Dodge will stop making the Charger and Challenger muscle vehicles at the end of next year, according to a recent piece at CNBC.
Although they are a recognisable model and popular among aficionados, Stellantis, the parent company of Dodge, has had issues with them.
Although the safety Karens, environmentalists, and bean counters appear to be delighted about the demise of these cars, the fact is that they won't disappear. They're only evolving.
The Charger is a product of a mid- to late-2000s industry trend toward automobiles with a throwback aesthetic.
The 2005 Ford Mustang was the vehicle that sparked the fad.
Ford finally provided a car that gave purchasers an updated version of 1960s style, but with current safety, power,
and creature comforts, after numerous generations of vehicles that appeared more different from the originals from the 1960s.
The other members of the historical Big Three manufacturers were actually forced to follow suit,
and in the years that followed, a throwback Charger and a retro Camaro both came out.
Crossover and SUV sales continued to grow even as consumers flocked to these strong and emotive automobiles,
which also served to engender brand loyalty among purchasers of less expensive cars, some of which had stylistic inspirations from the Charger and Challenger.
But Stellantis found that this was difficult. Outside of North America, it is more difficult to maintain CAFE regulations and ...
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