Chrysler Debuts Updated Uconnect Access System

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Detroit's North American International Auto Show may start next week, but there's another big show making news. Automakers are showing off their latest tech advances this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles unveiled the latest version of its Uconnect Access app-based connected-car system.

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New features include Vehicle Finder, Send Destination to Vehicle, Vehicle Health Report and Vehicle Health Alert. Aside from the added functionality, the app has been redesigned as well; FCA says that aside from a whole new look, the app is faster and more intuitive.

By Jennifer Geiger | January 6, 2015 | Comments (0)

FCA, BMW Expand Takata Airbag Recalls

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Two more automakers have expanded their Takata airbag recalls. BMW and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced major expansions to their campaigns, which affect cars with faulty airbag inflators that could rupture when they deploy and send shrapnel into occupants. Inflators have been reportedly linked to at least five deaths and dozens of injuries, but Takata maintains that the problem only occurs in high-humidity areas.

Related: NHTSA Urges Automakers to Issue National Recall for Takata Airbags

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration remains skeptical, issuing a Nov. 18 recommendation that all 10 automakers involved expand their recalls nationwide. Honda, Mazda and Ford have done so, and last week saw two more players follow suit.

By Kelsey Mays | December 22, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Chrysler 300: First Drive

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Austin is weird. In fact, the city hangs its hat on that distinction. A small patch of donkey blue wedged in a sea of elephant red, the liberal city prides itself on its odd-man-out political status and singular strangeness. I visited the Texas city to drive the updated Chrysler 300, and the sedan is anything but strange.

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The 2015 Chrysler 300's attention-grabbing styling, elegant interior and composed road manners convey an overall classiness that rivals other large sedans.

Light exterior and interior styling updates, a standard eight-speed automatic transmission with rotary dial and additional safety features highlight the changes for 2015. The 300 has always made a splash visually, and the new model's exaggerated front-end proportions ensure it will continue to be a statement-maker for the brand. Its signature gaping grille is even larger this year — pumped up by 33 percent — and inside the mesh grille floats Chrysler's winged badge.

The 300 Limited, 300C, 300S and 300C Platinum trims are available for 2015; I tested a rear-wheel-drive Limited trim with the V-6; Chrysler expects around 40 percent of buyers to opt for this entry model.

By Jennifer Geiger | December 21, 2014 | Comments (6)

Chrysler, Mazda Expand Takata Airbag Recalls

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Two automakers are expanding their Takata-airbag-related recalls. Chrysler is adding more than 200,000 vehicles to its regional recall of front passenger-side airbag inflators, while Mazda is following Honda’s lead and expanding its recall of approximately 330,000 vehicles to now include the driver-side Takata airbag.

Related: What Cars Are Included in the Takata Airbag Recall

In late November, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration told Chrysler to expand its June recall of cars with defective Takata airbags by Dec. 1. The expanded recall is for 208,783 older-model vehicles in areas with high humidity, according to a statement from Chrysler. The automaker’s original recall included about 69,000 cars in Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Chrysler’s latest recall affects vehicles purchased, ever registered in or still registered in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas as well as American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, Saipan and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

By Jennifer Newman | December 12, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat EPA Rated at 22 MPG Highway

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It's fast, it's powerful and it's actually more fuel efficient than you'd expect. Chrysler announced today that the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is EPA rated at 13/22/16 mpg city/highway/combined.

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The 6.2-liter Hemi V-8 is paired with an eight-speed automatic and makes 707 horsepower and 650 pounds-feet of torque. Dodge calls it "the quickest, fastest, most-powerful sedan ever" and claims it has a top speed of 204 mph and is good for a zero-100-zero mph time of less than 13 seconds.

The 2015 Charger Hellcat is slated to go on sale early next year and start at $64,990, including destination and a $1,700 gas-guzzler tax.

Cars.com photo by Aaron Bragman

By Jennifer Geiger | December 11, 2014 | Comments (9)

Many Automakers Expand Takata Airbag Recall, But Feds Still Want More

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At least six automakers expanded their recalls this week for faulty airbag inflators from parts supplier Takata Corp. The affected airbags can launch shrapnel into passengers as they deploy; incidents were observed in high-humidity areas, prompting 10 automakers to recall scores of 2000s-era models registered in states such as Florida. The total previously stood at nearly 8 million cars, but that figure is rising fast.

Related: What Cars Are Included in the Takata Airbag Recall?

After findings suggested the inflators could fail outside the recalled areas — and were possible with driver's-side airbags, not just the passenger airbags originally investigated — the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration pressed on Nov. 18 for automakers to recall cars across all 50 states. This week, many automakers expanded their campaigns, but only Honda pushed the recall nationwide. Just this morning, the automaker said it would recall another 3 million cars for the driver's-side airbag, The Detroit News reports. That brings the total to at least 11 million, and it's the latest in a string of developments in a recall crisis blamed for at least five deaths so far.

By Kelsey Mays | December 5, 2014 | Comments (0)

NHTSA Tells Chrysler to Expand Its Takata Airbag Recall

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration put Chrysler in the hot seat Tuesday, telling the automaker to expand its June recall of vehicles with defective Takata airbags and to report the problem to affected owners by Dec. 1, according to The Detroit News. This comes on top of NHTSA telling Chrysler to speed up its fix of 1.56 million Jeep SUVs that have been recalled for rear fires.

Related: Takata Airbag Fix Will Take Months

"Chrysler's delay in notifying consumers and taking other actions necessary to address the safety defect identified is unacceptable and exacerbates the risk to motorists' safety,” NHTSA Deputy Chief David Friedman wrote in a letter to Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne.

Chrysler limited its initial Takata-related recall to cars sold or registered in Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, which are high-humidity areas, but NHTSA contends that the recall should include southern Georgia, Guam, Saipan, American Samoa and coastal areas of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

Get the full story from The Detroit News.

Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

By Jennifer Newman | November 26, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Chrysler 300: Up Close

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I wasn't wild about the 2011 redesign of the big sedan, which smoothed out the Chrysler 300's classic (if derivative) front end, reflecting what was described at the time as an aftermarket influence. The 2015 tweaks recess the headlights, giving the bumper more presence and returning some of the original's boldness. The big-ass grille handles the rest.

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If anything, I wish Chrysler had taken the opportunity to tone down the prominent wheel arches, especially in front where they rise above the character line almost to the hood and recall a Mazda RX-8. It just doesn't work for me. Beyond that, what's great about the 2015 300s, at least as evidenced by three versions here at the show, is that they put not a single foot astray.

By Joe Wiesenfelder | November 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Chrysler 300 Photo Gallery (64 Photos)

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Chrysler's flagship sedan gets a face-lift for 2015, but luckily the updates to the 300 — an already stylish sedan — are subtle and only heighten its classiness. The 300's large grille takes on a more aggressive, snoutlike look this year bordered by available adaptive high-intensity-discharge headlights and LED fog lights. New LED taillights, updated rear bumper styling and rectangular exhaust outlets round out the changes to the back end.

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A new upscale Platinum trim level joins the lineup this year with premium interior features like hand-sanded low-gloss wood trim, Nappa leather upholstery and a leather-wrapped instrument panel and center console.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears

By Jennifer Geiger | November 19, 2014 | Comments (15)

2015 Chrysler 300: First Look

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Competes with: Ford Taurus, Toyota Avalon, Kia Cadenza

Looks like: The new 300 reclaims much of the swagger of its now decade-old forebear

Drivetrain: 292- or 300-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 or 363-hp, 5.7-liter V-8 with eight-speed automatic transmission; rear- or all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: First quarter of 2015

Starting price: $32,390, including a destination charge

The Chrysler 300 was a smash hit when it debuted as a 2005 model and now, a decade later, the sedan has a new boldness that harkens back to that of the original model. The 2015 Chrysler 300 is offered with V-6 or V-8 power and rear- or all-wheel drive, and besides its new styling and features, there's a new high-end Platinum trim level with upscale appointments. The 300 arrives early next year with the same starting price as before: $32,390, including the destination charge.

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By Mike Hanley | November 18, 2014 | Comments (1)

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