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.
The 2015 Dodge Charger squad has been tested in police trim for the first time, but since it kept the five-speed automatic, it has turned in numbers similar to past years. While the eight-speed V6 Charger does 0-60 in 6.6 seconds, the five-speed was timed at 8.05 seconds by the Michigan State Police. The civilian 2015 Charger gained acceleration from the eight-speed, [...]
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 [...]
David Friedman, deputy director of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, sent a two-page letter to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne expressing concerns about the Chrysler Group’s current efforts to repair 2002-2007 Jeep Libertys and 1993-1998 Jeep Grand Cherokees covered under a voluntary fuel-tank recall. In its most recent report to the agency Chrysler said it has remedied approximately [...]