GM dropping spyware, adding privacy officer

chevy spies

Following a controversy over sharing customer data with third parties, GM announced in March that it would stop sharing location and other information with two data brokers. Many were skeptical of GM’s announcement, partly because it was quite specific about dropping LexisNexis and Verisk, which meant the company could simply switch to other brokers….

Another 199 gone: STLA still trimming plant workers

2025 Ram 1500 Ramcharger Tungsten

According to original reporting by Automotive News, Stellantis has cut 199 jobs from the Sterling Heights plant that makes the Ram 1500. The article cited a company statement crediting “ongoing operational reviews” and predicting “indefinite layoffs across [our] U.S. footprint over the coming months.”The cuts come shortly after CEO Carlos Tavares was given a hefty … Read more

Recalls: Tesla screws up brake pedals, Ford stalls on low voltage

Ford Maverick

Ford had two recalls this week—one because the battery can lose so much power the engine stops working, without the computer noticing (2021-24 Bronco Sport, 2022-23 Maverick); and one because it stuck the wrong labels into 2024 Mavericks. Neither was as embarrassing as Tesla’s problem with the rubber brake coverings slipping off the stainless steel … Read more

New Dodge Warranty Program Covers Almost Everything, Includes Track School

New Dodge Complete Performance Vehicle Protection Package Flyer

Yesterday, Dodge introduced the Complete Performance Vehicle Protection Package for buyers who want to pay more up front to avoid having to deal with any of the most common headaches of vehicle ownership. This elaborate warranty program is offered through the Mopar Vehicle Protection Plan Program and it starts by adding 6 years/75,000 miles of … Read more

Wagoneer, Grand Wagoneer vs the competitors: One surprise

2022 grand wagoneer seats

The Jeep Wagoneer may be a high-end, full-size truck, but its main competition remains the big Ford, GM, and Toyota wagons. The class leader remains the Chevy/GMC Tahoe, Suburban, and Yukon/Yukon XL, which have dominated full size SUV sales since, well, the original “SJ” Wagoneer was still in production. The GM SUVs are not just stalwarts due to age or old reputation; they have remained quite reliable and durable through the past decades, with no major failures and gaffes. Beating them is likely impossible—it would take help from GM, which GM is not likely to give. Sales of these in Q1 2024 were…

STLA CEO gets big bonus as suppliers demand a share and GM moves its HQ

Carlos Tavares

Automotive News reported in an exclusive story that Wrangler and Gladiator production was temporarily stopped as Kamax refused to ship fasteners until they got an inflation adjustment to their prices. Since Kanax failed to have inflation adjustments in their contract, Stellantis was able to get a judge to order them to keep sending parts. The … Read more

2024 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Veloce Review: Cruising the Countryside in Sporty Luxury

2024 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Veloce

Many online discussions about the Alfa Romeo Stelvio focus on the hot Quadrifoglio, which makes sense from an enthusiast’s standpoint, as the 505-horsepower Ferrari V6 is an absolute delight. However, most Stelvios are powered by the turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder powerplant, so when planning an 800-mile road trip, I happily accepted the offer to test a … Read more