2022 ProMaster: a big leap ahead

2022 Ram ProMaster vans

The last major ProMaster upgrades involved a new front grille and some hefty durability-and-reliability upgrades. The next upgrades are aimed at catching up to the state of the art in safety, comfort, and convenience; and increasing efficiency with the old six-speed minivan automatic replaced by a TorqueFlite nine-speed automatic. There is also a new two-row …

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Dodge Durango Hellcat: The World’s Greatest High Performance People Mover

Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat

After the introduction of the 707-horsepower Hellcat versions of the Dodge Challenger and Charger, many fans of the brand began pleading for a factory supercharged Durango. The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, packing the same Hellcat Hemi, proved to be a smashing success for the Jeep brand and many Mopar lovers who wanted a supercharged, all-wheel-drive SUV …

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Should You Trade Your Hellcat for a Viper?

Viper and Hellcat Crowd

Some people might have read the title to this article and thought that it is ridiculous to compare either of the Dodge Hellcat cars to the Dodge Viper, but over the past year or so, I have received a surprising number of emails from readers who are considering swapping their supercharged V8 for a naturally …

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Reporting on Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports is the most popular and most trusted name in general-population reviews, but how good are they with cars? The magazine and its annual car book have been both praised and critiqued for years; I did a large critique on Allpar one or two decades ago, and recently revisited it. Not to turn this …

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Chrysler resurgent: 1992-97

Recently, a Chrysler employee posted part of an internal brochure, and it reminded me of the time when Chrysler came back with a vengeance. This was not the first time, as most readers know; the company has had an absurd number of comebacks under charismatic leaders—under Walter Flanders, Walter Chrysler, Lee Iacocca, Bob Lutz, and …

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1949 Dodge cars: practical at the wrong time

see the 1949 Dodge cars

The “completely new” 1949 Dodges, like the lower Plymouths and the higher DeSotos and Chryslers, were created to the specifications of Walter Chrysler’s protegé,  K.T. Keller. K.T. was a great wartime leader for Chrysler Corporation, ordering daily miracles for the United States military; the company did an incredible job of producing anti-aircraft guns, aircraft parts …

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