Fiat S.p.A. Reworks Dodge's Muscle Cars Amid Controversy

A nice new interior for the Challenger, and a controversial new nose for the Charger.

Apr 30, 2014 at 6:15PM


The 2015 Dodge Charger's new nose has touched off some controversy. It looks mean in person, but it also looks a lot like the compact Dodge Dart's. Photo credit: Fiat Chrysler.

The New York International Auto Show is a major stop on the world's auto show circuit. Like so much else in New York, it's big, it's loud, and it's one of the industry's highest-profile stages.

The Motley Fool's Rex Moore and John Rosevear were in New York last week for the two days devoted to events for the world's automotive and financial media -- and they captured the highlights to share with you through the magic of video.

The freshly merged Fiat Chrysler (NASDAQOTH:FIATY) had its share of highlights. We saw the new Jeep Renegade, which will lead a global push for the Jeep brand; the Alfa Romeo 4C, which will spearhead that brand's return to the U.S. as a mainstream luxury-car maker; and overhauled versions of the Dodge brand's trademark muscle cars.

Some controversy surrounded the all-new grill that Chrysler fitted to the 2015 Charger. It's quite striking in person, but it's also quite reminiscent of the compact Dodge Dart's look and very different from the Ram-inspired grill that the Charger has worn for years. The Charger has to do double-duty in Chrysler's lineup (it's not just a muscle car, it's also the company's big mainstream sedan), but did Fiat and Chrysler take it a little too far away from its established image?


Fiat Chrysler gave the 2015 Dodge Challenger a new interior and some high-tech updates, but it didn't mess with the formula. Photo credit: Fiat Chrysler.

No such controversy surrounded the Challenger's update. The two-door Challenger kept its Hot-Wheels-retro good looks on the outside, but it's getting a much-needed new interior for 2015 (it's very similar to the Charger). There are a bunch of new high-tech features, and a very mild reworking of the front and rear ends that updates the car's look while doing nothing to alter its personality. If you like the vintage Chrysler "High Impact" colors, you'l love the lime green Challenger we saw up close in New York.

Dodge unveiled the refreshed duo at a raucous event filled with the sound of screeching tires and roaring Hemis. John and Rex were there, and they filed this video report for you right from the stage. Join them as they take a closer look at the refreshed-for-2015 Dodge Charger and Challenger, and then scroll down to leave a comment with your thoughts.

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4 in 5 Americans Are Ignoring Buffett's Warning

Don't be one of them.

Jun 12, 2015 at 5:01PM

Admitting fear is difficult.

So you can imagine how shocked I was to find out Warren Buffett recently told a select number of investors about the cutting-edge technology that's keeping him awake at night.

This past May, The Motley Fool sent 8 of its best stock analysts to Omaha, Nebraska to attend the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder meeting. CEO Warren Buffett and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger fielded questions for nearly 6 hours.
The catch was: Attendees weren't allowed to record any of it. No audio. No video. 

Our team of analysts wrote down every single word Buffett and Munger uttered. Over 16,000 words. But only two words stood out to me as I read the detailed transcript of the event: "Real threat."

That's how Buffett responded when asked about this emerging market that is already expected to be worth more than $2 trillion in the U.S. alone. Google has already put some of its best engineers behind the technology powering this trend. 

The amazing thing is, while Buffett may be nervous, the rest of us can invest in this new industry BEFORE the old money realizes what hit them.

KPMG advises we're "on the cusp of revolutionary change" coming much "sooner than you think."

Even one legendary MIT professor had to recant his position that the technology was "beyond the capability of computer science." (He recently confessed to The Wall Street Journal that he's now a believer and amazed "how quickly this technology caught on.")

Yet according to one J.D. Power and Associates survey, only 1 in 5 Americans are even interested in this technology, much less ready to invest in it. Needless to say, you haven't missed your window of opportunity. 

Think about how many amazing technologies you've watched soar to new heights while you kick yourself thinking, "I knew about that technology before everyone was talking about it, but I just sat on my hands." 

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