J. White pointed out that Ralph Gilles said, during CEMA: “There is a lot of pressure on me to bring the ‘Cuda back. I think somehow we will find a way to do that, right?”
There appear to be no plans to bring the Plymouth brand back, particularly as dealerships have already been ordered to buy new signs that have no apparent spot for Plymouth (unless the Ram brand is dropped again). Again, the dealership specifications for brand sign location on the building itself is exact and leaves no room for Plymouth.
Most likely, a Chrysler ‘Cuda (or a Dodge ‘Cuda though the name does not flow as well) would be based on the C or D platform cars — compact or midsized. The original, critically acclaimed Plymouth Barracuda was a compact based on the Valiant; the famed 1970-74 Barracudas were larger, largely a mix of A-body (Valiant/Dart) and B-body (Coronet/Belvedere).
Chrysler is due to receive one compact sedan in 2012, according to the Five Year Plan, along with one small (B) car provided by Fiat, and one midsized (D) sedan. Dodge, likewise, is set for one compact sedan and one midsized sedan, with no coupes or domestic hatchbacks showing up on the plan; one subcompact from Fiat is due for Dodge as well.
However, if the company’s financial picture is better than expected, and at this time that appears to be the case, then creating a second coupe (after the Challenger) would be feasible, especially given the work already put into the Chrysler 200 Convertible’s (assumed) replacement.
The Chrysler car chart, incidentally, does not show Sebring as being a sedan, coupe, or convertible – it just shows Sebring. With the Sebring/200 name change already in place, it would not be inconceivable to see a third car, keeping the 200 Sedan’s roof and the 200 Convertible’s two doors, done as a coupe … in the spirit of the original Plymouth Barracuda.
Some time ago, Sergio Marchionne, head of Fiat Chrysler, said that the only way to reboot Alfa Romeo would be by amortizing engineering costs with Dodge. That’s gone down the memory hole, now. It had to. The Alfisti will have fitsies if they overtly share with Chrysler. The D-RWD platform is now Giorgio, an Italian name for something developed largely in Auburn [...]
FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne has long expressed his desire to slash the number of Fiat and Chrysler platforms, emulating Volkswagen’s “back to the future” move of putting just about everything onto a single platform. Mr. Marchionne has allowed major exceptions; the combination of an over-ambitious plan and a grip on reality delayed the Jeep Renegade and some other cars, because the [...]
The Ram 1500 faced down the aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 and new Chevrolet Silverado in Motor Trend’s half-ton truck shootout. The three contenders were put through a broad array of testing, including a 260-mile drive through California and Arizona. Measurements included: Testing without load: 0-60 mph and 1/4-mile acceleration, 60-0 mph braking, and maximum lateral grip (Ram was Limits-handling without load: closed-course cornering, braking, [...]
We may have the first clear 2017 Chrysler Town & Country minivan spy shots, adding to a small “phone pic” shot posted some time ago. The vehicle, parked with the Chrysler Technical Center in sight, has camouflage and padding, but you can clearly see the openings for the side and front door handles. The photo gives some idea of the relatively length [...]
This year’s winners of the prestigious Ward’s Top Ten were (in alphabetical order) the BMW 5-series electric motor, the Corvette Stingray’s 6.2 liter V8, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat V8, the Ford Fiesta three-cylinder, one-liter turbo, Hyundai Tuscon fuel cell vehicle, Mini Cooper 1.5 turbo three cylinder, the Ram 3-liter VM diesel, Subaru WRX four-cylinder turbo, VW Golf 1.8 liter [...]