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.

The 2017 Overland Expo West has a New Location

Join us May 12 – 14, 2017 for the
ninth annual Overland Expo WEST near
Flagstaff, Arizona, USA — NEW VENUE!

We are the premier overlanding event in the world—no other event offers the scope of classes taught by the world’s leading experts, alongside a professional-level trade show that brings together in one place all the camping and vehicle and motorcycle equipment and services you need to get outfitted and get going.

EVENT SCHEDULE — OVERLAND EXPO 2017 WEST

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
6 pm to 8 pm:  Overland Expo Gear & Beer + Cool Ride Party in Downtown Flagstaff (TBA)

Thursday, May 11, 2017
1 pm to 7 pm:  attendee check-in; exhibitors set-up;
camping opens for Overland Experience and pre-purchased Weekend Passes with Camping only

Friday, May 12, 2017
9 am to 5 pm: exhibitor show, classes and programs
5 pm to 7 pm: happy hour
7 pm to 10 pm: evening programs TBA

Saturday, May 13, 2017
8 am to 5 pm: exhibitor show, classes and programs
5 pm to 7 pm: happy hour
7 pm to 10 pm: evening programs TBA

Sunday, May 14, 2017
8 am to 3 pm: exhibitor show, classes and programs
430 pm: BBQ dinner for Overland Experience attendees, exhibitors, and media

Monday, May 15, 2017
departures . . . the adventures begin—where do you find it?

Details about Overland Expo EAST near Asheville, NC in October 2017, will be available in June 2017.

Why come to Overland Expo?

WHY TRAIN WITH US?

Several overland shows now offer worthwhile classes. But no other event comes close to the breadth and depth of education available to Overland Experience attendees at the Overland Expo, from choosing the right vehicle for your needs, to packing it with the proper equipment and provisions, to comfortably handling challenging driving conditions, to winching it out of a hole. Our team of instructors is simply the best on the planet: from ex-Camel Trophy team members to trans-Africa veterans to professional expedition leaders. The 2016 Overland Expo EAST schedule includes 140 classes comprising a full 320 session-hours of instruction. We now have attendees who have been to every Expo and have not run out of things to learn.

 

WHY COME EAST?

The Overland Expo EAST venue lies in the forested heart of Blue Ridge Mountain country, at the beautiful Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. We have access to several miles along the French Broad River for our vendors, training areas, and camping. Asheville is a culinary and micro-brew mecca, and before or after the show you can drive the Blue Ridge Parkway or head to the stunning Outer Banks to overindulge in seafood, climb the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, and rest your hand on the rail from which the Wright Brothers launched their first Flyer at Kitty Hawk.

 

WHY BUY A WEEKEND PASS?

If you’re not quite ready for the full Overland Experience package, do not imagine your time won’t be busy. A weekend pass (with or without camping) gets you access to over 100 vendors, a drive in a new Land Rover on a specially built course, test BFGoodrich tires, plus dozens of demonstrations, slide shows, films, and roundtable panels on worldwide travel. You can effortlessly fill three days—some guests tell us it takes them hours just to look through all the fascinating overland vehicles in the parking lot. And as always, kids 17 and under get in free to Overland Expo (Biltmore entrance fees may apply).

 

WHY OVERLAND EXPO?

One word: Community. Of all the comments we get raving about the quality of classes, instructors, and vendors, one impression strikes people the hardest, and that is the people who come to learn, to teach, and to share. The Overland Expo has become a mandatory calendar event for travelers from all over the world, many of whom schedule trans-continental journeys to coincide with a West or East Expo, to see old friends and meet new ones. Those new to overlanding tell us again and again how welcomed they feel by this community whose reason for being, after all, is to explore, learn new things, and meet new people. It’s why our motto is: Overland Expo—where adventure begins and friendships last.

For more information about the Overland Expo West, click (here).