May 11, 2013 |
DETROIT — Chrysler is recalling 469,000 Jeep SUVs worldwide because they can shift into neutral without warning on startup. The recall affects 2005 to 2010 Grand Cherokees and 2006 to 2010 Commanders. U.S. safety regulators say cracks in a circuit board can cause a faulty signal as the SUVs are being started. If the vehicles shift into neutral they can roll away. Chrysler says the problem has caused 26 crashes and two injuries. Chrysler will notify owners and dealers will...
January 24, 2013 |
When the all-new Dodge Dart debuted at last year's Detroit Auto Show , the media was excited. It marked the revival of a once-loved nameplate and the first major collaboration between Chrysler and its new Italian owners (since the Dart is based on a Fiat platform). And for a reasonably priced compact sedan, the 2013 Dart offered a range of options to please driving enthusiasts. The reception from the general public, however, has been more muted -- so much so that, according to AutoNews , Chrysler executives have...
December 17, 2012 |
Chrysler is recalling certain 2013 model-year Dodge Durango crossover SUVs that may have incorrect seating capacity information labels. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website puts the number of vehicles potentially affected at 734. The 2013 Dodge Durangos involved in the recall were built from April 27, 2012 through September 14, 2012. The problem The NHTSA bulletin says that the labels might overstate the...
November 18, 2012 |
As a child, cars fascinated me. I read all the auto magazines I could get my hands on. There was a time when I could identify any car on the street just by the headlights. After college, I went to Detroit to work for Chrysler and start what I thought would be a lifelong career in the auto business, designing cars and engines. My goal was to become the next Lee Iacocca [known for engineering the Ford Mustang and later running Chrysler]. Unfortunately,...
October 30, 2012 |
Mitt Romney spoke to supporters in the Ohio town of Defiance last week, but his words came from the twin cities of Duplicity and Deception. "I saw a story today that one of the great manufacturers in this state, Jeep, now owned by the Italians, is thinking of moving all production to China," the Republican presidential nominee proclaimed, referring to the automaker President Obama saved from dissolution with taxpayer funds. "I will fight for every good job in America. " The truth, however, was roughly...
October 9, 2012 |
As Kelsey Mays detailed in an earlier review , Chrysler redesigned its 300 full-size sedan for the 2011 model year, bringing the car up to date in all ways except one: Its automatic transmission continued as a five-speed. Now for 2012, the V-6-powered 300 offers a new eight-speed automatic. (See other specs compared .) I'll devote this review to our impressions of the new transmission and the line's new top trim level, called S, and to clarifying the baffling combination of available drivetrains and trim levels.