Is Hyundai thinking about buying FCA?

This is from a question posted on TFLcar.com’s “Ask Nathan” weekly post.

You can read the whole column (here).

Q:Hi Guys, it is true that Hyundai will buy FCA?

Is this for real? If it is true, what’s going to happen to Jeep and Ram?1!? I have nothing against Hyundai, but this seems like a drastic idea. Hyundai is known for smart sensible engineering. As Nathan puts it, everything Italian is built for an emotional connection. They are two completely different philosophies with Hyundai appealing to the brain and Fiat battling for your soul. Also =, with all the instability in Korea, is it such a good idea to absorb a company that American consumers are so reliant on?

What’s your take?

Love your Ike Gauntlet and off road shows!
‘Schmitty

 

A: Hi Schmitty!

Normally, emails take time to post, but your email is rather timely. I just caught wind of this through our friends at Carscoops.com. I investigated this rumor and found out that – yes – there is some truth to the rumor.

My take? If this happens (and that’s a big “IF”), I think Hyundai would gradually make changes to allow the cash-cows of FCA (Jeep and Ram) to expand a bit while they get rid of models that are undesirable or competitive with their brands. I think they would kill off vehicles like the Fiat 500L, Chrysler 300C, Dodge Journey and more. They would plan to platform-share as well; perhaps something like a Chrysler sedan based on a Genesis platform?

There are lots of possibilities. The bottom line in my book is: this could be a good thing. It would make Hyundai the largest automaker on the planet, add to FCA’s financial stability and it would give Hyundai something its wanted for decades, a competitive pickup truck.

N

 

A: Hi Schmitty!

Normally, emails take time to post, but your email is rather timely. I just caught wind of this through our friends at Carscoops.com. I investigated this rumor and found out that – yes – there is some truth to the rumor.

My take? If this happens (and that’s a big “IF”), I think Hyundai would gradually make changes to allow the cash-cows of FCA (Jeep and Ram) to expand a bit while they get rid of models that are undesirable or competitive with their brands. I think they would kill off vehicles like the Fiat 500L, Chrysler 300C, Dodge Journey and more. They would plan to platform-share as well; perhaps something like a Chrysler sedan based on a Genesis platform?

There are lots of possibilities. The bottom line in my book is: this could be a good thing. It would make Hyundai the largest automaker on the planet, add to FCA’s financial stability and it would give Hyundai something its wanted for decades, a competitive pickup truck.

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Autowerkz.TV’s 2017 Dodge Durango Citadel V6 4WD

We were lucky enough to secure a 2017 Dodge Durango Citadel V6 4WD for a week’s worth of use. Full disclosure: FCA/Dodge agreed to loan it to Autowerkz.TV for a one week loan

It was a brilliant shuttle, assisting in the transport of over thirty dinner guests from airport to hotel and hotel to dinner party. During that time, we used every inch of its seven-seat capacity. It hauled people, film gear, bicycles, luggage and food platters (enough Hors d’oeuvres for 200 people) that were piled floor to ceiling in the Durango.

It performed flawlessly and more than one guest at the massive dinner party were considering purchasing one by the end of the evening.

There are a few things you need to know about the Dodge Durango with the 293-hp 3.6-liter V6:

It moves: 0 to 60 mph happens in about 7.5 seconds. It’s mid-pack among challengers.
It pulls: Maximum of 6,200 lbs – that’s best-in-class.
It sips: Combined fuel efficiency is 21 mpg. It’s mid-pack among its challengers.
It looks: good…
It is reasonable: MSRP* for the 2017 Dodge Durango Citadel 4WD starts at $43,995


Weak points? Just a few, minor issues.

We wish it had heated and cooled seats front and back. We think the automated breaks, the ones that stop you if you’re too slow engaging them, are far too sensitive. We also wish the exhaust note was beefier… but that’s all.

In this class, with its overall ability, luxury, fun-to-drive appeal and 4WD traction – the 2017 Dodge Durango Citadel 4WD is hard to beat.

What is the Secret to the 2018 Dodge Demon’s World Record 1/4-mile Run?

Photos and video via: TFLcar.com

Join us as we watch the 2018 Dodge Demon lights up the drag-strip. The guys at TFLcar gets a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to make a track just right for this brawny machine. There’s a lot more to prep a racetrack over a lump of concrete.