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ICON Dodge D200 Reformer

Icon 4×4 has once again made a big splash at SEMA, this time with its heavily customized 1965 Dodge D200 Crew Cab pickup built as part of its Reformer Series – old machinery with modern underpinnings. We love it.

Powered by a 5.9-liter Cummins turbo-diesel inline six-cylinder engine pumping out 975 pound-feet of torque to all four wheels, courtesy of some tweaking from Banks Performance, we have a feeling there’s not much that can stand in this brute’s way.

Having a crapton of ground clearance certainly doesn’t hurt, either, thanks in no small part to a 4.5-inch Baja 1000 Chase lift kit, Fox 3.0 reservoir shocks and 37-inch BFGoodrich all-terrain tires. The interior wasn’t left out, with seats covered in free-range American Indian Reservation sourced bison leather, plus a JL Audio subwoofer and amp, 165 KRC series mid-range speakers and tweeters to pump, pump the jams.

Feel free to read more in the press release below, but not before checking out the high-res gallery of live images above.

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ICON Dodge D200 Reformer Series pickup is an unstoppable rebel force originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 30 Oct 2012 20:21:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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31 Oct 2012

The Chrysler Group and Fiat company are both owned and run by the same individual.  These companies produce under one umbrella and have been working towards complete unification one stock share at a time.  CEO of the two companies stated that he has a firm goal of unifying the two automaking companies by the year 2015.

“The objective has always been to try and bring unification by 2014 or 2015,” Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Chrysler Group LLC and Fiat SpA, said during a Chrysler conference call. “I’d still like to see that done.”

The current obstacles include Europe’s failing economy which has caused harm to all auto industry sales in those regions.  Marchionne intends for Fiat to make a full purchase of the Chrysler company, but will have a hard time of it if sales in Europe continue to fall.  Fortunately, U.S. sales are stronger than they’ve been in years as we our economy recovers from much the same issue.

For more information about Chrysler, or to take a look at any Chrysler vehicle, contact Larson Dodge Chrysler.

31 Oct 2012

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The retro-coolness of the Fiat 500 is such that it naturally lends itself to customization. So, when we first heard tell that the company was preparing a stripped-down Caf

30 Oct 2012

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Chrysler reports that its vehicle sales jumped by 12 percent in the third quarter over the same period in 2011. That step up was enough to bump profits by 80 percent to $381 million on $15.5 billion of net revenue. Moving forward, the automaker expects to see fourth-quarter profit of $210 million, which should help the company realize its forecast of $1.5 billion of net profit for the year. Reuters reports Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne expects the automaker’s free cash flow for 2012 to be “well in excess” of $1 billion.

Over the same period, the smallest of the Big Three laid claim to an 11.3-percent slice of the domestic market, thanks largely to a 16-percent jump in US retail sales. More importantly, the manufacturer’s net industrial debt now sits at $693 million, down from $2.2 billion one year ago. You can check out the full press release below for more information.

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Chrysler posts $381 million Q3 net profit originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 30 Oct 2012 14:41:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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30 Oct 2012

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We don’t remember the last time we heard the phrase “cafe racer” applied to a car, but we’ll get to see just such a beast at this week’s SEMA show. Fiat is applying the cafe racer philosophy to a 500, which means chopping it, dropping it and stripping the lightweight machine down even further, “Taking it down to the essence of what you need to drive a car.”

You can watch the story in the video below. We’ll have lots of pictures of the real thing from Las Vegas in just a few days.

Continue reading Fiat readying stripped-down 500 Cafe Racer concept for SEMA

Fiat readying stripped-down 500 Cafe Racer concept for SEMA originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 29 Oct 2012 09:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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30 Oct 2012

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ICON D200 for SEMA 2012

ICON has rolled out a slew of official photos of its D200 Pickup headed for this year’s SEMA show. Built with some help from the diesel-fiends at Banks Power, this 1965 Dodge D200 Crew Cab uses a modern Dodge 3500 chassis. That means there’s a 5.9-liter Cummins inline-six thrashing around under the hood, good for 975 pound-feet of torque. Much of that twist comes from the Banks toy box, including tricks like a Six-Gun Diesel Tuner, Banks iQ Man-Machine Interface, a Monster Ram Intake Manifold and Monster Diesel Dual Exhaust among others.

The chassis rides on a 4.5-inch Baja 1000 Chase lift kit that utilizes Fox 3.0 reservoir shocks to make room for the 37-inch BFGoodrich all-terrain tires at each corner. As always, the body and cabin will receive the trademark ICON attention to detail. Inside, this D200 offers up leather seating sourced from free-range American Indian Reservation bison, and custom tailgate latches, mirrors and other trim bits serve as the icing on the cake. You can check out the press release below for more information. The ICON D200 will bow at SEMA early next week.

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ICON releases first official photos of SEMA-bound D200 Pickup originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 26 Oct 2012 11:33:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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27 Oct 2012

Thanks to success of the new Jeep Grand Cherokee, Chrysler will be adding a third shift to their Jefferson North manufacturing plant in Detroit which will give jobs to 1100 new people.  From January to September, Chrysler sold 112,075 Jeep Grand Cherokees, raising sales a whopping 31% over last years.  The Grand Cherokee is now Jeep’s top-selling vehicle, passing over the Wrangler.

Chrysler will be using a new three-shift rotating method though only two shifts will be run each day.  Each worker will work four 10-hour shifts which will result in 120 hours of productivity for the plant which will be closed on Sundays.  They have called this rotation ‘3-2-120′.

Not only is this new schedule a huge relief for the current veteran workers who have been working a large amount of overtime to meet the Jeep demand, but 1100 new employees will experience the benefit of working in the Grand Cherokee manufacturing plant.

For more information about the Grand Cherokee, or to take a look at any Jeep vehicle, contact Larson Dodge.

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26 Oct 2012

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We’re quite used to seeing Jeep knockoffs come out of Asia (e.g. SsangYong Korando generations one through three), but if a new report is to be believed, we may start seeing the fair dinkum being built in Asia once again, too.

According to Bloomberg, Chrysler parent Fiat is in serious negotiations with its Chinese joint venture partner, Guangzhou Automobile Group, over plans to build Jeeps locally. Of course, the brand previously built models in China before Fiat came into its management picture, but now there’s talk of possibly assembling more than one model – and possibly the entire brand portfolio – in China. The additional capacity would likely only augment Jeep’s US output, not replace it.

Jeep currently builds all of its models in the US, but it has been enjoying rapidly growing overseas sales and is looking to capitalize on its momentum. Bloomberg notes that the marque is targeting sales of 500,000 overseas units, which would represent a three-fold increase over its 2009 numbers. In fact, more than three out of four overseas deliveries for Chrysler brands this year have carried a seven-slot grille. Demand for the Grand Cherokee and Compass models in China are said to be particularly strong.

Jeep to build all model lines in China? originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 22 Oct 2012 16:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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23 Oct 2012

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After receiving a dozen complaints about stalling Jeep Patriots, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has decided to launch a formal investigation. The probe will look at about 112,000 Patriots from the 2011 and 2012 model years.

NHTSA says some owners report their vehicles’ engines are completely shutting off at speeds above 65 mph. In at least eight cases, the drivers could not restart the vehicle, and in at least one incident, the stall involved a crash that injured two people.

If the investigation turns up enough cases, the agency will issue a recall of the vehicles. A Jeep spokesman said the company is looking into the issue.

NHTSA to probe 2011-2012 Jeep Patriot over stalling fears originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 22 Oct 2012 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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23 Oct 2012

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In a bid to fill some of its empty Italian production capacity, Fiat plans to build a pair of small SUVs at its plant in Melfi starting in 2014, according to Automotive News Europe. With most Chrysler plants running at or near full capacity, the Melfi facility will probably build the new Fiat and Jeep SUVs for export to North America. The final decision could come as soon as this weekend. The new small Jeep is expected to replace the Patriot and/or Compass, which are both produced in Chrysler’s Belvidere, Illinois plant.

Automotive News says Fiat sales are at their lowest since the 1970s, and the European auto market as a whole is expected to see its biggest decline since 1993. Exporting a potentially popular model like a new small SUV could help Fiat’s bottom line, and the report indicates (from an unnamed source) that Fiat hopes the Italian government will reduce its corporate taxes on exported vehicles, which would make such a move even more beneficial. In addition to these new Fiat and Jeep SUVs, the upcoming Chrysler 100 hatchback could also be built in Italy at Fiat’s Cassino plant.

Small Jeep and Fiat SUVs to be built in Italy originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 21 Oct 2012 15:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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21 Oct 2012