by David Zatz • Posted on December 26th, 2010
A reliable source wrote that the Toluca, Mexico plant, which made Neons and PT Cruisers, has started production of U.S.-specification Fiat 500s and 2011 Dodge Journeys.
While most manufacturers started building their 2011 models starting in July, August, or September, Chrysler’s were delayed due the need to “recontent” and retune existing designs. Daimler had demanded a far different vehicle feel than Chrysler had used before the takeover, and Sergio Marchionne has specified a more “fun” and “connected” feel, as well as higher quality interiors. This, coupled with exterior styling changes and delayed availability of the Pentastar V6 led to substantial delays in manufacturing. However, critics have almost universally acclaimed each of the 2011 models.
2011 Dodge Journey availability may be constrained for some time as many 2010s have yet to be delivered and sold, according to the source.
NHRA Pro Stock points leader Erica Enders-Stevens didn’t race at Sonoma and she won’t be competing at the Northwest Nationals in Seattle.
Elite Motorsports owner Richard Freeman two-event “holiday” at the Mile-High Nationals in Denver.
Despite her very impressive racing resume, Enders-Stevens lacks a real sponsor and it’s likely this was a major consideration, especially since she had built up a 241-point lead over Allen Johnson, who is second in the point standings, at the end of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio....
Jeg Coughlin Jr. became the second Mopar driver to clinch a spot in the six-race Countdown to the Championship that will determine the Mello Yello NHRA Pro Stock world championship.
Coughlin joined teammate Allen Johnson in the Countdown after making it to the Pro Stock semifinals in the NHRA Sonoma Nationals that ran this weekend at Sonoma Raceway....
Allen Johnson has secured his place in the Pro Stock Countdown to the Championship, the six-event series the determines the World Championships of drag racing.
Johnson joins Erica Enders-Stevens, who clinched her spot last weekend. Participation is limited to the top ten drivers in each pro class.
There were three different top qualifiers in Pro Stock: Johnson had the No....
Three-time series champion Scott Steckly earned his first win of the 2014 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series season Saturday in the National 250 at the Autodrome St. Eustache in St. Eustache, Quebec.
Starting from the No. 2 spot, Steckly dominated the race in the No. 22 Canadian Tire/Sylvania Dodge, leading for 202 of the 250 laps and beating Alex Guenette and the No....