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Here are the Challenger Demon weight loss secrets

Earlier today, Dodge gave details of the Challenger SRT Demon weight reduction secrets to a small group of journalists at a private event. While we still don’t have any of the juicier details, like the power levels, we know now exactly how much weight the SRT engineers cut from the next Mopar muscle car – and how they cut that weight.

When the second Challenger Demon teaser video went live a few weeks back,

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Diving into Challenger Demon weight loss

Almost two weeks ago, Dodge rolled out their second teaser video on the 2018 Challenger SRT Demon (“Reduction”). The shadowy Demon is sitting on a scale, and with each highlighted part of the car, the weight drops until “Total Mass Reduction” lights up on the gauge.

The press release for this teaser video states that there have been “adjustments” made to the wheels, steering,

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Chrysler, Dodge, Mopar in Chicago

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The massive Chicago Auto Show, whose convention center could hold Detroit’s and New York’s with room to spare, won’t just hold three FCA test tracks; it’ll also host three FCA US events, one each for Chrysler and Dodge, during Press Day, and one for Mopar, during Social Media Day.

So far there’s no word on what the events will cover, except for the Chrysler one,

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More Chrysler dealers coming

FCA appears to be trying to counter a stall in sales with 400 new dealerships in the United States, according to Automotive News’ talk with two current dealers. That’s a fairly high increase, given that the company has 2,500 dealerships now.

The industry weekly noted that the expansion is already in progress; in the Houston area, they pointed out, FCA is going from 14 to 17 dealerships.

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Demon: supercharged Hemi or twin turbo?

The newest video showing the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon has proven to be the most popular thus far, showing the new monster Mopar muscle car doing a wicked burnout and accompanied by the first official information: it will come wearing Nitto NT05R drag radial tires on 18 inch lightweight wheels, and will indeed have a unique widebody package.

A supercharged muscle car doing a wicked burnout on fat drag radial tires will always prove to be a popular YouTube video;

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Sergio’s commentary

Sent to employees yesterday, under the salutation, “Dear Colleagues” —

We’ve closed the book on 2016 and I’m pleased to tell you that today FCA is reporting record results for the year. Our full-year adjusted EBIT was €6.1 billion, up 26%, with all segments profitable and improving year-over-year. With a solid fourth quarter performance, we achieved a net profit of €1.8 billion for 2016, far exceeding the €93 million total the prior year.

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FCA profits driven by Americas (updated)

FCA announced a surprise increase in earnings for the final quarter of 2016, with profits (before interest and taxes) going up by 1%, to $1.7 billion.

The surprise comes not from the company’s guidance, but from increased profits after a quarter of reduced U.S. sales and increased incentives. The reason: a more expensive and profitable sales mix, which yielded an margin increase from 6.4% to 7.4% for the full year.

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