Everything You Need to Know About the Future of Fiat Chrysler

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Today, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles laid out its game plan for the future of its many brands.

  • The Chrysler brand will shed any pretension of being a premium offering and aim its crosshairs on the Fords and Hondas of the world. Full details.
  • Dodge will become a performance-oriented brand, even more so than today, as well as reabsorb the SRT moniker and halo Viper. Full details.
  • Jeep ... keeps being Jeep but a more global-friendly Jeep. Full details.
  • We now know when to expect the next-generation of Ram pickup trucks. Full details.
  • Fiat will be adding only a few models while a reinvigorated Alfa Romeo will inundate the U.S. with a handful of new cars and SUVs. Full details.
By David Thomas | May 6, 2014 | Comments (3)

Recall Alert: 2014 Ram ProMaster

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Vehicles Affected: About 5,664 model-year 2014 Ram ProMaster vans manufactured between July 1, 2013, and Nov. 15, 2013.

The Problem: During manufacturing, a tool may have damaged one of the brake hoses, which could result in a leakage of brake fluid from the hose. This could cause reduced brake performance, lengthening the vehicle’s stopping distance and increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Chrysler will notify affected owners starting in March, and dealers will inspect and replace brake hoses as necessary for free.

What Owners Should Do: Affected owners can call Chrysler at 800-853-1403, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | February 28, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Winnebago Travato Is Perfect Escape Vehicle for Winter-Weary Northerners

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The 2014 Chicago Auto Show is the perfect venue to show off the 2014 Winnebago Travato, a Class B motorhome based on the Ram ProMaster chassis. Why Chicago? Because the record cold temperatures and near record snowfall this very, very long winter have pushed us Chicago natives over the edge, and we're ready to pack up our belongings and get the heck out of here.

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We'd have to leave the kids behind, though. This motorhome is meant for just two people. Roughly the length of a full-size pickup truck, the Travato motorhome could sit in the driveway off to the side and once the thermometer shows negative temperatures, this home would be pointing south. Just reading the Travato's feature sheet is a giant tease for Chicagoans in February.

By Joe Bruzek | February 7, 2014 | Comments (9)

Recall Alert: 2013 Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, Ram 1500

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Vehicles Affected: Chrysler is voluntarily recalling 4,194 model-year 2013 Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger full-size sedans, and Ram 1500 pickup trucks all equipped with all-wheel drive, an eight-speed automatic transmission and a V-6 engine.

The Problem: Output shafts installed in some vehicles were shaped using a two-stage forging method employed during early production; the resulting components may be subject to fracture in rare circumstances, according to Chrysler. The automaker said the forging process has been replaced by a single-stage method and that it is unaware of any associated injuries or accidents.

The Fix: Owners will be notified of the recall, and dealers will inspect and test the transmission output shafts and, if necessary, replace the transmission assemblies for free. The notification schedule is not yet specified.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Chrysler at 800-853-1403, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | December 9, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

In a continuation of our truck-heavy lists of late, PickupTrucks.com's heavy-duty towing contest, the King of Beasts, also ascended to the most-watched-videos throne, debuting at No. 1. The flex-off between the 2013 Ford F-450 Super Duty and 2013 Ram 3500 Heavy Duty was followed by truck-centric holdovers from past weeks, with lone non-truck newcomer the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander rounding out the top five. Check out what else was popular:

1. King of Beasts
2. 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

3. 2015 Power Stroke Will Make More Power
4. First Look: 2015 Chevrolet Suburban, 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe
5. 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander

By Matt Schmitz | October 19, 2013 | Comments (0)

Ford, Ram Square Off in PickupTrucks.com's King of Beasts Bout

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You could almost hear ring announcer Michael Buffer telling the tale of the tape as two reigning heavyweights stepped onto the canvas for a PickupTrucks.com face-off to determine the true King of Beasts. This title bout gathered experts in Arizona and Colorado to test the real-world towing capacity of the 2013 Ford F-450 Super Duty and 2013 Ram 3500 Heavy Duty on a stamina- and strength-sapping 1,600-mile haul, pulling extreme loads. Which contender went the distance to win by decision? Follow the link below to get ringside — and GET READY TO RUMBLE!

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By Matt Schmitz | October 16, 2013 | Comments (3)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

It's another truck-tastic week on our list of most-watched videos. Last week's No. 4 — in which PickupTrucks.com Editor Mark Williams gets the scoop on the Ford's 2015 Power Stroke engine from technical specialist David Ives at the 2013 State Fair of Texas — motors into first place. Meanwhile, the week's only non-truck offering, our 2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited all-wheel-drive exhaust-note video, makes itself heard at No. 5. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2015 Power Stroke Will Make More Power
2. 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel
3. First Look: 2015 Chevrolet Suburban, 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe
4. 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD
5. 2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited AWD Exhaust Note
By Matt Schmitz | October 12, 2013 | Comments (0)

Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: September 2013

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The federal government may have shut down for the first time in 17 years, but that didn't keep automakers from reporting sales. With the largest seven automakers reporting numbers, September new-car sales fell 5%.

Chrysler stayed roughly flat as an 8.4% bump in Ram pickup truck sales offset losses from the group's Jeep and Fiat brands. Ford rose slightly, while Toyota and Nissan saw small losses. Larger losses came at Honda (down 9.9%) and Hyundai-Kia (down 13.9%, mostly due to a 21% plunge at Kia). GM fell 11% from losses at Chevrolet and GMC, including full-size pickup sales. The Chevrolet Cruze plunged 50.6% versus a strong September 2012 as lower inventory played against higher incentives for the compact sedan, which has encountered fierce competition since it hit dealerships three years ago. Other small cars faltered, too: The Honda Civic and Dodge Dart had decent months, but the Ford Focus, Mazda3 and Nissan Sentra saw double-digit losses despite redesigns for the latter two. Toyota Corolla sales stayed flat despite a redesign, too, and the Volkswagen Jetta fell 9.8%.

By Kelsey Mays | October 1, 2013 | Comments (3)

Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: August 2013

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In a recurrent chorus, GM said it had its best month since September 2008. Chrysler said it had its best August since 2007 while Honda says it had its best August ever.

Chrysler's gains were thanks to August records for Jeep's Wrangler, Compass and Patriot, plus a 30.9% sales increase for the automaker's popular Ram pickup. (Chrysler's U.S. umbrella includes Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Fiat.) It marks the automaker's 41st month in a row of year-over-year sales increases.

Honda sold nearly 40,000 Civics in the last full month of summer. Purchase incentives remained steady with year-ago levels — when the maligned 2012 Civic was still in showrooms — but sales were anything but steady. The popular compact surged 58.5% in August, edging out the Accord to become Honda's best-seller. It would have been America's best-selling car in August, but the Toyota Camry piled on 21.8% in sales to keep the spot.

By Kelsey Mays | September 4, 2013 | Comments (18)

Cars.com Names Top 10 Tailgaters

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It's already late summer, and increasingly your day revolves around trolling sports websites for the latest news on training camps, preseason college football power rankings, alma-mater rivalries and so on. Alabama or LSU? Steelers or Ravens?

The season of pigskin bliss is upon us, and the truly serious fans have tickets, and many of those serious ticket holders tailgate. Which brings us to Cars.com's annual Top 10 Tailgaters — our top picks for cars to hit the stadium lots and pregame 'til the brats run out.

As always, please tailgate responsibly, and check out our list below.

By Kelsey Mays | August 28, 2013 | Comments (4)

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