Chrysler is alive……for now


Chrysler is alive, for now.  At yesterdays FCA meeting the company’s five year plan is to invest into the brands that make money for Chrysler. Seventy five percent of FCA investment will go to Jeep, Ram, Alfa Romeo and Maserati. What that means, if you the current, Chrysler, Dodge or Fiat vehicles you will likeContinue reading “Chrysler is alive……for now”

BIG MAN RIDES: A Brief Visit with 2014 Dodge Dart GT


By CityFella: Chrysler is on a roll ,every month the company is breaking records.  In March their sales were up 13% .  For the first time Chrysler sold more trucks than Chevy, becoming the second best selling vehicle in the US after the Ford F 150.  Chrysler saw huge increases in Jeep (up 47%)  RamContinue reading “BIG MAN RIDES: A Brief Visit with 2014 Dodge Dart GT”

BIG MAN RIDES: 2014 Fiat 500 L ” The Next Big Thing?”


500L Trekking Many shoppers looking for a roomy car might pass by the Fiat 500L.  A grievous error in my opinion. This 6.4 350 pound man found the Fiat to be one of the roomiest  cars on the planet.   Two days before my test drive, I drove a 2012 GMC Yukon, and I foundContinue reading “BIG MAN RIDES: 2014 Fiat 500 L ” The Next Big Thing?””

Random Stuff for Wed January 9th 2013: Do Not Laugh at old men, Fiat 500 Trendy?, Tennessee Dogs


Fiscal Cliff’s, Asteroids, Gun Control?….. Not Today! The Lady is upset.  Her Pressure is up!  It’s those dammed dogs. Don’t even think of walking your Chicken in the Plaza!        Fiat 500 Trendy? One of my favorite cars of late is the Dodge Charger, with the mileage of the  V6 I could live withContinue reading “Random Stuff for Wed January 9th 2013: Do Not Laugh at old men, Fiat 500 Trendy?, Tennessee Dogs”

BIG MAN RIDES: 2013 Dodge Dart review( Its real nice but……..)


After sticking Americans with the gawd awful Excel, Hyundai returned to the American Market with a monster warranty.  A warranty that said hey, trust us!   10 years 100,000 miles.  The  warranty is a success . Last year Hyundai-Kia squeezed past Nissan to become the fifth best selling manufacturer in America.    Hyundai 10 year warranty is expensive to the manufacturer, I expect the company willContinue reading “BIG MAN RIDES: 2013 Dodge Dart review( Its real nice but……..)”

BIG MAN RIDES: First Impressions 2013 Dodge Dart, 2013 Hyundai Veloster


The 2013 Dodge Dart is the first offspring in the Chrysler–Fiat shotgun marriage.   The underpinnings are Fiat’s the car is built in Illinois.    The car seems wider than other compacts, fit and finish is pretty good. Two engines are available the  standard engine is the  Tigershark four-cylinder engine (160 hp & 148 lb-ftContinue reading “BIG MAN RIDES: First Impressions 2013 Dodge Dart, 2013 Hyundai Veloster”

Lending shortage may turn Europe’s car sales descent into a debacle


German manufacturers like VW will be least affected by any financing problems. (VW)   Europeans plucky enough to ignore the crumbling economy and confident that their jobs are safe might find that a new car isn’t possible because banks won’t lend them any money. With Europe on the brink of a double-dip recession, forecasters areContinue reading “Lending shortage may turn Europe’s car sales descent into a debacle”

Chrysler? Chrysler! (Revisiting the Shotgun Marriage to Fiat)


My love affair with Chrysler began with the 1968 Dodge Charger  from its front end to its rear, its didn’t look like a GM or Ford, it was Mopar.   Of course some of my friends liked the square Roadrunner   the  corporate twin of the Dodge.   I was a Dodge kid until Chrysler introudced the Plymouth Superbird  sure Dodge had version called the Daytona, but they didn’tContinue reading “Chrysler? Chrysler! (Revisiting the Shotgun Marriage to Fiat)”

Fiat returns to America


I have never been comfortable with the shotgun marriage of Fiat and Chrysler.   The words Chrysler and Quality have been at odds for many years.   Fiat has a poor reputation among European automakers.   So the pairing of the two in this  very competitive market where the quality plays such  important role seems odd. Few companies can afford to offer Hyundai’s generousContinue reading “Fiat returns to America”