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The reborn and re-imagined Fiat 500 is arriving soon to America. Born in Italy, perfectly tailored for America, the Cinquecento is as vibrant and engaging as it is fit and nimble. The Sport model, featured in these images, illustrates Fiat’s smart and stylish design aesthetic.
Like the original Fiat 500 a half-century ago, the new Cinquecento continues its timeless value while embracing individual expression and opportunity – all infused with world-class craftsmanship.The Cinquecento offers unique adaptations for the North American market and is designed for individuals who demand that style and fashion can coexist with practicality and functionality.
Matching its sport-tuned suspension, the Fiat 500 Sport features athletically styled front and rear fascias with a larger grille and flared aerodynamic treatment. Between its unique 16-in. aluminum wheels with Mineral Gray painted pockets, the Cinquecento incorporates new bodyside sill cladding for an enhanced sport appearance. Completing this athletic vehicle’s appearance are Performance Red painted brake calipers, a chromed exhaust tip and gloss black shadow-line window trim.
The Fiat 500 Sport also features an available SkyDome power sunroof for an ultra-open view of the world. The Fiat 500 also will be available in the Pop and Lounge models with unique exterior cues and different equipment options. The world-class 1.4-liter engine with Fiat’s state-of-the-art MultiAir™ technology powers the Fiat 500 Sport. MultiAir significantly reduces emissions while improving fuel economy and power delivery by up to 10 percent when compared to similar engines.
The Fiat 500’s technology, driving dynamics and interior features have been intelligently adapted for the North American market, and it will offer small-car buyers a stylish, high-value alternative. The all-new Fiat 500 will be available for ordering later this year in the Sport, Pop and Lounge models, followed by the all-new Fiat 500C (cabrio) in the spring of 2011.
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New for 2011, the Dodge Nitro Heat 4.0 lifestyle package joins the Detonator, Shock and Heat models that arrived at Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Dealers in 2010. The new Nitro Heat 4.0 comes standard with a five-speed automatic transmission, standard Uconnect® Phone and an upgraded eight-speaker sound system. Of course the Heat 4.0 would not be complete without the powerful 4.0-liter V-6 engine as standard equipment. The all-aluminum 4.0-liter overhead cam V-6 engine delivers 260 horsepower (194 kW) and 265 lb.-ft. (359 N•m) of torque.
The all-new Dodge Nitro lineup was revised and renamed in 2010, offering new exterior and interior styling features. These newly repackaged models – Heat, Detonator and Shock along with the Heat 4.o Lifestyle Package – provide Nitro customers with more standard content and style, including 20-in. aluminum wheels, sunscreen glass and performance suspension paint. For 2011, select models feature upgraded interiors with new cloth and leather with premium colored stitching. Detonator and Shock are now tattooed with Dodge Brand’s signature racing stripes.
The Dodge Nitro Heat features 20-in. aluminum wheels, body color grille with bright billets, sunscreen glass and performance suspension. The quality-proven 3.7-liter V-6 engine delivers 210 horsepower (157 kW) and 235 lb.-ft. (319 N•m) of torque and is available in 4×2 and 4×4 models.
Detonator packs a punch with 23 percent more horsepower and 12 percent more torque than the smaller V-6 offering. Detonator shares its powertrain with Heat 4.0, including the aluminum 4.0-liter overhead cam V-6 engine and five-speed automatic transmission. The Detonator package also features 20-in. polished aluminum wheels, nine premium speakers with subwoofer, remote start and Parksense® rear park assist system.
The Dodge Nitro Shock is fully loaded and with the new polished 20-in. aluminum premium-painted wheels, heated leather seats and a sunroof along with the 4.0-liter overhead cam V-6 engine and five-speed automatic transmission. The Shock has an intense, nine speaker including subwoofer audio system, remote start and Parksense® rear park assist system. The 2011 Dodge Nitro lineup is now available in nine exterior colors, including new for 2011 Bright White Clear Coat, Blackberry Pearl Coat, Toxic Orange Pearl Coat and Redline Two Coat Pearl.
Here’s what’s new for 2011:
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The 2011 Compass is already being called the “Mini Cherokee,” and with good reason! Jeep has basically adapted the look of the all new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee front end and down sized it to fit on the front clip of the new Compass. It gives the new vehicle a much cleaner look. Chances are that Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Dealers and Jeep owners alike won’t miss the big round headlights of the Compass’s of years prior.
The vehicle also appears to receive a facelift to the rear facia, making it appear more clean than the previous Compass. There are also several tweaks to the interior, including steering wheel controls for the radio/navigation system.
Sources say that Jeep will try to keep the Compass under wraps until the Detroit Auto Show. Until then, check out the photos from SecretNewCars.com below and leave us a comment! Click on any of the photos to see more.
Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Dealers will see a new Ram rolling off the truck, the “Ram Laramie Long Horn.” One look at the interior of this truck and the first thing that pops into my mind is “King Ranch.” Its borrows a couple of styling cues from Ford’s high end trim of pickups, and has so far been openly received by Ram lovers the world over.
Laramie Longhorn comes standard with much of the equipment found on the Ram Laramie and adds a navigational radio, remote start, back-up camera, front ventilated seats and rear heated seats. Ram Heavy Duty Laramie Longhorn editions will also come standard with power adjustable pedals with memory, and front heated seats with 10-way driver’s adjustment.
“Ram Truck owners and dealers tell us they love everything about the new Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500,” added Diaz. “With so many great features, we weren’t surprised to see our most well-equipped model – Ram Laramie – making up 25 percent of our sales. There’s a healthy market for luxury pickup trucks and Ram Laramie Longhorn edition hits the mark.”
Ram Laramie Longhorn will be available in 1500 (half-ton), 2500 HD (3/4 ton) and 3500 HD single and dual rear wheel (1 ton), Crew Cab and Mega Cab; four-wheel drive and two-wheel drive; and short- and long-wheelbase models.
Ram Laramie Longhorn models will arrive at Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Dealers in the first quarter 2011. Prices will be announced closer to launch. Check out the photos below! As usual, click on any of them to see more!
Chrysler released a minisite off their mainsite on 11-19-10 with more photos of the upcoming Chrysler 300. These are the the only photos officially released by Chrysler, although decent quality spy shots of the new 300 have already surfaced. The all new 300 takes cues from its European counterparts as evidenced in the headlights and other areas. The new grille is very similar to what will be seen on the Chrysler 200, which also bears the new Chrysler Wing Logo. All in all this is a sharp looking vehicle!
Rumors are flying around the internet that Chrysler will keep the rest of the vehicle under wraps until the Detroit Auto Show which starts on January 10th of 2011. So chances are Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealers won’t be seeing them anytime before then.
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CVT Transmissions are becoming increasingly popular among Automakers these days. According to Wikipedia “A ContinuouslyVariable Transmission (CVT) is a transmission that can change steplessly through an infinite number of effective gear ratios between maximum and minimum values.
This can provide better fuel economy than other transmissions by enabling the engine to run at its most efficient revolutions per minute (RPM) for a range of vehicle speeds. Alternatively it can be used to maximize the performance of a vehicle by allowing the engine to turn at the RPM at which it produces peak power.”
Chrysler uses it’s version of the CVT, the CVT2 in a number of their vehicles including the Caliber, Patriot, and Compass. It’s a pulley based CVT that operates very similar to a clutch in a snowmobile. The CVT transmission uses two V-pulleys and a steel push belt to vary the input to output speed ratio. The transmission engages the torque converter clutch almost immediately when accelerating, and keeps engaged throughout speed changes, eliminating slippage and increasing efficiency.
Optimized gear ratios, especially in the 30-60 mph range, improve passing and feel more responsive. Continuously varying the transmission ratio allows the engine to stay in its most efficient operating range. Check out the images and video below to help illustrate how everything works.
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CVT2 Transmission from the Caliber, Patriot and Compass. The video below shows an animated CVT2 in action!
At the LA Auto Show press day this week, Jeep unveiled an even more luxurious Grand Cherokee than Chrylser Dodge Jeep Ram dealers had previously seen. It goes by the name of “The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Summit.”
Available in an exclusive Rugged Brown paint scheme (as well as gray, white gold, and black), it has a chrome grille and fog lamp bezels, with 20-inch bright, polished aluminum wheels.
The interior is two-toned, black and New Saddle, with saddle-color Nappa heated and ventilated leather seats, and Berber floor mats with Black and Chestnut accent binding. Standard features include Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Crosspath Detection systems.
“Patriot boasts class-leading 4×4 capability and unsurpassed fuel economy, and a host of safety features in a fun and affordable package – a combination that only Jeep can offer,” said Mike Manley, President and CEO – Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “For 2011, Jeep Patriot is even more appealing to consumers, thanks to rugged new exterior styling, interior enhancements and refinements to the suspension and steering systems.”
New-for-2011 Jeep Patriot exterior highlights include an aggressive new front fascia with standard fog lamps positioned inside the headlamps; a new rear fascia that extends lower than on previous models; a body-color grille; new available 17-inch wheels; four new colors and 4×4 ride height that has been increased by 1 inch.
Interior upgrades for the 2011 Jeep Patriot include new soft touch front-door trim panels with a padded upper surface; new center armrest; a new Jeep steering wheel with integrated controls that allow the driver to operate the radio, cruise control, hands-free phone and other vehicle functions while keeping their hands on the wheel; new cloth interior, with premium cloth bucket seats in the front; standard speed control on all models; new backlighting of door switches, door locks, windows and power mirror controls and standard automatic temperature control on the Latitude X model.
Available as a stand-alone option on all models for 2011 is the Uconnect® Voice Command with Bluetooth for hands-free calling and music/radio/SIRIUS satellite radio control.
The 2011 Jeep Patriot offers customers more capability than any other vehicle in the compact SUV class. Capability features include low-range mode which generates a best-in-class 19:1 crawl ratio, brake traction control, 19-inch water fording capability, Hill Descent Control, 4×4 Lock shift-on-the-fly which sends 50 percent of torque to front and rear wheels, and a maximum tow rating of 2,000 lbs. The Jeep Patriot also boasts a retuned suspension for 2011, with higher spring and damping rates, added rebound springs, and an increased diameter of the rear sway bar. Despite these numerous capability features, the 2011 Jeep Patriot boasts unsurpassed 4×4 fuel economy in its segment.
A 2010 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick, the Jeep Patriot for 2011 is loaded with more than 30 standard safety and security features, thoughtful functionality and best-in-class off-road capability with Freedom Drive II, offering tremendous value for consumers that desire an SUV to accommodate their active lifestyle at an affordable price.
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Straight from the mouth of Chrysler LLC itself:
“A pair of new Jeep vehicles – the Jeep® Grand Cherokee Overland Summit and the Jeep Liberty Renegade – make their debut today here at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Both vehicles expand the reach of the iconic brand’s lineup, offering legendary Jeep capability in new, unique, premium editions.
Exterior features on the new Liberty Jet include 20-inch polished aluminum wheels fitted with P245/50R20 all-season tires; chrome lower fascia opening, body side moldings, license plate brow, roof rails and mirror caps; blacked-out headlamps; and unique ‘Jet‘ badging. The new 2011 Liberty Jet is offered in four exterior colors: Bright Silver, Dark Charcoal, Brilliant Black and Blackberry.
Inside, the Jeep Liberty Jet edition boasts a 9-speaker premium audio system; a standard security system that includes supplemental side-curtain air bags and Park Sense rear park assist; available Dark Slate Gray leather seating with accent stitching; heated front seats, available with six-way power function for the driver and two-way for the passenger; leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls; and one-touch up/down power windows.
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The 2011 Challenger will only receive minor changes before its arrival at Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Dealers. According to Challenger Talk Forums, they should be building them this month at the Brampton Assembly Plant in Bramton, Ontario, Canada.
The new Challenger will have electric power steering, and new powerplants all around. The SE and SE Ralleye will get the new Pentastar V6 which will add 55 Horse Power over the previous V6, rounding out at 305 HP and 268 LB-FT of torque. The Rallye will come with dual exhaust, leather-wrapped steering wheel, 18 inch wheels, keyless start, trip computer, six speaker stereo, side airbags, and bright fuel door standard. A Plus package adds leather, Boston Acoustics speakers with 287 watt amp, fog lights, and more.
The R/T and R/T Classic will once again get the HEMI, but performance has been bumped to 379 Horse Power and 410 LB-FT Torque with the optional manual transmission. The Classic adds retro 20-inch chrome wheels, functional hood scoop, retro side stripes, and HID headlamps. R/T starts at $30,495; Plus package adds $1,500, and Classic adds $3,300.
Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 adds the 470 horsepower engine, with 470 lb-ft of torque; again, there is an optional six-speed manual transmission. It starts at $43,380, plus any gas guzzler taxes. For more info on the 392, check out AllPar’s Preview.
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