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New midsize Rams?

Are new mid-sized Ram pickups under development? The rumor mill is burning up with this idea, easily confused with the spread of the Mitsubishi L200 through FCA dealerships (sold in various countries as the Fiat Fullback and Ram 1200).

If the L200 is successful when sold as a Fiat and Ram, it’s possible the company will embark on its own midsize pickup program. Chances are leaders thought the L200 would do just fine — until Mitsubishi got into bed with competitor Nissan.

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Toluca to supply EU?

The Jeep Compass is being built in Toluca (quite possibly, production has already started). While the United States is the major target of the plant, it was redesigned to deal with global distribution, and may supply Europe as well — even though the closely related Jeep Renegade is already made in Italy.

If heavy tariffs are imposed on trade with Mexico, Sergio Marchionne said they would likely close their Mexican plants — but that’s unlikely to apply to Toluca,

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Dodge lives in China

Not long ago, there was chatter about FCA dropping Dodge. Then the Hellcat came and, slowly, the chatter died out.

Dodge lovers may be happy to know that Dodge cars are sold in China. “Triple T” wrote that one can buy the Dodge Charger 392 Hemi, with 485 horsepower, lane-keeping, front collision alert, adaptive cruise, and Beats audio.

The Dodge Charger R/T starts at 500,000 yuan,

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Is your tech in the top 27?

27  dealership technicians were hailed as Mopar “Top Tech” winners at Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester, Michigan, on January 10.

Pietro Gorlier, global head of parts and service (Mopar), helped to honor the top techs, chosen from a pool of 25,000. The program has, for three years, recognized the best technicians in categories such as Fixed First Visit (FFV) scores.

“Customer satisfaction and retention will continue to be key drivers of our business,

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Dodge Challenger Demon: Hellcat on a diet

The second piece of the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon was shown this morning, in the form of this image and a new 24-second video titled “Reduction” on

The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon promises better performance than the Challenger SRT Hellcat; according to today’s announcement, the Demon will be at least 200 pounds lighter. The release states that “adjustments have been made to the wheels, steering,

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Is this the Wrangler power top?

“Ruptured Duck” sent over a patent application that illustrates a new kind of power top — using the Jeep Wrangler in its drawings.

The top overcomes the challenges of the Wrangler shape and unique needs — including being able to operate even when there is an obstacle in the cargo bay.

The design comes from a vendor, Webasto-Edscha Cabrio, rather than from FCA itself.  

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Mopar’s Canadian twin: Autopar

The Mopar people have made their history clear, but we haven’t heard much about Autopar, their northern brethren. Why not? And what was Autopar, anyway?

Canadian company photographer Lawrence Monkhouse wrote:

The Mopar product line couldn’t be sold in Canada at first;   Canadian Tire Stores had the rights to the name “Mopower,” which was too similar, so Marketing came up with “Autopar.”

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