End of an Era

Dodge Journey reaches the end of the trail

Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

The Dodge Journey is going the way of the Beetle and Grand Caravan. The model, which debuted in 2008 and hasn't changed much since, will end its run in 2021. According to Dodge, the model's tenure will end with little fanfare, much the same way as the product has existed for the last 12 years.

This isn't the only model Dodge is getting rid of. Earlier this month they confirmed that the Dodge Grand Caravan's production will be ending after the 2020 model year. The move leaves Dodge without a minivan in its lineup for the first time since 1983.

2020 Dodge Grand CaravanDodge recently confirmed the confirmation that it's also killing off the Grand Caravan. Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

Though the automaker recently launched a new version of the Durango, Charger, and Challenger. The 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat installs a 710-horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine user the hood, making it the most powerful SUV in the brand's portfolio. The 797-horsepower 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye and 807-horsepower 2020 Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock have also been added to the lineup.

Automotive industry analysts have raised questions about the future of the historic brand. Dodge has an aging lineup and continues to debut new model year vehicles with expected engine and equipment modifications rather than debut new models or fresh generations of their cars and SUVs.

Dodge is one of the brands caught up on the FCA-Groupe PSA merger. Earlier this week, the companies announced the new name of their conjoined companies, Stellantis, along with a new logo. The move was largely ridiculed online with the public saying that the name sounds like (in non particular order) an erectile disfunction medication, evil head of a comic universe, and a 1980s vehicle model name.

The next SUV set for arrival in the FCA portfolio is the Jeep Wrangler 4xe, a plug-in hybrid electric version of the Wrangler.

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American muscle cars

Ford Mustang continues sales dominance

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1
Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Ford has good reason to be proud of the Mustang. Now almost 60 years on from its introduction, Ford continues innovating with new versions and performance upgrades. It's all good news for buyers, as it's hard to find a "bad" Mustang in Ford's current catalog. The efforts have paid off, too, as the automaker just announced that the Mustang outsold its competition for the seventh year in a row.

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

The Mustang continued outselling the Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger, and did so without help from the Shelby GT350, which was discontinued. The Mustang Mach 1, with its 5.0-liter V8, led the charge, but Ford notes the performance of its most powerful Mustang, the Shelby GT500.

Ford says Americans are the most prolific Mustang buyers, representing 76 percent of the car's worldwide sales. Mustang sales in New Zealand grew 54 percent and Brazil saw sales climb 37.3 percent, so the car is a global effort for Ford. The automaker notes that retail orders, where a customer places an order for a car instead of shopping for one off the lot, almost doubled last year.

1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Photo courtesy of Ted Fontenot

The 2022 Mustang may mark the last year of the car's current generation. Spy photographers have caught next-generation cars testing in the wild, and the current-gen cars have been on sale since 2015. Ford also expanded the Mustang name in 2021 with the addition of the new electric Mustang Mach-E, which was met with huge demand and several awards from around the auto industry.

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The 3.0-liter twin-turbo engine delivers big power numbers.

Stellantis

The old saying that there's "no replacement for displacement" isn't quite as accurate as it once was. Turbochargers and the latest engine designs have made it possible to extract major power from smaller, more efficient power plants. Stellantis' latest announcement proves this point, as its new Hurricane inline-six-cylinder engine will generate big power numbers from a relatively modest 3.0 liters and two turbos.

Stellantis says two variants will be available. The standard output version produces more than 400 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque, while a high output variant delivers more than 500 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque. The twin-turbo inline-six delivers that power with up to 15 percent better fuel efficiency.

Stellantis Hurricane Inline-SixIt's not yet clear which vehicles will get the engine.Stellantis

The new engine comes as Stellantis works to position itself for an electrified future. The automaker stated a goal of 50 percent a 50 percent battery electric vehicle mix by 2030, but notes that gas engines will still play a major role in its vehicle line for years to come. "The Hurricane twin-turbo is a no-compromise engine that delivers better fuel economy and an important reduction in greenhouse gases without asking our customers to give up performance," said Micky Bly, Stellantis head of propulsion systems.

At this point, it's unclear which vehicles will get the new engine, but Stellantis' brands are packed with opportunities. Dodge, whose Hellcat-powered muscle cars could be a good candidate, and then there's Jeep, with a line of off-road-ready SUVs that could greatly benefit from such an engine. The Hurricane's projected high output of 500 horsepower puts it behind the Hellcat engines power output, but it's still strong enough to make a seriously quick vehicle.

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