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Journey moving to Sterling Heights

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The Detroit Free Press reported today that Chrysler will move the next generation Dodge Journey from Toluca, Mexico, to Sterling Heights, Michigan, which today builds the 200 and Avenger; the plant is also slated to build the next generation of the 200, which will be a completely different design.

The next-generation Journey and 200 are moving to the same basic platform and architecture as Dodge Dart and Jeep Cherokee, a move that was announced years ago.

The Freep credited Automotive Compass with the news; that organization credited suppliers for the information. Automotive Compass also confirmed that the Dodge Avenger was to cease production, as announced.  Chrysler has declined to comment.

The new Journey and Freemont are still some time off, with Automotive Compass claiming they will start up in January 2016. The Journey was recently refreshed, but will stand alone as the last of its series for over a year. Sales of the Journey have been low in the United States, but it has been the perennial best-seller for its class in Canada, has been the best-selling crossover in Mexico, and is moderately popular in Europe (for a car of its size) as the Fiat Freemont.

The Toluca plant also builds the Fiat 500 for sale in North America. Prior to the Journey, Toluca was the sole source of the PT Cruiser and, before that, the Neon Coupe, also building some Neon sedans. The Sterling Heights plant was earmarked for closure when Fiat first took over Chrysler, but was eventually purchased from the old, in-bankruptcy Chrysler and given $1 billion in upgrades. According to past statements, the plant could also build the Dodge Dart or Jeep Cherokee as needed, though this is not currently planned. (Thanks, MoparStu.)

Ford’s towing claims: brag or bluff?

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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....

Proxy service advises merger approval

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San Francisco-based Glass, Lewis & Co. has recommended that its clients approve the Fiat Chrysler merger this Friday. Glass Lewis is one of the two leading proxy service companies in the world, the other being ISS which last week advised its clients to vote down the merger. According to a Reuters report, the company said the benefits of the merger outweigh concerns about voting rights....

Does Enders-Stevens strategy open the door for Johnson?

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NHRA Pro Stock points leader Erica Enders-Stevens didn’t race at Sonoma and she won’t be competing at the Northwest Nationals in Seattle. Elite Motorsports owner Richard Freeman two-event “holiday” at the Mile-High Nationals in Denver. Despite her very impressive racing resume, Enders-Stevens lacks a real sponsor and it’s likely this was a major consideration, especially since she had built up a 241-point lead over Allen Johnson, who is second in the point standings, at the end of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio....

Coughlin clinches Countdown berth in Sonoma

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Jeg Coughlin Jr. became the second Mopar driver to clinch a spot in the six-race Countdown to the Championship that will determine the Mello Yello NHRA Pro Stock world championship. Coughlin joined teammate Allen Johnson in the Countdown after making it to the Pro Stock semifinals in the NHRA Sonoma Nationals that ran this weekend at Sonoma Raceway....

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