Ram Turns the Tailgate On Its Head With All New Split Tailgate, Unveils Ram Chassis Cab Lineup [Pics]

When GM announced the multifuction tailgate for select Sierra and Silverado models, it was no secret that Ram wasn’t going to take the news lying down. It proved this by starting a brief Twitter war with its domestic rivals while also teasing its new gate at the same time. With the dust still settling from the 2019 Chicago Auto Show, Ram has unveiled its new tailgate system, and its certainly a very distinct presentaton when viewed in operation. It might not seem that obvious at first glance, with the Multipro tailgate opening and closing like normal. However, things get strange when the tailgate splits in two, with the gate splitting into two unequal pieces at the push of a button. While this might not seem like a big deal at first glance, this party trick will be a welcome solution to owners that tow trailers, with a normal tailgate being …

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Sergio Marchionne Steps Down, Michael Manley To Replace Him As CEO

In a stunning development that is currently unfolding as we speak, longtime CEO of Ferrari and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Sergio Marchionne, is stepping down from his post due to ongoing medical issues. The 66 year old CEO recently had shoulder surgery three weeks ago, but “massive complications” following the surgery forced FCA’s board to make their move, though the company has not disclosed the extent of the medical complications, as well as Marchionne’s current condition. FCA did however issue a brief statement regarding today’s events stating “While Mr. Marchionne was recovering from surgery,” his health has “worsened significantly in recent hours.” The company also revealed that as a result of this, Marchionne will not be formally returning to work. The board did move swiftly on finding a successor, and named current Jeep brand chief Mike Manley, as his replacement. Manley has been at the helm of Jeep for several years, …

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2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Redeye Ushers In New Regime of Muscle [Video]

2019 is shaping to be a big year for Dodge and its growing family of muscle car offerings. The highlight of course is the Dodge Challenger, and the new model year will bring more power and substance to this iconic two door as well as an all new range topper that is eager to carry on where the limited production Dodge Demon left off. The big story here is the all new range topping model the 797 horsepower Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye. This monster leaps to fill the gap left by the departing limited production Dodge Demon. This sinister vehicle did not leave Auburn Hills quietly, and left an enviable inheritance for the Redeye to enjoy. This includes the familiar yet insanely powerful 6.2 liter supercharged V8, which is detuned slightly for Redeye duty, and also boasts 707 lb-ft of torque. An eight speed automatic is the sole transmission choice, …

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Road Test Review – 2017 Dodge Challenger GT – By Carl Malek

A revolution is in the air in the muscle car segment. Ever since one can remember, a typical American muscle car was generally known for having a big V8 engine and, more importantly, rear-wheel drive. Even 10 years ago, the very idea of an all-wheel drive muscle coupe was seen as an alien concept to the big three domestic automakers (GM Ford and FCA.) The folks at Dodge are eager to overthrow the established order with the 2017 Dodge Challenger GT, but can this pioneering model bring true four season performance to a traditionally two season vehicle segment? or is it a flash in the pan?     The exterior styling of our “Green Go” hued tester has a high degree of swagger, and its retro themed clothes look highly distinctive when out on the open road. The resemblance to its 1970’s forerunners is very strong here, and like its …

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Road Test Review: 2017 Dodge Charger SXT AWD – By Carl Malek

Dodge has been on a performance vehicle blitz the past few months. From unveiling the fire breathing Durango SRT, to the recent unveiling of the utterly bonkers Dodge Challenger Demon at the New York Auto Show, it’s no secret that the brand is going all in on its quest to nab performance minded enthusiasts. But with the slow selling Dodge Dart mercifully sent to the land of discontinued automobiles, can the 2017 Dodge Charger still draw in family buyers looking for a sedan that can haul occupants and cargo? While still allowing you to unleash your weekend warrior tendencies at the same time?   The exterior styling of our Redline Red SXT grade tester certainly stands out in a crowd especially when equipped with the optional Blacktop package. It’s big bold and distinctively domestic with the Charger easily being one of the best looking full-size American sedans out on the marketplace. …

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2017 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring – Marketplace Comparison – By Carl Malek

When we last met the Mazda CX-3, we praised its ability to bring Mazda style fun and flair to a segment that is steadily getting more and more crowded with entries from various automakers. With the segment also booming in sales and overall demand, choosing the right CUV for your driveway can be the most important decision many growing families face. With that said, does the Mazda CX-3 still have what it takes to win a spot in your driveway? To find out we went behind the wheel of a second CX-3, and crunched the numbers to see how it fares against three of its key rivals.   2017 Mazda CX-3 vs 2016 Fiat 500X/Jeep Renegade     Starting off the first of our two comparisons is the Mazda’s battle against the 2016 Fiat 500X and its platform mate the Jeep Renegade. Both the 500X and the Renegade are crucial …

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2017 Fiat Abarth 124 Spider – Road Test Review – By Carl Malek

Its no secret that we are big fans of the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider and its compelling blend of retro Italian charm and its Mazda based underpinnings. Fiat has big ambitions for this model, and hopes that it can help reverse its fortunes here in the U.S. However we never had the chance to sample its spicier sibling, the 2017 Fiat Abarth 124 Spider which supposedly brings more performance and aggression to the 124’s elegant lines. But has Abarth’s interpretation of performance created a potent roadster offering that adds depth to the 124 lineup? To find out we spent sometime with the car on the winding roads of Monticello New York to truly see if this droptop has the spice necessary to win over budget minded performance buyers.     The exterior styling of the Abarth 124 Spider certainly has the visual flair to stand out amongst the crowded field of …

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Is Hollywood Co-Promotion Worse Than Brand Integration? Star Wars and FCA to Find Out

Product placement in movies has evolved radically since Bumblebee Camaro raced back into our hearts — and many driveways — following the 2007 Transformers remake. In the last 20 years, paid PP was all about screen time and brand impact.  The challenges were to say the name of the product on film and have it be a hero type of character.  Without appearing saccharine.  (Bad examples include Acura and Sony in every Hollywood media program they have ever done.) For ‘good’ results, it was about showcasing the car organically throughout the film, with real-life displays of prop replicas generally involved in auto shows and premiers — photographed with the stars.  This type of classic brand integration is still the most impactful, in our opinion, and is still a force to be reckoned with in 2015 hits like SPECTRE and sci-ti dramedy Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation for JLR and BMW, respectively. …

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FCA 2016 #DriveforDesign Contest Seeks Teen Input on 2025 Dodge SRT Hellcat!

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On the heels of Ferrari’s very promising design challenge for 2015, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles just launched its multi-playform FCA Drive for Design contest. The objective for all entries is to envision a 2025 Dodge SRT Hellcat — and is limited to high school students in grades 10-12, sophomores to seniors.  The goal is to see what tomorrow’s design talent would do with the 2025 Hellcat in a no-limits world of the future. Will it be an open-wheeled racecar with tandem double cockpit? Or a mid-engine exotic like the SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo? 2015 SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo Or something completely different? Entries are due by January 8, 2016 — making this a perfect project for winter break and study hall free-time until then!  Entries need to be submitted to the website or mailed to the US product design office, where they will be evaluated by global design leadership …

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