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  • Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV ... Shares Tumble On Vows Of Possible Emission Scandal

    05/23/2016 11:39:24 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 44 replies
    The Country Caller ^ | May 23, 2016 | Myrna Salomon
    Shares of Fiat Chrysler are down more than 4% in pre-market trading today as investors react to a possible emission scandal relating to the company's vehicles in Germany... in over the counter markets in the US following a report from a German Newspaper that the company could be banned from vehicles in the country if it is found disregarding strict emission standards. German paper Bild said in a story on Saturday that multiple tests from the German motor transport authority KBA have shown that several Fiat Chrysler's models had exhaust treatment systems that were switching off automatically after running for...
  • any Dodge/Jeep guys out there?

    08/31/2015 7:20:59 PM PDT · by Cowman · 24 replies
    8-31-2015 | self
    So my Durango with the 4.7 that wouldn't start has a broken timing chain on the right cam. It only has 140k and I have had 318/360 trucks that went well over 300k before they had any problems; and I have NEVER had a timing chain break during normal operations. I have had Chryslers most of my life and the worst thing I had was a spun bearing on a one ton van (at 350k). Does anybody know if this motor has a reputation for weak timing chains? I know they have gasket and EGR problems.
  • Fiat Chrysler Must Buy Back Hundreds of Thousands of Ram Pickups

    07/27/2015 12:34:30 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 34 replies
    NBC/AP ^ | 07/27/2015 | Associated Press
    DETROIT -- Fiat Chrysler must offer to buy back from customers hundreds of thousands of Ram pickup trucks and other vehicles -- the biggest such action in U.S. history -- as part of a costly deal with safety regulators to settle legal problems in about two dozen recalls. The Italian-American automaker also faces a record civil fine of up to $105 million. In addition, owners of more than a million older Jeeps with vulnerable rear-mounted gas tanks will be able to trade them in or be paid by Chrysler to have the vehicles repaired. ~SNIP~ Vehicles eligible for buy-back offer...
  • Chrysler Recalls 1.4 Million Vehicles That Can Be Remotely Hacked Online

    07/26/2015 11:51:51 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    ktla ^ | 7/26/2015 | CNN wire
    A flaw in several Chrysler models lets hackers remotely control them, posing an unprecedented danger for American drivers. Hackers can cut the brakes, shut down the engine, drive it off the road, or make all the electronics go haywire. ... The cars involved in the recall include the following vehicles equipped with 8.4-inch touchscreens: 2013-2015 MY Dodge Viper specialty vehicles 2013-2015 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups 2013-2015 Ram 3500, 4500, 5500 Chassis Cabs 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Cherokee SUVs 2014-2015 Dodge Durango SUVs 2015 MY Chrysler 200, Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger sedans 2015 Dodge Challenger sports coupes...
  • Chrysler just beat Ford in dealership sales for the first time ever

    07/01/2015 10:50:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 122 replies
    Fortune ^ | July 1, 2015 | Ben Geier
    It was a milestone month for FCA. For the first time ever, Chrysler has outsold Ford in US retail sales, reports Reuters. Retail sales refers to only cars sold directly to consumers, not counting sales of fleet vehicles to corporate customers. Including fleet sales, Ford moved 223,666 cars and Fiat Chrysler group sold 186,864. General Motors, meanwhile, saw sales slip slightly year over year and sold 265,825 cars. For the industry as a whole, it was another good month as car sales continue to go up. 2015 is expected to see even more growth in car sales, as the market...
  • Hillary Clinton Sets Record, Longest Presidential Candidate To Dodge National Press

    04/27/2015 5:56:44 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 13 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/27/15 | Alex Swoyer
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton holds a dubious record: she’s gone longer than any presidential candidate in modern history without appearing on a national television news network or conducting a sit down interview with national media. Clinton, the likely Democratic presidential nominee, announced she would run for president via a recorded two-minute video message on Twitter Sunday April 12th. Following the announcement, Clinton dashed off to Iowa in her “Scooby” van without giving any time to the national press, and very little time – if any – to local reporters.
  • Dodge halts Hellcat production

    03/17/2015 3:26:56 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 53 replies
    TORONTO SUN ^ | March 17, 2015 | Autonet
    Dodge is experiencing the cliché “too much of a good thing,” and has stopped production of its 707 horsepower halo cars, the Challenger SRT Hellcat and Charger SRT Hellcat, to allow the Brampton, Ontario plant to catch up on existing orders. The official statement released by FCA U.S. says, “Due to unprecedented demand for the 2015 Dodge Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcats, we are temporarily restricting orders while we validate current orders that are in the system." While there's been no official word from the automaker regarding when it will resume selling the SRTs, some reports say it could be...
  • Hell Hath No Fury Like the 707-Horsepower 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

    07/02/2014 4:58:02 PM PDT · by CapnJack · 36 replies
    Car and Driver ^ | July 2014 | ANDREW WENDLER
    Muscle cars are all about the numbers, and Dodge has just issued a triple-digit warning to the rest of the ponycar herd. Packing 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque, the supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V-8 “Hellcat” engine is the very stuff Saturday night legends are made of. But don’t take our word for it—watch Dodge brand boss Tim Kuniskis set the record straight in the exclusive video below. Installed in the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, this wild engine has the loftiest power figure of any V-8 engine in Chrysler history. To put it numerically, the Hellcat brings 45 more...

    04/24/2014 3:02:38 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 41 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 24 April 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    IMHO!    Some personal faves... 1970 Plymouth GTX More at Reaganite Republican...
  • Chrysler orders 93 rare, early Vipers to the crusher

    03/06/2014 3:06:01 PM PST · by perfect stranger · 2 replies
    yahoo ^ | 3/06/14 | Justin Hyde
    The original Dodge Viper revealed in 1992 was a beast of a machine — an attempt by then-Chrysler exec Bob Lutz to revive the spirit of the Shelby Cobra and give Chrysler a world-class sports car. Powered by a massive V-10 with 400 hp, the early Viper's brute force overwhelmed many drivers. Today, the power that made the Viper a legend appears to be at the heart of an order from Chrysler to dozens of trade schools, demanding the immediate destruction of some 93 early Vipers, including a preproduction model that could likely fetch a couple hundred thousand dollars at...
  • Chrysler orders 93 rare, early Vipers to the crusher

    03/06/2014 1:17:21 PM PST · by Doogle · 61 replies
    Yahoo auto ^ | 03/05/14 | justin Hyde
    The original Dodge Viper revealed in 1992 was a beast of a machine — an attempt by then-Chrysler exec Bob Lutz to revive the spirit of the Shelby Cobra and give Chrysler a world-class sports car. Powered by a massive V-10 with 400 hp, the early Viper's brute force overwhelmed many drivers. Today, the power that made the Viper a legend appears to be at the heart of an order from Chrysler to dozens of trade schools, demanding the immediate destruction of some 93 early Vipers, including a preproduction model that could likely fetch a couple hundred thousand dollars at...
  • Ram named Motor Trend Truck of the Year

    12/07/2012 1:46:07 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    CNN Money ^ | December 6, 2012 | Peter Valdes-Dapena
    The Ram 1500 has been named 2013 Truck of the Year by Motor Trend magazine. The magazine's editors were impressed by the truck's fuel economy and posh interior. "The 2013 Ram 1500 SLT is essentially like driving a Chrysler 300 with a bed," says the story that appears in the magazine's February issue. The Ram is made by Chrysler Group, which also makes the 300, a car known for its relatively upscale interior. Chrysler recently split off the Ram truck division from Dodge, so the trucks no longer carry the Dodge name. To be eligible for the Truck of the...
  • Dodge Dart Is Back After 36 Years

    05/10/2012 11:51:39 AM PDT · by BO Stinkss · 68 replies ^ | May 09, 2012 | ANN M. JOB
    After 36 years, the Dodge Dart is back, and it's no retro model. The 2013 Dart five-seat sedan is modern and stylish, with European handling and heritage, fun features, 10 air bags and fuel-thrifty engines, including two turbos. And smart design and attention to detail inside the Dart successfully groups the information from the gauges with the controls in the center of the dashboard better than any car — Dodge or otherwise. The slew of features, standard on some models and optional on others, include denim material seat inserts, heated steering wheel and a 8.4-inch touch screen with touch screen...
  • NYC officials dodge blame over 'SHCOOL X-NG' sign

    01/24/2012 11:11:58 AM PST · by SmithL · 18 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 1/24/11
    Everyone who's ever gone to school should know how to spell "school." But someone who plastered a school crossing sign on the street in front of a New York City high school got it wrong. The New York Post reports ( that the big white letters in front of Marta Valle High School on the Lower East Side say "SHCOOL X-NG."
  • 2013 Dodge Dart: BACK After 37 Years!

    01/12/2012 4:03:13 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 69 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | January 12, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    1975: last year of Dodge Dart production prior to  replacement by the ill-fated Dodge Aspen _______________________________________________ As the new Chrylser starts to hit it's stride, the resurgent company has now unveiled an all-new 2013 Dodge Dart at the Detroit International Auto Show with a fresh, clean look that still looks like a Mopar, sharing a number of muscular styling cues with its big-brother, the Dodge Charger... Pics/more at Reaganite Republican _______________________________________________
  • Chrysler hopes to hit target with new Dart

    01/09/2012 7:58:26 AM PST · by Army Air Corps · 94 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | 9 January 2012 | Deepa Seetharaman
    When Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne introduces the Dodge Dart compact car this week, he will be showing off the first example of what a merger between Chrysler group LLC and Italy's Fiat SpA can create. The 2013 Dart -- to be unveiled at the Detroit auto show -- is based on a Fiat-engineered platform that also will serve as the basis for the next generation of Jeep SUVs. With the Dart, Chrysler aims to take market share from Toyota Motor Corp's Corolla and Honda Motor Co's Civic in an area the U.S. automaker has traditionally fallen short.
  • Concealed guns OK in county buildings(WI)

    12/22/2011 4:28:44 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Watertown Daily Times ^ | 21 December, 2011 | diane graff
    JUNEAU — “Can someone tell me what a weapon is?” Supervisor Eugene Wurtz asked when the Dodge County Board of Supervisors took up the issue of concealed carry in county facilities Tuesday night. At the end of the discussion, the board rejected a resolution to prohibit weapons in county facilities. Concealed weapons will be allowed inside Dodge County buildings if the owner has a proper permit. According to a state law that took effect Nov. 1, local government bodies can prohibit the carrying of concealed firearms into buildings owned by that unit of government. According to a resolution proposed to...
  • Chrysler names new small car Dodge Dart

    12/06/2011 8:58:19 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 69 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-6-11 | wsj
    Chrysler Group LLC confirmed today that its new small car, the first vehicle to feature Fiat SpA (F.MI) technology, will be called the Dodge Dart. The car, in production at the automaker's assembly plant in Belvidere, Ill., will be featured in January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. With this vehicle, Chrysler will have a small-car offering in its portfolio for the first time in more than a decade. The car also will allow majority stakeholder Fiat to raise its stake in Chrysler by 5 percentage points to 58.3 percent once it is certified by the U.S....
  • Dodge to stop making the Grand Caravan even though it's their best selling vehicle

    10/10/2011 6:00:11 PM PDT · by Teflonic · 69 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/10/11 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Chrysler is getting rid of the soccer mom staple Dodge Grand Caravan minivan, the company announced on Monday. 2013 will be the last year the Caravan is sold, despite the fact it is currently the best selling Dodge vehicle on the market. The more upscale Chrysler Town and Country minivan will continue on as the only van the company offers. Chrysler created the modern minivan in when they introduced the 1984 model year Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager models. Chrysler will replace the Dodge Grand Caravan minivan and the Dodge Avenger mid-sized sedan with a single crossover in 2013, Chrysler...
  • AP Has Called Election for Turner

    AP has called the race for Turner
  • Tea Party activist calls Sen. Snowe 'almost as bad' as Obama, announces primary challenge

    02/12/2011 5:39:48 AM PST · by tobyhill · 44 replies
    cnn ^ | 2/12/2011 | Shannon Travis
    A Tea Party activist, well known in Maine, announced that he will try to oust his state's senior Republican senator. And now Andrew Ian Dodge is repeating a favorite line of conservatives: "I consider her almost as bad for the country as President Obama." On Friday, the Tea Party Patriots' Maine state coordinator announced he'd challenge Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe. And yet his words beg the question: Could the same kind of Republican political warfare that burst open in Alaska and Delaware also happen – in Maine? Dodge was attending the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, a gathering of...
  • Diet programs may not help dodge disease risk

    01/25/2011 2:39:13 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1/25/11 | Leigh Krietsch Boerner - Reuters
    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Losing weight is often touted as a way to improve health, but many weight-loss programs may not help stave off disease since people tend to gain the weight back, Australian researchers say. In a report in the International Journal of Obesity, they note the focus of such programs may need to change if they're really going to have a lasting effect. To test the potential impact of different diets, the researchers ran two computer simulations: One included a low-fat diet, the other a diet rich in whole grains and vegetables plus 180 minutes of exercise...
  • Dodge Challenger Freedom Commercial (George Washington in a Challenger)

    06/18/2010 8:15:08 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 8 replies · 324+ views
    you tube ^ | 6-18-10 | wobbly bob
  • Dodge recalls 35,000 Calibers over gas pedals

    06/04/2010 1:10:59 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 10 replies · 311+ views
    Assoc. Press ^ | 06/04/2010
    Associated Press | Chrysler is recalling nearly 35,000 Dodge Calibers in the United States and around the globe to fix a potential problem with sticky gas pedals, the same issue that has affected millions of Toyotas. Chrysler says it will recall about 25,000 Calibers in the U.S. from the 2007 model year and a limited number of 2007 Jeep Compass SUVs to inspect those built between March and May of 2006.
  • The Air Force’s New Weapons – The Dodge Vapor and the Ford Mustang X-1

    04/26/2010 4:30:07 AM PDT · by Bodhi1 · 4 replies · 674+ views
    All American Blogger ^ | 4-26-10 | Duane Lester
    As a former sailor, I like to give the "Chair" Force a hard time, mainly because that's what folks in the military do between branches. But in this case, I can't say anything. The missile watchers have two very cool new weapons in their arsenal, the Dodge "Vapor" and the Mustang X-1. Ok, it's not a weapon so much as a recruitment tool, but it's still cool: The Challenger Vapor features radar-absorbing stealth-black paint, not unlike what is used to mask stealth bombers. The Vapor is set to run almost silently, thanks to “stealth exhaust” – whatever that means. Reminds...
  • Chrysler Group Shakes Up Executive Ranks (Dodge to be split up)

    10/05/2009 7:32:31 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 56 replies · 2,752+ views ^ | 10-05-2009 | JEFF BENNETT
    DETROIT – In a stunning shake-up, Chrysler Group LLC appointed new chief executives for its Chrysler and Dodge brands as the heads of each line resigned. Peter Fong, chief of the Chrysler brand, resigned for personal reasons and Michael Accavitti, head of the Dodge brand, left for personal reasons, the Auburn Hills, Mich., auto maker said Monday. Mr. Fong will be succeeded by Fiat SpA veteran Olivier Francois. The changes mean the introduction of another Fiat executive into the Chrysler ranks. Mr. Francois serves as head of the Lancia brand for Fiat Group Automobiles, a position he will retain. He...
  • Commie Killing Pickup Spied on Set of Red Dawn Remake

    09/22/2009 3:20:13 PM PDT · by nascarnation · 20 replies · 1,390+ views ^ | 09/21/2009 | Wes Siler
    Communist forces are invading America (again) and this is the pickup that's going to stop them. Spied on the set of the new Red Dawn remake, this Dodge Ram is a proud Wolverine.
  • Chrysler to make Fiat in Mexico: report

    08/16/2009 10:11:07 PM PDT · by BGHater · 28 replies · 1,431+ views
    Reuters ^ | 16 Aug 2009 | Anupreeta Das
    Chrysler Group is planning to produce Fiat SpA's (FIA.MI) Fiat 500 subcompact at a Chrysler plant in Mexico, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Chrysler is also considering what other Fiat models to introduce to the U.S. market, under directions from its Italian partner, the paper reported on its website on Sunday. Plans also include making a small Fiat engine for the 500 at a Chrysler plant in Trenton, Michigan, and building a Fiat-derived compact car slightly larger than the 500 in the United States, a source told the paper. The Toluca, Mexico plant, which...
  • DODGE Banned Commerical

    This commercial was banned from tv within an hour of it being put on the air
  • Letter from a Texas Dodge dealer.

    05/22/2009 8:57:28 AM PDT · by Mississippi Guy · 37 replies · 1,574+ views
    First time to post so not sure if I put this in the right place, but I found this and thought that it was a good read. May 16, 2009 Dear America, Recently, Chrysler, LLC notified Rogers Dodge, Inc., in Alvin, Texas of their anticipated closing of our dealership. Chrysler has pled their story quite publicly for several months in support of their request of billions of taxpayer dollars. This is our story. We occupy a 3-year old Dodge-designed building for which we paid cash when it was built. It was appraised at $3,700,000 in 2007. We qualified as a...

    05/20/2009 6:46:46 AM PDT · by yankeedame · 60 replies · 3,084+ views
    Nealz Nuze ^ | May 20, 2009 | Neal Boortz
    A LETTER FROM A DODGE DEALER By Neal Boortz @ May 20, 2009 8:24 AM Permalink | A listener pointed me to this letter from a Dodge dealer down in Florida. Thought you may enjoy ....=============================================================================================================== My name is George C. Joseph. I am the sole owner of Sunshine Dodge-Isuzu, a family owned and operated business in Melbourne, Florida. My family bought and paid for this automobile franchise 35 years ago in 1974. I am the second generation to manage this business. We currently employ 50+ people and before the economic slowdown we employed over 70 local people. We are...
  • Letter from a Dodge dealer

    05/19/2009 10:29:47 AM PDT · by American Dream 246 · 383 replies · 13,971+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 5/19/09 | American Thinker
    My name is George C. Joseph. I am the sole owner of Sunshine Dodge-Isuzu, a family owned and operated business in Melbourne, Florida. My family bought and paid for this automobile franchise 35 years ago in 1974. I am the second generation to manage this business. We currently employ 50+ people and before the economic slowdown we employed over 70 local people. We are active in the community and the local chamber of commerce. We deal with several dozen local vendors on a day to day basis and many more during a month. All depend on our business for part...
  • Analysis of Campaign Contributions by Chrysler Dealerships who are Scheduled to Close

    05/19/2009 4:28:14 PM PDT · by smith5460 · 124 replies · 11,205+ views ^ | May 19, 2009 | William J. Smith
    Chrysler announced the closing of 789 dealerships earlier this month. On today's radio program, Rush Limbaugh spoke for a few seconds about whether or not some of the dealership closings are the result of politics (campaign contributions). After hearing this, I decided to look up the contributions of the dealers on the Internet. Here are a few examples of the campaign donations made by some of the dealers who will close their doors shortly. I'm not anywhere close to going through the entire list yet. The figures are only from the 2004, 2006, and 2008 Election cycles: (1) Michael E....
  • Germany, France dodge Afghanistan troop issue (Biden seeking more European troop deployments)

    02/07/2009 10:24:32 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 515+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/8/09 | David Rising and George Jahn - ap
    MUNICH – NATO's top official chastised Germany and France for refusing to commit more troops to Afghanistan, but the two European powers skirted the issue Saturday even while agreeing that Washington should not be left to fight international conflicts alone. Vice President Joe Biden came to the Munich Security Conference amid expectations he would forcefully repeat President Barack Obama's calls for greater European troop deployments in Afghanistan, as Washington prepares to double American troops there to roughly 60,000. But Biden kept his Afghan comments general in an apparent attempt to avoid a public dispute among allies.
  • Dodge Hemi Challenger vs. Ferrari

    12/27/2008 12:35:32 PM PST · by GunsAndBibles · 101 replies · 3,941+ views
    You're behind the wheel of a 1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger in a Vintage Grand Prix race. You're chasing a Ferrari, hitting speeds up to 160mph. This is NOT a video game! Ten minutes of outstanding arm chair racing. My first vanity, I apologize, but this video was Sofa King cool, I just had to post it! So who do you think wins?
  • Baby boy speeds into world via AV Freeway

    09/12/2008 1:19:50 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies · 187+ views
    Valley Press on ^ | Friday, September 12, 2008. | ALISHA SEMCHUCK
    They call him "Dodge." That's where a baby boy made his entrance into the world Tuesday night, in his parents' Dodge van while they were heading south on the Antelope Valley Freeway. "Dodge," whose real name is Jonathan, and his parents were doing fine Thursday at the Antelope Valley Hospital Women & Infants Pavilion as they waited for an OK to go home after doctors checked out mother and child. Chris and Susan Barnum were still giddy and ecstatic following the arrival of their fifth child on Tuesday en route to the hospital. The infant only wanted his mother's milk...
  • Biden decides not to march in Pittsburgh parade

    09/01/2008 12:33:34 PM PDT · by RS_Rider · 19 replies · 190+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | 9-01-2008 | Milan Simonich
    Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden came to Pittsburgh today, but decided not to march in the Labor Day Parade. He said Hurricane Gustav in the Gulf Coast made it inappropriate for him to campaign in the festive setting of the parade. "This is just not a day for national politics. Our focus should be what's happening in the Gulf," Mr. Biden said during a Downtown news conference while the parade was under way a few blocks away. Gov. Ed Rendell, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey and numerous Allegheny County politicians marched at the front of the parade.
  • Chrysler President Urges Dealers to Consolidate

    02/08/2008 4:13:54 PM PST · by BurbankKarl · 6 replies · 96+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 2/8/08 | JOHN D. STOLL
    Chrysler LLC Vice Chairman and President Jim Press said Friday that the auto maker needs its dealers to start consolidating on their own without expecting big buyout checks from the company as an incentive. Mr. Press, speaking to an automotive conference taking place before an annual car-dealer convention here, said that in coming years, the company will shrink its product portfolio to improve profitability. The smaller portfolio will best benefit dealers who combine the auto maker's three brands -- Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep -- into one location, he said. For dealers waiting on big buyout incentives, they may want to...
  • Chrysler recalls 600,000 Dodge trucks, vans

    12/08/2007 11:56:24 AM PST · by Cagey · 8 replies · 182+ views
    CNN ^ | 12-7-2007
    Automaker says Dakota trucks, Durango SUVs and Ram pickups could potentially shift out of park without a key in the ignition. WASHINGTON (AP) -- -- Chrysler said Friday it is recalling nearly 600,000 Dodge trucks and vans to address concerns that the vehicles could shift out of park without the key in the ignition. The recall affects 576,417 2001-2002 Dodge Dakota trucks, Dodge Durango sport utility vehicles and Dodge Ram vans and the 2002 Dodge Ram pickup. In some cases, long-term wear on the gearshift assembly could erode the height of the shift blocker, creating the potential for the vehicle...
  • DaimlerChrysler warns of North American layoffs

    12/11/2006 10:34:45 AM PST · by Zakeet · 5 replies · 462+ views
    Reuters ^ | December 11, 2006 | Kevin Krolicki
    DETROIT (Reuters) - DaimlerChrysler AG could lay off up to 4,000 workers in North American truck operations next year due to a downturn in demand, the head of the automaker's truck operations said on Monday. Andreas Renschler, a member of DaimlerChrysler's board of management, said the cuts in the United States and Canada would include 800 layoffs that have already been announced and that will take effect in March in Canada. Speaking to reporters in Dearborn, Michigan, he said demand in the truck business, which is coming off a strong year, will slow in 2007 but will likely recover toward...
  • Dodge turns up the torque with new Cummins diesel

    11/17/2006 12:46:17 PM PST · by Red Badger · 30 replies · 1,825+ views ^ | 11/17/2006 | TIM SPELL
    Heavy-duty action is heating up in the pickup arena. Each of the Big Three is fielding a new or revised diesel engine, beefed up to grind it out in the marketplace. All are powerful and capable, but Dodge believes its new 6.7-liter Cummins inline six-cylinder turbo-diesel, available in 2007 Dodge Ram 2500 and 3500 models in January, stacks up well against its formidable competitors. The engine also marks a big evolutionary step from the 5.9-liter turbo-diesel it replaces. Displacement is a key advantage in the diesel battle, said Don Altermatt, Chrysler Group senior manager for diesel engine engineering, with the...
  • U.S. automakers still losing money despite restructuring plans

    10/25/2006 6:13:41 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 42 replies · 815+ views
    WFRV.COM ^ | 25 OCTOBER 2006 | AP
    Wednesday October 25, 2006 By TOM KRISHER AP Business Writer DETROIT (AP) -- From July to September, GM, Ford and Chrysler racked up losses as large as the entire annual gross domestic product of Africa's Malawi. That's $7.5 billion. Despite the massive losses, company officials and some industry analysts say the Big Three can do little more than wait for drastic cost cuts to kick in and new products to take hold before they can staunch the bleeding. All three reported third-quarter losses this week, with General Motors Corp. and DaimlerChrysler AG's Chrysler Group joining the misery Wednesday. A $1.5...
  • The Big Question Democrats Are Ducking

    09/27/2006 2:00:46 AM PDT · by John Carey · 24 replies · 1,562+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | September 27, 2006 | David Ignatius
    But with a few notable exceptions, the Democrats are mostly ducking the hard question of what to do next. They act as if all those America-hating terrorists will evaporate back into the sands of Anbar province if the United States pulls out its troops. Alas, that is not the case. That is the problem with Iraq -- it is not an easy mistake to fix. An example of the Democrats' fudge on Iraq was highlighted yesterday by Post columnist Dana Milbank in his description of retired Maj. Gen. John Batiste's appearance before the Senate Democratic Policy Committee. Senators cheered Batiste's...
  • Chrysler may turn to China for small car

    09/25/2006 11:23:04 AM PDT · by eraser2005 · 46 replies · 931+ views
    Yahoo!Finance (reuters) ^ | 9/25/2006 | Kevin Krolicki
    DETROIT (Reuters) - DaimlerChrysler AG's Chrysler Group (XETRA:DCXGN.DE - News; NYSE:DCX - News) could link up with a Chinese automaker to launch a new small car as Chrysler works to conclude a review of potential partners in the coming weeks, Chief Executive Tom LaSorda said on Monday. LaSorda, speaking to the Automotive Press Association in Detroit, noted that the No. 3 U.S. automaker has never named the companies in Asia and Europe it had discussions with about a deal to produce subcompact cars for sale in the United States and other markets. But, when asked, he said "China has not...
  • NYPD beefs up with new cruisers

    08/16/2006 1:14:02 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 106 replies · 1,643+ views
    AM New York ^ | 08-15-2006 | Justin Rocket Silverman
    The direct descendant of the 1969 Dodge Charger that Bo and Luke used to tear up the back roads of Hazzard County is poised to do the same on the boulevards of New York. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly announced Monday the department would be testing 15 flashy new 2006 Dodge Chargers on regular patrols, giving the NYPD a new top speed of 150 mph. The cars go from 0 to 60 in 6.5 seconds and stop much faster than NYPD's current fleet of Chevrolet Impalas and Ford Crown Victorias, which max out at 110 mph. They also get better gas...
  • Most Oppose Gay Marriage; Fewer Back an Amendment

    06/05/2006 9:54:35 PM PDT · by Sunsong · 41 replies · 812+ views
    ABC News ^ | June 6, 2006 | GARY LANGER
    An ABC News poll finds that most Americans oppose gay marriage but markedly fewer — especially those outside George W. Bush's core supporters — would amend the U.S. Constitution to ban it. Opponents, however, are far more likely to call it a make-or-break issue in their vote for Congress — a finding that explains Bush's renewed push for a gay marriage ban. Among all Americans, 58 percent say gay marriage should be illegal, but fewer, 42 percent, say it rises to the level of amending the U.S. Constitution. Among conservative Republicans and evangelical white Protestants, though, opposition to gay marriage...
  • Dialing up an invention: Spa City student turns cell phone into a car starter(PHOTO)

    06/04/2006 12:57:28 PM PDT · by Read2Know · 44 replies · 1,364+ views
    The Post-Star ^ | 06/04/2006 | BRENDAN McGARRY
    SARATOGA SPRINGS -- It all started last winter, with a faulty remote starter on her 1996 Chevrolet Lumina. Like many others, Sarah Dodge dreaded the thought of having to brave the elements to warm up her car before school. In today's world of high-tech gizmos, the 18-year-old senior at Saratoga Springs High School figured there had to be a better solution. Turns out, there was -- and now Sarah is the first student in a pre-engineering program at the school to have a federal patent pending, teacher Michael Gallagher said.
  • Ethanol Plant "Brews" Grass Into Gas(Great News!)

    05/16/2006 8:36:11 PM PDT · by kellynla · 51 replies · 2,484+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | May 16, 2006 | Taylor Kennedy
    A Canadian company has developed a new, more efficient process to make the alternative fuel ethanol from farm waste. With today's high oil prices, experts hope the new technology could reduce demand on fossil fuels and increase energy security. "In the past, ethanol fuel use has been limited, because the cost of production was too high," said Jim Easterly, a Washington, D.C.-based bioenergy consultant. "Ethanol produced from corn kernels and wheat grain has historically been more expensive than gasoline produced from oil." Producing corn-based ethanol, for example, uses energy from oil and electricity for everything from growing the corn to...
  • Truck fleeing with migrants collides with pickup; 7 hurt (THAT'S ILLEGALS ---sheesh!!)

    05/02/2006 9:06:13 PM PDT · by SandRat · 32 replies · 762+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Becky Pallack
    Seven people were injured when the driver of a pickup truck fleeing from Border Patrol agents crashed into a second pickup in Marana. A Border Patrol agent spotted the Chevrolet truck on Arizona 86 near Sandario Road about 10:30 p.m. Sunday, said Agent Sean King, a Border Patrol Tucson Sector spokesman. The agent was suspicious because the truck had no license plate. He tried to pull it over, but the driver sped away, King said. A helicopter followed as the truck turned onto Interstate 19 and then Interstate 10, he said. It left the freeway at Tangerine Road and ran...
  • Silly Little Fairy?

    05/01/2006 5:47:54 PM PDT · by cicero's_son · 82 replies · 12,145+ views
    Advertising Age ^ | Apr. 17, 2006 | Bob Garfield
    Is This Dodge 'Fairy' Commercial Actually Hate Speech in Disguise? Bod Garfield's Ad Review: Watch the Video By Bob Garfield Published: April 17, 2006 Faggot. Queer. Fairy. These are synonyms, epithets one and all disparaging gays -- or, more often, heterosexual men deemed insufficiently masculine. Let's call that Fact No. 1. The 'Fairy' spot was created for Dodge by BBDO, Detroit. ALSO: Comment on this review in the 'Your Opinion' section below. Macho brand Fact No. 2: Dodge is marketing its new Caliber subcompact as a tough little car, as opposed to sissy little Civics, Corollas and the like. This...