A Swedish magazine, which two years ago made waves by claiming that the Jeep Grand Cherokee had failed its “moose test” (sudden swerves emulating the sighting and avoidance of a moose in the road) after allegedly overloading the SUV by 150 lb, has now completely cleared the 2014 Grand Cherokee in a new test.
A car failing the test provides a great deal of publicity to the magazine and allows them to run headlines insisting that the vehicle is “deadly.”
In 2012, Chrysler representatives had been told by a test driver that the Jeep was overloaded. The German magazine Auto, Motor, und Sport (AMS) had already found that the 2012 Jeep passed the test, and re-tested it afterwards to be sure. AMS reported, “Whether loaded with 2 people on board or with the maximum permissible total weight, all four wheels maintained contact with the ground to the greatest possible extent. The tested Jeep did not demonstrate one-sided uplift or, let alone, tipping. This confirms the theory that the Cherokee in Sweden was overloaded.”
Swedish magazine Teknikens Värld issued a press release in which they reiterated their claims of “dangerous behavior,” claiming to have repeated the tests with different vehicles, and implying that Jeep engineers had tampered with any vehicle that passed. Still, for the 2014s, they used 6,501 pounds of payload, with summer tires and the 3-liter diesel, and claimed responsibility for the Jeep’s passing the test without problems.
Dodge and SRT are rejoining the Trans Am Series, with Miller Racing fielding two new Dodge Challengers at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 15 and 16. Driving will be four-time series champion Tommy Kendall, making his first Trans Am start since 2004 in the TA2 series class. The cars appear to be driven by 5.7 liter Hemi engines. [...]
Though the Ram 1500 just had major upgrades, another refresh is due in 2017, to deal with the new F-150s and a possible Chevrolet Silverado update. So far not much is known about these trucks, except that they will likely include the Pentastar engine upgrade, might include the rumored 5.7 Hemi V8 upgrade, and are likely to have undergone weight reduction therapy [...]
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 [...]
Artist suzq044 has provided an alternative view of what the 2017 Ram may look like. This refresh will counter new F-150s. The trucks will almost certainly include the V6 engine upgrade, might include the rumored 5.7 Hemi V8 upgrade, and are likely to have more high-strength steel and aluminum to cut weight. The 2017 Ram is also likely to have aerodynamic improvements to increase highway [...]
It has been years since Allpar first reported on the future launch of a new Jeep Wagoneer, and the dropping of the Dodge Caravan. With Wagoneer on the books, Chrysler planners may have had mixed feelings about the sudden success of the Dodge Durango. They wanted to drop the Durango for a more-profitable Wagoneer (essentially a Durango with the Grand Cherokee suspension design [...]