Patriot gets a reprieve (update)

Based on word from within Chrysler, some have speculated that the Jeep Patriot would cease production long before the Jeep Compass, especially now that the latter has a Trail Rated, skid-plate-bedecked version that can withstand a reasonable amount of off-road abuse. However, internal sources have told us to expect the Patriot to stay in production for around the same period. Reliable source oh2o informed us, what’s more, that there would be a 2014 model year. We don’t expect many 2014s to be made, though.

Belvidere sources claim that the Compass will run through the end of 2013, for a short 2014 model year; Patriot is to end in late summer or fall 2013, for a very short 2014 model run. The difference between the two appears to be a matter of three or four months, and the plant is likely to make a decent supply of extra Patriots to allow dealers to have both of the small Jeeps.

So far, there has been no final word on whether the Patriot and Compass replacement(s) will continue either name, or both (ComPatriot), or a new name; past company statements have suggested that Compass will continue and the “too obvious” Patriot will be dropped. The new car is, like the Liberty/Cherokee replacement, to be adapted from the basic platform and architecture of the Dodge Dart and upcoming midsized cars. A Trail Rated version will definitely be made, but statements have been vague concerning the standards for trail rating vehicles in this segment.   (First posted July 17. Reposted July 21.)

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The Chrysler Journey

The current Dodge Journey form-factor is bound to move to Chrysler, according to Allpar sources, as Dodge moves to a rear wheel drive crossover — like the Alfa Romeo Stelvio.

A relatively inexpensive people-moving crossover will still be needed, and most likely, that will be Chrysler’s job. It won’t be based on the current Journey, whose design dates back quite a few years now.

Given current styling trends,

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Hellcat Charger-Challenger production soared in ’16


Final production numbers for the 2016 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat and the 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat have been posted on the enthusiast website Assuming they are accurate, the production of the 707-horsepower Dodge cars nearly doubled from the 2015 model year.

FCA rocked the world when they introduced not one, but two 707-horsepower production cars with the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat and the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.

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Allen Johnson re-ups with Marathon


Longtime Pro Stock Dodge driver Allen Johnson, cut off by Mopar at the end of the last season, has renewed his sponsorship deal with Marathon Oil for the 2017 NHRA drag racing season. It’s a natural fit: Johnson owns Greenville Oil and Petroleum, which has 37 Marathon-branded Quick Stop Markets.

The champion in 2012 and runner-up to Jeg Coughlin Jr. in 2013, Johnson is the only Dodge driver to have made it to a final round in the past two years.

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Challenger GT (AWD) hits the EPA

We may not know much about the upcoming all-wheel-drive Dodge Challenger GT, but we do know this: it will get 18 mpg city, 27 highway. The car is now listed in the database.

Those economy figures indicate that the AWD Challenger GT will have the Pentastar V6, since they’re the same on the V6 Charger. All wheel drive cuts about 1 mpg off city mileage and,

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Behind the rumors of “22 minute diesels”

German newspaper Bild am Sonntag claimed back in May that the German transport department, KBA, had discovered FCA was shutting off their diesel emissions controls after 22 minutes. That accusation was reportedly widely in worldwide media, but was never confirmed.

FCA’s chief technical officer, Harald Wester repeatedly denied the  “22 minute” charge in statements to the EU Committee of Inquiry into Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector (EMIS):

Contrary to allegations,

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