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40+ cars that barely avoid the gas guzzler tax

Filed under: Convertible, Coupe, Sedan, Performance, Wagon, Government/Legal, Audi, Bentley, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, Hyundai, Jaguar, Lexus, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Luxury The Gas Guzzler schedule, with mpg ratings and charges that haven’t changed since 1991, lays out which fuel-swillers owe what to Uncle Sam. I started thinking about the “Gas Guzzler Tax” – considerably [...]

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The cars that won’t live to see 2015 [w/video] [UPDATE]

Filed under: Acura, BMW, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Infiniti, Lamborghini, Lexus, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Scion, Toyota, Volkswagen, Volvo Every year in the fast-paced automotive industry brings new models, but it also spells the end for some that have been less successful. This year will be no exception. Japan’s automakers make up the bulk of the list [...]

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Chrysler recalling hundreds of thousands of Jeep Grand Cherokee and Commander SUVs

Filed under: SUV, Recalls, Chrysler, Jeep, Ram The public might associated ignition switch recalls with General Motors – and with good cause – but that’s not the only automaker calling its vehicles back in to fix that sort of issue. Last month we reported that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was investigating an array [...]

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Hot sales have Detroit automakers shortening summer shutdowns

Filed under: Plants/Manufacturing, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GM, GMC, Jeep, Lincoln, Earnings/Financials Back in May, there was speculation that the Detroit Three automakers would maintain or perhaps even extend their traditional summer shutdowns, mostly due to a bitingly cold winter that saw below-freezing temperatures infiltrate the southernmost reaches of the US, putting a chill on [...]

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A decade later, here are 4 cars we miss and 5 we’re happy are gone [UPDATE]

Filed under: Convertible, Coupe, Performance, Etc., Hatchback, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Ford, GM, Mazda, Pontiac, Porsche, Ferrari Automotive anniversaries are often big news. Last year, the Chevrolet Corvette turned 60 and the Porsche 911 hit 50. This year, the spritely Mazda MX-5 Miata turns 25. The iconic Ford Mustang just turned the big Five-Oh, too. But [...]

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Chrysler de Mexico to sell rebadged Mitsubishi model in shades of Colt deal

Filed under: Car Buying, Budget, Sedan, Plants/Manufacturing, Hatchback, Chrysler, Mitsubishi, Montreal Auto Show Chrysler and Mitsubishi have had a close relationship since the early ’70s. Back then, they partnered up to sell the Japanese brand’s models under American names as captive imports in the US. Vehicles like the Dodge Colt, Eagle Summit, and eventually the [...]

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2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat has 707 glorious horsepower [w/video]

Filed under: Coupe, Performance, Chrysler, Dodge Hold onto your butts. “600-plus horsepower” is what we were told to expect from the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT with its 6.2-liter supercharged Hellcat V8 engine. But as we’ve just learned, those were incredibly conservative numbers. Dodge has officially announced that the range-topping Challenger will hit the asphalt with [...]

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Chrysler recalling 700k minivans and Dodge Journey for ignition switch woes

Filed under: Minivan/Van, Recalls, Safety, Crossover, Chrysler, Dodge General Motors isn’t the only automaker with ignition switch problems. Chrysler is fighting it too and is now announcing a recall of 695,957 examples worldwide of the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans from the 2008-2010 model years, plus the 2009-2010 Dodge Journey. According [...]

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Google’s new Android Autos OS unveiled, will be in cars this year [w/video]

Filed under: Technology, Videos, Chrysler, Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Nissan, Volkswagen, Infotainment Connected cars are coming en-masse. We know this much. How, though, remains something of an open question, especially as two of the world’s largest tech companies are preparing to battle for control of your car’s dashboard. On the one hand, we have Apple [...]

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Some Jeep Cherokees and Chrysler 200s to get standard stop-start in 2015

Filed under: Sedan, Technology, Crossover, Chrysler, Jeep Automakers the world over are striving to find ways to make their models more efficient, and Chrysler has a solution for some versions of the 2015 Chrysler 200 and 2015 Jeep Cherokee (2014 model shown). The Tigershark 2.4-liter four-cylinder in the 200 and the 3.2-liter Pentastar V6 in [...]

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Airbag recall widens to include BMW, Chrysler, Ford and Toyota

Filed under: Recalls, Safety, Acura, BMW, Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Infiniti, Lexus, Mazda, Nissan, Toyota The recall of faulty airbag inflators supplied by Takata has exploded today to grow to seven automakers. In most cases, only models in certain high-humidity regions were affected because the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found in its investigation that moisture [...]

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NHTSA investigating Chrysler for airbags, ignition switches

Filed under: Minivan/Van, SUV, Government/Legal, Recalls, Crossover, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep Chrysler is being targeted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in a pair of actions that focus on over 1.2 million Jeeps, minivans and crossovers. The first is a “preliminary investigation” that focuses on an airbag issue afflicting the Jeep Commander built in model [...]

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Porsche, Hyundai and GM impress in J.D. Power Initial Quality Study, Fiat and Jeep don’t

Filed under: Buick, Chevrolet, Chrysler, GM, GMC, Hyundai, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Porsche, Fiat, Ram Consumers continue to struggle with the advanced user interfaces and technologies being fitted to new cars, according to the latest J.D. Power Initial Quality Study. Overall, the industry average for problems per 100 vehicles climbed three percent, to 116 issues reported [...]

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Fiat GIF-based ads make our heads spin

Filed under: Marketing/Advertising, Videos, Hatchback, Chrysler, Fiat Take a good, long look at the image above. Don’t worry, it’s completely real; you’re not hallucinating. Would you believe that’s an actual screencap from an actual ad commissioned by Fiat that’s airing on actual television? Believe it. The commercials started as a series of animated GIFs from [...]

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Honda may recall up to 1M vehicles for airbag issue, following Toyota’s lead

Filed under: Recalls, Safety, Chrysler, Honda, Mazda, Nissan, Toyota It seems Toyota won’t be the only one recalling the faulty Takata airbag inflators for long. Honda insiders in Japan claim that the company is getting close to announcing its own worldwide campaign that would begin before the end of June. Unnamed sources close to Honda [...]

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Chrysler names six new board directors

Filed under: Hirings/Firings/Layoffs, Chrysler Executives may call the shots day-to-day at the world’s leading automakers – much as they do at any other corporation – but the ultimate decision-making body remains the board of directors. And Chrysler has just named six new members to its board. The appointments include Hermann Waldemer, the former CFO of [...]

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Fiat board makes Chrysler merger official, approves $5.4B bond sale

Filed under: Government/Legal, Chrysler, Fiat Fiat’s board of directors has officially approved the merger plan that will see the conglomerate’s automotive operations merged with Chrysler into the new Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The plan essentially provides a road map for the structure of the new company. It includes provisions for Fiat shareholders – one Fiat share [...]

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