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

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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