With 2018 in the books and 2019 already here, the MoparInsiders team is sharing what our favorite articles were in 2018. While we all pretty much agreed about what we thought was the most news worthy article for the year was, we couldn’t have been more further apart on our favorite articles for 2018.
“FCA continues to impress me with their growth compared to other brands who declined in the same period. Jeep has sold more SUVs this year than Toyota or Ford, yet still has critics claiming they can’t maintain that success. These sales reports seem to disagree. Ram is also doing very well and I expect it to eclipse the Silverado next year after that truck’s underwhelming redesign. Despite a few people continuing to shout and whine that FCA has lost its way, the company has outstanding sales numbers to prove them wrong.” – Contributor and In-House Design Artist Ryan Dodd.
“This was my favorite for a number of reasons. This was (that I know of) the fastest FCA has ever put out a B&P after a new vehicle was released, shocking me like a bolt from the blue when I saw it, then [Jonathan] figuring out how to get it to work (let alone finding out it actually worked), and then MoparInsiders being the first and only outlet to have this kind of information so early. It was just a seriously good day that day, lol! – Contributor Cody Wagner.
“Certainly it’s something Jeep related. In this case rumors or new about new Jeep assembly plant. In a time when the other two from a Big Three are closing factories opening a new one in Detroit area after 20+ years is a huge news. I don’t know what can be better than this.” – Contributor Ivan Barišić.
“My favorite moment he Challenger Drag Pak cleaning house and winning both the NMCA and NHRA championships. Add in Dodge and Mopar going all in to support grassroots drag racing by paying registration fees for Mopar racers and enthusiasts, increasing support and contingency programs, adding more crate engine packages like the Hellephant, the 1320 Club (which shows me as owning the fastest stock Charger SRT 392 in the country ?), and of course the Challenger 1320 which comes with a NMCA membership.” – Contributor Mike Volkmann.
“We know that FCA is continuing to focus on vehicle quality and it’s good to see it being noticed. While I think they still have a bit of work to do getting their vehicle launches right, they are a lot better than they were and are definitely taking steps in the right direction. Continuous improvement is the way to to go to prove that to people that you want your image to change.” – Co-Editor Jared Balfour.
“Picking a favorite story was challenging for me. But, I have to say I loved writing about the awesome Ram 1500 Minotaur from Prefix corporation. The vehicle is top notch. However, it was upsetting that Prefix no longer sells the Minotaur due to that of the end of production of the Ram 1500 (DS) Sport. FCA gave Prefix a discount on a specific Sport option package which made the Minotaur affordable.
Not long after writing the article, I actually got to tour one of the Prefix buildings were they actually convert the Minotaur. It was pretty neat seeing that vehicle up close and all the engineering work that went into bring such a product from a third-party to market.” – Co-Editor Robert S. Miller.