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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...

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


CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for November 11, 2016
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for November 11, 2016

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


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


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


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


2017 Dodge Challenger T/A, Charger Daytona revealed: iconic nameplates return
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2017 Dodge Challenger T/A, Charger Daytona revealed: iconic nameplates return

Dodge has used this year's Woodward Dream Cruise – touted as being the world's largest one-day automotive event – to reveal the reintroduction of two of its most well-known "race-bred" nameplates: the Challenger T/A and Charger Daytona. Promising to deliver “even more performance and precision”, the 2017 Dodge Challenger T/A and 2017 Dodge Charger Daytona are both available with either a naturally-aspirated 280kW 5...


Dodge Charger: next-gen muscle car to lose weight, gain turbo four – report
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Dodge Charger: next-gen muscle car to lose weight, gain turbo four – report

The next-generation Dodge Charger could shed around 225 kilograms and add a small turbocharged petrol engine to the roster, according to a new report this week. Industry journal Automotive News cites an unnamed source with knowledge of the company’s product plan, claiming that the new Charger will ride on a version of the FCA ‘Giorgio’ platform that underpins the new Alfa Romeo Giulia...


Fiat Chrysler boss says new Viper possible, talks about Alfa Romeo and Ferrari - report
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Fiat Chrysler boss says new Viper possible, talks about Alfa Romeo and Ferrari - report

In a press conference at the 2016 Detroit auto show, the outspoken Fiat Chrysler boss talked about the company's future product plans now that he's given up hope of forcing a merger with GM or another major automaker. Regarding the Dodge Viper, which is likely to be go out of production in 2017, Automobile magazine reports that Marchionne believes that "there is a possibility that a new version of the Viper may surface"...


2016 Dodge New Cars
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2016 Dodge New Cars

There won’t be anything new in the Dodge stable for 2016, with the Journey seven-seater the only vehicle on offer for the year. We’re still waiting to see whether the next-generation versions of the Dodge brand’s muscle cars – the Challenger and Charger – will be made in right-hand drive.


Dodge Challenger GT AWD concept revealed at SEMA
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Dodge Challenger GT AWD concept revealed at SEMA

Among an avalanche of Mopar concepts, the Dodge Challenger GT AWD concept is one of the company's headline acts at the 2015 SEMA show in Las Vegas. Under the bonnet there's a 5.7-litre Hemi V8 fitted with Scat Pack 3 performance kit. The upgrades, which include CNC-ported cylinder headers, hi-flow manifolds and catalysts, and new gaskets, raises output from 280kW/556Nm to 340kW/616Nm...


Dodge Challenger an "appealing proposition" to combat Mustang in Australia
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Dodge Challenger an "appealing proposition" to combat Mustang in Australia

Australia is the first market in the world to get its hands on the latest iteration of the Chrysler 300 SRT, at the same time echoing sentiments from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Australia that the Dodge Challenger is already an "appealing proposition" to take the fight to the soon to be launched Ford Mustang...


Ford Mustang needs Aussie rivals, says brand
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Ford Mustang needs Aussie rivals, says brand

Car-makers would generally kill to have a vehicle niche all to themselves, but in the case of Ford Australia and its new Mustang muscle car, the company is actually keen to find rival offerings to create competition — perhaps, say, a 'Holden' Camaro. The eagerly awaited ‘global’ 2015 Ford Mustang coupe and convertible touch down in showrooms from the end of 2015 (read all the details about the sharp pricing here)...


Dodge Charger, Challenger case building for Australia
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Dodge Charger, Challenger case building for Australia

If you’ve been dreading an end to Australia’s affordable rear-wheel-drive muscle-car scene, take heart: Dodge is coming. That’s the message from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Australia president and CEO, Pat Dougherty, who told CarAdvice this week that the Charger sedan and Challenger coupe are top priorities for a Dodge performance assault, with more to follow...


Dodge Challenger Mopar 'Drag Pak' set to supercharge straight-line fans
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Dodge Challenger Mopar 'Drag Pak' set to supercharge straight-line fans

Ok, the Dodge Challenger isn't sold in Australia but when US tuning icon Mopar unveils its first-ever factory-prepped supercharged package specifically designed for drag racers, we can't help but take notice. Based on the not-so-humble Dodge Challenger, the Mopar 'Dodge Challenger Drag Pak' is offered with your choice of a naturally aspirated 7...


Dodge axes Avenger, Grand Caravan; absorbs SRT; promises new city and sports cars
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Dodge axes Avenger, Grand Caravan; absorbs SRT; promises new city and sports cars

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will look to “purify” the Dodge brand over the next five years, deleting models that clash with the brand’s core philosophies and introducing a host of new performance models. Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis said the brand’s customers are “not looking for practical, sensible cars”, and that the company will instead refocus its line-up with an emphasis on performance and technology...


Dodge Challenger under consideration for Australia
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Dodge Challenger under consideration for Australia

The mighty Dodge Challenger is looking likely for an Australian launch as Fiat Chrysler looks to strengthen the Dodge brand locally. Speaking to CarAdvice in Detroit, Fiat Chrysler Group Australia director of corporate affairs Karla Leach confirmed the Challenger was "under consideration" for Australia, and revealed the SRT variant would headline the range if the project gets the green light...


Dodge withdraws from NASCAR
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Dodge withdraws from NASCAR

Dodge has confirmed it will withdraw from NASCAR at the end of this year after failing to strike a partnership with a racing team for the 2013 season. Rebranded SRT Motorsports for the 2012 season, Dodge's future in America's premiere motorsport category took a hit in February when its only team, Penske Racing, which runs two Chargers in the Sprint Cup and two Challengers in the Nationwide series, announced it was switching to Ford for 2013...