Today in Car News: Chrysler, Fiat, Ram and Volt

August 31, 2010
2011 Chrysler 300 teaser

2011 Chrysler 300 teaser

We've seen the 2011 Chrysler 300 in the company's Chapter 11 filing, but snippets are landing on the Interwebs like the first flakes of winter. Is it time already? [Jalopnik]

While Chrysler divorces the Ram brand from Dodge, it's giving the fledgling nameplate its own iPhone app. Perfect for the logger looking for friends who also own a Ram 3500 Duallie. [PickupTrucks]

Moving to the Fiat side of the business, Chrysler hopes to move about 50,000 of the pert little 500 subcompact each year. Surely there are that many ex-Neon owners in a forgiving mood? [Autoblog]

Chrysler will also use its new 165 Fiat dealers to sell Alfa Romeos, proving that VW's overtures have been given the automotive equivalent of the Heisman. [Detroit Free Press]

On a green tip, Chrysler is using recycled foam for the seats in the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Call it karma insurance. [AutoblogGreen]

Chevy wants EMS workers to know exactly how to pry open a 2011 Volt during a rescue. We don't suggest you do any of this at home. [KickingTires]

GM's also confident enough in the 2011 Chevy Cruze that it wants buyers to shop and compare other cars. Is the Corolla smelling what the Cruze is cooking? (Does anyone still remember Dwayne Johnson?) [AutoWeek]

Mazda says it can get hybrid-like fuel economy from a regular gas engine. Sounds like Hyundai's battle plan has its fans--and followers. [CarAndDriver]

It's the end of the road--at long, long last--for the current Ford Ranger, but at least one guy sees a way forward for a new compact Ford truck soon. [PickupTrucks]

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