by David Zatz • Posted on December 20th, 2012
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]
Fiat S.p.A. announced its second-quarter results from Turin this morning for what could be the last time, if shareholders approve the Fiat-Chrysler merger on Friday.
Worldwide shipments rose 2%, to 1.2 million, in the second quarter as revenues rose 5% to $31.2 billion
NAFTA region shipments grew 10% while Asia Pacific (APAC) region jumped 42%....
According to a report in Italian financial newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore, the government is considering offering tax incentives to boost car sales in the country.
“We are thinking of using fiscal levers to encourage a renewal of our car stocks,” Transport Minister Mauritzio Lupi said today. “We are evaluating this project because that is what it means to have an industrial policy for this country.”
“We have the oldest fleet in Europe,” Lupi went on to say....
Allpar’s sources tell us that, despite the clear acceleration and fuel-economy benefits of the eight-speed automatic, the police are demanding that Dodge stick with the old Mercedes five-speed on Charger squad cars.
In 2014, both police and civilian Chargers had the five-speed, though civilians got the eight-speed with the V6 — and in 2015, the eight-speed will be the only transmission in any civilian Dodge Charger, including the SRT....
In today’s print edition of Automotive News, Larry Vellequette wrote about one more facet of the ongoing battle for bragging rights among pickup manufacturers.
This time, Ram is engaged in a tussle with Ford over top towing rights. Ford claims the championship over the Ram 3500, saying its 4X4 crew cab heavy-duty pickup can tow 31,200 pounds, 1,200 more than the Ram 3500 regular cab 4X2, which Chrysler maintains has “best-in-class” towing....