2013 adds 300C with AWD … and V6

Back on June 5, Allpar reported that the 300C would come with a standard V6, even with all wheel drive; until now, every North American 300C has been sold with a standard V8 engine. However, since customers now value gas mileage and the V6 has boosted acceleration to the former Hemi’s levels, the company has chosen to split the 300C trim level from the engine choice.

This decision has been verified by a posting at Autoland of Springfield, New Jersey, which has posted a 2013 Chrysler 300C for sale, somewhat prematurely, since information on the car is not set to be officially released for another month. The ad is clearly headlined “2013 Chrysler 300C Base 4dr All-wheel Drive Sedan Base 8-Speed Automatic” and quotes a retail price of $38,345 plus a $995 destination charge. The luxury series is shown as starting at $42,345. Prices are below the 2012s, due to the absence of the Hemi, which will be optional.

The site describes standard features as including speed sensitive wipers, heated reverse-tilting mirrors, tilt/telescoping steering column, adjustable pedals, universal remote, leather-and-wood steering wheel, wood dash trim, heated steering wheel, seat memory, dual-row curtain airbags, dual-zone filtered air conditioning, heated/ventilated leather front seats, and a 292 horsepower V6 with 260 lb-ft of torque.

Thanks to Leonard Stern for pointing out this story — and to JR200x for providing the original information on the 300C coming with a V6.

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Ram leading in van growth

With a nearly 47% year-over-year increase as of the end of September, Ram leads the market in commercial van sales.

Nine months into 2016, Ram has sold 39,214 ProMasters — 26,544 full-size ProMasters and 12,649 compact ProMaster Citys.

In September, monthly sales of Chevrolet and Ford vans fell, while Ram van deliveries were up more than 10%. The big ProMaster outsold every full-size van that didn’t wear a blue oval or a bow tie.

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So far, according to Automotive News’ groundbreaking report, only Jaguar and BMW have been given permission to sell diesels in the US. Others have to wait, pending testing clearance, thanks to Audi-Volkswagen cheats.

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Canadians get cheaper Pacificas

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Chrysler Canada is now selling a complete line of Pacifica minivans in Canada, with the base LX and Touring models added to Touring-L, Touring-L Plus, and Limited.

All 2017 Chrysler Pacificas are made in Canada at the award-winning Windsor Assembly Plant; the plant built 70% of all full-size minivans sold in Canada last year (including Caravan and Town & Country).

The LX lists for C$37,995,

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Ram’s “Ram Commercial” division made its full public debut yesterday with a multidimensional ad campaign, four years after being established.

The campaign covers television, print, digital, video and social media. The first ad, “Time,” showed up on yesterday’s NFL game, showing the “surprise and delight” of small businesses with Ram vans. Print ads will appear in magazines including Forbes, Professional Builder, and Remodeling.

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Jeep is set to launch a new color, “Chief,” according to James Mooney — who backed up his assertion with an image from the Jeep brochure available on-line.

The color hasn’t hit the Build & Price system yet. It seems to hearken back to the popular bright blues of the 1970s and 1990s; we have also  seen a 1920s Chrysler in a slightly more aquamarine, but still factory,

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