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.
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 [...]