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2019 RamTech: enjoy the quiet

DT 2019 Ram 1500

We are around six months away from the debut of the next Ram 1500 pickup truck, coded “DT.”  Allpar sources told us that many new features and items are being added to the Ram, to keep it at the front of the class.

Today, in our second installment, we can list a few more hot-ticket items.

The next Ram is expected to have a major update to the Uconnect system that should please musically-inclined truck buyers,

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Pritchett, Johnson make it to finals (updated)

For the first time this season, Mopar came away winless in Pro-Class competition in an NHRA Nationals event. Ironically, the event was the Mopar Mile-High Nationals in Bandimere, Colorado.

Mopar didn’t come away entirely empty-handed: Kevin Helms took the Stock Eliminator trophy in his 2013 Dodge Challenger.

Mopar-sponsored Top Fuel driver Leah Pritchett and Dodge driver Tommy Johnson Jr. both made it to the finals on Sunday.

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Minor 2017 Challenger recall for fractions of a second

FCA is recalling around 8,300 2017 Dodge Challengers with 5.7 liter V8 engines coupled to automatic transmissions (not the full run). The reason is because, for less than a second after shifting into Park, the panel will show “P,” but the car won’t actually be in Park. It’s possible for a person to open their door before the car is actually in Park, if they’re fast enough.

The global recall updates the software to get the transmission into Park much more quickly — though,

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Pritchett prevails in Demon race

Leah Pritchett defeated Matt Hagan in a close finish to the first Dodge Challenger SRT Demon drag race on the first day of qualifying at the Mopar Mile-High Nationals in Bandimere, Colorado.

Hagan got the quicker start but Pritchett caught up and turned on the win light.

There will be a second matchup between the two today between the third and fourth qualifying sessions.

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When’s the Wagoneer showing up?

According to Allpar sources, the Jeep Wagoneer was originally scheduled for a 2015-model-year launch. Not only wasn’t it ready then, though, but there was no production capability, with both Ram and Grand Cherokee/Durango plants at their peak.

The next possible date was 2019; but the Ram 1500 program was pushed back a year so Sterling Heights could be converted to make Rams. 

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Drag racers and Mopar’s 80th

80th anniversary NHRA drag car - Matt Hagan

Two-time NHRA Funny Car champion Matt Hagan will celebrate Mopar’s 80th birthday in a redecorated nitro Hemi-powered drag car, starting this weekend at the 38th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals near Denver.

Both Leah Pritchett and Matt Hagan will drive cars with Mopar 80th anniversary graphics (Hagan, in at least five NHRA national events). The racers will have new fire suits with Mopar 80th anniversary branding,

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Register now to race down Woodward Avenue

Drag racing Dodge Hemi at Roadkill Nights on Woodward Ave

You can now register to legally drag-race down the famed Woodward Avenue on August 12, 2017, at Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge. The festival, run by TEN: The Enthusiast Network,  takes place at the M1 Concourse in Pontiac, Michigan; registration closes on July 26.

The total cash purse is $29,000, with $10,000 going to the quickest Dodge (powered by a Dodge engine).

Not just everyone can race;

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Congress pushing self-drivers

Yesterday,  a Congressional panel approved a new law that would override states’ rights to set limits on autonomous cars — and exempts them from some safety rules.

To qualify for exemptions from safety standards, the cars would need to function properly and have “fail safe features.”  Automakers must file safety assessment reports, but the government can’t act based on the reports. States can still apply their usual rules on registration,

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Dodge Demon

2018 Wrangler JL

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