America makes all sorts of cars, but dedicated track toys aren't usually among them. No, that's usually up to British companies like Ariel, BAC, Caterham and Radical. But that doesn't mean they aren't getting closer. The VUHL 05 comes to us from south of the border, and from the north, the new Magnum MK5. Not to be confused with the Dodge Magnum (which was also built in Canada), the Magnum MK5 is a new track toy that's been the subject of several teaser images and videos leading up to its reveal
Magnum, the Canadian manufacturer of the as-yet unrevealed MK5, has released a video of its new car and, well, it's a strip tease. The vid is a followup to a teaser we published last week, and is part of Magnum's promotions for the car's October 30 reveal, which of course, will be covered here.
It was only a matter of time before our neighbors to the north, perhaps fed up with not having a major homegrown automaker, turned to the street-legal track-day car market as a handful of Mexican companies have done in recent years, such as Mastretta with its MXT and VŪHL with the 05. Enter the MK5, which Canadian manufacturer Magnum claims offers "racecar performance and supercar build quality and styling."
Could Dodge be ready to run with a new wagon in the future? Automotive News chatted with SRT president Ralph Gilles, an unapologetic fan of the now-defunct Magnum. Gilles revealed that one unnamed Chrysler exec, now retired, was responsible for killing off the car, and that other Magnum aficionados are now coming out of the woodwork within the company.
Ah, the magic of the interwebs. Chrysler has yet to officially reveal the 2012 Dodge Durango (which could yet be birthed under the name Magnum), but we've come across this rather nonchalant camera phone photo taken by one of the Twitterati.
The next-generation Dodge (or is that Ram?) Durango (or is that Magnum?) has been spotted yet again now wearing much less camouflage than ever before. Aside from front and rear fascia covers, the vehicles are down to just BMW-style swirly wraps.
According to an Autoblog source, Dodge will abandon the Durango nameplate for the model's replacement due for 2012. In place of that two-generation designator, Chrysler is exhuming the Magnum nameplate, a moniker used on the low-slung wagon built on Chrysler's LX platform up until 2008. The new Magnum is expected to be built atop the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee chassis (itself riding on Mercedes-Benz-derived architecture) and skew more toward the crossover segment than the previous rough-and-ready
According to The Detroit News, Chrysler's product-cutting plan is all but official. The first three models on the chopping block, according to the newspaper's unnamed sources, are the Magnum, Pacifica and the PT Cruiser. The next round could include the Jeep Commander if it doesn't get its act together.
Chrysler may be in the middle of a major ownership change, but the beat goes on when it comes to future vehicle plans. The folks over at The Star are reporting that Chrysler is going to build a fifth model at their Brampton plant in Ontario, which currently assembles the 300, Charger, and Magnum. Challenger production is scheduled for next year, and the fifth vehicle, which could be built in 09' as a 2010 model, is expected to be the Imperial.
In the wake of the New York Auto Show, there were still plenty of photos to see on Autoblog this week. There were plenty of great photos, from our review of the SRT Magnum, to Autoblog Green's review of the Nissan Altima Hybrid. We've also added links below to some of the more exciting galleries from the week gone by.
This week, music come from The Figments with "Second Time Lucky". Enjoy!
A few videos recently uploaded to YouTube show what appear to be development work on a new Ghostbusters videogame that features none other than a stretch Chrysler 300 Touring playing the part of an updated Ecto wagon, i.e. the Ecto 2. We're all about videogames here at Autoblog and we're also down with any nostalgia that can bring back the sights and sounds of the 1980s, so the chance to experience life as a Ghostbuster in all its free-roaming, first-person glory is tantalizing to say the least.