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Dodge Avenger Returning As Electric Muscle Car?

Stranger things have happened.


The Dodge Avenger departed from this world following the 2014 model year. It was, at best, a decent rental car. No one was sad to see it go. Its Dodge Dart successor didn't fare much better despite noble efforts by the then newly-formed FCA. America's taste was already turning sour for sedans by this point, though the redesigned second-generation Chrysler 200 second generation, which shared the Dart's Fiat-supplied platform, scored mostly decent reviews.

As for the Avenger, which initially debuted in 1995 as a coupe (the Stratus was the sedan version), Dodge would probably prefer for it to remain in the past. Or does it? CarBuzz has uncovered a pair of trademark applications for the "Avenger" name in Serbia and Iceland. When new models are planned, automakers quickly begin securing the naming rights in multiple countries.
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It could only be a matter of time until Stellantis, the product of the FCA and PSA Groupe merger last year, secures the Avenger name for the US. Whether it plans to revive the nameplate for a future model or simply safeguard it remains to be seen.

What we can confirm is that Stellantis is moving fast towards launching fully electric vehicles, including for the Dodge brand. Come 2024, an all-electric muscle car is due to arrive though. Calling it Avenger might seem odd given its previous application, but most buyers won't associate the name with anything other than with Marvel, and that could give it a unique advantage in the market. Here's another possibility: Dodge cannot rely solely on EV muscle cars to make a profit. It'll require more affordable, mainstream BEVs. A reborn Avenger could be one of them.

 

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Ram 1200: what the new “anti Hilux” medium pick-up will be like

02/05/2022

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Preparations for the development of the RAM 1200a new medium pick up which will compete against the Toyota Hilux, the Volkswagen Amarok, the Ford Ranger, the Chevrolet S10, the Nissan Frontier, the Renault Alaskan, the Peugeot Landtrek and the Mitsubishi L200

The 1200 will be positioned one step below the 1500, Ram’s bestial pickup. It will be manufactured at the plant in Pernambuco, Brazil, according to what the Autos Segredos portal reports. The first works are already being carried out there to start manufacturing it from next year and export it from there to the entire region, including Argentina.

Known internally as Project 291this new flat could have a 2.0-liter turbo gasoline engine with more than 200 horsepower or a 2.2-liter turbodiesel with 203 donkeys. In both cases, the transmission would be a nine-speed automatic and the 4×4 integral traction.

While waiting for the first information and official photos, projections continue to appear on the web that anticipate what its final design could be like. One of the last was that of the designer KDesign, who showed the possible features of the pick up in the front and side sectors.

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Ram’s new midsize pickup. Projection: KDesign.
Judging by this sketch, it will have sharp Led headlights and a grille similar to the Ram 1500 Rebel, an extreme looking version of the full-size. From the same it could also take the later format.


The 1200 will sit on the Small Wide 4×4 platform. It is the same one used by the Fiat Toro, a compact flat, and Jeep models such as the Renegade, the Compass and the Commander, an SUV with three rows of seats and space for seven passengers that has just been put up for sale in Argentina.


It will not only share architecture with these four models: it will also be manufactured in the same plant. That will allow it to reach the Argentine market without an additional tax burden (it would be exempt from the 35 percent extrazone), like most of its rivals.


ram is part of Stellantis, the new company that was born as a result of the merger between the Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and Peugeot-Citroën (PSA) groups. Thus, it now shares a consortium with Jeep, Chrysler, Fiat, Abarth, Maserati, Peugeot, Opel, Citroën and DS, among other brands.


At the same time, the development of a fully electric Ram that will reach the international market in 2024. It will be a 1500 BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle) that will compete mainly against models from Ford, Tesla and Chevrolet.

 

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Dodge Hornet supposedly snapped inside Alfa Romeo Tonale factory


Tue, February 22, 2022




It appears that someone in Stellantis' Pomigliano d’Arco Assembly Plant in Italy couldn't keep their cellphone to themselves. Video uploaded to the Alfa Romeo Club Italia Facebook page, then quickly removed, purports to show Dodge's brand-engineered version of the Alfa Romeo Tonale in the same factory where the Alfa will be built. The Dodge is expected to be called the Hornet, and there are a few differences between it and and Alfa Romeo, which is understandable. But if the screenshots on Twitter are accurate, then the Dodge looks a lot closer to the Alfa Romeo than perhaps anyone expected.

The front fascia and hood fall in line with Dodge's design language. The Alfa grille is replaced by a narrow, stepped upper grille, and the hood is one of the vented units similar to those available for Dodge's R/T performance trims. And as Mopar Insiders noticed, the silhouette of this car's front end matches a vehicle silhouette Dodge showed during Stellantis' 2021 EV Day.

Inside, the Italian brand's crest in the steering wheel center cap is replaced by Dodge's twin slashes, and the steering wheel has been stripped of the large, curved paddle shifters the Tonale showed on its debut. There's still a start/stop button on the steering wheel, but where the Tonale has a driving mode dial on its dash, this supposed Hornet has another start/stop button. Dodge's push-to-start buttons are usually on the instrument panel, so our guess is that the wheel is a holdover for testing. On the center tunnel, the parking alert buttons and Italian Tricolore flag on the Alfa Romeo are replaced by three different buttons.


We've known Dodge has two electrified vehicles on the way, and the Hornet name has been low-key buzzing for two years. Fiat Chrysler applied to trademark the name in the U.S. in March 2020; at the time, it was thought a vehicle with that name could replace the Journey. In 2021, a July rumor out of Italy was the first whisper of the Hornet name being attached to the Alfa Romeo Tonale. In August, when Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares said Dodge would get a PHEV in 2024, watchers pegged that model as the Hornet.

That hybrid powertrain would show a year after the vehicle's launch, the Hornet anticipated as a 2023 model with the Tonale's turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. That engine could get the same 256 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque as the Tonale, or be boosted to satisfy Dodge's performance credentials. The Alfa Romeo Stelvio with the same engine makes 280 hp and 306 lb-ft.

The PHEV version could work the same 272-hp powertrain coming in the Tonale with eAWD and a 30-mile all-electric range.
 

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Chrysler Brand Has a Future, Will Be Revitalized with Several New Models

CEO Carlos Tavares confirmed that Stellantis plans to bring back the Chrysler brand from its current neglected state.

Mar 1, 2022

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  • Good news for Chrysler: Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares today said the brand will be "relaunched" with "gorgeous" new models.
  • Tavares was speaking at an event in Amsterdam on Tuesday morning.
  • He also said no additional Stellantis brands are coming to the U.S. market. On that list are Peugeot, Citroën, Opel, and other marques not currently sold here.
With just two models in its lineup, one of which is the ancient 300 sedan, the Chrysler brand has been teetering on the brink of extinction for some time. But no longer. At an event outside of Amsterdam today to discuss the future product strategy for the 14-brand Stellantis empire, CEO Carlos Tavares said that "Chrysler is one of the emotional pillars of the former FCA. It's important for us to give this brand a future and opportunity to rebound," and that "Chrysler will be relaunched." He added that the coming Chrysler models "look really gorgeous," which is something that CEOs always say about future products.

We expect one of the first new models to be an electric compact crossover called the Airflow (pictured above) that will compete with the Tesla Model Y, Ford Mustang Mach-E, and Volvo XC40 Recharge. While presenting the company's strategic plan, which Stellantis is calling Dare Forward 2030, Tavares added that the Chrysler brand would be fully electric by 2028, whereas the overall target in the U.S. across all of its brands is to get to 50 percent of total sales of passenger vehicles and light-duty trucks by 2030.

The plans for the other faltering U.S. brand, Fiat, which sells only the 500X crossover at the moment, don't sound as concrete. "We still have to think about how we make the Fiat brand rebound in the U.S.," Tavares said. "We have a couple of ideas, and we didn't yet make all of the decisions."

In speaking more broadly about the U.S. brand strategy, Tavares said, "We have the strategic vision to invest in all the American brands," but added that "I have no intention to bring more brands to the U.S. right now. I think we have enough."


Chrysler Brand Has a Future, Will Be Revitalized with Several New Models
 

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Chrysler Aims To Reinvent The Minivan For The Electric Era: CEO

04/26/2022



To put it bluntly, Chrysler's current product lineup is old. That's not about to change anytime soon, but when the first electric vehicles arrive from the storied automaker it is clear they will lean into the automaker's strengths.


In an interview at the 2022 New York auto show Chrysler CEO Christine Feuell gave Green Car Reports some insights into what the electric era will look like for the automaker—including a minivan and crossover SUV.



Feuell was named CEO of the brand in fall 2021, and she already has a keen sense of what makes Chrysler work: the minivan.







Here comes the electric Chrysler minivan


Feuell knows Chrysler invented the segment and did not mince words when we asked whether a minivan has a place in the automaker's electric future: "Yeah."


The executive wouldn't talk about future product, but noted, "I think it's safe to say that we are looking to reinvent the minivan in our future lineup."


Chrysler's currently "rethinking what the minivan should be and needs to be in that (electric) timeframe," Feuell told GCR. The goal will be to a segment-buster, again, according to the executive. Stow 'N Go seating, or a new interpretation of it, certainly has a role in the electric future, she confirmed, but when pushed, the CEO would not give an inch on how exactly a Stow 'N Go setup would work on an electric skateboard chassis where the floor is essentially a battery pack.


Stow 'N Go seating is a flexible seating arrangement where the second-row folds into the floor into hidden containers. It gave the minivan new sales life well into the 2010s, as families found the packaging advantageous versus that of SUVs.


Feuell said the electric era will allow the minivan's use case itself to be rethought with ride-sharing in mind.


Beyond flexible seating and storage Feuell noted that minivans are a life-stage vehicle. While the category is dominated by families, not everyone's family looks the same or even have the same use case noting the term #Vanlife. Adventurous people using vans for family vacation, especially in the northern states, will still want all-wheel drive and that will need to remain.




Chrysler Airflow EV Concept
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Range is still a key factor for customers, Chrysler's research shows. "A 400-mile range seems to be the sweet spot for many customers who are trying to overcome the anxiety that they have about considering range," Feuell said, suggesting that Chrysler and its parent company Stellantis will take a partnership approach to charging infrastructure rather than building out its own network.


Chrysler's first electric vehicle will arrive in 2025. It will be the first of three EVs the automaker plans to launch before 2028. While Feuell was quick to note the Airflow is purely a concept and not a production-intent preview of an EV, she stated "we certainly intend to include a mid-size crossover among the new portfolio," while referring to the three BEVs set to arrive in a three-year span.




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The current lineup


Chrysler's current lineup consists of essentially two vehicles: the 300 sedan and Pacifica minivan. The former is ancient, with some underpinning bits dating back to the 2000s. It last received a refresh for 2015. The Pacifica, reintroduced as a minivan, arrived in 2017 and received a mild refresh for 2021.


Both of those models will continue to be tweaked as they will survive beyond 2025 to have some overlap as the EVs launch. Don't expect new or heavily refreshed versions to emerge, though the executive said investments will be made to continue improving the product in terms of design and technology.


Feuell would not comment further as to whether the plug-in hybrid Pacifica would be tweaked and upgraded to have more electric range as that would be discussing future product. But when asked if powertrain enhancements would be wrapped into these updates Feuell said, "it has to be."


An electric minivan and mid-size crossover SUV are seemingly in the works, but what about an electric sedan? "It's not off the table," Feuell said.



 

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Dodge Hornet confirmed by brand CEO, on its way as early as summer 2022

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The long-rumored Dodge Hornet is official.

Tim Kuniskis, the Dodge brand CEO, confirmed the news during an online meeting Tuesday with wrestler Bill Goldberg and Preston Patterson, the new Dodge brand ambassador who now carries the title "Chief Donut Maker."

As he navigated a reporter's question about Dodge's future electrification plans — the brand plans both plug-in hybrid and full electric vehicles — Kuniskis offered what he noted moments later would qualify as a scoop.

"I think we’ve actually even said when we get back into the small compact space this summer when we launch the Hornet, we will have a PHEV or variant of that," said Kuniskis, referencing the abbreviation for plug-in hybrid.

The Hornet is expected to share an architecture with the Alfa Romeo Tonale compact SUV, which debuted in February and is planned for launch in the United States early next year. The Tonale, which is being built in Italy, will feature a plug-in hybrid version and feature a lower price tag than other Alfa Romeo models.


Dodge and Alfa Romeo are both part of Chrysler parent Stellantis, which also owns Jeep, Ram, Fiat, Maserati and several other brands, including Peugeot, sold elsewhere around the globe.

The specifics on the Hornet launch are muddied by the current supply chain crunch, Kuniskis said.

"This gray hair that I'm getting? It's not COVID, it's not lockdowns, it's supply chain," Kuniskis said. "Every single thing we’re doing is like in Jell-O right now because it’s so hard to plan anything."


Kuniskis connected the Hornet launch or debut with a couple of major Detroit-area events this year.

Right now we’re targeting August, probably around that Speed Week time," Kuniskis said. "You know, we do Roadkill Nights and we have Dream Cruise and (during) the in-between week, we try to put some stuff in there, we call it Speed Week. Hopefully ... it’ll be right about that time."

Dodge has partnered for years with MotorTrend on the Roadkill Nights drag racing event in Pontiac ahead of the Woodward Dream Cruise. Kuniskis said the plan is to hold Roadkill Nights as normal, but all of the necessary government and related approvals take time so it's still too early to definitively say it will happen.

As for the Hornet, it represents a legendary name in automotive history.

The Hornet dates to the Hudsons of the 1950s, and carried over to American Motors Corp. when Hudson and Nash merged. AMC used the name on a line of compact cars in the 1970s, and AMC was eventually acquired by Chrysler.

Fans of Pixar’s "Cars” franchise might recall the name associated with Doc Hudson, the Paul Newman-voiced mentor to the headstrong Lightning McQueen, voiced by Owen Wilson. Doc Hudson was animated, but he was based on a real car, the Hudson Hornet, which had an impressive racing streak in the 1950s.

The Hornet name was resurrected by FCA in 2006, when it unveiled a Dodge Hornet concept at the Geneva Auto Show. The company called the 170-horsepower subcompact hatchback concept "an ideal combination of American fun and European function."

 

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Chrysler will Make 3 EVs by 2028, One of Which will be a Minivan

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Chrysler is working on an electric minivan that will be launched by 2028.
  • Chrysler wants to become fully electric by 2028
  • The automaker believes the minivan will be a key part of its plan
  • This minivan should have around 400 miles (643 kilometers) of range
Chrysler has already shown its first electric model, the Airflow, and it has now announced two more which will complete its lineup by 2028.

Out of these two, one will be a minivan, a vehicle type that is important for Chrysler since the automaker invented the segment with the first generation of the Dodge Caravan back in 1984.
Despite the popularity of the minivan being much lower than it was a few years ago, Chrysler is determined to continue offering one to customers in the electric era.

According to the brand’s CEO, the minivan will have to be rethought for the electric age in order to become a segment-buster, recreating the effect the first minivans had on the market.
One feature that will be kept in its current form however, is the Chrysler-exclusive Stow ‘N Go system that allows to store the second row of seats in bins placed under the floor in order to have access to a large loading area without having to remove heavy seats from the vehicle, as is the case with other minivans.

Again, according to the CEO, the ideal range for buyers looking at electric vehicles is 400 miles (643 kilometers), so this is the goal the company’s engineers will be working towards.
The presence of an electric minivan it its lineup will also allow Chrysler to look at autonomous vehicles and ride sharing services, an approach that is also explored by Volkswagen, which just introduced the ID.Buzz.

Until this model arrives, Chrysler will keep selling the 300 and the Pacifica until at least 2025, when they will be joined by the Airflow. Gasoline and electric models will then share the brand’s showroom for three more years, before the American brand becomes fully electric in 2028.

 

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Jeep’s baby electric SUV spied testing
The first real-world image of Jeep’s first electric model has surfaced online, as the vehicle begins engineering evaluations.

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n all-new small electric SUV from Jeep has begun road testing ahead of its debut in 2023.
A grainy black and white photo has emerged online showing a camouflaged version of the electric Jeep, which will be the first production electric vehicle from the American brand.
The baby electric vehicle (EV) appears to have been snapped in a studio, and given the poor quality of the image, suggests the photographer could have been using a tiny spy camera to smuggle out the first real-world photo of the car.


 

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Jeep EV rumored to be called Jeepster appears in new photo

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A couple of months ago, Stellantis gave us front and rear images of its coming electric Jeep for international markets. The chunky little guy was a hit, packaging all the necessary Jeep cues into a dinky package — the model will slot under the Renegade when it launches later this year — while still being clean, crisp, and full of attitude. Said to be known internally as "Project 516" or "Junior," it will be built in Tychy, Poland, and in India. A member of the Autopareri forum, where we got a look at a prototype Dodge Hornet crossover not long ago, posted a photo of what's said to be the camouflaged Jeep. The post didn't divulge where the photo was taken. It's hard to be certain, but it seems Jeep hasn't changed much, if anything, from concept to production other than the side mirrors.
That would be a great thing, if true. We still don't know specifics about the model, but its looks should draw attention.

What we do know is that it rests on the CMP platform shared throughout the Peugeot-Citroen family that also comes in a pure electric version called eCMP. A Fiat and coming Alfa Romeo under the Tonale — which won't be called the Brennero — are the brand-engineered versions of Project 516. Speaking of names, rumor has it the Jeep will be called Jeepster, a moniker first applied to a Willys-Overland product from 1948 to 1850, then to a Kaiser Motors product from 1966 to 1973, then on a special-edition Renegade in 2020.

Junior Jeepster is scheduled to hit assembly lines in November this year, powered by an internal combustion engine expected to be a 1.2-liter Peugeot unit. The electric version is anticipated for production in April 2023, followed by a mild hybrid trim in January 2024. The Peugeot e-2008 built on the same platform fits a 50-kWh battery powering a 134-hp motor turning the front wheels up to a range of 193 miles on the WLTP cycle. The e-2008 is within inches of the Renegade, though, so those specs could shrink for this sub-Renegade Jeep. The electric Jeepster will start with a batteries from CATL, same as in the Pug, then switch to cells from Chinese automaker BYD not long after production commences.

It's not clear when the Jeepster will get all-wheel drive, because the CMP platform wasn't designed to accommodate such a drivetrain. Reports from last year said the AWD Alfa Romeo version, which isn't expected until 2024, would be the first to turn both axles and then share its AWD system with the Jeep. But that was in reference to the ICE version that would use the combustion engine to turn the front wheels and an e-motor to turn the rears. It's not clear what's in store for the battery-electric trim.

Stellantis apparently has an annual production of about 300,000 in mind for the Jeep, Fiat, and Alfa Romeo, the Jeep sales figured to account for a little more than one-third of that. Check out Autopareri for the leaked image of what's headed to places that aren't the U.S.
 

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Dodge To Unveil Three Electrified Models At Speed Week Event In Michigan


June 24, 2022

Dodge is set to host a special ‘Speed Week’ event on the famed Woodward Avenue in Michigan to tell the world about its electrification plans.






The multi-day event will kick off on August 12 with a press preview the day before the MotorTrend Presents Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge drag racing event. On August 13, a number of activities will be available for Dodge fans at M1 Concours in Pontiac, Michigan.


The highlight of Dodge Speed Week will be the unveiling of new Dodge brand products over three consecutive nights from August 15-17. The unveilings will be held for members of the media and invited guests and start on the 15th with “current muscle announcements” and be followed on the 16th with a “gateway muscle announcement” and a “future muscle announcement” on the 17th.
 

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Dodge ‘Speed Week’ Heading for Woodward: Muscle Car Celebration, Worldwide Product Debuts Will Reveal Brand’s Performance Future
  • Dodge Speed Week on Woodward Avenue leaves the starting line on August 12, 2022, with press preview for MotorTrend Presents Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge event, and reaches the finish on August 20 with Dodge Dream Cruise display on Woodward for the first time since 2019
  • Next chapter of Dodge brand will be written during Dodge Speed Week with three consecutive days of worldwide product reveals, set for August 15-17, 2022, at M1 Concourse in Pontiac, Michigan
  • MotorTrend Presents Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge fuels Dodge Speed Week on August 13, 2022, with return of the one-day car culture festival and legal street drag racing
  • Dodge Dream Cruise display with fan activities, Dodge muscle cars and more returns to Woodward on Saturday, August 20, 2022, bringing the brand back to the world’s largest one-day automotive event
  • For complete information on Dodge and the brand's Never Lift plan, which provides a 24-month road map to Dodge's performance future, visit Dodge.com and DodgeGarage.com.



June 23, 2022 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Dodge is pouring on the horsepower as the brand charges forward on its new performance path, launching a multi-day Dodge Speed Week event, August 12-20, 2022, on famed Woodward Avenue that will pack enough news to fill an entire calendar year into one week and charting the future of the Dodge brand.

“There’s no better place to unveil a new performance direction for the Dodge brand than right on Woodward Avenue in metro Detroit, with tens of thousands of our closest fans and friends,” said Tim Kuniskis, Dodge brand Chief Executive Officer - Stellantis. “We introduced our two-year Never Lift road map last year at Roadkill Nights, and this year the event will serve as the prelude to going wide open throttle on Never Lift. All I can say is the future of our brand will be on display during Dodge Speed Week, and we’re throwing open our garage doors so our fans can get a peek for themselves. It’s going to be an electric summer for Dodge.”

Dodge Speed Week will be highlighted by a three-peat of worldwide Dodge brand product unveils, scheduled to take place in front of media and invited guests on three separate nights, August 15-17, 2022. Dodge will also make its return to Dream Cruise weekend proper for the first time since 2019, staging a full brand display on Woodward Avenue.

The Dodge Speed Week schedule includes:
  • Day 1 — August 12, 2022: Press preview for MotorTrend Presents Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge at M1 Concourse in Pontiac, Michigan
  • Day 2 — August 13, 2022: MotorTrend Presents Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge returns with legal street drag racing on Woodward Avenue, Dodge fan activities at M1 Concourse
  • Day 3-5 — August 15-17, 2022: Three consecutive days of Dodge worldwide product reveals at M1 Concourse for media and invited guests:
    • Monday, August 15 – Current muscle announcements
    • Tuesday, August 16 – Gateway muscle announcement
    • Wednesday, August 17 – Future muscle announcement
  • Day 6 — August 20, 2022: Dodge Dream Cruise public display
For more information on Dodge and to follow along on the brand's Never Lift plan, which provides a 24-month road map to Dodge's performance future, visit Dodge.com and DodgeGarage.com.

MotorTrend Presents Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge Event Information
Information on MotorTrend Presents Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge, including details on the event schedule, spectator tickets, car show registration, participant registration for drag racing and an extensive range of packages, will be available early this summer at hotrod.com/events/roadkillnights.

To stay up to date on Roadkill and Roadkill Nights news, follow facebook.com/roadkillshow and twitter.com/roadkillshow (fans can follow the action for Roadkill Nights with hashtags #RoadkillNights and #PoweredByDodge), and visit Dodge.com and DodgeGarage.com.

Street racing can have serious legal and safety risks. Both ROADKILL and Dodge want enthusiasts to enjoy performance driving in a safe, controlled environment, run by professionals with vehicle safety inspections, driver evaluations and track safety.

Dodge//SRT
For more than 100 years, the Dodge brand has carried on the spirit of brothers John and Horace Dodge. Their influence continues today as Dodge shifts into high gear with muscle cars and SUVs that deliver unrivaled performance in each of the segments where they compete.

Dodge drives forward as a pure performance brand, offering SRT versions of every model across the lineup. For the 2022 model year, Dodge delivers the drag-strip dominating 807-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock, the 797-horsepower Dodge Charger SRT Redeye, the most powerful and fastest mass-produced sedan in the world, and the Dodge Durango SRT 392, America’s fastest, most powerful and most capable three-row SUV. Combined, these three muscle cars make Dodge the industry’s most powerful brand, offering more horsepower than any other American brand across its entire lineup.

In 2020, Dodge was named the "#1 Brand in Initial Quality," making it the first domestic brand ever to rank No. 1 in the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study (IQS). In 2021, the Dodge brand ranked No. 1 in the J.D. Power APEAL Study (mass market), making it the only domestic brand ever to do so two years in a row.

Dodge is part of the portfolio of brands offered by leading global automaker and mobility provider Stellantis. For more information regarding Stellantis (NYSE: STLA), please visit www.stellantis.com.
 

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The New Dodge Charger, is this Peugeot 408?

June 23, 2022



The New Dodge Charger, is this Peugeot 408?





We’ve been waiting for the first Peugeotor Citroen to be given a Dodge or Chrysler rebadge. After all, it was expected.Stellantis was formed, incorporating Fiat Chrysler with numerous European brands. But as of yet, nothing similar has occurred. This might be in part because none of its current models were created with potential U.S. buyers in mind. entry. However, since these nameplates merged, the new Peugeot 408 has been developed and was just unveiled.

Will this new Peugeot be sold in the U.S.?

Could the upcoming Dodge Charger then be rebadged as this new 408? or perhapsthe new Chrysler 300“ Stellantis hasn’t confirmed whether the brand-new Peugeot will arrive in the country, but we believe there are many reasons why it will.

First off, Peugeot, a French automaker, has never before produced a crossover. It is an outlier, which means that compared to earlier products, the market and plans have changed. Remember that in France, cars continue to outsell SUVs and crossovers. Peugeot could have continued with an architecture more akin to a car and still come out on top.

The SUV of choice for the compаny is the 3008. Therefore, it hаs аlreаdy covered а portion of thаt. This new fаstbаck design is completely originаl, аnd if you squint, it might remind you of the Mustаng Mаch-E.
Will the new Peugeot 408 be аvаilаble аs аn EV?

Then there аre the choices for the powertrаin. The first models will be two plug-in hybrids аnd а stаndаrd gаsoline engine. Soon аfter will come аn electric-only model. Peugeot hаs therefore built а vаriety of different powertrаin options into the 408. The hybrids hаve 180 аnd 225 horsepower, while the gаs engine hаs 130 horsepower. to mаrket а crossover in the United Stаtes. You require а vаriety of gаs аnd EV options.
Six cаmerаs аnd nine rаdаrs from the i-Cockpit аre integrаted into this new Peugeot аs well. Night vision, long-rаnge blind-spot monitoring, аdаptive cruise control with stop аnd go cаpаbilities, аnd reаr trаffic аlert аre аll exаmples of driver аssistаnce feаtures.

Currently, Stellаntis’ plаns cаll for stаrting 408 production in Mulhouse, Frаnce, eаrly next yeаr.Reuters,. The 408 will then stаrt being produced in Chengdu, Chinа, shortly аfter thаt. Peugeot’s intentions for the crossover аre therefore globаl. However, it will hаve to be done under the Dodge or Chrysler nаmeplаtes if doing so meаns including the United Stаtes.

So, is this the next Dodge Chаrger?
Sedаns аre deаd on аrrivаl in the Americаn mаrket, so no mаtter whаt shаpe the Chаrger or 300 tаkes, а three-box аrchitecture won’t be used. Which supports the notion thаt this will be trаnsformed into some sort of Dodge or Chrysler.

The brаnd-new Chrysler Airflow, scheduled to debut in 2024, hаs аlreаdy given us more thаn а sneаk preview. Thаt cаr is not this one. Therefore, we believe thаt this is the next Dodge Something. Intrepid? Chаrger? Dаrt? Who knows whаt it might be cаlled, or whаt old nаmeplаte it will shine?

The only wаy for the StellаntisIn order for its mаin products to be successful, economies of scаle must be used. Count on the Dodge being completely redesigned from the Peugeot 409.
 

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Chrysler 300 Won’t Die, But It’ll Turn Into an EV in 2026: Report
It will apparently be a twin to an unnamed Dodge sedan that may or may not be the Charger.

Jul 1, 2022


According to a report from Australia's Drive citing "insider info," the next-generation Chrysler 300 sedan will be out by 2026 and be fully electric. Because, well, why wouldn't it be?
The publication says development of this electric 300 successor has indeed started and will be a "twin" of another new four-door set to wear a Dodge badge, a model that I'd be willing to bet real money is the next-generation Charger. This new electric Dodge sedan will apparently come around in 2024, two years before the supposed Chrysler e-300. The report goes on to say that both cars will run on an 800-volt architecture and sit on the STLA Large platform. Five hundred miles of range from batteries ranging from 101 to 108 kilowatt-hours are also said to be on the table.
Given the looming electrification mandates and how long the current 300 has been in production, the notion that the successor will be electric is far from surprising. The current-gen Chrysler 300 has been around since 2011, and that model itself is really just a heavily updated version of the LX platform original from 2005. Chrysler coming out with a gas-powered successor this late in the game would be pretty ill-advised on its part considering the industry's shift towards electric.

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If anything, the most surprising part of this whole report is the idea that the Chrysler 300 will be getting a successor at all. Earlier this year, Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares said that Chrysler would be "relaunched" with several "gorgeous" new models, one of which is heavily expected to be a production version of the brand's Airflow concept, a sleek, 400-horsepower, 400-mile hatchback EV. With sedans—big ones, especially—having been out of style among consumers for a while now, we wouldn't have been surprised if the Chrysler 300 completely went away along with internal combustion. If this new rumor is to be believed, it sounds like there's still a future for the budget baller icon.

In any case, Chrysler plans to introduce its first production EV by 2025 and have a fully electric lineup by 2028.

 

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Stellantis posts record first half profit margin ahead of EV reveals

Stellantis NV posted record financial results globally and in North America in the first half of the year, setting up the remainder of 2022 when the automaker, in its second year of existence, will share more details on the electric vehicles it will sell in North America under the Dodge, Jeep and Ram brands.

Stellantis year-over-year had declining sales from a global microchip shortage and other parts crunches. But high vehicle transaction prices drove a $8.2 billion (8 billion euro) net profit, up 34% year-over-year, on $90 billion revenue (88 billion euro), a 17% increase. A $12.7 billion (12.4 billion euro) adjusted operating income represented a record 14.1% group-wide margin compared to 11.4% a year ago.

Jeep brand reveals image of first-ever fully electric Jeep SUV to be launched early next year.


It's expecting continued challenges in the second half of the year even as semiconductor challenges slowly improved. It decreased its 2022 industry outlook by 8 percentage points in North America and 10 percentage point in Europe because of economic slowdowns. Stellantis, however, still expects a double-digit margin and positive cash flows in 2022.

Inflation, rising interest rates, war in Ukraine and energy worries particularly in Europe are likely to affect consumer confidence, CEO Carlos Tavares said. That could affect sales and pricing next year. He, however, feels the company is well-positioned to endure a downturn with a breakeven point at 40% of net revenue.

 

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This Is Why We Wish The Chrysler ME-412 Concept Car Made It To Production
08/13/2022

Two units were built, and its name is a combination of the Mid-Engine with Four turbochargers on a Twelve cylinder mill.

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Have you ever wondered what iconic car you could build if money wasn’t an issue, and you could have access to the best engineers and technicians to manufacture the most spectacular iconic car ever? If you did, you are not alone. Most exotic cars start from a concept similar to this one, but unfortunately, design, technology, production, and research and development costs surge to such heights that many prototypes get abandoned.


Autoblog estimates that the cost of developing a new car is around $1 billion. Meanwhile, John Wolkonowicz, Senior Auto Analyst for North America at IHS Global, has an even more scary perspective when it comes to costs.

”It can be as much as $6 billion if it's an all-new car on all-new platform with an all-new engine and an all-new transmission and nothing carrying over from the old model,” said Wolkonowicz.


Given the incredible costs associated with building new vehicles, it is hardly surprising that so many concept cars were abandoned. With that being said, in the past decades, there were too many beautiful prototypes that broke our hearts when they didn’t go into production, like the Mazda Furai, Saleen S5S Raptor, Maybach Exelero, Pininfarina’s Maserati Birdcage 75th and the Chrysler ME-412. All of them defined perfection, being beautiful, ultra-high-performance cars, but the Chrysler ME-412 had unique features.

The Chrysler ME-412 Concept Car: Fastest Vehicle In The World?

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Calling the Chrysler ME-412, “the fastest car in the world” is not a fake marketing or a clickbait. In 2004, at a test drive, these absolutely insane prototypes reached the top speed of 248 miles per hour (400 kilometers/ hour). And if that wasn’t impressive enough, the ME-412 accelerated from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 2.9 seconds and from 0 to 100 miles per hour in 6.2 seconds.


The ME-412 achieved this outstanding performance thanks to the mid-mounted (ME), quad-turbo, AMG V-12 engine that reached 850 bhp at 5,750 rpm, with 850 lb-ft. (1150 N-m) of torque. The engine was paired with a seven-speed Ricardo double-clutch transmission with 200-millisecond shift times.

The Chrysler ME-412 Concept Car Was Designed To Pull Off Outstanding Thermal Performance Under Extreme Operating Conditions

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Most people know that car performance is impacted by extreme weather. For instance, summer heat and extreme cold can cause serious damage to your vehicle, but recent technologies have found innovative ways to combat these issues. The Chrysler ME-412 was ahead of its time in this as the car was “designed and packaged to achieve outstanding thermal performance under extreme operating conditions,” according to the press release that announced the arrival of the exotic vehicle.


“Its large capacity, high-efficiency engine-cooling system allows this engine to retain optimum thermal performance – a key advantage in the super car arena,” said the press release.

The Chrysler ME-412 Has A Spectacular Cabin



The mastermind behind the interior and exterior styling is Brian Nielander, who in 1998 graduated from Detroit's College for Creative Studies. Nielander secured the project after winning a competition to design the ME-412. And without a doubt, he did a fantastic job with the ME-412.


Nielander’s design envisioned a two-seat cabin that was spacious and plush. Driver and passenger could enjoy 37.2 in (942 mm) of headroom, and 42.7 in (1085 mm) of legroom. Above their heads was a large glass roof panel, which created a feel of open space and increased visibility. Also, the co-pilot could enjoy the adjustable foot support, which kept him in position during extreme driving.

Elsewhere, on the leather tilt steering wheel, the driver found mounted controls, including a column mounted F-1 racing style paddle shifter with aluminum shift paddles and centrally mounted driver controls. Evidently, the cabin also had comfortable leather-covered seats, dual-zone climate control, and a state-of-the-art audio system. Ultimately, the ME-412 was as beautiful in the inside as it was on the outside.


The Chrysler ME-412 Concept Car Has Unique Features

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The Chrysler ME-412 was truly a mythical vehicle having unique engineering and design features that only enhanced its performance. For instance, the carbon-fiber and aluminum honeycomb monocoque tub helped the Chrysler ME-412 achieve a curb weight of 2880 lbs. Also, the prototype had a record-breaking weight-to-power ratio of 3.4 lbs/bhp.


Meanwhile, the braking system had 15.0-inch ventilated carbon ceramic composite disc brake rotors with six-piston aluminum mono block calipers. As per the company’s press release, these discs were 65 percent lower in weight than analogous cast iron rotors.

The prototype also used Michelin 265/35ZR19 tires in the front and 335/30ZR20 tires in the rear. Furthermore, double wishbones, aluminum control arms, horizontally-opposed coil-over dampers with electronically controlled compression and rebound tuning, stainless-steel push rods and a blade configured anti-roll bar are employed for the suspension.

 

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Future of Dodge’s Current Muscle Cars Unveiled

Photo of AutoGuide.com author, Justin Pritchard



Published Aug 15, 2022





Dodge brand CEO Tim Kuniskis recently outlined plans for the future of the brand’s Brampton-built muscle cars, which will cease production at the end of 2023 as the automaker shifts towards electrification.

Currently, the Brampton plant builds the Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger models. They are two of the most popular cars on the road amongst enthusiasts and passionate owner communities. Many of whom modify their vehicles and participate in motorsports.


“It’s been a 20-year run of Dodge muscle cars, over 3 million vehicles and over a billion horsepower. Brampton built the Dodge brand” Kuniskis commented.
But shopper tastes are changing, and they’re changing fast.

No Stopping the SUV Surge

Kuniskis mentioned the shift in consumer preference from cars to trucks and SUVs. Today, in the US, pickups and crossovers outsell sedans by about 4 to 1. In Canada, nearly 9 in 10 vehicles sold today is a pickup or SUV.
“That change in preference happened fast. It was like flipping a switch” Kuniskis said, adding “the race to electrification will happen even faster”.


After production of the Charger and Challenger stop at the end of 2023, the Brampton, Ontario plant will be retooled to create future Dodge models. The final year of Challenger and Charger production will see a ‘Last Call Edition’ emblem fixed beneath the hood of every unit built at the plant. As well, a transparent ordering process that’ll help customers quickly track down the dealerships that have the specific Charger or Challenger sub-model they’re after.

Future of Dodge’s Current Muscle Cars: Seven Buzz Models Coming

The final year of production will also be enhanced by six new ‘buzz’ models which will be detailed later. A seventh additional buzz model will be unveiled at SEMA, and Kuniskis says it’ll ‘go down in history’.
“Customers can’t order these buzz models” Kuniskis says. “They’re shipped to select dealers as a bonus above regular allocation. We’re building these ourselves, and sending them to dealers”.
For those who missed getting their hands on one the first time, the Dodge Durango Hellcat will be brought back online for 2023 as well. Though Kuniskis wouldn’t confirm more than one additional model year of production for this thunder-powered family hauler.

Fancy a Factory Dragster or Convertible?

Helping send the final year of production off with a bang, customers will be able to purchase a built-in-Brampton full rolling-chassis drag car. A complete body-in-white for either Challenger or Charger, at least 2 supercharger kits, high-performance transmissions like the HP70 and HP90, carbon-fiber resto-mod models, and more.


And while Dodge won’t be building a final Challenger Convertible, customers can have their Brampton-built Challenger shipped directly to Drop Top Customs in the U.S. for a clean-looking convertible conversion, before it’s shipped back to your local dealership for delivery.
Cars are changing fast. According to Kuniskis, inside of the diminishing car segment, muscle cars have held on very well. “They weren’t just regular cars. They were part of something bigger than just the purchase of a vehicle. That’s why they held on.”


 

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INTERVIEW: Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis



Dodge showcased its past, present, and future during Speed Week at the M1 Concourse in Pontiac, last week. CEO Tim Kuniskis held court over three nights of product unveilings, dubbed Current Muscle, Gateway Muscle, and Future Muscle.



Banking on one more year, Kuniskis reintroduced the 2023 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat and multiple Challenger and Charger iterations of the final Dodge V-8s before production culminates at the end of 2023. Gateway Muscle showcased the 2023 Dodge Hornet small crossover in turbo-4 and plug-in hybrid variants. But the final night, Future Muscle, won the web with the launch of the stunning two-door Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Concept.



With a 1980s hair metal cover band rocking to a crowd of Dodge enthusiasts and automotive journalists, Kuniskis took time away from the party to talk with Motor Authority about the American performance brand’s current and electric future.


This interview has been edited for clarity.





2023 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat
2023 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat


Why did the Dodge Durango Hellcat come back?


We had to change the (gas) tank, we had to change the software, we had to change the evaporative emission control system, we had to change a lot of stuff to make it more than one model year. The reaction was beyond our expectation. We had 3k orders…for a very expensive UV I couldn’t fill. Let’s be honest, it’s a publicly traded company. I have an obligation to the shareholders to make as much money as I can. So how do I look at shareholders and go, "Yeah I have 3k people willing to spend 85k for an SUV," and I told them sorry, too bad? It’s a tough call, but at the same time it’s not a very tough call. So I’m sorry that I made people mad but it’s two years later and because of the reaction and the 3k orders and the engineers had some time, and they got creative and figured it out.


We don’t sell a single car that anyone needs. If I have an opportunity to bring a car back to market that people love, I have to do it. I don’t wanna piss anyone off, but if I have 3k orders cash in hand, I gotta do it.


With the supply constraints and reports of some dealers charging more, the release of the seven “Buzz model” Chargers and Challengers is going to be a free for all, isn’t it?


Well, I have no control over what a dealer charges. But, if I put on my website where every single car is, now you know where all the cars are. So now you (the customer) can go anywhere, do anything, whatever you want. You can’t do that today.


How does the transition from gas models to electric vehicles affect Dodge dealers? What are the growing pains of the two-year wait until you release your first electric car?


During the two years I gotta keep selling all the cars I got, because I have a rabid passionate base of people who love these cars. Then I got other people who are like, "Hey, what are you doing for electrification? I’m interested. What are you bringing?" I gotta keep them both happy. The same thing is happening with dealers.


I’m going to give them so much time—that’s why we patented the stuff. Will the patents hold? I don’t know, I’m not a lawyer. But what I do know is I didn’t want to bring the car (Charger Daytona EV Concept) out in 2024 and say, "Hey it’s great, take my word for it." I wanted to bring it out way in advance so you guys can all talk about it.




Dodge Charger Daytona Concept
Dodge Charger Daytona Concept


How does the Dodge Charger Daytona’s Fratsonic Chambered Exhaust work?


The noise that a car makes today is like a mystical thing for most people. It’s pretty simple. We spend months and millions of dollars tuning exhaust pipes to make them sound the way they sound. It becomes a trademark of the sound of your brand. The sound that your brain hears is the movement of air.


When we started working on this, I said, "What I want is a pipe organ", and they said, "What are you drinking again?" You’ve all been to a cathedral and you’ve seen a pipe organ...and heard this amazing sound, and instantaneously whether you know or not your brain makes a connection between the pipes, the air, and the sound, and it makes sense. I said I want that. I want to take what makes sound in a car today, am I at idle, am I accelerating, how much pedal am I giving it, am I under extreme load, am I shifting…all of the stuff that changes the pitch and the tone and the volume of air that’s creating the sound of the car. I want to take all those inputs that all exist on an electric car and I want to feed those into an algorithm, then I want to take that and I want to move air. I want to take a transducer, I want to move a plenum, just like I’d move a piston, and that piston then moves air inside a tube. That tube then feeds a chamber, that chamber has chambers inside it, and then a huge ass exhaust pipe out the back.


Now what happens is you hear 126 decibels out the back of the car. The spatial difference between outside the car and behind you at movement is like the first time you ever went in and heard surround sound.


You mentioned the algorithm…what is the electronic component?


We take all those inputs, then have to translate if that were movement of air inside a gas engine, what would it sound like? That would be the sound of a V-8, but I don’t want that. We want it to sound modern, fresh, different, new. The reason we call it a Banshee is if you think about the screaming shrill of a banshee, it’s almost like a jet engine, but yet it’s not. It’s wicked but yet it’s not, but it’s a badass sound. You couldn’t live with that all the time. That’s your wide open, screaming, I’m on the highway, I’m getting on it sound. But when you let off of that, or when you’re shifting, or it’s burbling, or anything like that, it comes back to a tone. And that tone is what we believe is the game changer. The bass track of this sound is literally the cadence of the firing order of a Hemi V-8. It doesn’t sound like a V-8, but when you hear it, you’re like something is making me comfortable, something makes me feel like I’m OK with this. Yet, it sounds modern, fresh, and really cool.


Explain the multi-speed transmission in the Charger Daytona Concept.


Multi-speed is an electromechanical system. We’re shifting it mechanically with gears and we’re shifting it electronically. If you think about what happens today in a Hellcat, you’re going to complete a shift, slip a clutch, change a drum, and go into a different gear ratio in 250 milliseconds. What stops me from doing that in an EV? Absolutely nothing.


I can instantaneously pull out torque for 250 milliseconds and add torque back in to give you a shift. Will it make your car faster? No. Will it make your car way more fun to drive? Hell yeah.


You’re not going to say how many speeds?


No. Not done with it yet. Funny thing about it is the engineers will be the first to tell you. A single-speed EV is by far the most efficient. It’s amazing technology. Using multi-speeds is not going to make the car faster.


It’s going to make it heavier too.


It’s going to make it heavier, and it’s adding cost, and it’s adding development. But it’s also going to add way more fun to the car.


Multi-speed also gives me the advantage of taking advantage of more traction. So let’s just say, theoretically, if I had…an option for some really big, really sticky tires, and I could really launch the car hard, then multi-speed would really be a benefit. Theoretically. I mean. It’s a concept after all.


Of course. Theoretically. You guys haven’t done anything like that before.


No. That would be irresponsible.




2023 Dodge Hornet
2023 Dodge Hornet


What is different about the Dodge Hornet chassis from the related Tonale?


We tuned the engine differently, we tuned the transmission differently, we tuned the suspension differently, we tuned the steering differently.


We wanted it to feel more like a Dodge. We have a shift character we like, we like a certain speed and firmness, we like a certain firmness of the steering, we have certain expectations for our suspension especially when we get to something like the GLH (concept). But one of the other important things is now that we have Direct Connection, everything that we do we’re looking at it with an eye towards future modifications.


When we started working on this car we knew we wanted to have Direct Connection for a GLH. I could have done a GLH through Direct Connection and say, hey you need these halfshafts, you need this, you need that. It would have been a fortune. Or it’s single dollars to put it in the base car and give you the option to go up from there. Which, by the way, is the same thing we’re doing with the Daytona. We’re planning it all from day one.


What is the advantage of the three-link rear suspension on the Hornet and how is it different than the Tonale’s?


Mechanically and hardware, same, (but) all of the tuning is different. If you haven’t been involved in that it’s easy to discard that but it makes a huge difference. I’ve been driving those cars since the initial mules and from where they are today from where we started…after a year we’re getting into a space we’re really happy with.


That design was driven by the fact that we went with a much wider track (in the base platform).




2023 Dodge Charger and Challenger Last Call
2023 Dodge Charger and Challenger Last Call


What are you gonna miss when the Challenger and Charger and Durango end production as we know them?


I’m excited for the challenge going forward. These cars are amazing. I can say that. I own one, I invested my personal money in one. They’re great cars. But they’re unsustainable in today’s market. I hate to say it, but it’s a fact. So, If they’re unsustainable, it would be very easy for us to say Dodge can’t make it, Dodge can’t exist, Dodge can’t be what Dodge is, therefore let’s take our toys and go home.


What’s exciting to me is to look at the future and go OK, just like any racer, gimme the rule book and let me find the gray areas that I can exploit to bring you something fun that is a true Dodge. This has happened many times in the industry…as soon as you give them the better mousetrap everything changes. You don’t go from 5% EV to 30% EV without a better mousetrap. The onus is on us. It’s on the infrastructure, the policy makers gotta bring the infrastructure. And the car manufacturers gotta give you something better than what you have. Otherwise it’ll never work.




Dodge Charger Daytona Concept
Dodge Charger Daytona Concept


What are the key characteristics moving Dodge forward into this next generation of vehicles?


Think about where we were a decade ago. Our top of the line car was 425 hp. We were outgunned in the horsepower war. We were bigger, heavier, and we didn’t handle, and we were severely outgunned in horsepower. Did we get a new car? Nope. Did we make the car lighter? Nope. We just kept tweaking the car.


Half of my volume is Pentastars (V-6 engines; Kuniskis made clear that sales numbers don’t favor Hellcats.) You’re buying into something bigger than the purchase of a car. That’s why we say performance is an attitude. Whether your car is propelled by a PHEV, gas, electric (powertrain), it doesn’t matter. If I can give you the attitude and personality of something bigger than that car, it will be fine. If I can’t do that, then I fail and it doesn’t work.


 

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How Dodge Will Make All Its Muscle Cars Electric

Mark Vaughn
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dodge is showing performance enthusiasts future product hints in the lead up to the launch of the world’s first electrified muscle car the dodge charger daytona srt concept, shown in a new stryker red exterior color, will once again use a respected gathering of automotive builders and tuners to offer a peek at the future of the dodge brand

How Dodge Will Make All Its Muscle Cars ElectricStellantis
  • Stellantis has laid out a plan that spans all 16 makes under its corporate umbrella, with all cars, trucks and SUVs riding on four BEV platforms, with Dodge muscle cars on what’s called the STLA Large platform.
  • Stellantis will make 50% of its cars electric by 2030, including electric muscle cars.
  • The current Hemi-powered crop of Dodge muscle cars will be gone by the end of next year.
Muscle car maker Dodge will continue making muscle well into the future, even when that future becomes electric.
At last week’s SEMA show, Dodge put its all-electric Charger Daytona SRT Concept car front and center in an exhibit that was otherwise packed with big gasoline V8-powered traditional fire breathers. The message was clear, even to the diehard traditionalists who populate the SEMA show: Mopar and muscle will survive into the planet’s electric future.

“We’re not designing an electric car,” said head of Dodge Product Tom Sacoman, standing next to the Charger Daytona SRT Concept. “We’re designing a muscle car that happens to be electric.”
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The Dodge Charger Daytona SRT embodies the future of the brand’s muscle cars.Stellantis
Dodge’s plans are part of overall parent company Stellantis’ goals of electric conversion.

“The global auto industry is driving toward electrification and Stellantis is in full execution mode with a comprehensive electrification strategy to deliver exciting, class-leading vehicles for our iconic brands that offer advanced technology at affordable prices,” Stellantis said in a statement earlier this year.

“We are setting the course for 100% of sales in Europe and 50% of sales in the United States to be battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) by the end of this decade,” Stellantis said earlier this year. “And we plan to offer more than 75 battery-electric vehicle models and reach global annual BEV sales of 5 million units by 2030.”
That’s not just PR- and marketing-speak. Stellantis has a specific plan for its coming EVs.

“We will sundown the Hemi muscle cars end of ‘23,” said Sacoman. “Done. And we are already making (future EVs). Obviously, you see this concept (the Charger Daytona SRT Concept eight feet away from him on the Dodge stand at SEMA). We’re already there, moving towards electrification in the future. This (the concept) is an all-electric car. It will be launched over a number of years starting in ‘24. As we launch over a number of years, we will launch additional versions of electrification into the vehicle.”

Stellantis has laid out a plan that spans all 16 makes that are currently under the corporate umbrella, from Abarth and Alfa Romeo to Ram and Vauxhall. The strategy is to use three all-electric, modular unibody platforms and one body-on-frame platform for everything. Each platform can be sized appropriately as needed. The full BEV platforms will be called STLA Small, STLA Medium, STLA Large, and STLA Frame. Battery packs will offer ranges from 300 miles to 500 miles. The muscle cars that come from the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Concept will ride on the STLA Large platform and will offer a range of up to 500 miles. It will operate on an 800-volt system and will use a multi-speed electro-mechanical transmission.
the dodge charger daytona srt concept’s ambient attitude adjustment lighting™ illuminates the interior’s parametric texture from below, playing with depth and dimension

This is what the interior of future electric Dodge muscle cars will be.Stellantis

“In our showrooms in North America, we have multiple brands,” Sacoman said. “Those multiple brands allow us to really focus each one of the brands on what they’re about, right? For Ram, it’s about capability. For Dodge it’s about muscle and performance.”

But does Sacoman really think the traditional Dodge muscle car buyer can pivot to electrification?
“I do. I do. I think some people will be early adopters, just like any other technology change. For some people, that (transition) will take more time. There are still horses, right? People buy them, they’re very valuable. But I think that overall, the whole deal, from our perspective, is to make sure that we make a better car than the last one we made. We always talk about the analogy of carburetors and fuel injection. Fuel injection was a scary technology, ‘Ah, they don’t run right, they don’t do this,’ whatever. ‘We like carburetors, we can put jets in them…’ Then guess what, (fuel injected) cars came out that were very reliable, they were better for performance. And the performance people said, ‘Hey, I have to have that.. Now I need to have the fuel injection.’ The same thing is going to happen here.”

And looking at the striking Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Concept at SEMA, is that close to Dodge’s plans for a transition? Could we expect to see something like that?

“For sure. We want this concept to indicate, to be a good indicator of what the future is going to be. Absolutely.”

So make the transition, Mopar lovers—it may even be easier than going from carburetors to fuel injection. Or at least from horses to cars.
 

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Fiat to bring new electric 500e to North America in 2024
Breana Noble
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Fiat this time wants North American customers to buy its 500e electric hatchback.
The Italian small car brand of Stellantis NV is bringing a new generation of the 500e to the continent starting in the first quarter of 2024, it said Thursday at the Los Angeles Auto Show, betting on the next chapter for Fiat here as consumers become more willing to consider EVs.
Fiat is bringing the all-electric 500 hatchback to North America in 2024 as the new 500e.


The announcement indicates a continued commitment by Fiat in the United States since its reintroduction in 2011, with Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares giving each of the company's 14 brands 10 years to show growth and prove their value. But U.S. sales have dried up, falling 62% year-over-year in the first nine months of 2022 with just 797 Fiats sold. The competitive U.S. market, Americans' love for larger trucks and SUVs, and being starved of fresh product has made it difficult for the Italian brand to make inroads. Today's lineup is a single vehicle: the 500X subcompact SUV.

The 500e will be Fiat's first all-electric vehicle in the marketplace since it ended production in 2019 of the previous generation 500e, which former Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV CEO Sergio Marchionne famously asked customers not to buy, "because every time I sell one it costs me $14,000."

Now, Fiat says it'll be an all-electric brand by 2030. It didn't disclose the pricing for the North American model, but the Italy-made all-electric "New 500" launched in 2020 for Europe that the 500e will be based off was the top-selling EV in Germany and Italy in the first half of 2022.
Fiat is bringing the all-electric 500 hatchback to North America in 2024 as the new 500e.


"Since 1899, Fiat has played a role in developing mobility, not only delivering vehicles to the masses but also pursuing a social mission and riding the wave of 'what's next,'" Fiat CEO Olivier François said in a statement. "Today, more than ever, we are facing a global revolution, which means that customers are looking for more than just a car and we intend to embrace their changing needs. The new 500e is more than a car, it is a social project to feed America's appetite for change toward sustainable mobility. We want to introduce America to EVs with our icon, the Fiat 500, because this is the right thing to do."

The market is different from 2013 when the original 500e launched, said Stephanie Brinley, principal automotive analyst for S&P Global Inc.'s mobility team. Regulators are pushing for EVs, funding installation of the charging infrastructure needed and offering subsidies for their purchases — though to qualify for any assistance, EVs must be assembled in the United States. That's helped encourage consumers to be more willing to consider an EV, though they still represented just 5.5% of U.S. sales in the first nine months of the year.
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"There is more opportunity for a 500 EV in today's market than the first one," Brinley said. "We're transcending from the innovator stage to really these still are early adopters to mass-market electric vehicle sales. We're still in a push environment for that. It might not be the vehicle they buy in 2024, but in 2026. Everything happening is the groundwork to that."
The economics around EVs also are changing. The merger last year between FCA and French automaker Groupe PSA is providing greater scale for a global presence, lower costs, more capital and broader product programs, Brinley noted, and the growth of EV supply chains is expected to help reduce the expenses of producing them.
"PSA's electric vehicle progress was a little further along than FCA's was," she said. "There's the ability of the U.S. arm to take advantage of that scale."

But since Fiat still remains a small player, it'll continue having to reintroduce itself to buyers, Brinley added: "In 2024, '25, we're seeing so many more electric vehicles. Being electric won't be enough to standout. There's some work ahead in raising the relevancy of the brand."

Specifications of the North America offering, which will be revealed at the 2023 Los Angeles Auto Show, aren't yet available. The European version comes with a 24 or 42 kilowatt-hour battery pack with the larger one offering up to 199 miles (320 kilometers) of range based on U.K. standards. The output of its electric motors are 94 horsepower and 117 horsepower.
The one-off Fiat B.500 Mai Troppo designed by luxury fashion house Bvlgari was at the Los Angeles Auto Show.


This year, Fiat at the L.A. show shared three 500e one-off designs from the Armani and Bvlgari luxury fashion houses and Kartell furniture company, according to a news release, to reflect "Italian craftsmanship, creativity and sophistication" and embody Fiat's sustainability vision.

Fiat revealed the one-off 500 Kartell at the Los Angeles Auto Show.


The one-off Fiat 500 Giorgio Armani used laser technology for microchevron engraving of the vehicle's bodywork.


Seats in the one-off Fiat B.500 Mai Troppo designed by Bvlgari are leather with Diva pattern embroidery, gold details and past Bvlgari silk scarf inserts.
 
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