Chrysler price hikes

As of yesterday, according to oh2o, Chrysler has raised prices on many vehicles, presumably reflecting the company’s own cost increases. Small price adjustments are normal through the year. In this case, most of the price hikes appear to be on upper level models, indicating perhaps increased costs for leather, safety equipment, or other high end gear.

2013 Chrysler 200C convertible

The biggest price hikes were on SRT cars and 200/ Avenger.

SRT: 300 went up $405, Grand Cherokee and Viper went up $465, and Challenger and Charger both rose by $500

200: the base model rose by $600 while Touring and Limited went up $330 and $340, respectively. Convertibles all went up by $250. However, on 200 Touring I-4, buyers can drop down to the four-speed for a $500 credit.

Avenger rose by $700 for SE and $600 for SXT, but Blacktop and Rallye were dropped by $200 to $395, and as with 200, SXT/I-4 buyers can drop down to the four-speed for a $500 credit.

300: 300S rose by $100 and 300C by $150 (with or without Luxury).

Town & Country S rose by $200, Limited by $300.

Charger SE rose by $200, but the eight-speed has been dropped by $200; it now costs $1,100 on Charger SE. With the eight speed, Charger SE can do 0-60 in 6.4 seconds and gains four mpg on the highway.

Grand Cherokee, $200 on Laredo and Summit, $300 on Limited

Wrangler, $100 on Sahara and Sport two-door; $200 on Sport, Sahara, Rubicon, Sport RHD four-door.

Compass: $100 to $300 depending on model and drive

Ram: $185 across the board on 1500, 2500, and 3500. $210 on 4500 and 5500.

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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,

Read the full story: Envisioning the 2018 Jeep Cherokee  »

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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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FCA’s adjusted operating profits shot up in the third quarter, with profits in North America rising from 6.7% of sales a year ago to 7.6% of sales. North America once again drove profits for FCA as a whole, but the Europe/Africa/Middle East region returned to profitability.

Net income went from a $420 million loss in the third quarter of 2015 to a net profit of roughly $660 million in this past quarter.  

Read the full story: FCA profits shot up — driven by US  »

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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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