Filed under: Classics , Chrysler , Earnings/Financials After 13 years of operation, the Walter P. Chrysler Museum on the Chrysler campus in Auburn Hills is closing its doors today for good. Waning attendance meant the 55,000-square-foot museum couldn’t meet its own costs, seemingly leaving the facility’s 67 vintage vehicles and slew of displays without a home. The museum had been curated by the Chrysler Museum Foundation, a public entity. Fortunately, Chrysler itself has stepped in to save the vast majority of the cars and trucks housed in the collection, and the newest additions to the automaker’s stable will be curated by the Chrysler Foundation, the automaker’s charitable arm. While ancient iron like a 1902 Rambler and a 1917 Willys-Knight 88-8 Touring are certainly worthy of a long look, the museum also housed some impressive pieces of the automaker’s technological history. Those include a 30-cylinder tank engine designed and manufactured in World War II. The 25-liter behemoth was comprised of five inline sixes mashed together and generated a modest 450 horsepower. The collection also includes plenty of muscle cars and a few gems from defunct brands like DeSoto, Plymouth and AMC. While it is ceasing normal public visiting hours, the museum apparently won’t be shuttering completely – it will be used for Chrysler functions and potentially open to the public in limited fashion for special exhibits. Walter P. Chrysler Museum closing today originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 31 Dec 2012 13:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

31 Dec 2012

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After 13 years of operation, the Walter P. Chrysler Museum on the Chrysler campus in Auburn Hills is closing its doors today for good. Waning attendance meant the 55,000-square-foot museum couldn’t meet its own costs, seemingly leaving the facility’s 67 vintage vehicles and slew of displays without a home. The museum had been curated by the Chrysler Museum Foundation, a public entity.

Fortunately, Chrysler itself has stepped in to save the vast majority of the cars and trucks housed in the collection, and the newest additions to the automaker’s stable will be curated by the Chrysler Foundation, the automaker’s charitable arm. While ancient iron like a 1902 Rambler and a 1917 Willys-Knight 88-8 Touring are certainly worthy of a long look, the museum also housed some impressive pieces of the automaker’s technological history.

Those include a 30-cylinder tank engine designed and manufactured in World War II. The 25-liter behemoth was comprised of five inline sixes mashed together and generated a modest 450 horsepower. The collection also includes plenty of muscle cars and a few gems from defunct brands like DeSoto, Plymouth and AMC.

While it is ceasing normal public visiting hours, the museum apparently won’t be shuttering completely – it will be used for Chrysler functions and potentially open to the public in limited fashion for special exhibits.

Walter P. Chrysler Museum closing today originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 31 Dec 2012 13:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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31 Dec 2012

As the auto industry makes its comeback, so does the Ram 1500. Now that the economy is picking back up, and there are more construction jobs, the demand for pickup trucks is on the rise. Dodge is seeing increasing sales of the 2013 RAM 1500 and has created a new truck worthy of its new ‘Truck of the Year’ status.

Not only is the official fuel rating for the RAM 1500 much improved, but Dodge has incorporated several fuel-saving systems to give the fuel efficiency a boost. The 1500 is the first non-hybrid pickup with the auto-stop system, which saves gas by automatically shutting off the engine while the truck is idle.

2013 Ram 1500

Since Detroit is the mecca for the automotive industry, the Detroit Free Press is a fountain of automotive information written by the most trusted experts in the industry. This newspaper has named the Ram1500 as the 2013 Truck of the Year.

For more information about the 1500 or to take a look at any Dodge vehicle, contact Larson Dodge, proudly serving the Tacoma area.

31 Dec 2012

Filed under: Sedan , Cadillac , Chrysler , Ford , Toyota , Specialty The deaths of the Ford Crown Victoria and the Lincoln Town Car have meant overhauls of three high-profile American fleets: police, taxi and livery car. Just as police fleets are more open to considering other options and a Nissan van is the new face of the NYC taxi, livery car companies are looking at replacements for the Town Car beyond The Blue Oval. Ford , via Lincoln , has made an MKT Town Car (pictured), but an article in the Detroit News claims “it has failed to win over most of the big limousine companies.” The upstarts trying to move in include livery and limo editions of the Cadillac XTS , and livery specifications of the Toyota Avalon and Chrysler 300 . Each of those challengers, however, faces challenges. The Town Car was a workhorse, American, rear-wheel-drive sedan with plenty of rear legroom. Cadillac has been in the livery space before but with decontented models that were about selling the brand, not its luxury. It is taking the opposite approach with the XTS, pointing out that its livery edition is “contented in the upper half of the XTS range.” Still, the CEO of Michigan’s largest livery company says “it’s quite a bit smaller than what we’re used to,” and he also prefers rear-wheel drive. The Chrysler 300 is rear-wheel drive, and American, which matters to some companies, but Chrysler hasn’t yet revealed the livery package for it. The livery Avalon marks Toyota’s first time getting into that business in the US, a natural step after having done so well with taxi clients and with the Town Car out of the way. Still, the livery client is a different to taxi buyers, so the Avalon could face other soft-touch hurdles. Don’t expect to see any of them flooding the streets immediately. The US fleet of the world’s largest livery firm remains 85 percent Town Car, and companies are still finishing their research into what drivers and passengers want. But a brave new black car world beckons, and it look like it won’t include nearly as many Lincolns as it used to. How the demise of Lincoln’s Town Car has kick-started a limo revolution originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 30 Dec 2012 10:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

30 Dec 2012

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The deaths of the Ford Crown Victoria and the Lincoln Town Car have meant overhauls of three high-profile American fleets: police, taxi and livery car. Just as police fleets are more open to considering other options and a Nissan van is the new face of the NYC taxi, livery car companies are looking at replacements for the Town Car beyond The Blue Oval. Ford, via Lincoln, has made an MKT Town Car (pictured), but an article in the Detroit News claims “it has failed to win over most of the big limousine companies.” The upstarts trying to move in include livery and limo editions of the Cadillac XTS, and livery specifications of the Toyota Avalon and Chrysler 300.

Each of those challengers, however, faces challenges. The Town Car was a workhorse, American, rear-wheel-drive sedan with plenty of rear legroom. Cadillac has been in the livery space before but with decontented models that were about selling the brand, not its luxury. It is taking the opposite approach with the XTS, pointing out that its livery edition is “contented in the upper half of the XTS range.” Still, the CEO of Michigan’s largest livery company says “it’s quite a bit smaller than what we’re used to,” and he also prefers rear-wheel drive.

The Chrysler 300 is rear-wheel drive, and American, which matters to some companies, but Chrysler hasn’t yet revealed the livery package for it. The livery Avalon marks Toyota’s first time getting into that business in the US, a natural step after having done so well with taxi clients and with the Town Car out of the way. Still, the livery client is a different to taxi buyers, so the Avalon could face other soft-touch hurdles.

Don’t expect to see any of them flooding the streets immediately. The US fleet of the world’s largest livery firm remains 85 percent Town Car, and companies are still finishing their research into what drivers and passengers want. But a brave new black car world beckons, and it look like it won’t include nearly as many Lincolns as it used to.

How the demise of Lincoln’s Town Car has kick-started a limo revolution originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 30 Dec 2012 10:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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30 Dec 2012

Filed under: Etc. , Acura , Aston Martin , Audi , Bentley , BMW , Ford , GMC , Jaguar , Jeep , Land Rover , Mercedes-Benz , Mini , Porsche , Subaru , Suzuki , Volvo , Ferrari We’d like to take a moment to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas from the team at Autoblog ! We hope that your Yuletide is filled with surprise and delight, loved ones and friends, food and drink and safe travels wherever you’re going. (A fun car on a twisty road to Grandma’s house wouldn’t go amiss, either.) And now, for some completely gratuitous winter-weather fun, take a leisurely browse through our seasonally correct gallery of cars dashing through the snow . (A hearty thanks to our photographer friends at the automakers of the world, who make snowy shots like this a fun reality.) Happy Holidays from Autoblog ! originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 25 Dec 2012 08:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

25 Dec 2012

Quite recently, Dodge announced their new special edition Charger Daytona, to be made in a very limited number for the 2013 model year. They’re continuing with their holiday giving with the announcement of the 2013 Dodge Charger AWD Sport, which will not have a performance boost, but traction in all weather and on most terrains.

This new AWD Sport version is available on the Dodge Charger SXT, SXT Plus, R/T and R/T Plus models. Both SXT models are powered by a 3.6-liter V6 Pentastar engine providing 300 horsepower on Sport trim models, while the R/T models feature Dodge’s 5.7-liter HEMI V8 providing 370 horsepower.

There are several differences in trim lines and models and plenty of options. This allows buyers to create a unique Charger that suits their priorities and needs at an optimal level. Whether it’s heated red Nappa leather seats, HEMI V8 performance or the upgraded Sport Appearance Group adding exterior design effects, there’s a Charger for all tastes.

For more information about the Charger, or to take a look at any Dodge vehicle, contact Larson Dodge, proudly serving the Puyallup area.

25 Dec 2012

Filed under: Sedan , Marketing/Advertising , Chrysler , Design/Style We’re not sure if you heard, but Chrysler likes to celebrate the fact that it’s from Detroit. You know, with the whole ” Imported from Detroit ” campaign featuring Eminem? It seems brand synergy may have reached its peak in the form of the Chrysler 300 Motown. According to Chrysler, this special edition sedan sedan “pays tribute to the Motor City’s resurgence and determination through Detroit-born style and world class ingenuity.” In real terms, that means extra chrome bits here and there, including a chrome grill and 20-inch polished “heritage” style aluminum wheels, all accented with black Chrysler and “Motown” badges. Inside, the 300 Motown gets unique Pearl White Nappa leather seating, while the rest of the interior fittings are black. In a nice nod, the Uconnect 8.4 infotainment system’s SD card reader has been pre-loaded with 100 tracks from original Motown artists. That collection of music pumps though the 10-speaker Beats Audio system, complete with 12-channel amplifier. The 2013 Chrysler 300 Motown is set to arrive this spring, with an MSRP of $32,995, which does not include a $995 destination charge. This special edition is no random celebration of Detroit’s music, as “Motown: The Musical” is arriving to the Lunt Fontanne Theater in New York City today. To that end, Chrysler has a new television spot, featuring Berry Gordy Jr., founder of Motown Records. Check out the video and learn more about the new 300 Motown by scrolling below . Continue reading New Chrysler 300C Motown Edition spot features music mogul Berry Gordy Jr. New Chrysler 300C Motown Edition spot features music mogul Berry Gordy Jr. originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 21 Dec 2012 19:14:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

22 Dec 2012

Filed under: Sedan , Performance , Chrysler , Australia Chrysler Australia is preparing to launch a new, slightly de-contented version of its 300 SRT8 performance sedan for the Australian market. The planned SRT8 model comes in response to feedback from Aussie buyers, many of whom have expressed interest in a car with the 300 SRT8’s performance, but without all of the high-end features and the big sticker price. The Chrysler 300 STR8 currently sells for around $66,000 Australian; the intended price for the new, stripped down version of the car is reported to be under $60k Australian. That would make the car an even stronger competitor for rear-drive, V8 powerhouses like the HSV Clubsport, which was recently reintroduced at $64,990 AU. Russ Ruedisueli of Chrysler Australia tells the Brisbane Times that the lower-spec 300 will do away with things like adjustable suspension, adaptive cruise control and forged alloy wheels, while still offering the massively strong 6.4-liter Hemi V8. In fact, this “core” model SRT8 figures to be a bit quicker than the loaded version, thanks to a lighter curb weight. SRT’s Ralph Gilles has indicated that the core 300 SRT8 is being produced now, indicating that the models should be ready for Australian consumption by the middle part of 2013. Chrysler to challenge locals with less-costly 300 SRT8 in Australia originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 20 Dec 2012 17:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

21 Dec 2012

2012 Jeep Patriot

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Filed under: Crossover , Jeep , New Car Reviews Left In The Weeds, But Okay With That Seventy years ago, the Jeep Patriot would have been amazing. In 1941, the year the original Jeep was drawn up, the power windows, air conditioning and automatic transmission in this Patriot Latitude were features only available in cars like Packards. The Patriot has features and dynamic capabilities unheard of back when the Jeep was an idea, not a brand. Seventy years of progress, perspective and turmoil has a way of turning the formerly amazing into the mundane. Since its introduction, along with its Compass close relation, this Illinois-built crossover has been viewed as the Fauxlex of Jeeps. It’s based on the defunct Dodge Caliber , which itself shares the Mitsubishi GS platform, ensuring a complete lack of underlying Jeep DNA. The only link back to Karl Probst and his seminal design is some squared-off styling and the impression that the Patriot was also designed over a marathon weekend, just like that first Bantam proposal. There have been a couple rounds of updates to the Patriot to address previous foibles including its former horror chamber-like interior, along with moves to banish the traces of econobox from its styling. We wanted to sample these changes and see just how far the Patriot can go on its reserve of charm. Continue reading 2012 Jeep Patriot 2012 Jeep Patriot originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 19 Dec 2012 11:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

20 Dec 2012