The Dodge Grand Caravan is set to live through the 2016 and 2017 model years, according to a leaked FCA production document. Under the company's five-year plan, the minivan was previously scheduled to retire in 2016 when the new Chrysler Town and Country debuted.
Cars.com took a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to the drag strip and hustled the supercharged sedan down the quarter mile in 11.03 seconds. The car was completely stock, with nothing more than tweaked tire pressure, electronic aids, and other variables to reach that impressive time.
FCA US is citing industry practices as the reason for cutting its powertrain warranty to five years or 60,000 miles. The change affects gasoline-fueled, 2016 model year vehicles from Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram Trucks.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is starting to announce the expanded Takata airbag inflator recalls. FCA has over 5 million vehicles affected worldwide, and BMW has over 420,000 in the US. Honda's expansion includes 350,000 more Civics and Accords.
Four FCA US assembly plants, all of the engine factories, and many transmission-building sites are staying open all summer to keep up with demand. Usually there would be a two-week summer shutdown during the year.