A Future Mid-Engine Viper with Hellcat Power: Yay or Nay?

There is very little going on in the automotive world and social media is packed full of negativity, so today, we thought that we would discuss the future of the Dodge Viper. The legendary Mopar supercar officially left the lineup in 2017 and since then, there has been no word on a return. However, as was the case when the Viper went out of production back in 2010, fans of the brand continue to dream about what might be coming next.

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Big reverse recall for Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, and Ram

FCA is recalling a wide range of 2019 and 2020 vehicles with the big 8.4 inch or 12 inch displays, because a software error can show the rearview camera image after the vehicle is shifted back into Drive. This can distract the driver and, theoretically, contribute to a crash.

The solution, not surprisingly, is to update the software. 318,537 vehicles in the US, and a certain number (we estimate roughly 50,000) elsewhere,

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Rendering: 2022 Grand Cherokee, and what we expect

2022 Grand Cherokee WL rendering

The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee and a currently unnamed 2022 Jeep three-row version are both being readied at this very moment. What do we have to look forward to?

First, both are moving to the new “Giorgio Global” platform/architecture. Depending on who you believe, Giorgio was developed in Italy by Alfa Romeo, or by FCA globally; Giorgio Global at least has former-Chrysler input regardless of the story.  

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Dodge takes top styling honors from KBB for second straight year

Dodge has received the Kelley Blue Book Image Award for the Best Car Styling among non-luxury brands for 2020 after winning that same aware for 2019.

These awards are based on KBB’s Brand Watch Study, which is “an online brand and model perception tracking study tapping into 12,000+ in-market new-vehicle shoppers annually”. In short, KBB collects information from the people who use their website and those data is used to select the Brand Image Awards each year.

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FCA Design announces an impromptu Ram truck sketch battle

FCA announced earlier today that company design heads Ralph Gilles and Mark Trostle are challenging the world to an interesting design contest. As an offshoot of the Drive for Design contest, which is focusing on Ram pickups this year, Gilles and Trostle are asking for anyone with design capabilities to see the “wickedest and most outrageous designs for a Ram truck”.

To promote this impromptu sketch battle,

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Prefix providing PPE for medical workers

Under the guidelines of the Defense Production Act, Metro Detroit-based Prefix has taken a break from producing go fast parts for the Dodge Viper, transitioning the efforts of their workers to producing plastic shield and cloth masks for first responders, medical workers and other people battling the Covid-19 pandemic from the front lines.

While FCA, Ford Motor Company and General Motors have all been recognized for their efforts in production personal protection equipment (PPE),

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FCA is dominating minivans again, #2 in muscle… and more

2020 Jeep Gladiator pickup truck

Chrysler and Dodge are dominating the minivan market again, according to first-quarter sales. Indeed, the two brands were responsible for 60% of American sales—a number that brings up memories of the 1990s.

The top seller was the Dodge Caravan, though it fell by 30% since Q1 2019 and has been marked for deletion; they sold 24,931 Caravans anyway. Pacifica and Voyager came in at #2, gaining by just 5%,

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FCA gets three loyalty awards

2021 Chrysler Pacifica AWD minivan

Three of the 24th annual IHS Markit loyalty awards went to FCA. The winners were Ram pickups (1500, 2500, and 3500), minivans, (Pacifica), and the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

FCA took three out of 15 segments, more than any other automaker.

IHS Markit analyzes over 17 million new-vehicle registrations; loyalty is defined as when a household that owns a new vehicle returns to market and acquires another new vehicle of the same make,

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