This Jeep Wrangler was recently spied on Chrysler’s home turf (the headquarters tower is in the background). It appears to be a Jeep J8, a beefed-up Wrangler Unlimited assembled in Cairo, was created for fleet use by governments and other agencies, for use in demanding conditions; there is a high-roof ambulance version as well as the standard roofless and hard-top J8. The J8’s predecessor had two doors with the extended wheelbase, for a similar profile.
This particular model appears to be diesel powered, with rear leaf springs, according to reader “red_00xj,” who wrote that it is not a prototype but is here for engineering purposes. Further development on the J8 seems likely, based on the vehicle’s being kept around the CTC. This might indicate that the J8 has been selling well enough to merit investment, or that management believes there is a market for it, if they can develop the vehicle sufficiently.
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 [...]