Auto News for Feb. 16

2015 Dodge Challenger 392 HEMI® Scat Pack Shaker From Left to Right: 2015 Dodge Challenger 392 HEMI® Scat Pack S

Dodge is returning the shaker hood to the Challenger lineup on three models with the HEMI V8. “After selling out last year’s Shaker model production in just four days, our hardcore Challenger customers demanded we bring back the Shaker,” said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO of Dodge and the SRT brands. The R/T Shaker and R/T plus Shaker can be ordered now with a top of the line 392 HEMI Scat Pack Shaker model available for customer orders in March.

Pictured are the 2015 Challenger 392 HEMI Scat Pack Shaker, 1971 Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker, and the 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker.

Automotive News reports the next generation Jeep Wrangler, due in 2017, will keep the floating solid axles that are the key to its excellent off road capabilities. Jeep fans were concerned the Wrangler would get an independent suspension system to reduce weight, AN reported.

GM is recalling more than 81,000 Chevy Malibu, Malibu Maxx and Pontiac G6 from model years 2007 and 2007 to correct a steering problem. A defect in a sensor assembly could cause the power steering to fail. If you think there have been a lot of recalls recently you would be right. A total of 63.95 million vehicles were recalled last year and that is a record, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal report that Apple is working on an electric car that sort of resembles a minivan. Apple is in no comment mode about the story. The two newspapers said Apple has hundreds of people working on the secret project that carries the code name “Titan”.

The Ford Fusion leads the list of good buys among sedans, selling for an average of 14 percent off the MSRP, according to TrueCar. It was followed by the Hyundai Elantra and the Chrysler 300C that are selling at least 10 percent below MSRP.

 

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