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Consumer Reports says Ram 1500 tops fuel economy fight [w/video]

Filed under: MPG, Chrysler, Dodge, Toyota Consumer Reports takes its independent vehicle testing procedures seriously. In an era when we have to question the EPA’s official ratings thanks to recent re-evaluations from Ford and Hyundai, an independent voice is important. So, when CR says something is the best, it’s worth paying attention to. The Ram [...]

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Chrysler investigating complaints of vehicles with faulty power modules

Filed under: Safety, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep Chrysler owners are hopping mad after experiencing a series of electrical gremlins in some of the company’s vehicles. Issues range from mere annoyances – windows rolling down and radios turning off of their own accord – to serious safety issues, with headlights that randomly shut off at night and [...]

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Japanese spark plug giant NGK pleads guilty to price fixing, to pay $52M fine

Filed under: Maintenance, Government/Legal, Chrysler, Honda, Toyota The ongoing investigation by the Department of Justice into price fixing in the automotive industry has nabbed one more company breaking the law. Japanese parts giant NGK Spark Plug Company agreed to plead guilty to a felony count of pricing fixing and bid rigging in the in the [...]

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2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat revealed [UPDATE]

Filed under: Performance, Chrysler, Dodge Almost immediately after we drove the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, we began wondering: what’s next? Pumping 707 horsepower into the Challenger seemed so crazy – and so intoxicating – we just assumed that Dodge would try that trick again. Rumors swirled about a Charger Hellcat. Frankly it makes even [...]

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Chrysler, Nissan looking into claim that their cars are industry’s most hackable

Filed under: Sedan, SUV, Safety, Technology, Crossover, Chrysler, Infiniti, Jeep, Nissan, Luxury, Off-Road A pair of cyber security experts have awarded the ignominious title of most hackable vehicles on American roads to the 2014 Jeep Cherokee, 2014 Infiniti Q50 and 2015 Cadillac Escalade. Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek are set to release a report at [...]

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What’s in a trademark? Sometimes, the next iconic car name

Filed under: Government/Legal, Buick, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GM, Lexus, Toyota The United States Patent and Trademark Office is a treasure trove for auto enthusiasts, especially those who double as conspiracy theorists. Why has Toyota applied to trademark “Supra,” the name of one of its legendary sports cars, even though it hasn’t sold one in [...]

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Fiat shareholders green-light Chrysler merger, end of an Italian era

Filed under: Chrysler, Fiat Fiat has just taken a major step away from its Italian heritage, as shareholders officially approved the company’s merger with Chrysler. That move will lead to the formation of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, a Dutch company based in Great Britain and listed on the New York Stock Exchange, according to Automotive [...]

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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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