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Whoopee, just what Dodge needs, another crossover. We're glad that operations are still underway after the sale announcement, but come on, have cars been forsaken? The Jalopnik boys captured an odd duo cruising around; a JC 49 with camo, followed by a PSA minivan. Would it be rude to confess we're more interested in the French van?
Based on the Sebring/Avenger platform, the JC 49 will likely wind up with a 3.5 liter V6 at the top of the range, if the dual exhausts are any indication. The JC 49 will share a familial resemblance to the Nitro, so think squared shoulders, crosshair grille, essentially an Avenger adaptation of the Magnum idea. Look for the camo to come off around the end of the year. We can hardly contain ourselves.

[Source: Jalopnik]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Another great Japolnik post from Ray "I used to work for the Governor" Wert.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Maybe the author is just tired of crossovers in general, but obviously this is a poorly written entry.

      And, actually, I agree that the minivan looks cooler, like a Kia if it wasn't ugly.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Mike, Autoblog is about generating traffic and $$$. Let's don't even pretend these bloggers know anything about cars. I guess your assumption going in is that these people care about cars and is as passionate about them as we are.

      Autoblog provides information like a phone book provides information. The "Bloggers" are just data entry people that file & record information that already exist elsewhere. They don't know anything about cars, but they provide a service.

      Yes they do editorialize...sometimes they forget they're not qualified, but usually when there are 30 posts slapping them around, they learn quickly to know their limitations. Most of the time they do what a proper data entry person is supposed to do: Provide the information source and summarize it.

      Until someone else comes up with an alternative website to match this with better writing, we'll still come here because of the service they provide.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It's just great when the Autoblog journalists not only have incorrect information, but also make judgement calls on subjective issues.

      The ultimate in professionalism.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Shawn, all of us Autobloggers are dyed in the wool car guys. You don't see any passion in our writing? A prerequisite for writing on Autoblog is you have to love cars. The effort wouldn't be worth it otherwise.

      I've been turning wrenches on cars, and all sorts of other mechanical things, since childhood. I'm not some data-entry clerk, thanks. I love cars, I'm passionate about cars, and I know what I'm talking about. Do you really think I'd post something from a point of ignorance? I'm terrified of you guys! There's so many readers and commenters, I'd best be able to back up what I say, hmm?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Jro, I would be willing to concede to many of your points, but I started with LLN which is FAR worse than here (at least it was before AB hired new people last year).

      My list of what can be considered premiere automotive news sources is based mainly on traffic and includes:
      TTC, LLN, AB, Autoweek, Automotive News, Jalopnik, Winding Road, and a select few others.

      Anyone can throw together a blog from their basement, but that would not include a paid staff, corporate backing from a top ISP, press passes, corporate test drives/comparo/review, etc.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is a blog! If you want the same news and information in the old traditional way, then wait a month and read it in Road and Track.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "I completely agree with Mike "

      it only hurts the first couple times you say it...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Shawn and bmoredlj:

      This is NOT your average autos.blogspot@blogspot.com basement blog. This site is one of the premiere automotive blogs on the internet, run with financial backing from Weblogs/AOL. The contribtors are paid for their 'articles', all contributors hold press passes, and have you ever noticed an 'In the Autoblog Garage' article?

      For all intents and purposes, this is a journalism driven news source, and does not fall within the realm that is generally considered to be the blogosphere.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Getting back on-topic, I'm more interested in the Sevel Nord MPV in that picture than I am in the Dodge crossover. I suppose PSA returning to the US is too much to hope for, but I can only dream...

      And I don't see how anyone can call the Caliber a crossover. Compare it to a real compact crossover like the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, etc., and you'll easily see that the Caliber isn't in the same class.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Enough of it.

      Is Autoblog actual "journalism?" No... for the most part. It does have the occasional original research (attending large auto shows, and the aforementioned Autoblog Garage), but it is primarily a secondary source, linking readers with source articles elsewhere.

      It's a blog. A very polished, well managed one, but still a blog. And we love it no less for this! Keep up the great work, guys!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Oh, and DAN ROTH, plese answer this question for me:

      "just what Dodge needs, another crossover."

      Name another Dodge crossover. Please. I BEG you.

      Caliber: NOT a crossover.
      Nitro: Based on the Liberty platform, NOT a crossover.
      Durango: Body on Frame. NOT a crossover.
      Caravan: NOT a crossover.

      Please let me know if I am missing any 2 box dodge vehicle that could be considered an SUV... all the ones that I count, and not one car based SUV, which is the definition of the CROSSOVER vehicle...
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