DODGE CHARGER DAYTONA

In 1968 Dodge introduced a new car, aimed at recapturing former glories at Daytona. It was built around the 6980cc 90-degree V8 hemi engine of the Charger and although the power output had to stay the same to comply with the rules there was some advantage to be gained from changing the bodywork. This was the time when automobile aerodynamics were first in vogue. For Dodge this meant a new plastic nosecone designed to conceal pop-up headlights and at the rear a really large spoiler. The spoiler was so large… Read more

DODGE JOURNEY 2008 – 2017

Despite looking like a macho SUV, perhaps even a full-on 4WD, the Dodge Journey is actually a sensible people. The Journey’s interior is very versatile; the second-row seats three and can slide back and forward to let you juggle legroom with those in the rearmost seats. Entry and egress to the third-row seats isn’t too bad, but as is usually the case those seats are better suited to the kids as suppleness is required. Also check the foot-room in rear if larger littlies are going to be back there. The… Read more

RAM 1500: BIG, BOLD AND VERY AMERICAN

There’s one word you won’t read in this news piece – ‘subtle’. Ram Trucks invited us to the launch of its Ram 1500 models and the first thing that greeted us was a brochure titled “Ram 1500 Eats Utes For Breakfast”. So there… The ute market in Australia is growing at a crazy rate, with the top two selling vehicles being the Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger. That’s top selling overall, not in the commercial segment. So Ram Trucks has joined the sales fray with its smallest – yes, smallest… Read more

DODGE VIPER

2002 Dodge Viper

First shown at the 1989 Detroit Motor Show as a concept car the Dodge Viper was a real crowd pleaser. The fact that Carroll Shelby, the legendary creator of the Cobra had acted as a consultant to Chrysler in the car’s design greatly assisted in boosting its image. Chrysler was so pleased with the public reaction that they immediately set about forming a design team to rush the car into production. Thirty months later the Viper started to appear in Chrysler showrooms across the USA. By the use of a… Read more

DODGE JOURNEY 2008 – 2016

2008 Dodge Journey

  Despite looking like a macho SUV, perhaps even a full-on 4WD, the Dodge Journey is actually a sensible people mover with three rows of seats and the ability to carry seven adults. Four adults and three children is a more realistic load. Note that it’s a 2WD, front wheels only, so shouldn’t be taken off the beaten track. Dirt roads and forest trails are fine if you know what you’re doing, beaches are a definite no-no. The Americans love their minivans and Dodge Journey has been a big success… Read more

BIG DODGE IS IDEAL FOR A LONG JOURNEY

Although it’s very much a bit player in Australia the Dodge brand has been around for just over 100 years and still remains one of the world’s most recognisable names. For most of its life Dodge was owned by Chrysler until the collapse of that other American icon during the GFC saw them both being snapped up by the Italian giant, Fiat. Dodge Journey is a close cousin to Fiat’s Freemont. A number of Dodge models have come and gone in Australia over the past decade – only one remains,… Read more

2015 DODGE JOURNEY R/T BLACKTOP

Dodge is unusual in currently being a single-model brand in the country. In this case, it’s the seven-seat Dodge Journey in three trim levels – SXT, R/T and R/T Blacktop. It’s a curious thing to have just the one Dodge when the parent company is doing pretty decent business with the Jeep brand. But, as they say, smoke them if you’ve got them and in a world where niche cars can become surprise hits, why not? VALUE The Journey Blacktop is loaded with stuff for its relatively modest price which… Read more

DODGE JOURNEY BLACKTOP EDITION

Dodge Journey Blacktop is a special edition of the vehicle that neatly straddles the people mover and crossover SUV in its styling. Not just a people mover, the Blacktop is all about style numerous black exterior details featured around black alloy wheels. Based on the topline Journey R/T, the Blacktop has a gloss black front fascia, headlight housings, split-crosshair Dodge grille and exterior mirrors. Our favourite is the one with a full black body, but it’s also offered in other colours, the red and black edition looks pretty good as… Read more

DODGE DAYTONA CHARGER

1969 Dodge Daytona Charger

In 1968 Dodge introduced a new car, aimed at recapturing former glories at Daytona. It was built around the 6980cc 90-degree V8 hemi engine of the Charger and although the power output had to stay the same to comply with the rules there was some advantage to be gained from changing the bodywork. This was the time when automobile aerodynamics were first in vogue. For Dodge this meant a new plastic nosecone designed to conceal pop-up headlights and at the rear a really large spoiler. The spoiler was so large… Read more