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Auto News For Monday, April 11, 2016 – Chrysler 200 & Dodge Dart Lose Half Their Value In 12 Months

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Here are the six must-read, must-watch auto news stories and videos for Monday, April 11, 2016.

“A typical new (Chrysler) 200 or (Dodge) Dart loses just under half of its value in the first 12 months of ownership,” Larry Vellequette writes, in an article that runs the gamut from Pacifica marketing to Fiat’s overhaul. And the failures of FCA’s car launches. – Automotive News

To be honest, he may be right. Mazda’s North American boss, Masahiro Moro, says the MazdaSpeed 3, “or whatever you call it was a little bit – I am not afraid to say it – childish.” The hood scoop. The torque steer. The stupid grin. But for a brand that tries to play up its enthusiast cred, its driver’s edge, a performanceless Mazda is a contradiction. – Automobile

Canadian auto sales shot to record levels in 2013. And 2014. And again in 2015. But the rate of acceleration is picking up speed in early 2016. The 30 best-selling vehicles in Canada account for much of the growth – and nearly two-thirds of the volume – in the Canadian market. – Autofocus