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Autoblog Podcast #377

Filed under: Concept Cars, New York Auto Show, Podcasts, Chrysler, Lexus, Beijing Motor Show Episode #377 of the Autoblog podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth and Steven Ewing talk about the New York Auto Show, the Beijing Motor Show (and a tangent or two). We start with what’s in the garage and finish [...]

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Dodge offering novel 1-year lease on ’14 Challenger and Charger models

Filed under: Car Buying, Coupe, Sedan, Marketing/Advertising, Dodge, Earnings/Financials Dodge is just days away from unveiling refreshed versions of the Charger and Challenger at the 2014 New York Auto Show, models promising updated styling and new powertrain options. Depending on how you look at it, the company is either so confident in its forthcoming 2015 [...]

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Chrysler called out over lackluster Ram Runner by racer who helped develop it

Filed under: Aftermarket, Performance, Truck, Chrysler, Ford, Celebrities, Off-Road, Ram Fans of off-roading and desert blasting might recall that Chrysler offers an aftermarket conversion that can turn a Ram 1500 into a road-legal desert racer, called the Ram Runner. The kit, sold through Mopar, includes some significant suspension upgrades, body tweaks and a brawnier cat-back [...]

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Ward’s releases 10 Best Interiors list for 2014

Filed under: Chevrolet, Chrysler, GMC, Hyundai, Jeep, Kia, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Rolls-Royce, Volkswagen While we’re still a ways off from the automotive awards season proper, where things like North American Car and Truck of the Year, Motor Trend‘s Car of the Year and Car and Driver‘s Ten Best are named, that doesn’t mean there aren’t trophies [...]

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Marchionne says Fiat Chrysler can make 6 million cars per year

Filed under: Plants/Manufacturing, Chrysler, Earnings/Financials, Fiat The combined Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will see its production capacity increase from a projected 4.6 million in 2014 to 6 million units once it completes its integration, according to statements made by FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne. “With the initiatives we will announce in May, six million is accessible,” Marchionne [...]

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2015 Chrysler 200 snags EPA ratings of 18 mpg city and 29 highway

Filed under: Sedan, Chrysler While Chrysler hasn’t officially announced fuel economy figures for its new 200 sedan, the information for one model has just leaked out thanks to the US Department of Energy’s FuelEconomy.gov website. It certified the 200 with the 295-horsepower and 262-pound-feet 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, nine-speed automatic and all-wheel drive as getting 18-miles-per-gallon [...]

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SRT pulling Vipers out of Le Mans

Filed under: Motorsports, SRT Last year, Chrysler campaigned a pair of SRT Viper GTS-Rs in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It was the first time Auburn Hills had sent a team to the famous French endurance race since 2000, when the Viper ended a three-year winning streak in the GTS class. It finished in [...]

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2015 Chrysler 200

Filed under: Sedan, Chrysler, First Drives For the last seven years, the Chrysler Sebring/200 has been a car that few people have managed to say anything good about. When you saw one on the road, it was probably silver and you probably assumed it was rented – especially if it was a convertible. In fact, [...]

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Video: This 1958 Chrysler Imperial Ultra 7 Pointer 1 is Japan’s Batmobile

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Chysler Imperial Point Ultra 7

It might be sacrilegious to admit among some auto enthusiasts, but there’s more to driving than performance and speed. Sometimes it can be a matter of love, as it is for Yasushi Shiroi, who has spent the last 21 years building a faithful replica of a car from a ’60s Japanese sci-fi show.

Shiroi’s car is the star of the latest video from The Aficionauto and it’s truly a labor of love. This machine, which is sort of like a Japanese Batmobile, is based on a 1958 Chrysler Imperial and is designed to recreate a car called the Pointer 1 from the series Ultra 7. The latter was apparently hugely popular when it ran in Japan in 1967 and 1968, and told the story a seven-member team that fought off aliens attacking Earth. While the car in the series never actually ran, Shiroi wanted one that would.

The Pointer 1 has been in constant development since Shiroi has owned it. All of the body modifications have been done in steel, but mechanically, it remains something of a mess. ​This replica might be slow – and to many people, ugly – but it has brought its owner about as much happiness as a car can, and that’s something worth celebrating. Scroll down to check it out.

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