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Driver Clocked at 153MPH in Dodge Wagon

Michigan police catch up after he got off freeway exit

(Newser) - Michigan troopers spotted a driver going 79 in a 70mph zone and got ready to pull him over for a run-of-the-mill speeding ticket. Next thing they know, the Dodge Magnum station wagon had sped up to a staggering 153mph on the I-75, reports CBS Detroit . Troopers caught up after the... More »

Dodge May Have Its Own Deadly Ignition Problem

One child killed in alleged incident

(Newser) - It looks like GM has some company in the faulty ignition switch club. Regulators are investigating complaints that certain older model Dodge Ram pickup trucks may have a defect that allows them to turn on even if no one his holding down the clutch, Bloomberg reports. The National Highway Traffic... More »

This Interview Was Disgusting

Peggy Noonan was not a fan of Steve Kroft's sitdown with Obama and Clinton

(Newser) - Peggy Noonan was a huge fan of Dodge's " So God Made a Farmer " Super Bowl ad—it "spoke respectfully and even reverently of others," was expressly religious, and above all contained the "clear, clean" oration of Paul Harvey, a broadcaster with unabashed values but... More »

Farmer Ad Was a YouTube Remake

And more fallout from last night's Super Bowl ads

(Newser) - People are still talking about the ads that aired during last night's Super Bowl. Here are some of the stories that caught our eye:
  • Dodge's show-stopping "God Made a Farmer" looked awfully familiar to David Haglund at Slate : It's nearly identical to a ad
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Cadillac Gets Its First Car of the Year Award

And Dodge walks off with Truck of the Year

(Newser) - Cadillac won North American Car of the Year for the first time in the award's 19-year history, with the honor going to the ATS at this year's North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Dodge Ram 1500 was named Truck of the Year, the first win for... More »

Car With Highest Injury Rate Is ...

Toyota Yaris, with Suzuki SX4 right behind

(Newser) - Driving a Toyota Yaris? Be cautious: At 28.5 injury claims for every 1,000 of the vehicles insured, the car boasts the worst rate of any vehicle, says a new study. The runner-up was the Suzuki SX4, with 26.6 injury claims per 1,000 insured vehicles, the Los ... More »

Chrysler Rolling Out 'Man Van'

It hopes to take the wimp factor out of the mini van

(Newser) - Chrysler has tackled the "soccer-mom" image of the minivan and came up with what it calls the "man van"—a special version of its Dodge Grand Caravan that it hopes will appeal to men. Expected to become available in a few months, the new minivan offers a... More »

US Vehicles Edge Out Imports in Quality

Ford highest-ranked carmaker overall, Toyota falls

(Newser) - American automakers scored higher marks on quality than their foreign rivals for the first time since the JD Power survey began in 1986, the Detroit Free Press reports. A dozen Ford models ranked in the top three in their segments, making it the highest-ranked automaker overall. Ford's namesake brand ranked... More »

Chrysler Launches Massive Recall

Order covers hundreds of thousands of Jeeps, minivans

(Newser) - Chrysler is recalling almost 600,000 minivans and Jeep Wranglers in the US and another 100,000 elsewhere because of brake or wiring problems that could create safety issues, the company and federal regulators said today. The company is recalling 288,968 Jeep Wranglers from the 2006 through 2010 model... More »

Chrysler Adds Fiats, Dumps Dodge, Jeep Models

Revamped automaker will reintroduce Alfa Romeo to US

(Newser) - Now four months out of bankruptcy, Chrysler is set to unveil a new business plan that relies heavily on models from Fiat, its Italian partner, and abandons many American cars. The company will reintroduce the luxury Alfa Romeo to the US and also bring in a Mexican-built Fiat 500, the... More »

Fire Sale Sweeps Chrysler Dealerships

Prices hit rock bottom before June 9 deadline

(Newser) - Those well-worn "Rock-Bottom Price!" and "Must Go!" stickers are more than sales pitches at nearly 800 dealerships cut loose by Chrysler, which have to sell by June 9 or lose vehicles to auction. The bankrupt automaker refused to buy back some 44,000 cars, reports ABC... More »

Nascar Fans Lament Chrysler's Decline

Bankruptcy filing has diehards fearing for the fate of the once-mighty Dodge

(Newser) - Chrysler's woes are making the Nascar faithful wistful for the days when Dodges ruled the track, the Wall Street Journal reports. The bankrupt automaker has promised to continue supporting the sport, but it has already cut funding by almost a third this year and its cars are now usually found... More »

3 Detroit Finalists Up for Car, Truck of Year

Ford, Chrysler vehicles face off against three foreign competitors

(Newser) - Three Detroit-made vehicles are among six finalists for the 2009 North American Car and Truck of the Year awards, the Detroit News reports. The Ford Flex will compete with the Hyundai Genesis and the Volkswagen Jetta TDI for the year's best car, while the redesigned Ford F-150 and Dodge Ram... More »

Cars Driven Out of Pop Music

In the lyrics of popular music, where have all the cars gone?

(Newser) - Songs paying homage to cars exploded onto the scene in the earliest days of rock 'n' roll, but since the the Beach Boys described the workings of their "409" and Bruce Springsteen sang about "Racing in the Street," auto-themed rock seems to have gone the way of... More »

Viper Might Be Luxury Chrysler Can Do Without

Automaker needs to raise $1B, and hot rod looks odd model out

(Newser) - Despite a $1.1 billion operating profit in the first half of the year, Chrysler is hemorrhaging money. In a bid to raise another billion, the company is looking to sell off its iconic Dodge Viper line, BusinessWeek reports. The Viper has sold a mere 594 cars since January, and... More »

Top 10 Priciest Cars to Own

Mercedes takes top four spots on Forbes list

(Newser) - Gas prices may be sinking, but the owners of luxury and high-performance vehicles wouldn't know it. Factoring in $4-plus premium gas, depreciation, insurance, fees, and sales tax, some top cars cost double over a 5-year stretch what owners first paid. Forbes wheels out the priciest (including 5-year pricetag): More »

Why Dodge Drivers Totally Suck

Rams are the new Harleys, thanks to low sales

(Newser) - Of all the rules of the road, there is one cardinal, hands-down, no-exceptions tenet: “The guy who ignores the stop sign, who blasts past me in a no-passing zone, who plays chicken on a potholed strip of county two-lane, drives a Ram,” Benjamin Percy writes in Esquire. Dodge... More »

2008's Most Overpriced Vehicles

Dodge Ram pickup tops Forbes' list

(Newser) - Don’t be fooled by a dealer discount when buying a new car—it might just be a sign that the car is priced too high to begin with. Forbes names the vehicles it finds the most overpriced:
  1. Dodge Ram 1500
  2. Mercury Grand Marquis
  3. Ford F-150
  4. Dodge Durango
  5. GMC Envoy
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Chrysler Plan Cuts Dealers, Overlapping Models

To return to profitability, car maker may restructure its vehicle and dealer lineup

(Newser) - Clued-in dealers say Chrysler is considering a restructuring plan to simplify its lineup: Chrysler dealers would sell all the company’s passenger cars, Jeep dealers would carry only Jeeps and SUVs, and Dodge dealers would handle commercial trucks and pickups. The reorganization would allow Chrysler to eliminate overlapping models and... More »

Chrysler to Lay Off 12,000

Company will cut jobs, vehicles to adjust to failing auto market

(Newser) - Chrysler today announced plans to cut up to 12,100 jobs, about 14% of its workforce, on top of the 13,000 layoffs announced in February. With the US auto market tumbling—sales are on pace for their worst year since 1998—Chrysler’s new owners, private equity firm Cerberus... More »

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