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Dodge and Chrysler Ending Production???

Chrysler Cars at All Star Chrysler near Ellisville

We thought that title might get your attention! Dodge and Chrysler are not ending production, so no need to worry. They are talking about ending production on the right hand driving models. While this does not really apply to us here in the St. Louis area, it is going to make a global impact. Let’s look a little deeper into this.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is reportedly bringing an end to right-hand-drive production of Chrysler and Dodge vehicles at its Windsor and Brampton factories in Canada. FCA had already pulled the plug on Chrysler and Dodge’s UK efforts, but it looks as if it will now exit other RHD markets in South Africa, New Zealand, Japan, India, Pakistan, Indonesia, and Australia, too.

The report, which initiated in South Africa, suggested that the Chrysler 300 will be available in Australia despite the move, but FCA itself has said it’s still fully committed to right-hand-drive markets. The basis of the claims was a quote from FCA South Africa CEO Robin van Rensburg, who suggested Chrysler and Dodge were out due to them no longer being produced in RHD configuration in North America.

“FCA announced in early 2015 that 2017 would be the last year Chrysler products would be offered in the UK, citing the need to concentrate on the Fiat, Alfa Romeo, and Jeep brands, as well as dwindling sales, as the reasons behind the decision. Dodge left the UK market back in 2010.”-msn.com

We are not super surprised by this decision, but it has us wondering if FCA will be expanding the Fiat, Alfa Romeo, and Jeep lines in the UK, and maybe here too. In the mean time, head to All Star Chrysler near Ellisville and check out their huge selection of Chrysler Cars.

What Did We Hear?

Chrysler 300 at All Star Chrysler near Clayton

So not too long ago, we reported on a possible Chrysler 300 Hellcat. It turns out that this may not be happening, but maybe something else might be coming. We love looking at the possibilities so we want to share more about what we heard. Remember, what we are talking about here may never be anything more than a rumor or a fantasy, but the 2017 Chrysler 300 is very real and you can buy yours now at All Star Chrysler near Clayton.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ plans to move the next-generation Chrysler 300 sedan to the Alfa Romeo Giulia platform have reportedly been scrapped. However, rumor is that the Chrysler flagship may add a more fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine to the lineup and that, on the other end of the scale, the 707-hp supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 from the Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcats could show up in the 300 at the end of 2018.

According to Automotive News, the 300 will undergo an extensive refresh for the 2019 model year. The updated 300 will continue to use FCA’s aging LX platform as a base. The company, though, is expected to integrate additional weight-saving technologies to help fuel efficiency. Meanwhile, a rumored four-cylinder 300 would probably use the same turbocharged unit that is slated for the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler. (The LX-platform-based Dodge Charger and Challenger will also see the 2019 updates before being replaced in 2021, according to the report, with new models based on the Maserati Ghibli platform.)(This information was compiled from caranddriver.com as well as automotivenews.com).

An FCA spokesperson contradicted that report, telling Car and Driver that the company currently has no plans to produce a 300 variant featuring the Hellcat supercharged V-8. Sure. We’ll play ball for now FCA, but we will hold out and hope that the Hellcat really will be coming!

Get your Chrysler 300 at All Star Chrysler today!

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Looking to the Future!

Chrysler Cars at All Star Chrysler near Florissant

We always get really excited when FCA puts out anything regarding what their future plans for the brand might happen to be. We are really excited about some of the news that Chrysler put out over the last couple of days and we wanted to share what we heard. While some of this information is just projections and predictions, we still thought you might like to read about it. Remember, you can always get the latest Chrysler cars at All Star Chrysler near Florissant.

Tipo/Neon: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has studied importing the compact Fiat Tipo sedan into the U.S. from Europe and likely rebadging it as a Chrysler Neon. However, no plan has been announced.

200: Production of the 200 midsize sedan has ended. It will not be replaced.

300: Sources say a planned redesign of the LX-based 300 onto the Giorgio platform, originally scheduled for 2020, has been scrapped. Instead, designers will do a major freshening of the 300 in 2019 in hopes of shedding weight and improving fuel economy. The addition of a turbocharged four-cylinder is a strong possibility to augment an improved V-6 to help get the job done. In the meantime, Chrysler will put a Hellcat engine in its luxury sedan in late 2018.

Pacifica: The well-regarded Chrysler Pacifica minivan will be freshened in 2020.

Midsize crossover: The front-wheel-drive midsize crossover, to be built at FCA’s Belvidere Assembly Plant in Illinois beginning in 2019, will share a platform with the Jeep Cherokee and have three rows of seating, similar to the Dodge Journey.

These are just a few of the vehicles that we might be seeing over the next 3 to 5 years. We know that FCA will commit to providing the latest technologies in each of these models and we cant wait!

Ram 2500 Engines

Ram 2500 at All Star Dodge Ram near O’Fallon

The Ram line of trucks at All Star Dodge Ram near O’Fallon are powerful working vehicles. They can take the rough jobs on without any strain. This got us wondering what makes the Ram 2500 trucks so capable. The answer is the engine options. Let’s explore those more here today.

Three engine options lie at the core of the 2017 Ram 2500 and 3500 range: a 5.7-liter V-8, a 6.4-liter V-8, and a 6.7-liter turbodiesel inline six-cylinder. Both gas engines are paired with six-speed automatic transmissions; the diesel gets a six-speed manual option or a choice of two six-speed automatics. Both rear-wheel drive (2WD) and four-wheel drive (4WD) models are available in both Ram 2500 and 3500 spec, with a wide range of cab styles and bed lengths.

The 5.7-liter that forms the base engine option is rated at 383 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. Step up to the 6.4-liter and output rises to 410 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque. The diesel, available in three specifications, pushes the 2017 Ram 2500 and 3500 to beast mode, with up to 385 hp and 900 lb-ft of torque.

“The two lower-output versions of the diesel are rated at 350 hp / 660 lb-ft and 370 hp / 800 lb-ft, respectively.While a nearly infinite list of cab, bed, engine, transmission, and drivetrain options influence total towing capacity, the Ram 2500 can be configured to tow up to 17,980 lbs, and the Ram 3500 can tow up to 30,000 lbs.”-motortrend.com

For more information on the Ram 2500 and its engines, head to All Star and take a test drive. Their team has the knowledge and experience to help you find the right truck and engine model for you. All Star knows that you need a truck that works as hard as you do. You need the Ram 2500. Head to All Star Dodge Ram today!

What’s Going to Happen to the Chrysler 200?

Chrysler 200 at All Star Chrysler near IL

We all know that the Chrysler 200 is no longer in production, which is a sad state of affairs. It was such a lovely sedan! But why is it gone and what is replacing it? We are not entirely sure but would like to speculate a little with you here today. When will we see this Chrysler 200 replacement at All Star Chrysler near IL? – Let’s talk!

“As TTAC’s Timothy Cain said in his heartfelt obituary, the 200’s passing is more than just the loss of a slow-selling model — it’s the death of FCA’s midsize car portfolio. Formerly numbering one (after the death of the barely facelifted Dodge Avenger), the warehouse’s tenant list now registers zero occupants.”-thetruthaboutcars.com

Think back to any previous decade. Back then, could you picture a day when the Chrysler stable contained just two models? That’s where we’re at: an aging rear-wheel-drive sedan and a minivan are the only things keeping Chrysler from joining Plymouth, Eagle, and DeSoto in the cold, cold ground.

Chrysler needs a lower-rung model, and the 200 — for all of its improvement in appearance and interior furnishings — wasn’t it. Maybe it was the bad taste in consumers’ mouths left over from the Sebring, the lack of name recognition, the poltergeist-plagued nine-speed automatic, or the cramped rear quarters. Either way, so very few takers. Sad!

You can still get the Chrysler 200 at All Star – there are still a few 200 models left on the lot! Head to the All Star dealership today and check out these wonderful sedans. Though there many be few remaining, we are sure that this sedan will be revived in the future, or at least we hope so! For more information stop by the All Star dealership today!

The Future of FCA

New Cars at All Star Chrysler near St. Louis

Fall is nearly upon us – the weather is cooling off, leaves are starting to fall, and school has started (and all the parents are beaming with delight). This is also the time of year in which we start to get glimpses of the next year’s models. We start seeing spy shots and reading reviews about the new models. We wanted to take a look a little further into the future as to what we might see from FCA (Fiat Chrysler). Soon you will be able to get these great new vehicles at All Star Chrysler near St. Louis.

  • Around 2018, the Dodge Journey is to become a rear wheel drive crossover, á la Maserati Levante; its role as a front wheel drive crossover is likely to go to a Chrysler. The Alfa Romeo Stelvio crossover is pretty much here; according to Automotive News, the Journey will be made on the same line as the Stelvio and imported to the US. Chances are the Journey will be heavier and have lower performance, but also a much lower price.
  • Dodge Avenger / Dodge Barracuda is the upcoming rear wheel drive midsized car (the name may change).
  • A new Dodge Charger and Challenger have been pushed back to 2020-21 (so they can persuade critics that Chrysler had no part in the pricier Alfa Romeo Giulia? Insiders say no, they just needed more time). The 2021 Charger and Challenger will have a base four-cylinder turbo, and a turbo six; Hemi options are likely to be the 392 and possibly the Hellcat, but the 5.7 will probably be replaced by the turbo-six. Note: Automotive News wrote that the fully new Charger and Challenger are coming in 2018.

For more information on the latest vehicles to be expected from FCA, head to All Star today!

2018 Means New Features!

Dodge Grand Caravan at All Star Dodge near Wentzville

We have anxiously been  awaiting the redesign for the Dodge Grand Caravan, and it looks like 2018 may be the year that we get it! Some information was recently released about the new design on the Dodge Grand Caravan that will soon be at All Star Dodge near Wentzville.

The exterior design of the 2018 Dodge Caravan will be improved as compared to the previous model. The new design will keep the low-slung style that this model is well-known for. However, it will be lower than its previous models. The roofline will also be lowered thus giving the vehicle a sleek, sporty and elegant look. A new head, taillights and a set of bumpers have all also added so as to upgrade the feel and look of this minivan. The Dodge Caravan will come in two trims thus giving consumers more options to choose from. Furthermore, the vehicle will have new aerodynamic lines that will further contribute to the sleek design of the vehicle.

The interior design of the 2018 Dodge Caravan will be upholstered using the top notch materials. The rear seats can fold down so as to give you a whopping 27.9 cubic ft. of cargo space. The space should be enough to hold all your cargo. This is just one of the new features that you should look for in the new model. There will also be new anti-lock brakes and a stability control feature to increase its performance. The whole cabin will be covered using premium leather together with other soft touch materials. furthermore, there will be a plethora of the latest upgraded electronic features. This will include a 7-inch touch screen display with the latest infotainments features like modern audio system, navigation, automatic air conditioning, Wi-Fi, USB, rear-view camera, cruise control, Bluetooth and the telescopic steering wheel. (This information was compiled from dodgeandram.com and dodge.com.)

For more inforamtion, stop by All Star today!

Fiat Chrysler Spin-Offs

New Chrysler Cars at All Star Chrysler near Saint Charles

We all know that Fiat Chrysler makes some of the finest automobiles on the market. What you might not know is that Fiat Chrysler also is a huge manufacturer of auto parts, even outside of their Chrysler, Ram, Jeep, and Dodge models. There has been speculation lately that FCA would be spinning off some of the manufacturing of these parts into their own specific units. Let’s take a look and see what we mean.

“On August 22, 2017, market speculation was rife that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V., a global manufacturer and marketer of automobiles and commercial vehicles, might spin-off upscale brands Maserati and Alfa Romeo, along with its components operations including Magneti Marelli. In April 2017, in response to an analyst query on the 1Q17 earnings call, Mr. Sergio Marchionne, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of FCAU acknowledged that the Jeep and Ram brands are large and strong enough to exist as independent entities, similar to Ferrari after its spin-off,” (forbes.com). Post spin-off, Maserati will continue to design, engineering, develop, manufacture, globally distribute and sale luxury vehicles under its brand. On the other hand, Fiat Chrysler will continue to manufacture and mass-market automobiles and commercial vehicles in the regions NAFTA, LATAM, APAC and EMEA under the brands Abarth, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Fiat Professional and Lancia brands.

“FCAU shares have increased 18% in the last two weeks and surged 10% since the rumors of spin-off of Maserati and Alfa Romeo brands surfaced,”(forbes.com). The spin-off speculation followed immediately after Chinese automobile manufacturer Great Wall Motors confirmed its intention to buy the iconic Jeep brand. FCAU denied the news stating that it has not been approached by the automaker for Jeep brand or any other matter related to its business.

All Star Chrysler near Saint Charles will continue to carry all of the auto parts you might need to properly service your vehicles!

What to Do After an Auto Accident

Collision Repair Center at All Star Dodge Ram in Missouri

While we would rather that they never happen, auto accidents are a reality in the world that we live in. Do you know what you should do in the event that you are in an accident? Today we want to share with you a few steps that you should take in the event that you are in a collision.

1. Never drive away from the scene of an accident, even a minor one. Stop and handle the situation.

2. You can prevent further accidents by setting up flares, or keeping your flashers on. If it is dark and your lights don’t work, you should have a flashlight to keep you safe while you wait in your disabled car or by the side of the road.

3. Even if there are no serious injuries, it is a good idea to call the police. You may need a police report to file a claim with your insurance company, even if it is just to make a claim for damage to your vehicle. The vehicles involved in the accident should remain where they are, unless they interfere with traffic.

4. Make sure that you have a accurate record of what happened. The police will be able to help sort everything out and provide a report on the accident.

5. Seek medical attention, even if you think that you are not injured. After a collision, adrenaline is pumping through your body, making it difficult to sense pain. Let the paramedics give you a good once over to make sure you are not injured.

6. Take pictures and exchange contact information.

Once you have things wrapped up and are ready to go to the repairs process, bring your vehicle to the collision repair center at All Star Dodge Ram in Missouri. They have all of the tools, parts, and knowledge to get your car back to its pre-collision glory!

Did We See a Chrysler 300 Hellcat?!?!

Chrysler 300 at All Star Chrysler near St. Louis

Now is the time of year in which we start to see the different spy shots of the new models and trims that might becoming out for the new model year. We happy to be pretty pumped because we are pretty sure that we saw a Hellcat version of the Chrysler 300! This is a huge deal because usually there are only Hellcat trims on the muscle cars of the FCA family, like the Challenger and the Charger. However, we are pretty sure that we saw a 300 Hellcat! Let’s talk about what we saw!

The test vehicle, spotted chillin’ in the open at a random apartment or condo complex, was wearing Nitto NT05R P315/40R-18 drag-radial rubber wrapped around the same type of wheels seen on Dodge Demon mules. The massive tires stuck out of the 300’s stock bodywork (like on the Demon mules), leading us to believe that this car could also receive wider fender flares like the Demon’s. Though the mule does have Brembo calipers providing the stopping power, the brake rotors appear to be smaller than those found on Hellcats and the Demon, and they have a different slot pattern as well.

“The mule made Hellcat noises, sounds you’re likely familiar with if you’ve heard one in person. This, despite the fact that there are no noticeable scoops or intakes for extra cooling, which would hint at the presence of the monster engine. At minimum, this car could mean that Chrysler is gearing up to refresh the 300 SRT for the overseas markets where it’s still sold, bringing online a wide-bodied, 707-hp, Hellcat-powered version of the big sedan.”-caranddriver.com

While we can only wait for the Chrysler 300 Hellcat to come out, which we hope will be on the next model year, we will happily drive the current Chrysler 300 from All Star Chrysler near St. Louis!