Detroit 2011: Black Beauty From The Green Hornet

In the Cobo lobby at NAIAS, we came across the car from the upcoming comic book film The Green Hornet. Called “Black Beauty,” it looks to be a Chrysler Imperial from the 1960s, complete with the sought-after firepower package.

By John Beltz Snyder | January 11, 2011
Detroit 2011: Chrysler Highlights Mopar Brand With Six Different Models

When talking about factory-backed aftermarket tuners, fewer names are held in higher regard than Mopar. The brand was synonymous with Dodge and Plymouth performance vehicles during the muscle car wars of the 1960s. Since then, it has turned from pure performance tuner to a manufacturer of aftermarket items for all the brands under the Chrysler umbrella. Seeing an opportunity to demonstrate the its expertise, Chrysler is showing several Moparized vehicles at this year’s North American International Auto Show.

By Brandon Turkus | January 11, 2011
Detroit 2011: 2011 Chrysler 300

Chrysler is continuing its revival with the redesigned 300. The big rear-driver had its official debut at the North American International Auto Show today, and we were on hand to check it out.

By Brandon Turkus | January 10, 2011
First Look: 2011 Chrysler 300

Chrysler’s big sedan is getting an equally big refresh for 2011. Visually, the new front fascia features a grille reminiscent of the smaller Chrysler 200, while the headlights and taillights also get redesigned. And yes, those are Audi-esque LEDs around the front headlights.

By Brandon Turkus | December 20, 2010
Driven: 2010 Year In Review(s)

It’s getting to be that time of year again—the holiday season is upon us, snowy weather is well and truly on its way, and another calendar is due to be replaced. A time to take stock of the year that’s passed, and look forward to the new one at hand, and all that.

By Seyth Miersma | November 29, 2010
Quick Drives: 2011 Dodge Charger, Chrysler 200, Chrysler Town & Country

The Mopar folks have been pretty busy over the last year and a half, preparing a re-invigoration of the lineups for both brands by extensively updating the full range of vehicles. We were recently invited to join Chrysler and Dodge in Northern California for a busy three days of driving and discussion.

By Seyth Miersma | November 18, 2010
Chrysler 200 To Start Below $20,000

Today, Chrysler announced pricing for two of its 2011 models, the 200 sedan and the Town & Country minivan. The new Chrysler 200 will start just under the $20K price point.

By John Beltz Snyder | November 10, 2010
Driven: 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

If there is one vehicle that is key to Chrysler’s survival, there is a good chance that it is the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The Grand Cherokee has always been a popular choice, especially in the Snow Belt, due to its off-road ability, large but easy-to-handle size, and general coolness. For 2011, the resilient GC gets some new sheet metal, and importantly, an all-new 3.6-liter V-6 motor. Jeep offered us a week behind the wheel, and during that time, we pushed it to the max both on- and off-road.

By Brandon Turkus | October 25, 2010
Chrysler Teases 2011 200 Sedan

Chrysler has released teaser images and information about the 2011 Chrysler 200 mid-sized sedan.

By John Beltz Snyder | September 15, 2010
First Look: 2011 Dodge Durango

Dodge has just announced its revamped three-row SUV offering, the personality- (and chrome) laden 2011 Durango.

By Seyth Miersma | September 02, 2010
Alfa Romeo To Return To US Market

According to Fiat and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, the company will likely bring Alfa Romeo vehicles to American dealerships starting in late 2012. He didn’t reveal which models would be sold, but the Alfa Romeo Giulia (Alfa’s 159 replacemnt) and MiTo sound like likely prospects.

By John Beltz Snyder | August 24, 2010
First Look: 2011 Jeep Wrangler, Now With Body-Color Hardtop

Jeep has just announced a few changes for its 2011 model year Wrangler, and cut loose with a brand-new gallery of images of the off-road icon.

By Seyth Miersma | August 19, 2010
Secondhand Gems: $40,000 Four Seat Convertables

Once upon a time, topless cars came in all shapes and sizes, and by that we mean all sizes. At 4500 pounds and sporting a wheelbase of 130 inches, the gloriously finned 1959 Cadillac Eldorado convertible was just a few inches behind a modern full size pickup truck in size. Its convertible top used enough canvas to cover a mobile home, and four people could fit comfortably in the back seat alone, never mind the wide bench up front and the endless trunk space out back. That was a convertible—drop the top, load up the family, the dog, the neighbors, and your in-laws, and head out for a day of windburns and suntans.

By Christopher Smith | August 17, 2010
Driven: 2010 Chrysler 300C

In theory Chrysler’s 300C is an aging design that by now is in need of replacement, well… just because. Yet every time I climb behind the wheel of one I’m reminded of what a fundamentally good car this has been and still is. There’s a lot to like, here, starting with the 300C’s stout-hearted engine—the 5.7-liter, 360-horsepower Hemi V-8, which points out an ample 389 pound-feet of torque.

By Chris Martens | July 26, 2010
List: Ten Concepts We Wish Had Become Production Cars

Concept cars serve many purposes; technology demonstrators, gauges of public opinion, and indications of future design direction, to name just a few. Unfortunately, as cool as some concept cars may be, they aren’t always followed up by production versions. In fact, some of the very coolest concept cars are pure thought/design exercises.

By Peter Nelson | June 16, 2010
Video: Patriotic, New Dodge Challenger and Jeep Grand Cherokee Ads

The Chrysler group has released a couple of commercials, one for the Dodge Challenger, and one for the new Jeep Grand Cherokee. Both tugs at the patriot’s heartstrings, though the anachronistic Dodge ad, we think, is particularly clever. It gave us a chuckle, too, when we caught the deadly serious look on George Washington’s face. And, we always love to see a Jeep get tossed around in the mud.

By John Beltz Snyder | June 11, 2010
Jeep Offers Up Photos, Video Ahead Of Production Launch

Today, Jeep released photos and video of the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee ahead of its production launch this Friday.

By John Beltz Snyder | May 19, 2010
Jeep Grand Cherokee Pricing Drops Slightly For 2011

Jeep has announced pricing on the 2011 Grand Cherokee, and it will cost $465 less than the outgoing model. The starting price for the Laredo 4×2 is $30,995, while the four-wheel version starts at $32,995.

By John Beltz Snyder | May 14, 2010
Tarnished Sebring Nameplate Set To Be Replaced By Nassau

After a bailout by the federal government, things still are far from rosy for Chrysler. With few new products in the pipeline, and most Fiats and Alfa Romeos still a few years out, Chrysler is grasping at straws to keep the public coming into showrooms. The Chrysler Sebring has done very little to help that cause. The Sebring has been lampooned to the point that the Auburn Hills-based manufacturer is ready to give up on the nameplate all together.

By Brandon Turkus | April 29, 2010
Quick Drive: 2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser Classic

The PT Cruiser is, in a way, emblematic of Chrysler’s problems these days. It is a pretty good car that seems tired mostly because of familiarity. It doesn’t seem like it would have taken much to get around this problem, but Chrysler didn’t have what it takes, however small that was.

By Winding Road Staff | April 28, 2010
GM Drops Out Of Fortune 500 Top Ten

Fortune has illustrated just how bad 2009 was for General Motors, as the financial magazine has published its 2010 list of the Top 500 companies.

By Brandon Turkus | April 20, 2010


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