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FCA, Vin Diesel Partner to Sell Hellcat Muscle Fast & Furious

Action star centerpiece of three new commercials: The Brotherhood of Muscle.

by on May.01, 2017

Vin Diesel is touting Fiat Chrysler's muscle car line-up in a three-commercial campaign called "The Brotherhood of Muscle."

Fiat Chrysler is partnering with action movies star Vin Diesel for three television ads, a series entitled “The Brotherhood of Muscle” that the automaker hopes will move metal fast and furiously.

FCA is hoping some of Diesel’s success will cascade over to their cars after the latest installment of the “Fast & Furious” franchise set all types of box office records. “The Fate of the Furious” currently headlines the No. 1 film on the planet, which just took the spot of the world’s biggest global opening of all time.

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“Dodge and SRT vehicles have an attitude and presence that provide their owners with much more than just transportation,” said Tim Kuniskis, head of Passenger Cars – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and Fiat, FCA-North America. (more…)

Chrysler Recalls Dodge Calibers for Sticky Pedals

CTS, the same company that supplied Toyota, made the parts.

by on Jun.05, 2010

The engine control computer will override a stuck gas pedal if the brake is depressed.

Chrysler Group is recalling almost 35,000 Dodge Calibers in the United States, Canada Mexico and other countries to fix a potential problem with sticky gas pedals, the same defect that affected millions of Toyotas. A small number of Jeep Compass models, 90,  are also involved.

No accidents or injuries have been reported.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation back in April covering 161,000 of the 2007 model Dodge Caliber hatchbacks. At that time, Chrysler said that only 10,000 of the vehicles, produced during a five-week period in March and April 2006 are affected by the potential problem.

The Federal safety defect investigation was looking at pedals manufactured by an Indiana-based supplier, CTS Corporation, also the source of sticky accelerator pedals involved in the January recall of 2.3 million Toyota vehicles. Toyota recently paid a record fine of $16.4 million for failing to notify the government of the problem in a timely manner. NHTSA had received customer complaints about sticking Dodge pedals.

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Chrysler said the pedal is a completely different design and was made on different tooling than the Toyota pedals. It appears to be a mechanical problem where a pivot bushing falls out and jams the pedal. And unlike Toyota, the engine control computer overrides the accelerator if the brakes are applied at the same time so the driver can stop the Caliber.

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