ProMaster Chicago highlights

Ram 3500 ProMaster high roof

The Chicago Auto Show gave a nice up-close look at upcoming vehicles from all manufacturers, including the ones already seen at the NAIAS.

Ram introduced the 2014 ProMaster series at their press event, the first collaboration with Fiat Professional. ProMaster will be available through 750 Business Link dealers, who will offer next-day service to customers and a five-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. ProMaster will also have a partnership with Bosch Power Tools.

ProMaster rear door hinge chain

ProMaster’s chassis has a steel I-beam overlay for durability. The parking brake has been moved out of the way to the left side of the driver’s seat, and the back-up camera works when the rear doors are opened and closed. Its headlights are positioned above the front impact zone.

Oil changes for ProMaster’s Pentastar V6 are needed every 10,000 miles, while the EcoDiesel will only need oil changes every 18,500 miles. The V6 is coupled to Chrysler’s 62TE minivan automatic, while the diesel is hooked up to Fiat’s own single-clutch automated manual transmission.

When sitting inside ProMaster, it feels as though one would be right at home…if they’re a bus driver.  It’s definitely unlike the Ford Transit vans in which you don’t feel as tall in them, and your view of the road isn’t as great.

Other Ram Commercial vehicles were on display, such as the Ram Cargo Van Tradesman and various Ram trucks.

C/V Tradesman

We will post more on Monday in our full Chicago Auto Show report.

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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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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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