Ultimate TorqueFlite book hits the stores

Tom Hand has been working on and writing about the TorqueFlite automatic transmission for years, so he was a natural for CarTech when they sought an author for a rebuilding guide.

CarTech got more than they bargained for, though. The new Chrysler TorqueFlite A-904 and A-727 Transmissions book sets standards for photography, diagrams, and writing alike.

The book starts with the history of the TorqueFlite,

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Bigger Alfa SUV coming

If you thought the Stelvio was perhaps a little too small, there’s a bigger option coming, according to Alfa Romeo’s chief technical officer — as quoted in Auto Express. 

In addition to the bigger size and a possible seven-seat option, the un-named new Alfa Romeo, to be built on the same platform and architecture, will likely have a 48-volt electrical system with either a full-blown plug-in hybrid system (an evolution of the Pacifica’s system) or a mild-hybrid system (likely an evolution of the Wrangler’s system).

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New UConnect features revealed at CES

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FCA has, as part of their 2018 Jeep Wrangler reveal — ahead of the Detroit Auto Show — also unveiled new features for UConnect.

New Apple Watch and Android Wear apps let owners remotely start their car, lock and unlock doors, sound the horn, and flash lights. It’s available for 2018 cars and trucks with SiriusXM Guardian connected services; the app is on the App Store and Google Play.

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What’s next for the Super Bowl?

Hernan Hernandez pointed out that the Super Bowl is coming, and asked if people had any idea what FCA might be doing for it. In the past, the company has used the massive audience of the big game to showcase the return of Chrysler, Dodge, Dodge Truck/Ram, Maserati, and Alfa Romeo.

Some of the more critically acclaimed ads were:

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Kidde recall spreads across FCA US

Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram vehicles have all been recalled to replace Kidde fire extinguishers that come along for the ride — from 2004 Durangos to 2018 Pacificas — as part of the Roadside Emergency Kit. If your vehicle does not have the kit, there’s no recall on your car; the company apparently sold 62,042 kits.

An enormous number of plastic-handled and “pindicator” Kidde fire extinguishers have been recalled generally,

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Ram, Fiat, Mitsu triumph in Mexico

Fiat and Ram hit their best-ever annual numbers in Mexico, with FCA reaching 100,846 sales for the year. There are some caveats, since there are many “badge exchanges” in the division.

Overall, FCA Mexico sales fell. Industry-wide, sales fell 5% for the year; GM lost 16%, Nissan lost 9%, and VW lost 5% for the year, with Toyota and Honda staying roughly even. Hyundai sales rose by 28% (the company used to distribute through Chrysler,

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US sales: Chrysler vs the world

Across the United States, light-duty vehicle sales dropped by 1.8%, but some companies did better than others. FCA US — which includes Fiat and Alfa Romeo, but not Maserati — dropped by 8.2%. Maserati itself posted a 9.3% gain, on cars loosely derived from a Chrysler LX (and, in some cases, Pentastar V6) base.  FCA US sold just over two million cars and trucks (2,059,376), with Maserati adding roughly 13,700 more.

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