by Bill Cawthon • Posted on October 19th, 2012
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.
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....
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....
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.
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2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat at the track
HellCat: supercharged Hemi engines...