In last week’s QOTD, we made a big list of cars that were considered the oddball choice among their market segment, but which you loved anyway. This week we head in the opposite direction. We’re talking about the popular vehicles you loathe. This time around, there’s a rule against vehicles in the oddball or outcast category — it’s easy to hate on the outcasts. The vehicles we’re seeking today are those which are presently popular, or which were so when they were new. And you can’t stand them. Maybe it’s because they have styling that grates on your nerves. Perhaps your chosen vehicle was so popular that you saw it daily, and simply grew sick of looking at it. Or maybe there’s some other obscure reason, psychological or otherwise, for this loathing. Let me give you an example of a single car which fits all the characteristics above. Here it is, the New Beetle. The moment Volkswagen released its New Beetle, it was everywhere: … [Read more...] about QOTD: What Popular Vehicles Do You Loathe?
The second-gen Chrysler 300 has been around since 2011, when production initially began in Ontario, Canada, at the Brampton Assembly Plant. It still sits on the LX platform of the first-gen, which was in turn shared with the W211 generation of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and it’s offered in a four-door body style, with a choice of one diesel and three petrol engines, and two automatic transmissions. FCA still has to decide whether the 300 deserves a successor, but it seems that until an official decision will be taken, the model will remain in production. Reports even spoke about a Hellcat-powered derivative, using the same supercharged 6.2-liter V8 HEMI as the Challenger and Charger Hellcats, which makes 707hp (717PS / 527kW) and 650lb-ft (880Nm) of torque. Also Read: From Dodge Dart SRT To Maserati Alfieri: MIA Cars From FCA’s Five Year Plans The enthusiasm surrounding such a variant was quickly shattered by Chrysler, though, when a spokesperson denied that the 300 would … [Read more...] about Chrysler 300 Is Getting Old, But Using Giulia Styling Is Beyond Absurd
The Japanese car culture is one of the most diverse on the planet, counting pretty much everything, from the Bosozoku vehicles to European exotics and American muscle cars. Most of them carry extensive upgrades, turning heads wherever they go – likde this Chrysler 300, which basically says ‘sayonara’ to the original, restrained design of the executive car. With its 26-inch Forgiato rims shod with 275/25 tires filling the wheel arches, it looks ready to star in a rap video. Also Watch: This V10 Viper-Powered Chrysler 300C Drifter Is Certifiably Nuts Finished in the same silver shade as the exterior of the car, the wheels are called OG 26 Fiore. The ’26’ is an obvious reference to their size, and ‘Fiore’ is Italian for flower and refers to the pattern. Contributing to the updated stance of this Chrysler 300 is the Bentley-like grille. And finally, the owner seems to have chosen some underbody LEDs for his ride to complete the pimp-my-ride-look. … [Read more...] about Big In Japan: Chrysler 300 Wears 26-Inch Wheels With Aplomb
Por Enrique Kogan – Puros Autos Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) ha intentado impedir que el fabricante de autos indio Mahindra importe su Roxor (un Jeep retro) a los Estados Unidos, alegando que copia el diseño del Willys, el Jeep original. El Mahindra Roxor, un vehículo todoterreno de dos asientos con un estilo Jeep retro, no está permitido para las carreteras de Estados Unidos todavía, y en su lugar se clasifica como un vehículo de tareas de utilidad. El sitio Bloomberg informa que la denuncia de FCA a la Comisión de Comercio Internacional de los Estados Unidos, alega que Roxor infringe la forma cuadrada del cuerpo de Jeep con lados verticales planos y el cuerpo posterior que termina a aproximadamente la misma altura que la capucha, y que si la marca india vende el Roxor en los Estados Unidos infringirá las características clave de sus automóviles. Según dice la denuncia: “El Roxor es una copia casi … [Read more...] about Fiat Chrysler quiere ponerle una zancadilla a los Jeep de Mahindra
The untimely demise of Sergio Marchionne at age 66 on Wednesday has left many people in shock, and it looks like his colleagues at the FCA Group were among the most surprised. Apparently, no one from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles knew about the executive’s serious illness, even though Marchionne was been treated for more than a year before passing away. According to a statement from the University Hospital Zurich cited by Automotive News Europe, the former executive “had been the recipient of recurring treatment for more than a year.” Unfortunately, although “all the options offered by cutting-edge medicine” were utilized, Marchionne lost the battle with the disease. A Fiat Chrysler Automobiles spokesman said the company had no knowledge about its CEO’s medical condition “due to medical privacy.” While that’s completely understandable, one cannot help but wonder whether FCA Group’s board of directors and shareholders should have … [Read more...] about Sergio Marchionne Was Seriously Ill For A Year, But No One At FCA Knew
It was one of those make or break moments. A company teetering on the financial verge which threw a Hail Mary at the right time — and at the right target. The company in question was Chrysler, and the Hail Mary was the K-car platform. Today we ask you: What was peak K? I got to thinking about the K-car recently, both as financial savior and platform-sharing wonder. Among its virtues of affordability and flexibility, there was also an aspect of unfortunate longevity. One basic platform, tons of variants, and a timeline stretching between 1981 and 1995. To put that in perspective, people drove a new K-platform car to see Raiders of the Lost Ark at the movie theater. They did the same thing in 1995 when they went to see Jumanji, a film which actually featured the final K variant sold — the Chrysler LeBaron (though an older one, which was not great for giant mosquitoes). In between, just about every body style was covered by the K: sedan, coupe, convertible, … [Read more...] about QOTD: What was Peak K-car for You?
The Chrysler and Dodge brands were notably absent from FCA’s Capital Markets event and that raised concerns about the future of both companies. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles was worked to ease those fears, but there’s still not a lot of news about their future. That’s changing today as Motor Trend has published a lengthy interview with FCA’s head of passenger car brands in North America. Steve Beahm said Chrysler and Dodge play an important role in FCA’s future as passenger car brands are responsible for 20 percent of company’s revenue in the NAFTA region. Dodge is the biggest in terms of volume as well as revenue and Beahm noted it will become “America’s sports car brand.” Dodge is far from a sports car company as a majority of its lineup consists of crossovers and minivans such as the Durango, Journey and Grand Caravan. Beahm suggested this will change in the future as he hinted some of the vehicles “may not fit” with its … [Read more...] about FCA Boss Suggests Time’s Running Out For 300, Journey And Grand Caravan
Despite its shortcomings, the Chrysler 300C has always been a very interesting car. Sure, it wasn’t tremendously exciting to drive, but its Mercedes-Benz E-Class connection helped make it into a comfortable and spacious cruiser. We also have to mention the looks, especially on first-generation models such as this one. Unlike most other (mainstream) four-door cars of its era, the first modern 300C looked unique and very imposing, might we add. So if you like uniqueness and you like Chryslers, here’s something you might enjoy seeing, or at least enjoy making fun of. The image was sourced from Reddit, where somebody called ButtersInTheFridge shared what he saw with the rest of the class. We need to ask; is this the “most Chrysler” of all Chryslers? Kind of like how Rick from Rick and Morty’s dimension C137 is the most “himself” out of an infinite number of Ricks? The answer is…probably not, or at least definitely not in a fun or even a very … [Read more...] about This Chrysler 300C Is The Definition Of A Badge Whore
Chrysler’s award-winning Pacifica Hybrid minivan is hoping to turn some heads when it drives by with a new pack that adds black accents both inside and out. The S Appearance Package has already proven to be successful on petrol-powered Pacifica models, which is why the automaker decided that, for 2019, the Hybrid should use it, too. “The factory custom look of the S Appearance model is really resonating with our Pacifica buyers, so much so that we are now making it available on the Pacifica Hybrid model as well,” stated FCA exec, Steve Beahm. “With 84 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) in electric-only mode and 33 miles of all-electric range this package makes the industry’s only hybrid minivan even more unique.” On the outside, the Pacifica Hybrid equipped with the S Appearance Package gain Gloss Black accents, such as the grille surrounds, eyebrow accents on headlights, daylight opening moldings and rear valance molding, as well as 18-inch … [Read more...] about 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Now Available With S Appearance Pack
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles recently wrapped up its Capital Markets Day event which primarily focused on Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Jeep and Ram. FCA decided to eschew a dedicated Chrysler and Dodge presentation but CEO Sergio Marchionne mentioned the brands a handful of times. Despite rumors to the contrary, he confirmed the future of both brands is “not in question” as they are important to the company’s North American lineup. While both brands are safe, there will be changes in the future. Autocar notes Marchionne said “Our view is that 70% of the US market is already non-sedan, so to try and build traditional sedans is not helpful.” However, that doesn’t mean the company is going all-in on trucks and crossovers as the executive stated “Brands like Dodge can play a role there because of their performance heritage.” That, of course, is a subtle hint there’s still a future for the Charger and Challenger. Marchionne mentioned the cars … [Read more...] about Sergio Marchionne Says Dodge And Chrysler Have A Future, Hints At New Charger And Challenger