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    by Patrick Rall While speaking with Ram Truck brand CEO Fred Diaz at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show, he confirmed that 2011 would be the final year for the long-running Dodge Dakota but he was unable to confirm what exactly would replace the mid-sized pickup.  He explained that one of the “problems” with the Dakota …

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    by Patrick Rall When Fiat SpA took control of the Chrysler Group in 2009, the United States government issued Fiat with a 20% ownership of the total Chrysler operations.  With that first 20%, came a group of goals that the US Treasury set for the Chrysler Group/Fiat. As the automaker reached each of the goal …

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    Photo courtesy of The Car Spy by Patrick Rall The Maserati GranTurismo and Quattroporte are currently powered by Ferrari V8s but if rumors prove to be true – the next generation of these models could feature the same Pentastar 3.6L V6 used in almost every current Dodge brand product.  The key difference is that when …

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    by Patrick Rall Recently, the Chrysler Group announced a major management shakeup as Dodge Chief Executive Office Ralph Gilles was removed from his position to clear up time in his schedule to run the newly formed SRT brand.  That’s right – the high performance Street and Racing Technology models from Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep are …

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    by Patrick Rall The sales results from around the industry trickled in from May 2011 and an interesting bit of news came out, as the Dodge Challenger, Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang together outsold all hybrids sold in the US market during the month.  Many would expect that the sales of muscle cars would be …