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Stellantis sees Chrysler, not Pugeot, as its future in the U.S., bids adieu to SRT

The Chrysler brand will stay put, for now.

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Which do you want first? The good news or the bad news? The good news is that the Chrysler brand will live on despite FCA's merger with PSA Groupe to form a new overarching parent company, Stellantis. The bad news is that the SRT standalone brand won't. Stellantis chief executive officer Carlos Tavares announced the changes during a roundtable this week.

It's not all bad news for SRT. The SRT brand will continue to live on as an identity within the company, attached to different brands as a marker of their performance models. This makes sense; it's the way most other automakers have done business. Maserati has Trofeo. Ford has ST. Hyundai has N.

Maserati Ghibli Trofeo The Maserati Ghibli Trofeo delivers the highest level of performance of any Ghibli on the market today. Photo courtesy of Maserati

A statement from the company indicated that the SRT team isn't going way. Its members have all been folded into the Stellantis global engineering operation. SRT's team had been partially responsible for the development of the Ram 1500 TRX, Dodge Dunrago SRT, Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, and other high-performance models within the company's lineup so this move isn't too far out of their wheelhouse.

Evolving emissions regulations is something Tavares is keeping in mind as the company works to piece together the future of Dodge while keeping its performance-focused customer base in mind.

Tavares also said that plans to bring Pugeot to America have been put on ice following the merger. In 2017, PSA Groupe had announced that the company was slated to return to the U.S. by 2023.

The Stellantis family photo includes 13 different vehicle brands with Fiat, Chrysler, and Pugeot standing out to Tavares as pillars with long history and defined futures.

Unlike other automakers that are making promises for an all-electric or electrified future, Stellantis is ready to take an approach similar to Toyota - offer buyers the opportunity to get an electric model if they choose, but leave them with the option.

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This 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV sold for a high sum.

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This month, two 1970s-era Lamborghinis crossed the block, each achieving a record selling price. But, not all that glitters is gold. Both models have what RM-Sotheby's terms "a troubled history".

The 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV is chassis #4980. It has been certified as one of the 150 models produced. It was set apart from other Miuras by its different cam timing and altered 4x3-barrel Weber carburetors. Its 3.9-liter V-12 engine that was tuned to achieve 380 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. When it was new, it rode on Pirelli Cinturato tires.

The year before the Miura SV debuted, Lamborghini development driver Bob Wallace modified a Miura to comfort to FIA's Appendix J racing regulations. Among the mods was the replacement of the the steel chassis and body panels with aluminum alloy versions. It as given the name "Miura Jota". The '71 Miura up for auction was altered to mimic this model during its life, but has recently been restored it its original trim.

1971 Lamborghini Miura SV

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Following its restoration the Miura SV received its certification from Lamborghini Polo Storico.

A 1977 Lamborghini Countach LP 400 with chassis #1120262 underpinning has a similarly troubled history. It was at one time owned by Rod Stewart, but that's not the trouble. It was a victim of multiple transformations (including the roof removal), before being restored to its original specifications.

The Miura SV fetched €2.4 million, the second highest value ever for a Miura SV, second only to one sold by Gooding & Co. in London last September. The Countach LP 400 went for €775,000.

"This is a pleasing but not surprising result, since it confirms a clear trend," says Paolo Gabrielli, Head of Aftersales at Automobili Lamborghini, which oversees the Polo Storico. Historical Lamborghinis are of increasing interest to the world's leading collectors, who are looking for the utmost respect for originality in their cars. The Polo Storico restoration program, alongside supporting top independent specialists through the provision of advice, documents and original spare parts, makes it possible to obtain restorations of the highest level and quality, which are appreciated by collectors and, consequently, by the market."

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The Jeep Wrangler Dual-Door Group offers factory-backed half-door comfort, style, and safety.
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Jeep Wrangler owners who want an open-air experience but don't want the complete doors-off look have a new from-the-factory option. Jeep Performance Parts and Mopar have worked together to create new half-doors for the iconic SUV.

The new Jeep Wrangler Dual-Door Group features two factory engineered, tested, and backed half-door options that offer owners the option to have production-level styling, security, and occupancy protection in addition to improved visibility.

Available for both two- and four-door Jeep Wrangler models through the Mopar Custom Shop, as part of an original new-vehicle purchase in the U.S. and Canada, the new Jeep Wrangler Dual-Door Group includes both full and half doors. Full-steel production doors are installed on the vehicle while matching body-color half doors are packaged within the vehicle.

    Jeep Wrangler Dual-Door Group

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    With production-level materials and build quality, new half doors are designed to work when equipped with any of the following features: power mirrors, blind-spot detection, passive and non-passive entry handles, and power locks. A quick and easy swap from full doors to half doors can be accomplished within minutes using the existing hinge locations and the exact same wiring connections.

    The newly developed upper-window assemblies are designed to have a weather-tight sealant feature zippered plastic windows. Two materials are offered for the assemblies: base-model vinyl that matches the production soft-top roof or premium acrylic that matches the premium soft-top roof.

    Each upper-door frame section uses an easy, tool-free, dual-guide post feature for easy installation and removal.

    The Dual-Door Group is now available on two- and four-door Jeep Wrangler Sport, Rubicon; Sahara, Rubicon 392, and 4xe models. Factory-option pricing for the U.S.s tarts at $2,350 for the two-door's Dual-Door Group with base-model upper-window assembles while the four-door costs $3,995. Checking the box for the more premium version of the upper-window assemblies moves the price tag up to $2,550 for the two-door and $4,395 for the four-door.

    Warranty coverage for each Dual-Door Group option is included as part of the new-vehicle warranty of three years/36,000 miles.

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