FCA expands Covid-19 relief, providing a million meals to children

FCA has announced the second step in their Covid-19 relief efforts, working with non-profit organizations in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio to feed children while schools are closed, with the intent of this program spreading across the nation and into both Canada and Mexico.

FCA got involved with the Covid-19 relief effort earlier this week by announcing that the company was converting some vehicle production facilities into medical mask production facilities.

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Gilles: New design direction for Dodge?

Lucid Air and Ralph Gilles

Is Dodge heading for a new design direction—something eschewing today’s endless recycling of the same oddly shaped, oversized grilles (a trend which Gilles himself has not overindulged in)? It looks like FCA US design chief Ralph Gilles and Lucid Air are both going in the same direction—sleeker and simpler, without uselessly oversized grilles.

The orange rendering (above left)  is a Dodge experimental design posted by Ralph Gilles recently;

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Ram TRX Rebel to feature adaptive suspension, adjustable steering

We once again had a chance to speak with a few of our contacts inside of FCA who are familiar with the Hellcat-powered Ram 1500 TRX Rebel.

Last time we spoke with them, we learned that the supercharged pickup would offer somewhere in the 700-horsepower range and that it would look a great deal like the 2016 concept, except with the general design of the current generation.

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FCA to make millions of face masks, ventilators (updated with US info)

According to Reuters, FCA will be converting one of its Asian plants to make face masks for health care workers; they believe they can reach one million masks per month in short order. These masks can only be used for a brief time before being discarded, so large numbers are needed.

A later version of the story noted that FCA will “start manufacturing face masks in the coming weeks with initial distribution across the United States,

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Mopar racing legend Larry Rathgeb passed on today

Racing legend Larry Rathgeb, one of Chrysler’s famed msucle-era engineers, passed on today.

Rathgeb was inducted into the Mopar Collector’s Guide Hall of Fame in 2012, which pointed out that he became the head of Chrysler’s Special Vehicle Group in the 1960s. He built numerous winning stock cars, and, in their words, “took the Charger Daytona and Plymouth Superbird from fantasy to reality.”

Larry Rathgeb was the lead engineer for racing development on the Dodge Charger Daytona. 

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Track Shaker helps get your Mopar on a road course

Track Shaker

When Dodge introduced the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye and the 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody to the media, the company did so at a road course.

Although modern muscle cars traditionally haven’t gotten a world of respect in the road racing world, the Challenger and Charger have both become far greater road-handlers in the past few years.

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Ram Rebel TRX quarter mile speculation

When the Ram 1500 Rebel TRX arrives (hopefully) later this year, it will not be engineered to tear up a quarter mile drag strip. Frankly, I have seen a production TRX completely undisguised and there is no question that it is an off-road performance truck designed to battle the Ford F-150 Raptor. It sits high in the air, it has off-road suspension and it has big, off-road-ready tires. It is just about everything that you don’t want or need in a drag strip truck,

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FCA, GM, Ford shutting down all North American plants

Sterling Heights 2017

GM, Ford, and FCA are shutting down their North American assembly plants until the end of the month.  At 4 pm today, joined GM and Ford in announcing the shutdown, “starting progressively today through the end of March.”

The UAW had requested that production be temporarily halted for two weeks to stop the spread of COVID-19, which have caused some temporary plant stoppages. However, inventories are fairly high already,

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