The performance SUV class is cluttered with European SUVs from Mercedes-AMG, BMW M Division, Porsche and Audi. The list even includes new entrants like the Nissan Patrol Nismo from Japan, say. But what if you wanted a fire-breathing SUV from the other side of the Atlantic? The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT was the only American option in the list, but not anymore. Dodge has plonked in a bomb of an engine under the hood of their Durango SUV to produce the 2018 Durango SRT, a 2.5-ton SUV with a quarter mile time of 12.9 seconds.
With the Takata airbag fever starting to subside, the number of recalls has decreased slightly. There hasn’t been a ton of recalls in the past month, but here is the list of the ones that did happen in November 2016.
The 2017 Dodge Challenger is now available in an all-wheel-drive version in North America. The unusual move (for a muscle car) is aimed at potential buyers from snowy climates.
The 2017 Jeep Compass bridges the gap between the small Renegade and the slightly-beyond-compact Cherokee. Publicly debuting the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, the new Compass aims to liven up the sales of the compact SUV with the refresh.
On invitation from Fiat-Chrysler, we were in Las Vegas last week. The Mopar brand debuted six modified vehicle creations at the 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Some of these cars were created to highlight the possibilities with Mopar accessories and aftermarket parts, while others were created to get feedback on future accessory offerings. The show was also used to launch new Mopar Crate HEMI engine kits that provide classic hotrod restorers a factory-backed, efficient option for plugging modern HEMI engines into Mopar vehicles from the 1970s and earlier. The kits include a power distribution centre,
The current generation of the Jeep Grand Cherokee has been around for half a decade now, with a second facelift debuting for the 2017 model year. Changes are minimal, and there is no reason to change it anyway, considering what a fine product it continues to be even now. However, a new Trailhawk model has been added to the line-up, and we got the chance to try it out in and around the city of Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Dodge Neon is back, but not in the way you think. While the original was an all-American compact sedan, the new one is born from the Fiat-Chrysler conglomerate. In fact, the 2017 Dodge Neon started life as a Fiat Tipo, and it was was even displayed at the last Dubai Motor Show as such.
The month of August has registered a bunch of recalls in the U.S. that might affect the cars in our market as well. The Takata Airbag related problems continue to surface, with Jaguar Land Rover initiating a recall for the same in the past month.
After 25 years in production, the Dodge Viper is coming to an end in 2017. Dodge once terminated Viper production in 2010, but then re-entered the market with an all-new SRT Viper in 2012. In a world of ever-stricter emissions regulations, the car with the biggest production motor, an 8.4-litre V10, was bound to be put down, but not without a bang. Dodge has announced 5 special variants of the Viper before pulling the plug on it.
Recalling defective vehicles has always been an integral part of automotive manufacturing as the quality and reliability of the product is given prime importance. Looking at last month, the Takata airbag issue is growing into an epidemic, with more companies recalling their vehicles.
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