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Consumer Reports’ Top Picks Stun Industry

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Lexus, Acura, and Audi were at the top of the annual Consumer Reports picks for best all-around auto brands. CR uses its own safety testing, along with owner survey statistics and road tests to determine the rankings. Of the first eight places on the survey, seven of them were occupied by Japanese carmakers. Among individual [...]

Fiat Buys Chrysler, Announces New Vision

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Fiat has purchased the remaining shares of Chrysler from the United Auto Workers health care fund, making the Italian conglomerate sole owner of Chrysler. For a price of $4.35 billion, Fiat bought the UAW’s 41 percent ownership stake of the Big Three carmaker. The deal will be concluded by Jan. 20, after nearly a year [...]

Is a Hybrid Jeep ‘Inevitable’?

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In a move to meet future emissions regulations, Jeep executives have begun to seriously consider producing a hybrid variant of the legendary brand. Chrysler execs said this week that they are working behind the scenes on several ideas that relate to alternative-fuel drivetrains. The company wants to make certain that the new vehicles have acceptable [...]

Oct. Car Sales Figures Shock Experts

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Defying analysts’ predictions, and a still subdued economy, all three major U.S. carmakers notched big sales increases for October. GM led the pack with a 16 percent increase, followed closely by Ford and Chrysler with 14 percent and 11 percent, respectively. In Ford’s case, Fusion was the big winner for the brand, posting a 70 [...]

Ram 1500 Sparks Truck MPG ‘War’

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The truck market is set for a fresh round of fuel efficiency competition. In the last week of June, both Ford and Chrysler introduced fuel-sipping light trucks. Ford’s F-150 Tremor is a gasoline-powered vehicle that features a V6 EcoBoost engine. Ram’s latest unveiling is the turbocharged 1500, a 6-cylinder, 3.0-liter EcoDiesel. The truck has an [...]

‘Green Engine of the Year’ Surprise Winner

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Fiat’s TwinAir Turbo compressed natural gas unit was voted ‘Best Green Engine of the Year 2013’ at last week’s Engine of the Year Awards. The event is held annually and presented by Engine Technology International magazine, published by UKIP Media & Events Ltd. More than 85 auto journalists from 35 nations participate in the judging. [...]

U.S. Car Sales Up for May

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U.S. car sales were up 7 percent in May. GM, Chrysler Group, Toyota, and Ford reported combined domestic sales data that showed better than expected performance for all major carmakers. Ford Motor Co. experienced a 14 percent increase in sales compared to 2012 data and plans to increase plant production by 10 percent in North [...]

Ram 1500 Goes Diesel

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Ram will offer a diesel version of its 1500 pickup truck for 2014, complete with a 3.0-liter V6 EcoDiesel engine, which happens to be the identical engine on the company’s Jeep Grand Cherokee. That model variation was brought out in January and features a 240-horsepower rating, though it is not known whether the new Ram [...]

Fiat 500e EV: Impressive Numbers

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The EPA has given the new Fiat 500e electric car a combined 116 mpg-e fuel efficiency rating, which places the newest EV above all other U.S. electric cars but two. With 25 dealerships in California, Fiat plans to begin selling the 500e in that state sometime after March. A specific breakout of the EPA data [...]

C-Max Hybrid Leads Ford to Record Sales

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Ford, Chrysler, GM, and Hyundai all posted large sales gains for the month of November, according to data just released. In Ford’s case, much of that increase was due to its fast-selling C-Max hybrid. Fiat, Chrysler’s parent company, saw significant sales gains based on its new line of Fiat 500 cars. As has been the [...]

Chrysler Stuns Media with Diesel Announcement

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Chrysler has announced that it will introduce at least two major brands with clean diesel engines by the 2014 model year. Using a proprietary EcoDiesel badge, the company intends to sell its Jeep Grand Cherokee and Chrysler 300 as clean diesel vehicles. While some industry experts see this move as a way for the company [...]

Chrysler Grand Voyager LTD 3.3 V6 AWD 2009 – Reviews, Specs, Engine Type, etc.

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Everything you need to know about the Chrysler Grand Voyager LTD 3.3 V6 AWD 2009 Parts – including Engine Size, MPG, Speed, Width, Height, Torque, Transmission Info and more. Chrysler Grand Voyager LTD 3.3 V6 AWD 2009 – Reviews, Specs, Engine Type, etc. Make: Chrysler Model: Grand Voyager LTD 3.3 V6 AWD Year: 2009 Type [...]

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