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2019 Ram 1500 Spied Before Debut

2019 Ram 1500 Spied Before Debut

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2019 Ram 1500 Spied Before Debut! Perhaps not as bad as celebrity photographers, but still adept at the art of getting spy shots, automotive photographers have been busy this week. New photos from a variety of publications, including trucks.com, show that the 2019 Ram 1500 may be getting some slight updates. 

The main excitement is over the interior which is expected to feature FCA’s 8.4 UConnect infotainment system as well as a redesigned instrument cluster and steering wheel, which give the Ram a more modern look and feel. The model is confirmed to debut at the North American International Auto Show, held in Detroit in January of 2018, appears to have a larger cabin than previous models. New headlights are also apparent on the model.

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Dodge Viper Plant Will Close Next Month

Dodge Viper Plant Will Close Next Month

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Dodge Viper Plant Will Close Next Month! We originally reported that the Viper production would cease writing, “Amidst on-going negotiations between UAW (United Auto Workers) and FCA (Fiat-Chrysler Automotive) it has been revealed that the Dodge Viper will cease production in 2017.  The original Viper first went into production in 1992 (pictured left) and had three more updates (1996, 2003 and 2008) before Chrysler’s bankruptcy ended its run in 2010. A redesigned version debuted in 2013, but a big price increase and improved competitors hurt sales. Through this September, only 503 Vipers were sold in the United States and only 760 were sold the year before. The Viper is built at the Conor Avenue plant in Detroit where 80 employees assemble the sports car by hand.” In light of this, we also shared how the Viper would become a future American Classic Car collectible, but now we are sharing that the Dodge Viper plant will officially close by August 31. 

According to reporting by AutoBlog, the plant that produces the model, the Conner Assembly Plant located in Detroit, will be closing on August 31. The car had hand-built been produced there since 1995, except from 2010-2013. The Prowler was also built there from 1997 to 2002. Currently, more than 80 workers build the Viper at FCA’s smallest assembly facility. Only 630 Vipers were sold last year and the Viper can’t comply with new safety requirements going forward. Luckily, the workers will receive positions at other plants. 

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2018 Dodge Durango SRT is America's Fastest SUV

2018 Dodge Durango SRT is America’s Fastest SUV

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2018 Dodge Durango SRT is America’s Fastest SUV. According to USA Today, pricing for the 475-horsepower 2018 Dodge Durango SRT will start at around $65,000. Tim Kuniskis, head of passenger car brands, North America, FCA, calls the new performance 2018 Durango a toy-hauling, three-row muscle car that is America’s fastest SUV. The model gets an impressive 0-60 in 4.4 seconds, completing the quarter-mile in 12.9 seconds and certified by the National Hot Rod Association. 

To help celebrate this all-new performance model, Dodge is giving buyers the opportunity to take a free one-day course at the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving in Chandler, Ariz. Dodge hopes this will help owners learn the full driving capabilities of their new SUV which is powered by the 392-cubic-inch Hemi V-8. The model is expected at dealers at the end of this year.

“This is what you get, when you take everything great about the Durango and combine it with the performance of the Charger SRT,” Kuniskis said in the news release.

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Behind the Making of the Dodge Demon

Behind the Making of the Dodge Demon

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Behind the Making of the Dodge Demon! Recently, we shared that the Dodge Demon is the fastest production car with an impressive 9.65-second quarter-mile and 2.3-second 6-60 time, but now we are excited to share more about the making of the Dodge Demon. According to information reported by The Detroit News, the model used to be referred to as the “American Drag Racer” and was planned to be the short distance equivalent to the Dodge Viper. The top secret project was purposely given the name “Benny” (named for Chris Cowland’s favorite “Top Cat” cartoon character)  to prevent news about the development from being released. The Demon got its production green-light in September of 2015.

“Our mantra was ‘nines-with-light.’ It had to run under 10 seconds and it had to pull the front wheels,” Kuniskis explained to media at M1 Concourse on Thursday, six weeks after its jaw-dropping Big Apple debut. “Why? Because nobody had done it. And if you do it, then the Camry buyer reads the headlines and say, ‘They just built a car that pulls a wheelie. Now you got my attention.’ Every two weeks we would have a meeting. And every decision was driven by ‘nines-with-light,’ ” Kuniskis says. The money set designated for the interior money got repurposed into the transbrake and a chiller.”

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Dodge Demon Police Concept is A Dream Come True

Dodge Demon Police Concept is A Dream Come True

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Dodge Demon Police Concept is A Dream Come True! Recently Max Goldberg of the Drive shared an article about a photoshopped Dodge Demon Cop Car. When we originally reported on the new Dodge SRT Demon we shared, “Last week the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon debuted at the 2017 New York International Auto Show, revealing an impressive 840 horsepower and 770 pound-feet of torque, that brought the racing world, movie industry, hip-hop and auto industry together on stage for one unforgettable night. The Demon is barely street legal, hitting 60 mph in an impressive 2.3 seconds, and is the fastest production car in the world. The car will be exclusive, with only 3,300 being built and sold in North America.

Tim Kuniskis, the head of passenger car brands for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, said, “This is a car unlike anything we’ve ever done. This car, for the people who race it, who build it and develop it will share that pride across more than a track. Demon is another halo that will transcend a core group of enthusiasts.”

Many local police forces do utilize the Dodge Challenger as their preferred vehicle, but they rarely use true performance models. This photoshopped dream Dodge Demon would be equipped with normal patrol car gear like lights, a push bar, steel wheels, and decaling. Although the Dodge Demon may prove too expensive for many agencies, Dodge does currently offer two very capable patrol vehicles–The Dodge Charger Pursuit and Dodge Durango Special Service– which have upgraded suspension, wheels, alternators, and minor interior modifications that better suit the law enforcement community.

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All You Need To Know About the New Dodge Demon

All You Need To Know About the New Dodge Demon

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All You Need To Know About the New Dodge Demon! Last week the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon debuted at the 2017 New York International Auto Show, revealing an impressive 840 horsepower and 770 pound-feet of torque, that brought the racing world, movie industry, hip-hop and auto industry together on stage for one unforgettable night. The Demon is barely street legal, hitting 60 mph in an impressive 2.3 seconds, and is the fastest production car in the world. The car will be exclusive, with only 3,300 being built and sold in North America.

Tim Kuniskis, the head of passenger car brands for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, said, “This is a car unlike anything we’ve ever done. This car, for the people who race it, who build it and develop it will share that pride across more than a track. Demon is another halo that will transcend a core group of enthusiasts.”

The Drive speculates that the model will start at $84,999 with Kuniskis confirming, “Obviously [the price] will be more than a regular Hellcat, but it’s gonna be well below six figures.” The Demon consumes premium gasoline will be featured in the “Fate of the Furious” the eighth installment of the “Fast and Furious” franchise.   

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Two FCA Models Named in KBB's Cost to Own Awards!

Two FCA Models Named in KBB’s Cost to Own Awards

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Two FCA Models Named in KBB’s Cost to Own Awards! Recently, Kelley Blue Book released a list of the vehicles with the Best Cost to Own and the Dodge Caravan and the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited won in their respective categories. Factors such as financing, insurance and state fees, plus the anticipated costs of fuel, scheduled maintenance and repairs, purchase price, and projected depreciation are all taken into account when determining which vehicles and  brands are highlighted. 

The 2017 Dodge Caravan won in the minivan category because, according to KBB, “The 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan is not a version of the all-new Chrysler Pacifica, but the Dodge version of the van the Pacifica replaced in the Chrysler lineup. It’s still a solid choice for those who need 7-passenger hauling at a low price. And with a starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $24,500, the Grand Caravan can’t be beat. We don’t know how much longer the Grand Caravan will stick around now that Chrysler has the Pacifica in its fleet. But we do know that it’s an excellent long-term cost value.” 

The 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited topped the Mid-Size SUV/Crossover category because, “2017 is a hat-trick year for the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. This is the third year in a row that the 4-door midsize version of the Wrangler gets to take home our 5-Year Cost to Own Award. That means on a per-mile basis, the Wrangler Unlimited costs less to drive, insure and maintain than other midsize SUVs, and it’ll lose less of its original sale price over time. The Wrangler Unlimited, by its very soul, feels more comfortable off-road than on, a truth that’s reflected in the efficient minimalism of the Jeep’s roomy interior. Built to a purpose it serves so well, the Wrangler’s resale value is mighty — another low-cost-to-own assurance. A 2017 Wrangler Unlimited, which costs about $3,000 more than a 2-door Jeep Wrangler, starts around $28,000 and can easily reach over $40,000.”

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Dodge Planning to Release the New SRT Demon

Dodge Planning to Release the New SRT Demon

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Dodge Planning to Release the New SRT Demon! According to recent reports from MSN, FCA is planning to debut the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, which is expected to be the fastest muscle car in the world, at the New York Auto Show, which is being held in April. Currently the Hemi Hellcat, arguably the fastest model, utilizes a 6.2-liter Hemi engine that puts out 707 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque and is offered as a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission.

Tim Kuniskis, head of Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and Fiat passenger car brands for FCA North America, said, “Most cars attempt to be everything to everybody. Then there are the rare few that revel in a single objective, rendering them totally irresistible to a subculture. The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is conceived, designed and engineered for a subculture of enthusiasts who know that a tenth is a car and a half second is your reputation.”

Dodge has created a website to help boost anticipation for this newest vehicle and will release a set of 12 videos teasing the all new Demon. Check out the first video below:

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Watch: The Dodge Challenger Takes On Alaska

Watch: The Dodge Challenger Takes On Alaska

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Winter is wearing on in Wisconsin and it seems that Dodge got the memo. Recently, the company released a new ad that highlights the amazing snow capabilities of the AWD Dodge Challenger GT. The ad takes the place in Alaska and highlights some very beautiful snow scenes. Dodge writes, “There’s an old wives tale that there’s a place in Alaska where you can almost see Russia. If this is true, then there must be a place in Russia were you can definitely hear the muscle powered engines of Dodge Challenger GT AWD.” Check out the video below:

In a different newly released video by Ram, the towing capabilities of the Ram Truck, which tows 4.5 tons, are highlighted with a new commercial. In the video, the Ram successfully tows a group of Vikings and their huge boat. See the full video below:

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Dodge Durango Named Consumer Guide's Large SUV Best Buy

Dodge Durango Named Consumer Guide’s Large SUV Best Buy

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Dodge Durango Named Consumer Guide’s Large SUV Best Buy! The editors test drove more than 150 new vehicles and then selected the top ones in each class as the best buy; however, a vehicle must also distinguish itself as having a good dollar value compared to others in the class. The editors share that, “We feel our Best Buy pick strikes a good balance between giving buyers what they need in a large SUV while still being livable on an everyday basis.”

Why did the editors choose the 2017 Dodge Durango? According to Consumer Guide, “the Durango offers a lot of versatility and capability in a manageable size, at prices that significantly undercut most class rivals. But, it’s a bit smaller than other large SUVs. Durango straddles the line between midsize and large SUVs. We consider it a large SUV due to its rear-drive platform, available V8 power, and maximum 7,400-lb towing capacity.”

WHAT’S NEW?

A new GT model with sporty, monochromatic exterior trim replaces the Limited in the model lineup. Base SXT models now come standard with two seating rows instead of three, though the third row is optional. The rearview camera can now display its image on the dashboard screen when the vehicle is moving forward—it’s intended to be used when towing a trailer. There are also updated appearance packages and interior-trim options.

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