B (as in “big”) V8 engines

300G cross-ram wedge engine

Despite our headline, the B in “B engines” did not mean “big.” The creation story Chrysler’s first V8 engines (such as the 392 shown below) were a success, but they were only intended for high-end, relatively pricey cars. As more and more customers demanded eight cylinders, though, Chrysler Corporation could not make enough of their …

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The All-New Jeep Grand Cherokee L Debuts with Three Rows of Seating

All-new 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Summit Reserve (left) and All-new 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Overland (right)

This morning, the Jeep brand took the wraps off of the long-rumored three-row Grand Cherokee, but this is not simply the current SUV with an extra row of seats. The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L is all-new and it is far more than just a few more seats. Rebuilt from the ground-up, the Grand Cherokee …

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Three-Row Jeep Grand Cherokee to Debut on January 7th

An email from the Jeep brand confirmed what many of us have known for some time now – that a three-row Grand Cherokee is coming to a showroom near you. The email, shown below courtesy of Scott of JeepGarage.org, doesn’t actually state that it is a three-row Grand Cherokee, but the details leave no question …

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Modern Street Hemi Shootout 2021 Season Preview

MSHS

While many racing associations canceled their 2020 season due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the crew from the Modern Street Hemi Shootout series managed to hold their entire season. They had to make some date changes to work around local emergency restrictions on crowd-based activities, but in the end, Dan VanHorn and his team were able …

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PSA, FCA shareholders voted their approval for Stellantis

99% of PSA (Peugeot) shareholder votes were for approval of the deal with FCA; 99% FCA shareholders are voted for the merger later in the same day. Existing FCA shareholders will lose their existing double-voting rights, but otherwise, the deal is likely to be good for them. Peugeot has been able to completely stop gasoline …

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Chrysler turbos of the 1990s

Chrysler 2.2 Turbo III

In the 1980s, Chrysler took its around-90-to-100 horsepower 2.2 liter four-cylinder engine and pushed it to 142, then 150, and finally 174 horsepower, topping at an impressive 210 pound-feet of torque—all quite good for an engine never designed for such treatment. How could they beat that in the 1990s, while improving what they already had? …

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2009 to 2020 Dodge Journey: platform-sharing bargain crossover

2017 Dodge Journey crossover

2009: Journey Introduction Trying to fill the need for a car-like, compact-to-midsize SUV, the Dodge Journey first appeared at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show; it was launched as a 2009. Using a platform and some styling shared with the Dodger Avenger, the Journey was obviously taller, with a longer wheelbase—shorter than its cross-brand predecessor, the …

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Mopar turbos of the 1980s

The first generation of turbocharged Mopars were not part of the executives’ original plan, but they were tough, well-engineered, efficient, and, with the Turbo IV of the 1990s, innovative enough that modern turbos follow in their path. All were four-cylinders, from the same family, made in two displacements (one was mildly stroked). The more powerful …

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