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Four of Seven Midsize Utes Fare Poorly in Crash Tests

Only Nissan Murano takes IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus rating.

by on May.12, 2015

The Nissan Murano slams into a barrier as part of the IIHS small overlap crash test.

Only three of the seven midsize SUVs scored well in a series of front-end crash tests designed to simulate real-world accidents.

And only one of the 2015 models, the Nissan Murano, earned the coveted Top Safety Pick Plus rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, though the Ford Flex and Jeep Wrangler also passed the small overlap crash test designed to simulate what happens when a vehicle’s corner clips another car or a utility pole.

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The test has posed some serious challenges for manufacturers and has led to a number of vehicle redesigns since it was first used in 2012. In the small overlap test, 25% of a vehicle’s front end strikes a barrier at 40 mph.


Dodge at Crossroad with New Journey Model

Special edition crossover gets rugged makeover.

by on Feb.05, 2014

Dodge is introducing its new Journey Crossroad edition during the Chicago Auto Show.

With sales of utility vehicles of all kinds of utility vehicles trending upwards, the Dodge Journey, one of the workman like crossovers in the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles model lineup, is getting an update just in time for this year’s version of the Chicago Auto Show.

The new Journey Crossroad is getting new front and rear fascias, Platinum Chrome side sills and 19-inch Hyper Black aluminum wheels. The interior also gets features, such as an 8.4-inch U-connect touchscreen, a new leather seat design and Liquid Graphite appliques.

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“The Journey has always been Dodge’s Swiss Army knife in the CUV segment, and with the new Journey Crossroad, we are expanding that flexibility by now offering three different exterior appearances,” said Tim Kuniskis, president and CEO, Dodge Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. (more…)

Dodge-based Fiat Freemont One of Many Chrysler-Based Product Debuts in Geneva

New badges, new powertrains, but will Europeans accept American maker under any name?

by on Jan.25, 2011

The Dodge Journey will reappear, at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, with a Fiat badge on its nose.

Geneva Motor Show-goers will be the first to see tangible evidence of the fast-expanding relationship between Italy’s Fiat and its U.S. partner, Chrysler, when the pair lift the covers on the all-new Fiat Freemont, early next month.

Make that more-or-less new.  While the Freemont nameplate is an addition to Fiat’s European line-up, the crossover is familiar to American motorists under the Dodge Journey nameplate.  Both models will be produced at Chrysler’s plant in Toluca, Mexico.

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The addition of the Journey is a critical next step in the evolution of the relationship between the U.S. maker and Fiat, which stepped in to help pull Chrysler out of bankruptcy, in 2009.  Significantly, the White house laid out a series of targets that Fiat must meet to bring its initial 20% stake in Chrysler up to as much as 51%.  That includes introducing high-mileage models in the U.S., as well as expanding the American maker’s traditionally insignificant presence abroad.

The Geneva Motor Show will witness a number of moves designed to meet that last requirement.  A variety of Chrysler-based models will debut there, including a revised 2011 version of the maker’s minivan, a new flagship sedan for Fiat’ upscale Lancia brand, and the more mainstream Fiat Freemont.


Chrysler Group Offers Live Mobile TV

Up to 20 channels are available with the new TV option.

by on Oct.29, 2009

Mopar offers live mobile TV with up to 20 channels for Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge Car and Ram truck vehicles.

Mopar offers live TV with up to 20 channels for Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge Car and Ram trucks.

Chrysler Group’s Mopar parts and accessories brand will offer mobile TV broadcasts into Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge Car and Ram Truck vehicles this year.

Chrysler claims to be the first automaker in the United States to offer live mobile TV to consumers with the capacity for as many as 20 channels.

“FLO TV Auto Entertainment” will be available in late December for $629, plus installation, which also includes a one-year subscription. College and professional sports, breaking news, children’s shows, prime time sitcoms, reality TV and daytime dramas are offered.

The latest auto add-on will debut next week at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

FLO TV offers live and time-shifted programming from CBS Mobile, CNBC, Comedy Central, Fox News, MSNBC, MTV, NBC 2Go and Nickelodeon.

The entertainment package will be available as a dealer-installed option on 2008-2010 model year vehicles with factory DVD entertainment systems: Chrysler Town & Country, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Commander, Dodge Grand Caravan, Dodge Journey, Dodge Nitro, Ram 1500 and Ram 2500/3500.