FCA studio talent for rent; $12 billion in credit; CEO World Tour

Tavares at Warren with Ragalyi, Resha

Stellantis released three stories recently, one noting that the company had arranged for a $12 billion credit facility—always handy, one showing CEO Carlos Tavares on tour, and another announcing that Stellantis’ design facilities are available for consulting by companies inside and outside of the automotive business. The second part takes a little explanation. Automakers often …

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Not toys: the 2024-2025 Ram electric pickups

Ram BEV cutaway

Ram, probably the main profit driver of Stellantis in North America, has been increasingly popular thanks to its “new-plus-old-generations” sale strategy. In the future, though, electric power may be the key to success; and Ram is apparently set on staying relevant, without losing its character. The cutaway in the Ram EV Day presentation shows a …

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Recall: Charger, Challenger, 300 windshields

Dodge Challenger

If you own a 2020-2021 Dodge Challenger or Charger, or a Chrysler 300, you may have one of 21,258 vehicles (in the USA—there are a couple thousand more in the rest of the world) whose windshields may come out during a crash. Recall Y47 (NHTSA 21V516000) has the dealers take out the windshield and reapply …

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Stellantis nabs former Alexa, Toyota VP to be CTO

Ned Curic

Stellantis’ Chief Technology Officer (CTO) will be Nedžad Curić (Ned Curic), starting on August 30, 2021. Ned is currently a vice president of Alexa Automotive, an Amazon company using Android; he built up Amazon’s automotive business and technology from 2017 to 2021. From 2015 to 2017, he was an executive vice president at Toyota Connected; …

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Jeep is now setting apart non-standalone showrooms

feldman cdjr (jeep dealer)

At the temporary end of a road near Chrysler’s own Trenton engine plant stands the Feldman dealership. It’s not famous, but it carries Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, and, now in a differently-styled but connected wing, Jeep. Chrysler, Dodge, and Ram are all done up in the millennium styling theme insisted upon by the late Sergio Marchionne, …

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Jeep Wrangler Xtreme Recon Priced at $3,995

2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 with Xtreme Recon package

Last month, we introduced you to the Xtreme Recon package for the Jeep Wrangler, which gives the legendary SUV the best off-road specs in the segment. At the ongoing Chicago Auto Show, the price of the Xtreme Recon package was part of the Jeep news onslaught. Giving your new Jeep Wrangler the best approach angle, …

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Jeep Compass Gets a Luxuriously Redesigned Cabin for 2022

2022 Jeep Compass

The 2022 Jeep Compass was introduced yesterday at the Chicago Auto Show with some changes that should go a long way in helping to draw more customers to the compact SUV. On the outside, we have the relatively basic, evolutionary changes that we would expect from a mid-cycle refresh, but the interior changes are substantial, …

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