Back in November 2011, Lancia launched the Black & Red edition of the Ypsilon model and now Chrysler has done the same thing with its own version of the supermini. Both on the inside and outside the car is offered with a two-tone black and red color theme which we think it looks great.
Some of the additional goodies available include multi-spoke 16-inch alloys, tinted windows, fog lamps as well as body-colored side skirts. Aside from this, the Ypsilon comes as standard with a 360-degree hi-fi system, Blue & Me Bluetooth and air conditioning.
For the United Kingdom market, the Chrysler Ypsilon Black & Red is available with three power units, including a tiny 0.9-liter TwinAir, a bigger 1.2-liter gasoline engine and a 1.3-liter MultiJet diesel.
Chrysler Ypsilon Black & Red
The cheapest version money can buy is the one fitted with the 1.2-liter engine which costs 12,750 pounds, followed by the 13,950 pounds TwinAir-powered model and the 1.3 MultiJet version which will set you back at least 14,950 pounds.
It is worth mentioning that Chrysler stated that the Ypsilon Black & Red is available with a special finance deal that includes a 0 deposit and 199 pounds per month for the 1.2-liter model; 219 pounds for the TwinAir and 239 pounds for the bigger 1.3-liter version.
Chrysler’s latest ad for this year’s edition of the Super Bowl is both inspiring and clever. If you are not new to the automotive world you probably know that the last couple of years for the U.S. industry have been very difficult. Chrysler considers that much like the halftime of the Super Bowl, the Detroit car industry is at its own half time right now and they consider that all that matters is to look forward and find a way to may it work. With a true American as symbol.
Progress has already been made if we look at the sales figures from last year. With new and exciting products launched, the car industry in Detroit and all over the world is waiting for the second half which promises to be better than the first one. Let’s hope that the people who work in this domain will not lose their jobs and everything will go back to normal as it was before the financial crisis.
Chrysler has announced its intensions of bringing a special edition of the 300 model at the upcoming Chicago Auto Show which will be organized next week. This model has been developed in order to celebrate Mopar’s 75th anniversary and will be distinguished by a black chrome grille, blue body stripes, tinted headlights and special badging.
Chrysler 300 Mopar
The Chrysler 300 Mopar will also feature a sport-tuned suspension, big 20-inch rims wrapped around in Goodyear Eagle F1 tires, along with high-performance brakes. Inside the cabin it will come with perforated Katzkin leather seats, a carbon fiber trim, piano black accents and a thick-rimmed steering wheel with die-cast paddle shifters. The car will also be fitted with an Alpine audio system, a new gear knob and a Uconnect Touch infotainment system.
Chrysler 300 Mopar
Under its hood it will have a V8 5.7-liter engine that pumps out 363 hp (368 PS / 271 kW). It will be able to do the 0-62 mph sprint in the “low 5-second range” thanks to an updated gearing with a 3.91:1 final drive ratio.
Chrysler said that this special version of 300 model will be arriving in dealerships this summer and will have a base price tag of $49,700.
The second model from Lancia that is going to wear the Chrysler badge after the Ypsilon supermini is this Delta hatchback that is already available on sale in the United Kingdom for a base price of 16,695 pounds OTR.
Chrysler says that although this is a C-segment model, it offers D-segment interior room and features. Riding on a wheelbase of 2,700 mm, the Delta measures 4,520 mm in length and features sliding rear seats that can offer a cargo space of 465 liters in their most forward position. When placed as far back as possible, the boot space is 380 liters. Folding the rear seats increases the space to 1,190 liters.
In United Kingdom, customers can order the Chrysler Delta in four trim levels: S, SE, SR and Limited, along with a choice of four engines (2 gasoline + 2 diesels). The first gasoline unit is a 1.4-liter T-Jet that produces 120 hp and has a peak torque of 152 lb.-ft (206 Nm), managing to return 37.3 mpg (44.8 mpg UK). The other one is a 1.4-liter MultiAir that packs 140 hp and 170 lb.-ft (230 Nm) of torque, returning 41.3 mpg (49.6 mpg UK).
If you prefer diesels, there’s a 1.6-liter MultiJet with 120 hp and a maximum torque of 222 lb.-ft (300 Nm) that returns 50 mpg (60.1 mpg UK), along with a beefier 2.0-liter MultiJet that churns 165 hp and has a peak torque of 266 lb.-ft (360 Nm), managing to return 46.1 mpg (55.4 mpg).
We didn’t make any mistakes with the pictures, this isn’t the Lancia Delta, it’s the Chrysler Delta. How can we tell? Well, it wears a different badge. Other than that, it’s pretty much the same thing, except maybe for the mild update for the front grill and the fact that you can order it with more goodies, like a panoramic sunroof, xenon headlights, GPS navigation and automatic parking system.
2012 Chrysler Delta
Set to go on sale in the following period, clients will be able to choose from one of the following four engines available: a 1.4-liter T-Jet gasoline unit that produces 118 hp (88 kW) and 152 lb.-ft (206 Nm) of torque; a 1.4-liter M-Air gasoline power unit with 138 hp (140 PS / 103 kW) and 170 lb.-ft (230 Nm); a 1.6-liter M-Jet diesel that churns 118 hp (120 PS / 88 kW) and 222 lb.-ft (300 Nm) of torque, along with the 2.0-liter M-Jet diesel engine that develops 162 hp (165 PS / 121 kW) and has a peak torque of 266 lb.-ft (360 Nm). CO2 emission levels are as low as 120 g/km
It seems that the Fiat Freemont, which is nothing more than a rebadged Dodge Journey, is a big hit for the Italian automaker as they’ve asked Chrysler to increase the output in order to meet orders. The car was introduced in Italy last month and Fiat said that they want to sell 13,000 units this year, but in an interview given to Automotive News, the manufacturer said that they’ve already received 15,700 orders.
For next year, Fiat is planning on selling 33,000 units of the Freemont large minivan so they got a promise from Chrysler that they’ll get 3,000 cars per month from the Toluca plant in Mexico. In order to meet this higher than anticipated demand in Europe, Chrysler increased the production of the Freemont by more than a third, rolling out in June 4,067 cars by working overtime. Chrysler is searching for methods to deliver 4,000 units every month without the additional costs that come with overtime.
Perhaps the most important reason why the Freemont is doing so well in comparison to the Journey is because the Italian car maker has a considerably larger dealer network in Europe. The best year for the Dodge Journey was in 2009 when the company sold 8,318 cars, but last year they only sold 6,375, according to JATO Dynamics, a market researcher.
According to Fiat, 80% of the orders they’ve received for the Freemont come from Italy and 80% of those who ordered the car are new to Fiat. Another reason why the car has turned out to be successful is due to the affordable price tag as its base price in Italy is 24,900 Euros, which is 5,600 Euros (18%) more affordable than the slow-selling (and ugly I might add) Fiat Ulysse that the Freemont replaces.
Chrysler has unveiled this week the update for the Grand Voyager MPV which now comes with a new grille, hood and a lower fascia that Chrysler says it provides a “premium look”. Out in the back, it gets new LED lights, boot lid and a bumper.
Inside the cabin, the Grand Voyager comes with a better “Stow ‘n Go” seating, featuring bigger seats as well as a new fold-into-the-floor one-touch mechanism. If you opt for the LX trim you will also get a brand new leather steering wheel that sports audio controls, along with cruise control. The Touring variant benefits from Bluetooth, a 30 GB HDD, auto dimming rear view mirror and a reversing camera. Opt for the Limited model and you will get Nappa leather upholstery, crosspath detection and blind spot monitoring.
The car is powered by a 2.8-liter CRD diesel engine that generates 161 hp and 265 lb.-ft of torque. With this engine, the Grand Voyager can do the 0-62 mph sprint in 12.8 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 115 mph. The fuel economy is rated at 33.6 mpg UK while CO2 emissions are 222 g/km.
In the LX trim level, the base price for the Chrysler Grand Voyager is 27,995 pounds; while the Touring will set you back at least 29,995 pounds. The top-spec Limited model costs from 35,995 pounds.
Measuring an almost incredible 24 feet (7.3 meters) long, we completely agree with the Chrysler Group saying that “they don’t get much bigger” than their new Ram Long-Hauler Concept truck. This huge vehicle is based on a Class 5 Ram 5500 Chassis Cab, and sports a stretched wheelbase that measures a whopping 197.4 inches in length and is 79.1 inches tall.
Ram Long-Hauler Concept
As you would expect from a truck that has these dimensions, its weight is also quite astonishing, standing at 9,300 lbs (4,218 kg). Ram affirms that this truck has a maximum Gross Combined Weight Rating of 37,500 lbs (16,783 kg).
Ram Long-Hauler Concept
Under that massive hood is a big 6-cylinder 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel power unit that has a peak torque of 800 lb.-ft, mated to a 6-speed Aisin automatic gearbox. It sports a 4WD transfer case linked to a 4.88 Dana 110 axle with dual rear wheels. To reach your destination, you need a pretty large fuel tank, and luckily, the Long-Hauler has one as Ram fitted the truck with three of them, with a total capacity of 170 gallons.
Ram Long-Hauler Concept
It features a full Kelderman Air Suspension and massive 19.5-inch Alcoa aluminum rims, while the 2+2 interior has a DVD player with an overhead screen for the passengers in the back, along with a rear center console that sports tray tables, cup holders and a refrigerator.
Ram Long-Hauler Concept
Ram said that at the moment, the Long-Hauler remains a concept, but they will show it off across the United States during this year in order “to gauge public opinion”, which means that if it receives a positive feedback, we might see one the next year in our rear view mirror.
Chrysler Group Plans On Repaying All Government Loans
Fiat is only a few steps away from owning 51% of the Chrysler Group as the latter has announced a few days ago that it will repay all the loans provided by the United States and Canadian governments in 2009. The $7.53 billion that the Auburn Hills-based automaker owns will be repaid during Q2 2011 which ends in June.
To get the money, Chrysler will have to use a new term loan facility, along with issuing new debt securities that are going to be sold to institutional investors in a private offering, along with proceeds from Fiat’s recent cash infusion that increases its stake in Chrysler.
Chrysler will have to pay $5.8 billion to the United States Department of the Treasury and another $1.7 billion to the Canadian federal and Ontario governments.
As we previously mentioned here on rpmGo, CEO Sergio Marchionne has announced that Fiat wants to take majority stake in Chrysler in 2011 and for accomplishing this; they have to buy another 16% of Chrysler for $1.27 billion, which will raise the company’s position to 46%. Later on this year, they will buy another 5% to obtain the majority stake. For increasing ownership to 51%, Fiat must roll out a 40 mpg model in the U.S.
Cars running on natural gas are not very popular around the world, except for several countries like Brazil, Iran and India. In United States there are only a few and if you ask someone to name an alternative fuel, the first answer they’ll have is probably ethanol. In other parts of the world, 2% of all cars are running on natural gas so this shouldn’t come as a surprise that automakers are starting to research on this technology.
Fiat is already selling a bunch of natural-gas vehicles (aka NGVs) in Europe and South America, and most likely Chrysler will do the same thing in the years to come as part of making its lineup green. In addition, Fiat will probably own the majority stake in Chrysler so they’ll implement this strategy for launching NGVs. (more…)
Fiat SpA Wants To Raise Chrysler Ownership With Another 16%
It was only a couple of days ago when Fiat SpA announced that they have increased their share at Chrysler by 5%, reaching a total of 30%. They don’t plan to stop there as rumors say that by the end of this June, the Italian group will raise its Chrysler ownership to 46%. These reports are coming from Automotive News who have quoted two unnamed insiders with direct knowledge of the matter, who talked about the plans of Fiat’s CEO, Sergio Marchionne.
Chrysler’s lineup of models was pretty short when they entered bankruptcy protection, but they’ve managed to improve this situation in the months to follow, and we can see their results this year with the launch of 16 new and refreshed models.
Detroit City Council shows its appreciation for Chrysler’s Super Bowl ad
Chrysler’s Super Bowl ad featuring Eminem was one of the finest examples of commercials we’ve seen during this event. In fact, the ad was so successful that is still continues to move hearts and minds. Its success relied upon the fact that Chrysler went back to basic, back to its roots, back to the people of Detroit and to the essence of this town that gave America so many car, some better, some worse.
That’s why Detroit City Council decided to honor this commercial, by officially stating that it
“helped to paint a positive portrayal of our beloved city on a national level by filming the entire commercial inside the city of Detroit and showcasing all of our great landmarks.”
The ad is quite powerful and it’s definitely full of emotion and that’s why we love it. So often we talk about cars, forgetting that they’re the result of hard working people. This is a chance to think about that. Take a moment to do so.
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Chrysler Reveals Ram 1500 Adventurer
Ram 1500 Adventurer
Yesterday Chrysler revealed that they are going to introduce a new Ram model, the 1500 Adventurer. The truck will be addressing first time buyers and generally, the younger side of the market that is looking for a pickup truck. This new edition comes as a follow-up to the big hit Tradesman model which was revealed in January at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show.
The truck will feature a powerful V8 HEMI 5.7-liter engine that cranks out 390 hp and 407 lb.-ft of torque and it will be available in both 4×4 and 4×2 versions, and with a regular cab. The truck will be available with a 700-amp maintenance-free battery, 3.55 rear axle ratio, 26-gallon fuel tank, 160-amp alternator, heavy-duty engine and transmission cooling as well as four and seven-pin harness.
Ram 1500 Adventurer
In addition, the new Ram 1500 Adventurer will pack heavy-duty front and rear shock absorbers, a full-size spare tire, halogen headlamps, power rack-and-pinion steering plus front and rear stabilizer bars.
Chrysler did not left out the entertainment factor and added a 6-speaker media center with CD & MP3 support, a 12-volt auxiliary power outlet and an audio jack input.
Ram 1500 Adventurer
Similar with other previous Ram models, the 1500 Adventurer will be available with a bundle of personalization options, like folding and heated trailer-tow power mirrors, Mopar chrome steel bed rails, Mopar chrome tubular side steps, a Class IV receiver hitch, spray-in bedliner and under-rail bedliner and others as well.
Sales for the Ram 1500 Adventurer will commence in the second quarter of this year at a base price of $23,830.
According to some sources, the American automaker Chrysler will launch the S trim for their newest models – 200 and 300. Various manufacturers use the “S” for launching a sportier version of a certain model. This won’t be the case with the aforementioned two models because the “S” will stand for “Style”, meaning that none of the cars will get a power increase.
Most likely, the car will get new materials of the various interior trim elements, new equipment, new colors and other “boring” upgrades. The 200S and 300S will most likely get leather seats with Alcantara inserts, new exterior finish colors, other Alcantara inserts and a black headliner in the sedans.
The 200S will be available as standard with a V6 3.6-liter Pentastar engine that outputs 283 hp, linked to a 6-speed automatic gearbox and should be available this spring.
Obviously, the starting price for both models will be a little bit higher in comparison with the standard models, a couple of thousands if not more. Chrysler is planning on launching S models for every model in their lineup, including the Town & Country. They had a Town & Country S exhibited at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show which was organized last month and they plan on bringing another “S-ified” concept next week at the Chicago show.
We will provide more accurate info about the upcoming 200S and 300S once Chrysler pulls up the curtain of this new trim level.