2002 Detroit Auto Show by TCC Team (1/7/2002)
Toyota show sponsor
sponsored by Toyota
Toyota show sponsor
2003 Dodge Ram SRT-10Enlarge Photo
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
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 ExpeditionEnlarge Photo
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.
Preview: '03 Ford Expedition by Jim McCraw (1/8/2002)
MINI COMPACT, MINI
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.