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2002 Detroit Show, Part V


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2002 Detroit Auto Show by TCC Team (1/7/2002)


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2003 Dodge Ram SRT-10

2003 Dodge Ram SRT-10

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DODGE GETS SRT-10 RAM
As if the Los Angeles show’s 205-hp Neon RT weren’t enough, Dodge took the Detroit opportunity to show off the Ram SRT-10, a fierce full-size truck with Viperesque performance credentials. It sports the 2003 Viper’s 8.3-liter V-10 with 500 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque; zero to 60 is promised in under five seconds, with a top speed of 150 mph and a quarter-mile run in 13 seconds. Dodge also claims a 0-100-0mph time of 18 seconds, astonishing numbers for a truck. Clearly built to outdo the Ford F-150 Lightning, the SRT-10 Ram also sports huge 24-inch wheels. It goes on sale in late fall; the next-gen, heavy-duty Ram, in case you’re curious, is to be introduced at the Chicago auto show in February.

 

CHRYSLER CREATES AMERICAN AMG
DaimlerChrysler will create an entire lineup of American performance products, starting with Dodge, but eventually including its Jeep and Chrysler divisions, as well. Dubbed Performance Vehicle Operations, it’s being modeled after the successful AMG operation of sibling Mercedes-Benz. PVO will also handle Chrysler Group racing ventures, noted marketing chief Jim Schroer, who boasted “Every (PVO) vehicle will out-muscle, out-run any production vehicle from our competitors.” The venture is intended to build a halo for other Chrysler Group products—and generate revenues that can help fund racing. Meanwhile, PVO will begin working with outside performance parts suppliers, said the new unit’s boss, John Hernandez. That will make it even easier for owners to stay in the lead, whether street racing or testing their cars on the track.

 

2003 Ford Expedition

2003 Ford Expedition

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FORD REVAMPS EXPEDITION
While Ford made headlines yesterday at the North American International Auto Show with the wacky Mighty Tonka F-350 diesel-powered concept pickup truck, it will make millions on the truck it showed on the final press day: the all-new 2003 Ford Expedition full-size SUV. Ford went way, way out there with some of the features and conveniences on the all-new 2003 Ford Expedition full-size SUV, as big SUV competition gets hotter and hotter.The 2003 Expedition is the world’s first full-size SUV with a disappearing fold-flat rear seat mechanism, standard. The third seat not only splits 60/40 for convenient load handling, the disappearing act is done by wire. For 2003, the Expedition also comes with a raft of additional safety equipment, including safety canopy side air curtains, tire pressure monitors, bumper beams that align with car bumpers, a new Brake Assist feature that cuts stopping distances by up to 20 percent in emergency stops. Attached to the new frame are more new technologies: the first fully independent rear suspension ever in a full-size SUV, for limo-like ride quality; a wider track, 66.9 inches front and 67.2 inches at the rear, for more stable handling; the largest brakes in the segment, 13 inches in the front 13.5 inches in the rear, with ABS, electronic brake force distribution, new calipers; new heavier-duty rack-and-pinion steering; ControlTrac four-wheel-drive system with optional AdvanceTrac brake-based automatic stability control. Ford says that even when two wheels are airborne, the system provides traction torque to both axles. The new ControlTrac system completely disconnects all the moving parts when shifted into two-wheel drive, decreasing wear and noise and increasing fuel mileage. Under the hood is the 5.4-liter single-overhead-cam Triton V-8 engine, this time around with a new cast iron cylinder block, and a 4.6-liter V-8 with a new aluminum block with more power and torque than previous versions, and quieter operation.—Jim McCraw
Preview: '03 Ford Expedition by Jim McCraw (1/8/2002)

 

MINI COMPACT, MINI PRICING
When it goes on sale in March, the MINI Cooper and Cooper S will sport appropriately small pricetags. The base 115-hp MINI Cooper is set to retail for $16,850 including destination charges, while the supercharged 163-hp MINI Cooper S will sticker at $19,850. Atop those prices, MINI will offer three packages: the Premium and Sport each cost $1250, while the Cold Weather package goes for $500. A CD player is standard on all models, the company says.


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