Tag: Chrysler

QOTD: Your Least Favorite Front-drive Nineties Ride?

Last week, Steph penned a QOTD where he let commenters loose on front-drive American cars made between 1980 and 2010. The ask was to pick a favorite from the wide selection; one you’d buy today as new. This week we’re going to take the opposite tack and talk about the front-drive car you like the […]

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Rare Rides: A Beige Plymouth Champ – American Malaise From 1980

<img data-attachment-id="1667868" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/00k0k_48hjCJmVPeu_1200x900.jpg" data-orig-size="900,900" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="1980 Plymouth Champ" data-image-description=" https://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/cto/d/portland-1980-plymouth-champ-rare/6852999373.html ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/00k0k_48hjCJmVPeu_1200x900-350×350.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/00k0k_48hjCJmVPeu_1200x900-610×610.jpg” class=”aligncenter wp-image-1667868 size-large” src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/00k0k_48hjCJmVPeu_1200x900-610×610.jpg” alt width=”610″ height=”610″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/00k0k_48hjCJmVPeu_1200x900-610×610.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/00k0k_48hjCJmVPeu_1200x900-75×75.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/00k0k_48hjCJmVPeu_1200x900-350×350.jpg 350w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/00k0k_48hjCJmVPeu_1200x900-768×768.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/00k0k_48hjCJmVPeu_1200x900-120×120.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/00k0k_48hjCJmVPeu_1200x900.jpg 900w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”>Rare Rides has featured a couple of Plymouths before, both of which were sporty and boasted two doors. Today’s Plymouth […]

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2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Limited – Long-distance Hauler

2018 Chrysler Pacifica Limited Hybrid 3.6-liter V6 (estimated 260 horsepower) Electrically variable transmission with dual-motor drive 84 MPGe combined/32 MPG combined 2.8 Le/100km. 7.3 city, 7.2 highway, 7.3 combined (NRCan Rating, L/100km) Base Price: $44,495 (U.S) / $58,940 (Canada) As Tested: $48,580 (U.S.) / $61,775 (Canada) Prices include $1,095 destination charge in the United States […]

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QOTD: The Least Sporty Muscle Car Ever?

<img data-attachment-id="1636213" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/1994-Ford-Mustang-GT-coupe-e1533759280655.jpg" data-orig-size="1276,1078" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="1994 Ford Mustang GT coupe" data-image-description=" Ford ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/1994-Ford-Mustang-GT-coupe-e1533759280655-414×350.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/1994-Ford-Mustang-GT-coupe-e1533759280655-610×515.jpg” class=”aligncenter wp-image-1636213 size-large” src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/1994-Ford-Mustang-GT-coupe-e1533759280655-610×515.jpg” alt width=”610″ height=”515″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/1994-Ford-Mustang-GT-coupe-e1533759280655-610×515.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/1994-Ford-Mustang-GT-coupe-e1533759280655-75×63.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/1994-Ford-Mustang-GT-coupe-e1533759280655-414×350.jpg 414w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/1994-Ford-Mustang-GT-coupe-e1533759280655-768×649.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/1994-Ford-Mustang-GT-coupe-e1533759280655-120×101.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/1994-Ford-Mustang-GT-coupe-e1533759280655.jpg 1276w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”>TTAC’s Slack channel honed in on muscle cars the other day. As the discussion progressed, a […]

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Buy/Drive/Burn: Old Man Garage Queens From the Early 2000s

<img data-attachment-id="1665930" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/05124481990001.jpg" data-orig-size="1024,682" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"Wieck","camera":"","caption":"2005 Chevy SSR. X05CT_SR004","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"2005 Chevy SSR","orientation":"1"}" data-image-title="2005 Chevy SSR" data-image-description=" GM ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/05124481990001-450×300.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/05124481990001-610×406.jpg” class=”aligncenter wp-image-1665930 size-large” src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/05124481990001-610×406.jpg” alt width=”610″ height=”406″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/05124481990001-610×406.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/05124481990001-75×50.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/05124481990001-450×300.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/05124481990001-768×512.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/05124481990001-120×80.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/05124481990001.jpg 1024w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”>Once upon a time in the early 2000s, a special convergence of factors […]

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FCA Fine Flying Solo, Equally Happy With Help

With Sergio Marchionne gone, most assumed Fiat Chrysler Automobiles would swiftly enact the late CEO’s plan to convince another automaker to partner with the company. Until recently, FCA was viewed as a dinosaur within the industry — limping along since its Fiat acquisition with a lineup of unpopular European imports and oversized American vehicles that couldn’t possibly endure […]

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Report: Chrysler Pacifica Could Gain All-Wheel Drive in 2020

Toyota —er, Fiat Chrysler may add an all-wheel drive version of its Pacifica minivan next year, if a report out of the model’s hometown of Windsor, Ontario pans out. According to two named — and two unnamed — sources, the automaker wants to take a page from a certain Japanese company known for its hybrid […]

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Junkyard Find: 1991 Dodge Shadow Convertible

The Dodge Shadow and its Plymouth Sundance sibling were among the last members of the extended Chrysler K-car family to be built, sold from the 1987 through 1994 model years and replaced by the Neon after that. Millions were sold, but these cars are all but forgotten today. Chrysler built a handful of convertible Shadows, […]

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Rare Rides: A Very Brown Talbot Tagora From 1982

Today’s Rare Ride is the European luxury sedan you’ve never heard of. Plush, brown, and boxy, it’s the Talbot Tagora from 1982. The Tagora was born at a difficult time for its owner, Chrysler Europe. Chrysler’s European branch was formed in 1967 from a combination of three brands, all hailing from different countries in Europe. […]

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QOTD: A Solution for FCA’s Future?

A dated product lineup, questionable fuel economy across the board, a general need for some reworking. These are all issues with Fiat Chrysler’s offerings in North America. Today we’ll try and come up with some solutions. Today’s topic was generated by news yesterday of the $77 million in penalties FCA paid to the NHTSA, as its […]

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FCA Paid $77 Million in Civil Penalties to Sell Cars People Actually Want to Buy

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles paid $77 million in U.S. civil penalties late last year due to its failure to adhere to 2016 model year fuel economy requirements. In December, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a report claiming the industry faced millions in fines from 2016 and that one manufacturer was expected to pay […]

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Buy/Drive/Burn: Classic Luxury Coupes From 1963

Today’s Buy/Drive/Burn brings three big and brawny American luxury coupes from 1963. You’ll have to burn one — no exceptions. Ford ThunderbirdBy 1963 Ford’s successful Thunderbird was in the final year of its third generation, which was the last of the model’s smooth, bullet-like styling. Available in coupe and convertible variants, the third generation Thunderbird […]

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‘The Brand Has Seen Some Softening,’ Is One of the Most Accurate Statements Chrysler Has Ever Made About Chrysler

“When I look at the new Imperial,” Chrysler Corporation chairman Lee Iacocca said in 1980, “I see an electronic marvel.” He may have been reaching. “We understand the speed with which we have to act,” Chrysler Group CEO Bob Nardelli said in mid-2008, months before Chrysler’s collapse showed that whatever understanding there was did not […]

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Rumors and Omissions: Chrysler’s Product Future Remains Hazy, but Might Not Be As Threadbare As You Think

The once-mighty Chrysler brand is not a purveyor of niche sports cars, so its two-vehicle lineup continues to draw attention to itself. To call its lineup sparse would be an understatement. Still, despite a change in its priorities (sparked by the ascension of Jeep and Ram), Fiat Chrysler’s not giving up on the 93-year-old brand. […]

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A Straight-six for Fiat Chrysler’s Big Guys?

For moving mountains of metal, Fiat Chrysler has no shortage of motivators. Larger vehicles scattered across the automaker’s various brands already have plenty of choice in powerplants, from the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 to the 5.7 and 6.4-liter V8s. There’s a supercharged 6.2-liter offered in a number of flavors should those mills prove too pokey. As […]

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Junkyard Find: 1982 Dodge 400 Landau Coupe

Lee Iacocca’s original Chrysler K Platform spawned an incomprehensible tangle of K-related offspring between the 1981 and 1995 model years, but only a few U.S.-market models were true K-Cars: the Chrysler LeBaron, Plymouth Reliant, Dodge Aries, Dodge 600, and Dodge 400. Of these, the 400 has been the hardest for me to find in the […]

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Fiat Chrysler Offloads Magneti Marelli Parts Unit for $7.1 Billion

A key goal of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ financial fitness regimen, started under former CEO Sergio Marchionne, has come to pass under his successor, Mike Manley. On Monday morning, FCA announced the sale of its Italian parts unit, Magneti Marelli, to Japan’s Calsonic Kansei, itself owned by KKR & Co. The deal, worth $7.1 billion, sees […]

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Chrysler’s Pacifica Ads Grow Mildly Risqué, As All Minivan Ads Should

Of all the automakers embroiled in the Mad Men-era rush to plumb the psyches of American car buyers, Chrysler’s Dodge division stood head and shoulders above the rest in one key marketing element: sex. It sells, apparently, and Chrysler Corp. made sure to instill a little bit of it, overtly or subconsciously, into its print […]

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Junkyard Find: 1982 Chrysler LeBaron Convertible

While Chrysler developed endless variations of the original K Platform, adding branches to the K-car Family Tree through 1995, only the Dodge Aries/400/600, Plymouth Reliant, and Chrysler LeBaron were true Ks. The K-cars saved Chrysler from near-certain bankruptcy, with the first Dodge and Plymouth versions rolling off showroom floors as 1981 models; the LeBaron came […]

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Rare Rides: A Totally Rad Consulier GTP From 1992

Do you ever feel there just aren’t enough purpose-built racing cars that can also be driven on the road? Well, Consulier yourself with today’s Rare Ride. Ugh. The Consulier marque was created in 1985 by Warren Mosler. Mr. Mosler was a hedge fund manager at the time, watching over $5 billion of other people’s money. […]

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