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New minivans to get AWD, more

Sergio Marchionne 2013

According to Sergio Marchionne, all wheel drive will be returning to the Chrysler minivans’ option list for the first time since Stow ‘n’ Go pushed it out. All wheel drive was an early minivan option, appearing on the second generation of the iconic vans.

Mr. Marchionne also talked the timetable for minivan production. He said he was negotiating with the province of Ontario for aid (possibly in the form of tax breaks, though he was not specific) to keep building minivans in Windsor financially attractive, versus other locations. Minivans have been built in Windsor since their debut, though they were also built in the United States for many years.

Speaking at a gathering of electronic media, Marchionne said:

We have the best intentions vis-à-vis Windsor. I think that we have done all the work that needed to be done to make sure we had the right architecture for the minivan. That’s done and completed. So we’re now in the process of finalizing style choices for the minivan. In an ideal world, if we could get all our ducks lined up, we could start as early as 2013 to start industrializing the plant. So it could happen as early as this year.

While the plant might start being updated in late 2013, the minivans need much more time to be developed.

The launch won’t happen until sometime at the end of ’14 or the beginning of ’15. You may see it here January 2015. May.

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The new minivans will not just be a powertrain transplant or cosmetic makeover, but a full re-engineering from the ground up.

But the architecture exists, which is not an inconsequential choice, because that architecture inside the minivan today is probably one of the oldest we have within the family and so it needed to be substantially upgraded. We have done all that work from the engineering standpoint; we understand fully what it needs to do.

… maybe I shouldn’t be telling you this. One of the things that we’ve been looking at is a possibility of using a minivan architecture to introduce plug-in hybrids and make that sort of standard fare for the minivan, but it’s still too early to make a call. Certainly the architecture exists and is capable of doing all those things.

Mr. Marchionne reassured the group that the next generation minivans would still be capable of everything the current vans are, but with added capabilities.

Hellcat vs ZL1, GT500

Motor Trend recently dyno-tested a Challenger SRT Hellcat and Camaro ZL1. They found that the Challenger peaked at 635 horsepower and 591 lb-ft at the rear wheels, far more than the Camaro’s 472 hp and 482 lb-ft of toque....

Chrysler 300 one of the “Most Comfortable Cars”

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The 2014 Chrysler 300 equipped with the Pentastar V6 has been named one of KBB.com’s “10 Most Comfortable Cars under $30,000.” “For many car shoppers, comfort is among the top factors in their choice of a new vehicle, especially with so many Americans spending countless hours commuting,” said Jack R....

Supercharged Viper? (Updated)

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With the supercharged 6.2 Hemi delivering 707 horsepower to the Dodge Charger and Challenger, the Viper boys are reportedly looking for ways to get back on top. While the Viper may be superior on a tight racing course, the straight-line performance of Charger and Challenger, in five-seaters with all the amenities, large trunks, and automatic or manual transmissions, is a challenge for Team Viper — as is the current series of Corvettes....

Categories: Chrysler, Future Cars and Rumors, Minivans.


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