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CarAdvice podcast 31: 2018 Mustang leaked, Kodiaq review, WRC and LA report, and LHD conversions!

Paul returns from the LA Motor Show and gives us his hits and misses, and Dave is fresh (and dusty) from the WRC. In car news this week, we feature the 2018 Ford Mustang details being leaked, 2017 Suzuki S-Cross and Holden Barina pricing and specs, Dodge Charger and Challenger being investigated for a RHD conversion, 2018 LDV T60 ute is revealed and the Honda Jazz infotainment unit gets an update, but it's missing something very important! We talk to James Ward about the 2017 Skoda Kodiaq, which he drove on its launch in Minorca...

Dodge Charger and Challenger right-hand drive business case being investigated

If there's one thing that Australians love, it's a performance car. This is recognised by FCA Australia, with a business case currently being evaluated for conversion of the Charger and Challenger to right-hand drive...

American muscle takes on Australian compliance rules: Noise, speedo and brakes tested at the drags

There's no mistaking either the 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat or 2016 GMC Sierra 3500 Denali HD on the road. Despite their rarity in Australia, American muscle cars and pick-up trucks are legendary and when they are spotted, they turn heads and put smiles on faces. There's just something about them...

Dodge Charger and Challenger replacements due 2020, Chrysler 300 to be axed - report

The Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger reportedly won't be replaced by Fiat Chrysler (FCA) until 2020, while the related Chrysler 300 won't make it to a third generation. Sources have informed Automotive News that the replacements for the Dodge Charger sedan and Challenger coupe won't arrive until 2020...

Hemi V8 going nowhere, but Challenger and Charger no closer to Oz launch

The global boss of Mopar has rebuffed rumours that the Hemi V8 engine is set to end production in 2019. Various US media outlets have speculated that production of the Hemi V8 was destined to wind up, as tighter emissions targets and a renewed focus on fuel consumption, put large-capacity V8 engines in danger...

Mopar concepts star at SEMA along with new Hemi crate engine packages

CarAdvice was at a special preview of Chrysler and Mopar’s unique SEMA concept vehicles in Las Vegas this week, ahead of their public unveiling at the SEMA show. It follows a Chrysler tradition of building heavily-modified show vehicles to celebrate automotive expos and events across the USA...

Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram concepts teased ahead of SEMA debut

Fiat Chrysler has released a sample of  Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram sketches, previewing five heavily-modified concept cars bound for the 2016 SEMA show in Las Vegas next month. This furious (and/or family-friendly) five have been re-imagined with production and concept parts from in-house tuning arm Mopar - a partnership that has created numerous bold concepts over the years...

Dodge Australia goes into hibernation

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Australia will put the Dodge brand on hold while it seeks future product from the iconic American brand. The new boss of Fiat Chrysler Australia, Steve Zanlunghi, says that once current stock for the Dodge Journey SUV runs out, the brand will go into hibernation before new product cases are made for our market...

Chrysler Sebring, Dodge Caliber, Jeep Compass, Patriot recalled over airbag fault

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has recalled the Chrysler Sebring, Dodge Caliber, along with the Jeep Compass and Patriot over concerns the airbag and seatbelt pretensioners may not deploy in an accident. The company says the affected models may have a shorting condition in the Occupant Restraint Controller (ORC) which could cause the loss of airbag and seatbelt pretensioner deployment capability in a collision...

Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep recall 1.9 million vehicles globally for airbag fault: Australian models affected

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has issued a recall for 1.4 million Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep vehicles in the US over concerns a wiring fault could prevent the airbags from deploying and the seatbelt pretensioner from tightening, in the event of a collision...

2017 Dodge Challenger ADR: wide-body Hellcat coupe in the works - report

The wide-body Dodge Challenger ADR will be one a slew of special edition models that will keep Dodge's range of rear-wheel drive vehicles ticking over until new models arrive in a few years time. Sources have told Automotive News that the Italian-American car maker will launch the wide-body Challenger ADR in 2017...