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]
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 [...]
The Challenger Hellcat is a hot image car for Dodge, and the brand’s leader has already said he wants to get as many out to the public as possible, suggesting to dealers that they not tack on $10,000 (or higher) surcharges as they did to hot cars in the past — from Vipers to PT Cruisers. While his calls may [...]
The planned Dodge Dart SRT will be enabled by a brand new series of four-cylinder engines, which some insiders say are a joint effort of Chrysler and Fiat, merging aspects of existing designs from both companies. Originally, the engines, dubbed “Hurricane” after military aircraft (and likely referencing vintage Jeep engines as well), were thought to be merely turbocharged versions of the existing 2.0 or [...]
Dodge’s use of Cummins diesels back in 1989 succeeded beyond expectations, reviving a nearly dead truck line. When the company added a VM diesel to the Ram 1500, sales were, again, much better than expected. Chrysler had predicted a 10% take rate, perhaps up to 15%; but Allpar reported in August that the line was running up to 25% diesels when the engines were [...]