2014-2015 Chrysler 200 engine choices

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According to Allpar sources, the next-generation Chrysler 200, which is being engineered by both Lancia and Chrysler and is based on the same basic platform and architecture as the Dodge Dart, will have a wider variety of engines than the current model. Originally believed to be sold with just the 3.2 liter V6 and nine-speed automatic, the 2014 or 2015 Chrysler 200 is reported to boast an increased-power Chrysler TigerShark 2.4 (around 200 hp) and either the 3.2 or 3.6 liter V6. The 1.4 liter Fiat engine has reportedly been axed, at least in the United States; it may be used in the Lancia version.

The Chrysler 200 will have the nine-speed ZF automatic, and is reportedly going to achieve up to 38 mpg, possibly in a special “HFE” model. In Europe, it will be sold as the Lancia Flavia.  So far, there has been no word as to whether the 200 (body code UF) will appear as a convertible; the former Chrysler Sebring was once America’s best-selling convertible, but when the top-maker was switched from ASC to Karmann, reliability plummeted and sales followed.

Pricing for the new 200 will most likely start out well above current sale prices; most likely, the MSRP will be dropped, but incentives will also be eliminated, ending the bargain pricing which has helped sales of the Avenger and 200 (to the detriment of the Dart).

Chrysler chief Saad Chebad implied that there would be no Dodge Avenger version of the Chrysler 200, referring to the 2009 Five Year Plan. A new plan is set to be unveiled on Thursday.  [See more in our upcoming cars section.]

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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 fueleconomy.gov 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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Warren has been bronzed


The Warren truck plant has been awarded bronze status in World Class Manufacturing (WCM), the 20th North American facility to reach that milestone. Ironically, the plant is to be repurposed as mainstream Ram production moves to Sterling Heights, a short drive down the street.

The 78-year-old plant in the suburbs of Detroit, near the GM technical center, has long been devoted to making trucks. WCM was first used by Fiat in 2006,

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How will Wrangler keep its tops “free”?

Jeep Wrangler roof slider system cloth

Even as the 2018 Jeep Wrangler grows ever-closer, sources are divided as to how the roof will be handled — though we are starting get some clarity.

The JT pickup, due in 2019, will almost certainly have a fixed roof with removable panels. As for the Wrangler, some believe it will have the setup shown in the  scale model below (whose front styling was rejected):

The model above has the same removable panels as the pickup,

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Here are the SEMA-car sneak peeks

With the 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show is drawing near, Mopar has started to show their usual teaser sketches of concepts to be displayed at the Las Vegas Convention Center on November 1-4.

Including Mopar-modified vehicles created especially for SEMA, fourteen FCA US vehicles will spread out over the 15,345-square-foot Mopar exhibit.

The annual Mopar press event will take place at its usual 4:26 p.m.

Read the full story: Here are the SEMA-car sneak peeks  »

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