Italian newspapers Il Messaggero and Il Mattino have been reporting changes in Fiat’s production plans. These reports have included the repurposing of the Pomigliano d’Arco plant to produce two small SUVs, including a Jeep for North American sale, and use of the Cassino plant for the Chrysler 100 and its Lancia counterpart.
In a statement issued this morning, the company said: “Articles published in today’s Il Messaggero and Il Mattino referring to a so-called “Marchionne plan” to be announced on October 30 are pure journalistic speculation and entirely without foundation.”
A spokesman added, “And Dr. Marchionne has even more beard …” implying that even the pictures accompanying the stories were wrong.
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, [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]