Chrysler Australia sales boosted

“Hemi 265” wrote that Chrysler’s 2012 sales in Australia rose 79% over 2011, reaching 21,401 units across Chrysler, Jeep, and Dodge — and making Fiat-Chrysler the fastest-growing automaker in Australia.  The Jeep Grand Cherokee was the hottest seller, with 8,373 sold in 2012, more than double 2011’s sales.

According to Hemi 265, the Chrysler brand was restricted to Voyagers until late summer, when the 300 arrived; and Dodge only had the Journey. Most of the sales reported by the Chrysler brands were Jeeps.

Chrysler had a substantial presence in Australia starting with domestic production of the Valiant in early 1962, though sales numbers were never especially high; the hot Valiant AP5, for example, saw 49,440 sales over 22 months. The Valiant VE sold 68,688 cars in 1967, 1968, and early 1969. The company boasted a 13.7% market share in Australia in 1969, with around 53,000 sales.  In 1980, following declining sales, Chrysler sold 99% of the equity in Chrysler Australia to Mitsubishi. The last Chrysler/Valiant branded car made in Australia was produced in August 1981. (Also see: Chrysler in Australia at; an interview with Australia’s Chief Engineer).

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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.

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CR and FCA quality


Many people regard Consumer Reports as the last word in car reliability, despite problems with CR’s methods and an attitude which leads to cease-and-desist letters for posting pages like this one.

The current guide was headlined by Buick’s rise to #3, but the secondary story was FCA brands anchoring the bottom, along with Tesla.

What happened?

FCA can counter CR with good scores in J.D.

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Envisioning the 2018 Jeep Cherokee

For the next Jeep Cherokee, Susan Rand and “DarkSky” considered what the phrase “a more traditional front that is still unique” might mean. Sources claimed that the body would remain essentially unchanged.

Since the “headlights below the DRLs” aspect of the current Cherokee is the most radical change from the norm, both renderings swap the two positions, putting the headlights up high, with integral DRLs, parking lights in a separate area,

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Ram: King of Canadian trucks

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For the third time in a row, the Ram 1500 has been crowned the overall winner of the Canadian Truck King Challenge.

The tenth annual Canadian Truck King Challenge, run in Ontario but including seven judges from across Canada, includes real-world evaluations covering nearly 4,000 km, during which payload is tested up to 4,000 pounds, towing is tested up to 15,000 pounds, and off-road capability is assessed.

There were eleven pickups entered into the Canadian Truck King Challenge competition,

Read the full story: Ram: King of Canadian trucks  »

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