In an announcement released earlier today, Dodge revealed that it plans to resurrect the limited edition Daytona styling package for the 2013 Dodge Charger which will be available on both the standard Charger R/T model and Chargers equipped with the “Road & Track” Package. Last offered in 2009 on the previous generation Charger model, Dodge claims that the Daytona package has been redesigned and re-imagined for 2013.
In case you’re wondering, I have a strange obsession with Chevrolet Suburbans. Not enough to actually buy one and schlep my family around in it, mind you, but as I’ve noted before, the Suburban plays an important role in my automotive upbringing. For most of my formative years, the Suburban was the family hauler of choice from my parents’ point of view. Sure, we detoured to the occasional custom van (groovy!) and even the occasional sedan (1988 Oldsmobile Touring Sedan, anyone?), but the Suburban was the benchmark against which all other vehicles my family used were measured against. We always ended up coming back to the Sub.
I’ve commented elsewhere on the fact that Japanese cars, even the finest of them, have always suffered from a certain blandness, not to say lack of character, so that you could be driving your Acura, Infiniti, or Lexus along a thoroughfare teeming with car lovers (an unlikely scenario, admittedly) and not a single head would turn, whereas the driver of, say, an aging Jaguar S-Type would draw the gaze of the most jaded. (I know whereof I speak, being that driver.) Face it: Jags have character and Toyotas don’t.
Over the past few years, General Motors has made some efforts to atone for its past sins, real or perceived. When we interviewed Mark Reuss, president of GM North America, he was candid about the way the company was operated in the past. After enduring withering criticism from the media for “killing” the electric car when it halted the EV1 program, then crushed most of the cars, GM created the Chevrolet Volt, which is now the best-selling electric car (depending on your definition of an electric car, of course). Now, might GM be trying to rectify a wrong that it was alleged to have done not recently, but as many as 60 years ago. I’m referring to the allegation that across the country, shut them down, and happily sold buses and cars to folks in those cities instead.
About a year ago, our own Kevin Gordon posed a question about the Progressive Snapshot – basically, asking whether it was worthwhile to allow “spying for savings.” In the six years that Techshake has been online, this is the most-viewed and most-commented post ever. In fact, if you Google “progressive snapshot” (without quotes) this article is on the first page of the results. Though many of the 155 comments to date are not in favor of the device or the concept behind it, I thought that having a neutral party evaluate the device would be a good way to provide additional information to the public about the Snapshot.