Toyota has announced that it will show a concept car code-named Furia at the Detroit Auto Show next month. The sedan is likely to experiment with ideas for the Toyota Corolla, which is being updated next year. Furia appears to continue trends from the Scion FR-S.
The name is very close to Plymouth’s long-standing Fury, which debuted in 1956 as a high-performance muscle car, capable of over 140 mph. The Plymouth Fury continued as a performance car into 1957 and 1958, when Motor Trend timed it doing 0-60 in 7.7 seconds (Impala ran 9.1 and Fairlane 500, 10.2). In 1960, the name was devoted to all top-of-the-line Plymouths, and performance was relegated to the Sport Fury.
Many Americans recall the final Fury lines of the 1970s, when the name was put onto what had been the mid-sized Plymouth Belvedere; it gained tremendous popularity as a police car, and can still be seen on numerous TV programs in reruns, including Hill Street Blues and T.J. Hooker. The large Fury continued under the name Gran Fury; that name was later attached to Plymouth’s version of the Dodge Diplomat/Chrysler New Yorker in the 1980s.
The Fury name was dropped in the United States after the 1989 model year, along with the final rear-wheel-drive sedans of the old Chrysler Corporation. [See: the Plymouth Fury]
FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne has long expressed his desire to slash the number of Fiat and Chrysler platforms, emulating Volkswagen’s “back to the future” move of putting just about everything onto a single platform. Mr. Marchionne has allowed major exceptions; the combination of an over-ambitious plan and a grip on reality delayed the Jeep Renegade and some other cars, because the [...]
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, [...]
Some time ago, Sergio Marchionne, head of Fiat Chrysler, said that the only way to reboot Alfa Romeo would be by amortizing engineering costs with Dodge. That’s gone down the memory hole, now. It had to. The Alfisti will have fitsies if they overtly share with Chrysler. The D-RWD platform is now Giorgio, an Italian name for something developed largely in Auburn [...]
This year’s winners of the prestigious Ward’s Top Ten were (in alphabetical order) the BMW 5-series electric motor, the Corvette Stingray’s 6.2 liter V8, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat V8, the Ford Fiesta three-cylinder, one-liter turbo, Hyundai Tuscon fuel cell vehicle, Mini Cooper 1.5 turbo three cylinder, the Ram 3-liter VM diesel, Subaru WRX four-cylinder turbo, VW Golf 1.8 liter [...]
We may have the first clear 2017 Chrysler Town & Country minivan spy shots, adding to a small “phone pic” shot posted some time ago. The vehicle, parked with the Chrysler Technical Center in sight, has camouflage and padding, but you can clearly see the openings for the side and front door handles. The photo gives some idea of the relatively length [...]