One of Chrysler’s continuing advantages in minivans is the “Stow ’n’ Go” seating system, which lets owners fold their seats into the floor, providing a flat load floor from the front seats back to the gate. Launched in the 2005 minivans, it was improved in the 2008s by having the headrests flip forward automatically, killing one step in the (still rather easy) process.
Now, reader Steven St. Laurent pointed out that Chrysler appears to have more tricks up its sleeve, with a new patent showing another revised Stow ’n’ Go system, presumably for the 2015-or-2016 minivans due at the start of 2015 or so. The primary advantage of this system, based on perusal of the images, is that the middle seats fold first and then move into the floor, which would make moving the front seats forward less of an issue; the system also appears to be less complex, based on the description. Part of the floor panel (when stowed) is fixed to the seat back, also simplifying stowage and reducing the parts count. (You can peruse the full patent if you wish.)
Rumors from Windsor suggested first that the current “RT” minivan body would continue for some years alongside the new “RU,” and then that it would be dropped as soon as the new designs came out — in Chrysler form only. Sergio Marchionne has thrown some fuel onto the speculative fire, commenting today in Detroit that: Where is Reid [Bigland]? If it [...]
Today, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne implied that the odds were against the Toledo plant keeping Jeep Wrangler production, despite a recent land purchase and the city’s long history with Jeep in general and CJ and Wrangler in particular. He did say that, if Wrangler was to find a new home, new product would be moved to the plant: … if the economic [...]
Burns Motors has posted two videos of a Dodge Challenger Hellcat doing the quarter mile in 10.48 seconds. These stand in contrast to a video elsewhere which shows a $105,000 Tesla owner jumping the red light at the track to beat a Hellcat owner who was unused to the car, and struggled for traction through the run. The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT [...]