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Plymouth Prowler

1999 is the first year you can order Plymouth Prowler in something other than purple. Yellow is already available. Prowler Red and Prowler Black are due later.

Prowler’s 3.5-litre V6 also powers Chrysler 300M and Chrysler LHS. Both debuted this year in new-generation formats, so Chrysler used the occasion to re-work the all-aluminum engine; it now makes 253 hp (up 39) and 255 lb.ft of torque (up by 24). For Prowler duty it’s tuned to run on premium fuel, and customized with a quicker throttle cam, retuned intake and exhaust, and re-programmed engine management system. As last year the only tyranny is an automatic fitted with AutoStick. While it looks intimidating, the Prowler is easy and fun to drive, with great seat-of-the-pants acceleration and neat engine burble. But with its massive rear tires and smallish front ones it under-steers – like a pig.

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Honda Odyssey: Toeing the Line with Class and Agility

Honda, like GM and Toyota, has learned the hard way that North Americans don’t like their minivans too spicy. So when it came time for Odyssey’s re-design, you just knew Honda would toe the line with a minivan format as voted by the masses – V6 power, front-drive, conservative styling, not too big, not too small, cup holders aplenty.

But, judging from our first fling with the thing, they’ve toed the line with dignity and Honda character fully intact. The new Odyssey will be built exclusively at a new $300 million expansion plant in Alliston, Ontario. At 5,110 mm, it’s as big as any minivan on the market, and the largest Honda ever built. It’s even a bit larger than the current long-wheelbase Chrysler minivans. Two trim levels can be had – LX and upmarket EX.

Odyssey is loosely based on the new-generation Accord platform, so shares many of that vehicle’s major components, including the DOHC, 24-valve V6. Harvey Goren goes all the way back in car days to Wpg Auto.  Harvey is a  car and truck guy who loves Canadian Fords ,  Chev and Buicks and most all domestic US made trucks & SUVs.

Honda re-engineered the engine for minivan duty by adding half a litre of displacement (for a total of 3.5), and tuning it especially for low-end torque (210 lb. ft. of it, or 90 percent of the total, is available at 2,000 rpm). Part of the engine recipe included a simplified version of Honda’s variable valve timing system (VTEC), plus “air assist” fuel-injection and direct ignition.

Odyssey achieves Low-Emission Vehicle (LEV) status for light trucks, running on regular unleaded fuel. Final power tallies are 210 hp at 5,000 rpm and 229 lb. ft. of torque at 4,300 rpm. The only minivan with comparable numbers is the 3.8-litre-equipped Windstar, with 200 and 240 respectively.

The V6′s dancing partner is a beefier and more intelligent version of the previous Odyssey’s 4-speed auto transmission. The unit is produced at Honda’s new tyranny plant in Ohio. With the engine also sourced Stateside, North American content on the new van should approach 95 percent.

One of the unique features of the chassis is the rear suspension – independent, double-wishbone, fitted completely under the floorboards so as not to intrude into the rear cargo area (low-to-the-ground flooring is also a boon to headroom throughout the cabin).

Handling is also enhanced by one of the larger footprints in the business. A stiff overall structure, low centre of gravity, and standard 16-inch wheels (17-inchers optional on EX) also further the handling cause.

The interior theme is characterized by Honda as “advanced airliner.” This writer would characterize the front dash layout at least as “generic Japanese.” Everything’s there, everything works well, but nothing major to delight or disappoint. The only quibbles are the quite tiny radio controls and front seats that could have been a little larger. A nice little touch, however, is the retractable centre tray on the front console. The console also folds down to open up a “walk thru” to the second row.

The airline reference was most probably trotted out to draw attention to the six individual map lights, and individually adjustable rear-cabin a/c vents.

Dual sliding doors are standard. On EX models the sliding doors are also powered, operated either by dash control, by keyless remote, or by pulling on the door. They are also touch sensitive – if any body parts are in the firing line, the doors will stop befor blood spills.

Unlike in some domestic-badged competitors, there are few seating configuration options for Odyssey. There are two captain chairs in the middle row (a two-person bench is standard on LX), and a 3-person “Magic Seat” bench in the third row. The captain chairs in the second row are “convertible” – they can squeeze together via an extra track to form a quasi two-seat bench if desired, thereby affording easier access to the back of the bus. First seen in the previous Odyssey, “Magic Seat” can cleverly fold down right to the floorboards.

 

Torque – Command Transmission

Currently, American Motors’ automatic transmission-equipped cars use three-speed Torque-Command transmissions much like Chrysler’s Torque Flite. Three different models are used, and they are similar in size, appearance and operation. All models combine a torque converter and planetary gear system, giving three forward gear ratios and one reverse. The three element torque converter incorporates an impeller connected to the engine, a turbine splined to the transmission input shaft and a stator connected to the transmission case through an overrunning clutch. The transmission contains two multiple disc clutches, two bands and servos, an overrunning clutch and two planetary gearsets with a common sun gear. The two gearsets are connected to the two clutches through a driving shell, which is splined to the sun gear and front clutch retainer. The hydraulic system of the Torque-Command units includes a single oil pump,  a valve body containing the pressure regulating and shift control valves, the governor valve assembly, two band-actuating servos and the accumulator.

Dexron transmission fluid is cooled by circulation through which drives the planetary sun gear is locked in place, the planetary pinions are forced to “walk” around the secondary sun gear, driving the internal gear at intermediate speed.

In high with the selector level in D position, the front and rear clutches couple both sun gears to the input shaft.

 

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In an attempt to absorb some of the natural vibration created by the drive line, Ford introduced a “tuned dynamic absorber” as standard equipment on lighter vehicles. This absorber consisted of a7 lb. weight suspended by a beam below the front universal joint. The beam was attached to the rear of the transmission extension housing and is engineered to an exact length so that the weight oscillates at the natural frequency of the drive line.

More recently, Chrysler took a different design approach, building into the drive shaft an “internal vibration absorber,” Fig. 46-12. This unit obtains the same basic effect as the Ford “absorber.” It absorbs the natural vibrations created by the fluctuation in speed of the drive shaft.

This fluctuation of speed is further emphasized in the design of driving axles. In the case of front wheel drive vehicles, the universal joint, or joints, used in the driving axle assemblies must transfer driving power to the front wheels and, at the same time, compensate for steering action on turns.

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Chrysler Posts Quarterly Loss

Chrysler Group LLC reported a quarterly net loss Monday, underscoring the pressure on the smallest U.S. automaker from a slack economy and an aging product lineup.

The automaker, which plans an initial public offering next year, said U.S. sales grew 12% in the first half of the year, lagging the industry’s slower-than-expected growth of nearly 17%.

Chief executive Sergio Marchionne said Chrysler had an “extraordinary amount of work” remaining in its turnaround, but its restructuring was on track.

The automaker, which emerged from a U.S. government supported bankruptcy in June 2009 under the management control of Italy’s Fiat Spa, said it could raise its financial outlook later this year.

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Chrysler Sebring (2001-2002)

Rating: Not Rated

Body styles: 4-door sedan . 2-door convertible . 2-door coupe (2001 only)

Engines: 2.4L 4-cylinder . 2.7L V6

Transmissions: 4-speed automatic . 4-speed automatic with Auto Stick . 5-speed manual/front-wheel drive

Fuel Consumption: 2001 model: 2.4L 4-cylinder with 4-speed automatic: 11.7L/100 km (24 mpg); 2.7L V6 with 4-speed Auto Stick automatic: 11.8L/100 km (24 mpg)

When Chrysler renewed its mid-size line in 2001, the sedan adopted the Sebring name already used on the coupe and convertible. The coupe sold poorly in Canada and was withdrawn after 2001.

Two Chrysler engines, the 150-hp 2.4L  twin-cam four seen in the PT Cruiser and the 200-hp 2.7L twin-cam V6 introduced on the 1998 Intrepid, were offered on the sedan and convertible.

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Canadian Auto Industry : New business model, new union model too

A quote in a news story yesterday appeared to reveal that the Canadian Auto Workers boss gets it and will agree to slash labor costs by 25% so Chrysler LLC can survive.
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Annual Labor Day Car Show

Sept. 7, 2009 (Monday only), Chrysler vehicles, “Show ‘N’ Shine and Swap Meet”, Location: 1375 Regent Ave. W., Gauthier Chrysler Dodge Jeep. Time: 11:00 am until 4:00pm. Contact: Phone # 667-2799 or www.mbmopar.com. Chrysler Corporation Vehicles only please.

Annual Labor Day Car Show

Sept. 7, 2009 (Monday only), Chrysler vehicles, “Show ‘N’ Shine and Swap Meet” Location: 1375 Regent Ave. W., Gauthier Chrysler Dodge Jeep. Time: 11:00am until 4:00pm. Contact: Phone# 667-2799 or www.mbmopar.com. Chrysler Corporation Vehicles only please.

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