Chrysler Closing Aspen, Durango Plant December 31; Hybrids DOA

Chrysler's Aspen Hybrid » 10/29/08 10:30am 10/29/08 10:30am and are apparently destined to become a tiny footnote in the annals of automotive history, as Chrysler has announced the closure of the Newark Assembly Plant that builds the SUVs effective December 31. The plant was already operating on one shift, but the closure will still result in about…

2009 Chrysler Aspen And Dodge Durango Hybrids Begin Production

The 2009 Chrysler Aspen HEMI Hybrid » 8/22/08 3:40pm 8/22/08 3:40pm and the , the first hybrids from the penta-star brand, are finally rolling off the lines in Newark, Delaware. With its two-mode hybrid system and cylinder deactivation capability reigning in the big 5.7-liter HEMI engine, the hybrid twins are expected to return a 25% increase in…

LA Auto Show: 2009 Chrysler Aspen and Dodge Hemi Hybrids Revealed

Here's a question for you: how do you feel about a hybrid Hemi? Somebody please answer for Danio as I know his head just popped. With the electric motor, both vehicles can summon up 385 horsepower. No mention of torque (either at the reveal or in the press release) but both "two-mode" big 'ol hybrid boys showed up… » 11/14/07 6:30pm 11/14/07 6:30pm

LA Auto Show Preview: 2009 Dodge Durango HEMI Hybrid

It's Chrysler's other first production hybrid... and it's got a HEMI... it's got the same HEMI! The 2009 Durango HEMI Hybrid is maybe the cooler, rougher, slightly less-suburban brother of the Aspen HEMI Hybrid. Other than the big cross-hair grille and other cosmetic touches it's basically the same vehicle. This model… » 11/14/07 11:15am 11/14/07 11:15am

Hit-And-Run Driver Hit By Hit-And-Runner

Clearly, some people do not watch My Name is Earl. These people do not know that karma never looks the other way (or that El Caminos and Brats are awesome). This lesson was learned in New York by Mark Durfee, who rear-ended a car in his Explorer and fled the scene. While trying to get away his Explorer stopped running… » 11/05/07 3:00pm 11/05/07 3:00pm

Wango Tango! Dance Marathon for a Dodge Durango in Texas

Anyone who's seen "Hands on a Hardbody" knows Texans will endure all manner of tediousness to win a truck. Not content to give Nissan the last word, Dodge is sponsoring an endurance dance contest, the "Dodge Durango Tango" at the State Fair of Texas today. The enduring hoofer — partnered with a life-sized doll dressed… » 9/27/07 10:19am 9/27/07 10:19am

The Official Car Pundit Drinking Game: Yeah, That Hybrid's Got A Hemi!

Well, it looks like our senior editor from the D is taking is show to the boob tube this evening where he'll be talking about the Chrysler Group's new Hemi hybrids. He'll be On The Money this evening on CNBC at 7:39 EST and while he's powdering his nose, it's time for us to come up with some new drinking game rules.… » 6/21/07 5:45pm 6/21/07 5:45pm

Chrysler Reveals Dual-Mode Hybrid Dodge Durango And Chrysler Aspen, We…

We spent the morning out in Chelsea, MI checking out the latest and greatest from the soon to no longer be 'merican side of the German-American hybrid at their annual "What's New?" event. It's an opportunity for all the auto journalists on this side of the country to get a chance to grab with grubby hands every bit… » 6/21/07 2:45pm 6/21/07 2:45pm

Durango Cereal Holds Value Better Than Dodge Durango

One of the best ways to spend a Saturday morning in Detroit is to head down to Eastern Market, a 100-plus-year-old bastion of hardcore dickering and deal making. Primarily a direct-to-consumer outlet of hyperfresh foodstuffs and wacky plant life, there are also several locations dealing in antiquities and oddities.… » 4/10/07 12:15pm 4/10/07 12:15pm

Fire! Chrysler to Issue Durango and Liberty Recalls

Reports of fires breaking out have Chrysler ready to send out letters to 2006 and 2007 Dodge Durango and Jeep Liberty owners. A faulty blower motor is the cause of the conflagrations, which evidently occur when the air conditioning is used during hot weather. Notices will go out to Durango owners in April and Liberty… » 3/12/07 1:39pm 3/12/07 1:39pm

Chrysler To Build Hybrid Dodge Durango For 2008

Here in Auburn Hills, Tom LaSorda's talking about what's going to bring the Chrysler Group back in black in the long-term. Part of that plan includes creating a "stronger product pipeline" by developing among other things, a two-mode full hybrid propulsion architecture. That's the good news. The bad news is it'll be… » 2/14/07 10:03am 2/14/07 10:03am