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Chrysler makes ‘most wanted’ list

Edmunds, the automotive information company, has included the Chrysler 300 on its list of the 17 Most Wanted vehicles for 2018 in its segment.

The 300 was the only FCA product on the list, while Honda and Mercedes had four each. The winners of  the annual Edmunds Buyers Most Wanted Awards are based mostly on sales figures within each segment, selling speed, and shopper interest.

2018 Chrysler 300S,

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Can FCA compete in an EV future?

The auto industry’s tidal flow toward electric vehicles is gaining speed, with most of the world’s leading automakers and parts houses having announced sweeping new investment and product plans.

But there is one name notable by its absence among the companies unveiling their electrification plans, and its initials are FCA. The yawning gap between the industry’s EV plans and lack thereof at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ was noticeable to analysts months ago and continues to widen by the day.

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MSHS finals: Big grip and a big field

The fifth and final event of the 2017 Modern Street Hemi Shootout was held last weekend at ATCO Dragway, with a huge group of racers, good air, and the stickiest track that the MSHS has had, leading to an incredible collection of races.

Those variables made the Hemituner Performance ATCO Modern Street HEMI Shootout one of the best of the year, with some of the quickest Mopar racing action that we have seen over the course of the 2017 season.

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Compass goes to Europe, makes friends

The new Jeep Compass is making lots of new friends in Europe.

From its introduction to the market in May through the end of September, 6,673 new Compasses were registered in the European Union. With the exceptions of 2007, the former Compass’ first full year on the market, and 2012, that figure is higher than the full-year results of the original model for every year since 2006.

If the pace can be maintained through December,

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The Ram split-tailgate is real

Ram 1500 split tailgate

Here’s a Ram 1500 caught by KGP Photography, testing out the split tailgate system Allpar reported on quite a while back.

KGP wrote, “A few years ago, discovered Chrysler/Dodge/Ram patents for a multifunctional tailgate design that is split down the middle, allowing the tailgate halves to open horizontally (barn-door style), while also enabling it to fold downward in a single piece—like a traditional pickup’s tailgate.  

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Return of Mopar Action

Mopar Action

Mopar Action, the long-running glossy magazine covering classic Dodge, Plymouth, Chrysler, DeSoto, and Imperial cars as well as new muscle, has returned to print.

The magazine is the sole automotive magazine published by Athlon Outdoors, which mainly covers weapons.

Rick Ehrenberg, long-time technical editor, continues as the editor; lending expertise on Mopar performance, maintenance, and restoration. He has decades of Mopar-magazine writing,

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Best 2018 ‘green car’ is a Chrysler

The readers of Green Car Reports have voted their choice of the 2018 Best Car To Buy, and its name does not start with the letter T, nor is it a cramped little subcompact.

The best car new to buy in 2018 – if being green is your over-riding concern – is the Chrysler Pacifica, the publication says here. FCA is touting the award here,

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The Pentastar hierarchy

pentastar stickers

The mystery of the pentastar stickers, found in J.P. Joans’ collection of Chrysler memorabilia:

Roe Green described what each sticker was for:

The gold stickers (top right) identified cars assigned to executives for product evaluation.  These were loaned out without cost; they could get a free car wash and fill up from the company’s on-site gas pumps.

Blue stars with white trim were used on pool cars that anyone could use (first come,

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