There is a Durango Hellcat for 2023, as a result of Dodge likes promoting automobiles, although some patrons of the 2021 Durango Hellcat aren’t comfortable about it. Seven of them have now sued Stellantis, Dodge’s dad or mum firm, as a result of they are saying they wouldn’t have paid a lot for his or her 2021 Hellcats (which offered out fairly rapidly) in the event that they’d identified one other was coming, and even by no means purchased them in any respect.
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The swimsuit was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Courtroom in Delaware. The Durango Hellcat house owners are recognized as Stacy Phillips, Lawrence Willis, Eli Negron III, Christian Papana, Jason Van Genderen, Mark Hollingsworth, and Jeffrey G. Heintz, Sr., all of whom purchased their Hellcats for as much as $114,225.
The guts of their criticism is that Dodge initially insisted that the 2021 Durango Hellcat could be the one Durango Hellcat, earlier than Dodge determined that it wouldn’t be, thus devaluing 2021 Durango Hellcats, round 3,000 of which have been offered, based on the swimsuit. The plaintiffs accuse Stellantis of unjust enrichment and false promoting, amongst different issues. From their criticism:
In or about July, 2020, Defendants introduced that they might be producing and promoting for 2021 solely, a one yr restricted manufacturing run of the Dodge Durango Hellcat Automobile. Dodge Chief Government Officer, Tim Kuniskis said in or about July 2, 2020 on the launch of the 2021 mannequin line, that the Dodge Hellcat could be a single yr run for the 2021 mannequin yr after which can be gone. In that extensively watched and closely coated promotional press launch on July 2, 2020, to introduce the Dodge 2021 line of automobiles, he touted numerous options of the Hellcat Automobile, together with that the Hellcat possessed 710 horsepower, was “essentially the most highly effective SUV on this planet,” can carry extra, tow extra, and go from zero to sixty in 3.5 seconds. He advised shoppers that Dodge was solely producing and promoting a single yr run of the Hellcat, which might be MY 2021 Hellcat. Kuniskis represented that “[t]he Hellcat Durango can be a single mannequin yr run. Once we flip the order books over to the ’22 mannequin yr, the Durango Hellcat can be gone. So that you’ve solely have one shot [to buy one].” Official press supplies created by the Firm made the identical or related statements.
The Durango Hellcat house owners are additionally asking the courtroom to grant the swimsuit class-action standing, to use to different Durango Hellcat house owners. In addition they need an unspecified quantity of compensatory and punitive damages, they need an injunction stopping Dodge from making new Durango Hellcats, and so they need their authorized charges coated.
All of which looks like a bit a lot, however that is what occurs if you piss off house owners of Durango Hellcats.
A Stellantis spokesperson stated in a press release that they don’t focus on energetic litigation.
You’ll be able to learn the complete civil criticism right here: