners

This week, Dodge announced that all 2018 Challenger SRT Demon buyers have to sign an form with safety and pricing information — and get it notarized — before the car can be ordered. Now, Allpar has acquired a copy of the “Demon Acknowledgement Document.”

Critics of the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon have claimed that it is unsafe for public roads, with its 840 horsepower,

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Dodge Demon

2018 Wrangler JL

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