What FCA is making, end of Caravan

The Dodge Grand Caravan will end its long career—spanning 36 model years—in August 2020. After that, buyers of inexpensive Mopar minivans will need to go with the Chrysler Voyager—the name by which all Chrysler minivans were sold in Europe for many years.

One of many Caravans in West Virginia.

Many were expecting the Windsor plant that pumps out Pacificas to make some sort of minivan-based large crossover,

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Will 2021 Challenger ACR beat the best Mustang—and approach the Viper?

Longtime Allpar source “Muther” has been giving us the lowdown on the rumored Dodge Challenger ACR (American Club Racer).

Following the highly successful Neon ACR and Viper ACR, this car would have weight reductions, more aerodynamic work (to glue the tires to the track, not to reduce noise and increase economy), and better brakes, among other features. The car will carry much of the Challenger’s excitement until a completely new model is available—and,

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Modern Street Hemi Shootout 2020 Season Update

The early stages of the 2020 Modern Street Hemi Shootout schedule have been ravaged by the Covid-19 pandemic. Many drag strips around the country were forced to close to delay the start of their 2020 racing season and unfortunately, that includes several of the tracks where the MSHS was scheduled to run over the course of the past few months. As a result, series boss Dan VanHorn has been forced to make several changes to the schedule going forward and since so many racers are itching to hit the track,

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Dodge Challenger T/A born 51 years ago today, with a memo

Today marks the birthday of the Dodge Challenger T/A, as measured from its conception in Product Planning Letter #A340, dated May 13, 1969.

The goal was to “create a modified Challenger which will be merchandised as a ‘Trans-Am’ package.” The mandatory options would include heavy duty suspension, power disc brakes, Sure-Grip axle, and special-build 340 cubic inch  V8, with optional 440 Six-Pack and Hemi engines.

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Winners, FCA restart, losing $1.8 billion, Chevy’s TRX and Ford’s hybrid truck

Last week, FCA announced that it had lost $1.8 billion over the last quarter, a bit less than Ford’s $2 billion loss. GM, somehow, managed to declare a profit.  All three companies have opened up new lines of credit; GM in particular has been stashing away cash as though there might be no tomorrow, desperate to avoid another bailout. Electric car maker Rivian actually gave money back to the city of Normal,

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FCA trademark filing rekindles Dakota return rumors

It seems like we have been talking about the return of the Dodge Dakota midsized pickup since it was discontinued after the 2011 model year. Shortly after production of the third generation Dakota – sold from 2009 through 2011 as a Ram model rather than a Dodge – there were rumors that FCA was working on a replacement. Unfortunately, those rumors were followed by reports that the Dakota replacement project had been “shelved”,

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Is a Barracuda still on?

As the world grips both recession and pandemic, it seems insane that FCA would be working on a new Barracuda coupe, to compete better against the 6,000-US-sales-per-month Mustang and 4,000-sales-per-month Camaro. But the rumors are flying, and maybe they’re even true.

A Barracuda, basically a lightweight version of the Challenger, would be closer in size to the Alfa Romeo Giulia than today’s big Charger-based coupes. The base power would almost certainly come from a four-cylinder,

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Hemi Day: links, pics, and a book discount

On 4-26 each year, we celebrate Hemi Day—remembering the legendary 426 Hemi engine, rated at 425 horsepower in street form. The “elephant engine” dominated street and strip alike for many years; and Mopar has developed crate engines for racers and people who just want to retrofit their vintage muscle.

Allpar has numerous pages devoted to the 426 Hemi, but before we send you off down those links,

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