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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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Let’s Talk 200 Trims

Chrysler 200 at All Star Chrysler near St. Peters

The Chrysler 200 at All Star Chrysler near St. Peters is a well loved sedan with loads of options available. Today we want to give you a brief overview of some of the different trim levels that are offered on the Chrysler 200.

Chrysler 200 LX

  • Choose from five exterior colors and two interior colors
  • Has a powerful 2.4-liter engine
  • Equipped with anti-lock 4-wheel disc brakes for quick stops
  • Rear adjustable headrests and premium cloth interior
  • Enjoy Radio 3.0, a remote USB port, auxiliary jack for exterior input, and integrated window antenna

Chrysler 200 Touring

 

  • This trim level features an integrated voice-command Bluetooth, 5-inch touchscreen display and UConnect 5.0
  • Rear adjustable headrests and 2-way reactive front seat headrests are standard
  • 17-Inch Tech Silver aluminum wheels
  • Headlamps with turn off time delay
  • The lower grille features a mold-in color surround

Chrysler 200 Limited

 

  • Add on the optional Comfort Group, which includes perks like heated seats and steering wheel among others, or the Convenience Group which includes heated exterior mirrors, a one-year subscription to SiriusXM and lighted vanity mirrors among others.
  • Choose from seven exterior colors and four interior colors
  • An engine dress up cover is standard; choose to up the engine size to a more powerful 3.6-liter V6 if you desire
  • A 5.0-inch touchscreen display is standard with this trim level
  • Enjoy an integrated window antenna, integrated voice command with Bluetooth, and remote USB port

Chrysler 200C

 

  • Choose the optional Premium Group, Navigation and Sound or Premium Lighting Group to increase the comfort of this package
  • Select from seven exterior colors and five interior colors
  • Leather-trimmed bucket seats and heated front seats are standard at this trim level
  • Rear seat passengers will enjoy the adjustable headrests
  • Active grille shutters and 17-Inch Satin Silver aluminum wheels come standard

These are just a few of the Chrysler 200 models offered, check out more at All Star!

 

 

 

The New 2018 300

Chrysler 300 at All Star Chrysler near Wentzville

We know that there is no better sedan than the Chrysler 300 at All Star Chrysler near Wentzville and we are so excited about the redesign that we expect out late this year or early next year.

In this, its lucky 13th year of production with only one major redesign, the Chrysler 300 might not spring instantly to buyers’ minds when contemplating large cars for purchase. This quieter, more luxurious, and stoic sibling of the wilder, crazier Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger SRT Scat Packs, Hellcats, and wheelie-pulling Demons hasn’t drawn much attention to itself lately. Chrysler cancelled the 300’s high-powered SRT8 variant in 2015 just as Dodge began probing the outer limits of powertrain insanity.

thanks to its strong, muscular shoulders, prominent wheel arches amply filled by big wheels and tires, and narrow greenhouse openings that almost seem designed to afford protection from stray gunfire coming from Slim Shady’s hood south of 8 Mile Road. “Although the design was refined a bit for 2011, it still struts with a confidence that has helped land it starring roles in numerous hip-hop music videos and at least one song lyric reference (“Always saw you for what you could’ve been / Ever since you met me / Like when Chrysler made that one car that looked just like the Bentley”—Drake, “Keep The Family Close,” 2016).”-motortrend.com

How much longer will Chrysler’s original gangsta sedan and only actual car remain in production? Scuttlebutt suggests when the LX platform gets replaced for 2021 on an Alfa-shared architecture, the 300 might be put out to pasture. That’s sad; together with the Charger, FCA’s LX sales currently dominate the full-size car segment, outselling GM by 17 percent last year.

Get the Chrysler 300 at All Star today! Their team is ready to help you!

Chrysler and Sesame Street a Winning Combination!

Electric Cars at All Star Chrysler near Ballwin

Chrysler has been making some great changes lately, one of which being the introduction of the hybrid Chrysler Pacifica, the other being their partnership with the characters of Sesame Street. Today we want to take a brief look at both! Remember, you can get all kinds of Chrysler Cars at All Star Chrysler near Ballwin!

The 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is a one-of-a-kind vehicle, the sole plug-in hybrid minivan offered for sale in North America. The Pacifica Hybrid is back on sale in its second model year, and the minivan with 33 miles of electric range has some new support from familiar faces.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced a new ad partnership with both Sesame Streetand actor Dax Shepard to support the 2018 Pacifica Hybrid. The ads began to appear across social and digital media channels on September 27, including the one in the video above. Titled “It’s Electric,” the spot features the Two-Headed Monster and Big Bird alongside Shepard, and explains the Pacifica’s plug-in hybrid powertrain in the most basic terms.

“The fact that buyers are eligible for a full $7,500 federal tax credit will likely help the Pacifica Hybrid’s sales, since that brings its post-incentive price close to the conventional version. California buyers also receive a $1,500 purchase rebate, plus a “Green Sticker” that gives access to that state’s highway carpool lanes. While Sesame Street works to increase awareness of its green minivan, FCA’s future will involve more electrified vehicles. “-greencarreports.com

We cannot wait to see what other electrified vehicles Chrysler will come out with! One thing is for certain, that they will be awesome! After all, with friends like Big Bird and Elmo, you can’t go wrong!

Get more information on the Chrysler Pacifica at All Star Chrysler today! Their team would love to help you go electric!

Pacifica is the Right Minivan!

Chrysler Pacifica at All Star Chrysler near Arnold

If you are in the market for a new minivan, the Chrysler Pacifica at All Star Chrysler near Arnold is right for you. This delightful vehicle is available as a hybrid and we could not be more thrilled. Let’s take a look at this delightful vehicle.

Chrysler offers this hybrid version that knocks out all comers on fuel efficiency. Think the equivalent of 84 miles per gallon for the 33-mile range of the electric-only mode or 32 as a conventional gas-electric hybrid.

That beats the all-gas Pacifica’s 22 miles per gallon and even Toyota Highlander Hybrid’s 29.

“The catch is cost, but it’s not a big stretch for those seeking an upscale minivan. Prices start at $43,090, including destination, not taking into account that Pacifica Hybrid qualifies for a $7,500 federal tax credit. So now we’re down to $35,590. That compares with $28,590 for the standard Pacifica, but you get many more standard features. Think leather seats, power doors and tailgate, 8.4-inch touchscreen, blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, and remote start.”-bizjournals.com

ou’re looking at a gap of about $7,000 for the base Pacifica, even less for Odyssey and Toyota Sienna. But if bargain pricing is a priority, consider Dodge Grand Caravan or Kia Sedona.

Pacifica Hybrid offers just two trims, Premium and Platinum, compared with six on the gas version. The all-gas Touring L is probably the closest match to the Hybrid Premium, which brings the difference down to two grand and you still don’t get the 8.4-inch UConnect screen. That puts payback at less than three years for most drivers, faster if you’re heavy on the short electric runs and charge up overnight.

Get your Chrysler Pacifica at All Star Chrysler today! We are sure that you will fall in love this this hybrid minivan!

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!

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!

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!