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2008 Fiat 500

2008 Fiat 500

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Fiat 500 and 500C: Fiat's charming city cars have been a constant presence in Chrysler's latest media push. It's a sure bet to see the 500 and 500C very soon, as the company seeks to steal shoppers from the MINI Cooper. Added bonus: the fuel-miser 500 is sure to help out Chrysler's push for better fuel economy.




Fiat Grande Punto

Fiat Grande Punto

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Fiat Grande Punto: Dodge needs hatchbacks to fill out the void left behind by the Neon, and hopefully, the Caliber. The Grande Punto could be that vehicle--a sleek front-driver with a range of four-cylinder engines and even a sporty turbocharged version. It's also due for a full replacement as a 2010 model, as the latest Punto spy shots indicate. Chrysler has said it would design new bodies for some Fiats, and we think this is a prime candidate to get new sheetmetal and to take the Caliber's place at the small-car plate.




Fiat Panda

Fiat Panda

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Fiat Panda: Jeep's Compass and Patriot may have seen their best days, but a small Jeep makes a lot of sense in a high-fuel-economy world. So, how about a Jeep version of the Fiat Panda? Fiat's CEO, Sergio Marchionne, may have let it slip when he referred to the Panda as a Jeep. In any sense, it makes perfect sense, especially given its 40-mpg capability.




Alfa Romeo MiTo GTA

Alfa Romeo MiTo GTA

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Alfa Romeo MiTo: Dodge may or may not be getting that Lotus-based Circuit roadster promised last fall as its first electric vehicle. What to slip in its place--especially since the Viper appears doomed? An Alfa Romeo MiTo GTA is a good first step. A turbocharged four-cylinder with 240 horsepower sounds like a great compact coupe, even if it gets Dodge crosshairs instead of the evocative Alfa grille.




Alfa Romeo 149

Alfa Romeo 149

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Alfa Romeo 149: Chrysler needs fresh material, too. The Alfa Romeo 149 has been all but confirmed as a new vehicle for the new Chrysler--and it's completely new this fall, as a 2010 model to be unveiled at the Frankfurt auto show. A four-door version has been discussed with Chrysler dealers, though it's possible a hatchback could be sold in the U.S. too.



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2009 Dodge Charger SE

2009 Dodge Charger SE

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Dodge Charger: Does Chrysler need two rear-drive sedans? While the company's shown the Feds its 2011 Chrysler 300 sedan, no mention of the Charger has been made. Is it still there--0r is it like the Mercury Sable, out in the wilderness while the new Taurus shows up this summer?




2009 dodge challenger se rallye

2009 dodge challenger se rallye

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Dodge Challenger: It might last a few more years as Chrysler makes the transition to a small-car company. Clearly, though, Chrysler's days as a musclecar maker are on the wane. Again. Didn't we do this in 1973?




2009 Jeep Liberty Sport

2009 Jeep Liberty Sport

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Jeep Liberty: The size and scope of Jeep remains a hot topic at Chrysler and Fiat, we can only assume. Is a Jeep lineup of Panda, Wrangler and Grand Cherokee enough? Probably. The Liberty might just join the Dodge Nitro on the scrapheap as a result.

Dodge crossover: Chrysler's killed off the Aspen SUV and the 2009 Dodge Journey doesn't seem destined for a long life. A bigger, seven-passenger version of the new Grand Cherokee under a Dodge badge is a 50-50 bet.


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Comments (17)
  1. "When the public comes to its senses"

    Even Wagner of GM knows that people really want
    big, thirsty bland looking cars...they just don't want to buy them...but they will...someday.
     
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  2. "A lot of work."

    If Chrysler is going to badge engineer Fiat cars. They are going to have a lot of work to do because they are butt ugly!!!!
     
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  3. "Charger"

    I don't think the Charger will go away anytime soon since it's becoming a popular police car. At least here in Maryland. Whether or not there's a publicly available model is up for debate though.
     
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  4. "Are you a columnist for,"The Onion"?"

    Sir,
    You wouldn't happen to write for The Onion would you? The reason I asked is as I was reading this otherwise interesting piece I read this howler:
    "You might have questions about shopping for a new Chrysler today, and those are easy to answer. Yes, you're safe to buy--the government says it's going to back your warranty."
    The Government is going to back my warranty?
    You mean the same Government that ran Amtrak and the Post Office into the ground? Or do you mean the Government that completely made a disaster of Katrina?
    Just checking....
     
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  5. "Are you a columnist for,"The Onion"?"

    Sir,
    You wouldn't happen to write for The Onion would you? The reason I asked is as I was reading this otherwise interesting piece I read this howler:
    "You might have questions about shopping for a new Chrysler today, and those are easy to answer. Yes, you're safe to buy--the government says it's going to back your warranty."
    The Government is going to back my warranty?
    You mean the same Government that ran Amtrak and the Post Office into the ground? Or do you mean the Government that completely made a disaster of Katrina?
    Just checking....
     
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  6. "Riot"

    Not even a mention of the Patriot (or compass?)
    Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep makes a nearly-30mpg SUV and you don't even think its worth mentioning? Other manufacturers make SUVs with similar mpg, but they cost twice as much.
     
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  7. "Chrysler's Gonna Be Making Wimpy Cars"

    Wonderful. Instead of Chrysler pumping out the powerhouse musclecars they used to make, they're gonna be making wimpy ass "city cars" that every metrosexual will inevitably be driving. That's just plain LAME. There's a reason why the Charger and Challenger are considered to be badass cars, and it's not because they're "city cars".
     
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  8. "New K Cars"

    I think that Chrysler is going to end up going back to it's K Car days again to rebuild. I don't like the direction they are going here but we have seen this all before. Maybe they can come out of this a better car company.
     
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  9. "Hillarious..."

    You have GOT to be kidding me....
    I will NEVER buy another chrysler nor a GM vehicle...
    In fact...I was looking to buy a challenger RT...but forget it...
    You'll be doing reviews of euromobiles and chinese rolling coffins...
    Chrysler and GM are doomed...
    Looks like the mustang will be it...buy American while you still can...
     
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  10. "BOY ARE YOU WRONG!!!"

    Not only is the Charger, Challenger and Liberty good sellers but the Charger IS in the plan and concept drawings were included (I guess you didn't read carefully). The 2011 Charger is suppose to be more retro styled and reportedly, drop dead georgous. The next generation Challenger is on the drawing board as the present model sells very well in a poor economic market and is attracting a strong following among the muscle car crowd and will be around as long as we have Mustangs and Camaros. The Liberty will fit better in it's class now that the Grand Cherokee gets bigger. No bubble here, just a poorly researched and illogical article.
     
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  11. I was thinking of buying a new 500 when they
    get here.But I have learned that they will
    not say chrysler or dodge on them.They will
    say fiat.If they only say fiat I will not buy one!
     
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  12. i think that chrysler should keep making the same cars because everyone loves a v8 and not no little 2 liter. but it might take another year or two but chrysler, dodge, jeep and so on will come back and be all American.
     
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  13. Please build the Jeep Gladiator!
     
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  14. I bought my 1994 Grand Caravan with 76,000 on it from a
    friend of mine. To tell you the truth, I didn't expect it
    to reach 100 grand on the odometer!I just needed a beater
    with lots of room to get me from eastern Ky to Ft.
    Campbell and back a few times. I got it at a price I
    couldn't refuse.I've had zero problems with the
    transmition or really any part of it. My wife and I love
    it!
    Caravanst
     
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  15. I do not see how this is going to work, Chrysler selling small cars after selling big jeeps in the USA? It will be nice to see the new Fiat 500 convertible in the USA though, I really like this little cars, they are very economical and eco friendly too.
     
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  16. Wake up Chrysler!!! Need to get the MPG up to 30 hwy on the Dodge Challenger!!!!
     
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  17. Hi Chrysler, take a look at Honda Odissey and Toyota Sienna seating in the middle, and you may want to copy it, the 3 passenger seating and better seating for adults.
     
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