Modern Street Hemi Shootout Detroit event is still a-go

While the Covid-19 pandemic has led to the cancelation of just about every event planned around the 2020 Woodward Dream Cruise, the Modern Street Hemi Shootout’s ThiTek “Hemi’Nsanity” will still be held on August 16 at Lapeer International Raceway. Roadkill Nights by Dodge, the actual Woodward Dream Cruise and all of the other events that were planned along the Dream Cruise route have been called off, but the organizers and racers of the MSHS will still head to Lapeer for some wicked Mopar drag racing.

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FCA Q2: profits in North America, losses everywhere else

In the second quarter of 2020, FCA, hit like everyone else by COVID-19, saw shipments fall by 63%, to 424,000. The company lost €0.9 billion before interest and taxes—losing €1 billion all together (both net loss and adjusted net loss).

North America was the one bright spot, with a €39 million profit (adjusted earnings before interest and taxes, or adjusted EBIT) even though sales were down by 62%.

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Stellantis may be butt of jokes, but new tech may surprise some

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While the uninspiring corporate name Stellantis has brought up numerous jokes — mostly centering around its pharmaceutics-like sound — the two groups have announced some fairly impressive technology in the works.

Americans can’t buy 4xe Jeeps just yet, but FCA, on both sides of the Atlantic, has been hard at work on advanced hybrid-electric systems. PSA, which already has some sophisticated hybrids, is moving on to the next phase,

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Kevin Wesley talks Pikes Peak race cars, aftermarket support plans

There are arguably no modern Mopar road racing program that is better known than that of Wesley Motorsports. The team’s Bilstein-sponsored blue-and-yellow Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody race car has proven its mettle in the Pikes Peak Hill Climb and on the GridLife circuit. The team also campaigned a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody at Pikes Peak, but rain prevented them from making a good run with the supercharged sedan.

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FCA to become Stellantis, 392 Wrangler Concept debuts and Hagan wins

FCA didn’t offer much news during the Covid-19 pandemic shutdown, but the company has made up for the previous radio silence. First, the Dodge brand introduced the Hellcat Durango, the Challenger Redeye-based Super Stock and the long awaited Charger Redeye. Those three vehicles came together to dominate the automotive media for a while, but this week, FCA has had a handful of smaller stories.

This started with Matt Hagan winning the first NHRA event since the series got back underway.

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Re-re-re-rescheduled: Mopar show at the Packard Proving Grounds

The North Oakland Mopar Muscle (NOMM) all-Mopar meet at the Packard Proving Grounds, originally slated for 4/26, has been  moved to September 20, 2020 —assuming Michigan moves to Stage 5 before then.

Car-show vehicles can be registered for $10 (for the owner and one guest), from 7 am to 9 am day-of-show; swap meet spaces are $25 with setup from 6 am to 8 am. The show’s open-to-the-public times are 8 am to 3 pm.

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Sources: a new 2022 Dakota really is coming, but maybe not the Challenger ACR

The first Dodge Dakota was engineered for Chrysler, under contract; the second was almost revolutionary, a surprisingly comfortable truck with a good ride, capable handling, and a choice of V6 or V8 engines. The final model was based on the Ram pickup, rather than created on its own platform; it faltered in the market and was dropped after the 2011 model-year.  Even as it launched, there were rumors of a next-generation model that would return to the Dakota’s roots.

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New Jeep book delves into Wagoneer, Gladiator, Comanche, and Scrambler

Enthusiast Books has made a new Jeep book for pre-order: an illustrated history of the Jeep Wagoneer, Gladiator, Comanche, and Scrambler, written by Allpar’s founder.

The new book will be shipped starting on September 1, 2020, but is available on Amazon for pre-order now. It is also available at a slightly lower price on Bookshop.org.

To quote the blurb:

The Wagoneer and its companion,

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