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First shot of the next Journey?

2015 Dodge Journey spy shot

While it has gotten less publicity than the new Chrysler 200, the Dodge Journey is expected to be replaced soon with either a new Dodge crossover or a new Chrysler-branded one. Production is said to be moving to Sterling Heights, where the Chrysler 200 is already made, or Belvidere (Dart, Patriot, Compass), making way for a new product at Toluca — which many expect to be a metric-ton-payload pickup truck.

Allpar source “DCXcarbuilder” captured this disguised crossover tooling down a Michigan highway. It is well covered, but appears to reveal Dodge-Charger-style scallops in the doors, and a crossover design that matches the basic lines of the camouflaged Chrysler mid-size car up front.  There is no body identification on it, and the main reason to think it is a Chrysler design is the similarity with recent spy shots of what most people think is the next Chrysler 200.

While Dodge appears to be moving towards embracing its muscle-car reputation, rather than trying to refine it into a more European “handles well and doesn’t need brute force” mode, a properly styled crossover could easily fit into that mold; they do not appear to have hurt BMW or Porsche.  The current Dodge Journey has not been a sales barnstormer in the United States, but has consistently led crossover sales in Canada. A version of Journey has been fairly successful in Europe as the Fiat Freemont, and will reportedly be built in China for domestic sales (since cars cannot be imported into China without punishing duties).

We believe that the roof comes back into more of a hatchback form than a typical space-maximizing SUV shape; indeed, this could be a Dodge Avenger hatchback style, or a very, very well disguised Avenger sedan, rather than a new Journey. The hints of side sculpting could be an attribute of the camouflage or unfinished doors, so this could still be a Chrysler prototype.

Update: Some readers believe this is actually a Lincoln MKC, which is a higher trim version of the Ford Escape. This does not explain why the support cars are all Mopars.

Chrysler’s booming July sales

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Chrysler Group reported sales increased 20% to 167,667 units last month. The results not only extended the group’s record to 52 consecutive months of sales growth, they marked the group’s best July since 2005....

Shareholder vote tomorrow

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The Ordinary and Extraordinary Shareholder’s Meeting of Fiat S.p.A. kicks off tomorrow at 11:00 AM CET (5:00 AM Eastern). The main item on the agenda is one of the biggest changes since the company was founded on July 11, 1899: will Fiat no longer be an Italian company?...

Ram alone in honest HD pickup ratings?

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After the recent discovery that Ford had been tossing out the spare tire, jack, radio, and console of its F-450 to make it (barely) fit into the weight rating of a class three truck (while increasing its payload slightly but cutting the base weight), Larry Vellequette of Automotive News noted that GM had started playing the same game on its own trucks to boost payload ratings....

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