Back in the 1980s, Chrysler was the only one of the big three American automakers that did not have a diesel engine in their model lineup. In 1978, General Motors offered a 350 Diesel in their Oldsmobile model line. It was an existing V8 gasoline-powered design that they retooled for diesel use. Ford followed in the early eighties with a 6.9L V-8 diesel that they bought from International Harvester. Both of these engines were normally-aspirated (i.e. no turbochargers) and offered power similar to the gasoline powered versions.
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In 1920, the 18th Amendment banned the production and possession of alcohol in the United States. As law enforcement officials began to enforce “Prohibition”, alcohol producers had to be clever about how they transported their liquor. Specifically, to transport illegal alcohol, they needed vehicles that didn’t attract much attention so they would take ordinary “stock cars” and hot-rod them for high speed driving. When Prohibition ended in 1933, this widespread activity had became enormously popular and legal “stockcar racing” began. By the late ’40s, it had become a major form of entertainment. So popular, in fact, that NASCAR (The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing) was formed in 1948 primarily to give formal definition to the sport.
The eighth annual Mopar “Top Eliminator” competition is going online September 26 at 5 p.m. ET to find its fourth and final winner for the 2014 edition of the program that recognizes the most skilled Mopar enthusiasts and their restyled, accessorized and performance-enhanced Chrysler Group LLC vehicles.
This year’s edition was renamed the Mopar “Top Eliminator HEMI® Heritage” contest to encompass the brand’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the iconic 426 Race HEMI engine.
The relationship between Chrysler and Cummins goes back to the mid-1980s. Back in those days, Chrysler was the only one of the big three automakers that did not have a diesel engine in their model lineup. In 1978, General Motors was the first to offer a diesel engine and their Oldsmobile 350 Diesel was an existing V8 design that they retooled for diesel use. Ford followed in the early eighties with a 6.9L V-8 diesel that they bought from International Harvester. Both of these engines were normally-aspirated and offered power similar to the gasoline powered versions. Then Chrysler got involved.
Chrysler’s TorqueFlite eight-speed transmissions are getting famous for their fuel savings and emissions reductions. They feature advanced-technology automatics which are first of their kind ever made available to mainstream-brand customers. In fact, these transmissions are now powering more than one million vehicles, worldwide. Vehicles equipped with TorqueFlite eight-speed transmissions are projected to save their owners more than 700 million gallons of fuel, if one compares them with their predecessors that featured five- or six-speed automatic transmissions. This means that the quantity of gasoline is worth approximately $2.5 billion at the pump.
Furthermore, they also contribute for the reduction of the combined CO2 emissions by more than six million metric tonnes. There have been achieved 19 Chrysler Group fuel-economy or driving-range benchmarks across four vehicle segments.
Chrysler Group’s SRT brand is expanding its MY2014 vehicle lineup with the addition of three new Satin Vapor Editions. The vehicles to get the treatment are the Chrysler 300 SRT, Dodge Challenger SRT and Dodge Charger SRT. The models are currently exhibited at the Chicago Auto Show. Every Satin Vapor Edition package is specifically created to fit the individual design and personality of each featured SRT model.
2014 Chrysler 300 SRT Satin Vapor Edition sports 20-inch by-9-inch forged-aluminum split five-spoke wheels that are finished in Black Satin Vapor Chrome. Other features here are the Satin Black mirrors, Satin Black spoiler, grey 6.4-liter HEMI badge, Satin Black roof and red Brembo calipers. The choice of exterior paint colors includes Bright White, Billet Silver and Granite Crystal. There is also an optional black body stripe available.
Chrysler 300C John Varvatos Limited Edition was revealed last year and now it returns for 2014. The vehicle will add an advanced all-wheel-drive (AWD) system along with unique signature exterior appointments, and an interior in dark colors and high-quality materials, all designed in John Varvatos’ style.
The model sports unique Phantom Black tri-coat exterior paint and discrete metallic finishes inside and out. Its exterior paint resembles the black with Titanium-finish of John Varvatos’ cologne bottle. In addition, this limited edition Chrysler has a Titanium-finished grille surround, Titanium Chrome Chrysler “wing” badge and Black Chrome grille blades.
2015 Chrysler 200, which made an official debut in Detroit, now will get a Mopar customization. More than 45 Mopar parts and accessories will be available to enhance the sedan. The Moparized vehicle was also shown at the show.
The Mopar-modified vehicle which was exhibited at the NAIAS sports unique exterior which stands out and shines bright, thanks to a striking Lunar White Pearl Tri-coat color. The unique vehicle rides on satin carbon 19-inch multi-spoke wheels.
The 2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8 sedan is targeted at customers that seek heart pounding, adrenaline-filled excitement, but don’t want to sacrifice comfort and innovative features to get it. With head turning designs inside and out, the 300 SRT8 provides the ultimate combination of world-class luxury, power and handling.
Performance numbers include 0-60 mph acceleration in the high 4-second range; quarter mile in high 12-second range; 0-100-0 mph in less than 16 seconds, top speed of 175 mph and stopping power from 60-0 mph in 120 feet.
The estimated 2,500 enthusiastic attendees who brought more than 1,000 different Chrysler, Dodge and SRT vehicles to the eighth annual Spring Festival of LXs this past weekend in Irvine, Calif., received an exclusive first peek at the latest limited-edition exterior package from the Chrysler Group’s SRT (Street and Racing Technology) brand, as president and CEO Ralph Gilles pulled the cover off of the new 392 Appearance Package for the Dodge Charger SRT8.
Designed to offer a modern interpretation of the classic muscle-car styling cues of the Charger SRT8, the optional 392 Appearance Package adds an extra dose of menacing appearance for iconic four-door fastback coupe, with the following new appointments:
- Custom-designed gloss black “392 HEMI” fender badges with a charcoal grey metallic insert
- Center section of power bulge hood painted in Pitch Black
- Roof painted in Pitch Black
- New satin black SRT lower-body side stripe with heavy band and accent tracer stretching from front fascia, through doors to rear fascias
- Side mirrors painted in Pitch Black
- 20-inch, split five-spoke Black Vapor Chrome wheels
- Rear spoiler painted in Pitch Black
- Availability of five exterior colors: Bright White Clear Coat, Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Plum Crazy Pearl Coat, HEMI Orange Pearl Coat and TorRed Clear Coat
- “392” engine beauty covers under the hood
- Exclusive serialized dash placque showing production build number / 392