94 mph hit survived in a Charger

One of our regulars sparked a lively discussion on deer collisions the other day when he posted a story and video to our forum of a high-speed police car hit in Minnesota.

A deputy sheriff from Isanti County (about 50 miles due north of Minneapolis) walked away in good health after hitting a deer with his Charger Pursuit police vehicle. He was going very fast –

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Is this why they redesigned Ram tailgates?

Ram 1500 split tailgate

When Allpar broke the story of Ram’s “dual use” patent, long ago, it was met with yawns; and when we showed the first split tailgate spotted in the field, it was met with derision, though some saw it as the answer to their problems.

And then one Allpar member put two and two together, remembering another patent registered some time ago — one for ramps built into the underbed,

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FCA aims to build more in China

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles may be allowed to build more vehicles for the lucrative China market and the Trumpchi brand could be coming to the U.S. as part of talks between FCA and its Chinese partners.

According to the Chinese company, FCA is in negotiations with Trumpchi builders Guangzhou Automobile Group Co. to expand their 50-50 partnership in China. The goal is expanding production for FCA and creating an entry into the U.S.

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Recall for 2018 Jeeps: no known failures

FCA US is recalling certain 2018 Jeep Cherokee and Compass vehicles with 2.4 liter four-cylinder engines, because around 358 vehicles may have a cracked oil pump housing that may cause the engine to stall.

Not all 2018 Cherokees and Compasses with the 2.4 engine have a problem; owners are to take them to dealers for an inspection.  The suspect oil pump/balance shaft module was provided by well-established supplier Metaldyne,

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Consumer group alleges Pacifica problem

There have been rumors for weeks that the Chrysler Pacifica might have a stalling issue. Now a consumer advocacy group is asking NHTSA to investigate the alleged problem with an eye to recalling 150,00 of them for a potential safety risk.

On Monday, the Centre for Auto Safety formally asked the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to investigate Pacifica’s stalling, which is said to have frightened some drivers by suddenly stranding them in highway traffic without warning.

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Top 10 Fun: nine imports, one Chrysler

chrysler logo detail from dealer sign

How many times have you seen a Top 10 list that was all imports? Too many. Here’s one with a Chrysler as the lone Detroit product among nine German and Japanese vehicles.

Autoguide.com has taken Consumer Reports 2017 reliability score rankings and done a mashup with the vehicles its staff consider fun to drive. The outcome is a thing they call the Top 10 Reliable Cars That Are Also Fun To Drive.

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A disturbance in the minivan force

2016 honda odyssey

A second massive safety recall of Honda’s highly-ranked Odyssey minivan for a problem that can cause injuries is so serious it could alter sales patterns.

On Saturday, Honda Motor Co. announced it was recalling 800,000 minivans built between from 2011 to 2017 for a problem which can lead to seats breaking loose from their moorings. The problem does not appear to affect its new 2018 model,

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Chrysler makes ‘most wanted’ list

Edmunds, the automotive information company, has included the Chrysler 300 on its list of the 17 Most Wanted vehicles for 2018 in its segment.

The 300 was the only FCA product on the list, while Honda and Mercedes had four each. The winners of  the annual Edmunds Buyers Most Wanted Awards are based mostly on sales figures within each segment, selling speed, and shopper interest.

2018 Chrysler 300S,

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