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Chrysler revives TorqueFlite name

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The original TorqueFlite was a state of the art three-speed automatic transmission which combined durability, smooth shifting, and high efficiency. It was used by a number of other companies, including high-end European automakers who had their choice of any automatic transmission.

The name has now been attached to the eight-speed ZF automatic, which will be made by Chrysler under license in Kokomo. It is already being used in the Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300, and will be standard with the V6 in the 2013 Ram 1500. (Allpar’s Jim Choate first noted the return of the name on March 7, 2011.)

See the Ram Powertrain section for more on how the transmission was named, which vehicles it will be used in, and the fate of the 4.7 liter V8, which remains with the Ram as it enters 2013.

Fiat 500L recall

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Chrysler Group has announced it will recall an estimated 29,500 2014 and 2015 Fiat 500L vehicles shipped in the U.S. and Canada to replace their knee airbags. Of the total, an estimated 25,500 are in the U.S. with the other 4,000 in Canada. Based on U.S. sales reported through the end of June, the recall appears to cover all of the 500Ls sold or shipped since the model went on the market....

2015 300 spotted

Robert C. Evans wrote, “I caught these right outside my office this morning. It appears to be an updated 2015 Chrysler 300, with a much larger front grill than the current generation. It seems it is almost returning to the original 300 grill and squared off front end. You will also see integrated exhaust in the rear much like the 2015 Chrysler 200.” Most of the sheet metal should be similar to the current version, as the 2015 will be a relatively minor refresh — except for the use of eight-speed automatics across the board and UConnect upgrades....

Hellcat ring-tones

If you can’t afford $60,000 or more for the real thing, or the insurance surcharges for driving a 707 horsepower car (even if you promise to use the 500-hp black fob), Dodge will help out by providing a Hemi Hellcat ring-tone for your phone. The ringtone can be heard and downloaded from  www.drivesrt.com/hellcatringtone. Deeper looks: 2015 Challenger SRT: Hellcat and 392 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat at the track HellCat: supercharged Hemi engines...

Categories: Chrysler, Technology.


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