A source within Chrysler told us that the new 2011 minivans will have bigger, more comfortable middle seats that are easier to stow, with a single latch; initial pilots for the 2011 S1 models have started at the factory. The instrument panels and door panels are padded and stitched along the top. The new integrated center console is “impressive” and the car will allow for the proximity unlocking and push-button starter. The Pentastar V6 is reportedly to be included, if production can be ramped up in time, along with a six-speed automatic; no word has been passed down as to whether the minivans are going to a single engine and transmission. The front and rear fascia have been redesigned, with LED tail lamps on at least one model.
Months after unconfirmed reports made it to Allpar’s pages, the power of Automotive News, in the person of reporter Larry Vellequette, pried a key fact from Chrysler executives — that they cast and build “Ferrari” engines for Maserati. As our sister site pentastars.com reported, the engines are actually cast in Kokomo, and machined in the Trenton Engine plant, using a mixture of [...]
Dodge is showing four concept cars at SEMA: a Dart, Charger, Challenger, and Viper ACR. You can now see them all at Allpar, courtesy of Patrick Rall — now with the story behind them. Coming soon: Jeep, Ram, Chrysler, and Fiat concepts. See all the Dodge concepts
Long before the Challenger Hellcat was officially launched, Allpar noted that the engine — which we estimated at “620-680 horsepower” (depending on when the stories were written) — was being tested in the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Then we wrote that it had probably been ruled out, for various reasons. Today, one source wrote that the trademarked Trackhawk name, which we had thought [...]