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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Releases Arsenal of Democracy Documentary

Arsenal of Democracy

World War II may have occurred over 70 years ago, but the memory of the war continues to haunt, terrify, and fascinate the minds of the general public. Countless books, documentaries, movies, television shows, and more have been created based on the tragic conflict. For the automobile industry, the war was not only a major factor in the innovation of new technology, but also the cause of a nationwide halt in the production of civilian vehicles following President Roosevelt’s famous Arsenal of Democracy speech. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles was one of many car manufacturers that stopped production of civilian cars in order to make contributions to the production of war materials, and recently, FCA announced the release of a short documentary about the time period.

Named “Arsenal of Democracy” after Roosevelt’s words, the documentary covers Chrysler’s involvement with the creation of military vehicles. Though the Axis powers laughed at Roosevelts’ production goals, auto manufacturers still managed to accomplish them. Detroit alone managed to create 10% of the tools used in the second World War. The sheer number of military tools produced during that time period had never been seen before — or since.

The documentary was released in honor of the 75th anniversary of Roosevelts’ Arsenal of Democracy speech. The six-minute feature, narrated by historian Brandt Rosenbusch, provides viewers with a closer look at the war vehicles FCA crafted during one of history’s most dramatic production pushes.

Chrysler to Debut New Town & Country Minivan in Detroit

New Town & Country Minivan

Rumors have the new 2016 Town and Country coming out later this year!

While other automakers focus on the increasingly competitive SUV and crossover segment, Chrysler is focusing its efforts on the small but consistent niche market for minivans — specifically, the new Town & Country minivan set to debut at the prolific North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Reports say the 2017 Town & Country will be launched at dealerships sometime early 2016, though no official date has yet been confirmed.

Chrysler’s reasoning behind releasing a new minivan is simply that it now has a complete monopoly over the market. There are still a number of consumers that still want minivans, but they have nowhere else to turn to satisfy their interest in the niche segment, especially after Chrysler follows through on plans to phase out the only other minivan under FCA’s administration, the Dodge Grand Caravan. Chrysler will also be using the new 2017 model year as a testing grounds for their hybrid technology.

The new Town & Country minivan sports a front fascia that resembles the Chrysler 200, as well as a more modern, stylish, and upscale design. While the traditional model is expected in early 2016, the plug-in hybrid variant of the 2017 Town & Country will be released a few months after the initial model’s release.

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