When the current Buick LaCrosse first debuted back in 2010, it represented a new chapter in Buick design and performance, but newly-revitalized competitors such as the Lexus ES and the Chrysler 300 made the flagship Buick seem stale and outdated. Buick engineers aimed to solve this dilemma and have unveiled the final result of their efforts, the 2014 Buick LaCrosse. The car features reworked interior and exterior styling to make the Buick LaCrosse a compelling contender in the near luxury segment once again.
In a surprise unveiling early yesterday, Chrysler and SRT revealed the 2014 SRT Viper TA (Time Attack), a special track oriented variant of the SRT Viper that was designed and built in-house by the company for enthusiasts that wanted a honed piece for road course racing, while also using the car as a response to its eternal rival (and our own Editor-in-Chief’s favorite car) the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.
In a statement released earlier this week, Fiat the current owner of Chrysler, revealed its latest long term product plan which details what to expect from all five of its North American divisions (Chrysler, Fiat, Dodge, Ram, and Jeep) through the 2016 model year while also claiming once again that Alfa Romeo is coming back to the U.S. market.
Dodge has formally unveiled the latest addition to the Dodge Dart family, the 2013 Dodge Dart GT – which promises to blend style performance and value into one exciting value-packed package.
“It is always good when a man has two irons in the fire.” –Francis and Fletcher, John Beaumont, The Faithful Friends, Act 1.
While there’s certainly something to be said for the value of multitasking (though studies have proven that the human brain actually cannot focus on more than one task at a time), Sergio Marchionne has proven that it’s very difficult to juggle management of two multinational automobile companies as he shuttles between Chrysler and Fiat.
Chrysler’s Jeep division unveiled two new special edition models of the Grand Cherokee and Wrangler, both of which have their collective sights set on pleasing off road enthusiasts who want more capability and ruggedness when out on the beaten path by offering equipment never before offered on a Jeep model.
There was an interesting article in today’s edition of Automotive News that explored part of the reason behind Chrysler’s dramatic sales rise over the past few months. While industry-wide sales growth in the US has been around 10 percent, Chrysler is growing far more rapidly around a 30 percent clip. The rub: Chrysler appears to be catering to sub-prime auto buyers more than most other manufacturers.
Yesterday, Chrysler Group LLC reported net income of $473 million USD for the first quarter of 2012. This was a gain of 407 percent over the $116 million USD net income that the Fiat-owned automaker reported for the same quarter in 2011. Chrysler’s numbers were boosted by a 25 percent revenue increase and a 39 percent vehicle sales increase. Chrysler also reported free cash flow of $1.7 billion in the first quarter.
Over the last week we have been driving around a 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara edition. Like the large majority of the people who will buy, own, and drive one, we spent most of our time with the Jeep on paved surfaces. We have split this video review into three parts; the first part covers driving a Wrangler on the street. In the second, we take the Wrangler to an off road park to have some fun. In the third and final video, we show what’s involved in removing the Wrangler’s roof; it requires far more than just pushing a button.
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