Indiana State Police move to Durangos hits a glitch (updated)

2022 Dodge Durango police pursuit car (squad)

The Indiana State Police, which has used Dodges for most of their pursuit cars for around 15 years, has complained of problems with the Dodge Durango. 

They ordered 516 Durangos at a cost of $50,000 each; part of the cost may be factory outfitting. 219 have been delivered so far, and 39 of them had defective oil coolers, according to the state police, which said Dodge has not provided a timeline for resolution.

Chinese-European joint venture cars start up on Poland

Leapmotor cars (Chinese EVs)

Fiat’s Tychy plant in Poland has started to make Leapmotor cars under a joint venture which will ease the Chinese company’s entrance into Europe, according to Reuters. Stellantis’ leader warned about the impact of inexpensive Chinese electric cars on Europe, as had Fiat’s leader, before forming a joint venture with a Chinese company to bring … Read more

Recalls (updated): missing van beams, trailer lights, loose bolts, a single-car recall, and more

2022 Ram ProMaster vans

The American agency in charge of car safety, NHTSA, listed several  recalls from Chrysler this week, some more embarrassing than others. We start with the most embarrassing—missing door beams in 2021-24 Ram ProMasters. While only 266 vehicles are affected (in the US—Canada and Mexico will likely account for a few more), the vehicles are missing … Read more

2024 Jeep Wagoneer S Launch Edition Covers the Auburn Hills HQ

Jeep Wagoneer S Building Wrap

The 2024 Jeep Wagoneer S Launch Edition will mark the formal introduction of the EV era for the Trail Rated brand and to celebrate the new Tesla competitor, Stellantis has emblazoned the plush SUV on the side of the company’s massive headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Over the course of the past decade or so, … Read more

$25,000 Jeep Renegade EV in the US “very soon”

Renegade (RED)

Late last month, MSN and others reported that Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares sees a $25,000 electric Jeep coming to the United States “very soon.” The cheapest Jeep in the United States is selling for around $29,445 with no options and in white only, including destination charges. The new Jeep would cost $26,595 with current destination … Read more

Evolution of the Modern Dodge Charger LX/LD – My First and Last SRT Hemi Test Cars

Dodge Charger SRT - 2010 to 2023

Over the course of the past 15 years, I have been fortunate to have tested every trim level of the modern Dodge Charger. Growing up a Dodge drag racer and diehard fan of the brand, the most exciting aspect of writing new vehicle reviews was that I might get to drive the latest and greatest … Read more

2022 Durango, 2022-23 Rams recalled

2023 Ram 2500 Rebel

An amusingly small number of Rams and a quite large number of Durangos and Ram 2500-3500s are being recalled for two different issues. Just 214 Ram pickups (1500, 2500, and 3500) have an “insufficient weld” in the transmission control unit; fluid can leak onto electrical parts, causing loss of power or loss of the Park … Read more

Weekend video picks, old and new

2024 Jeep Wagoneer S Launch Edition

Some old-timers may remember when there were two Mopar 383 engines—one for Chrysler and one for the junior brands. Here’s their story in less than four minutes:

This week, we covered the launch of the Jeep Wagoneer S; if you wanted to see it in motion, here’s a summary of our coverage with around 12 minutes of action shots.

Dozens of Dodge Hellcat Cars Available in Metro Detroit without Markup

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Group

Although the automotive industry is well into the 2024 model year – inching towards the 2025 model year for many vehicles – there are still some areas around the country where 2023 Dodge Challengers and Chargers are being sold with additional dealer markups (ADM). The same is true for the Durango Hellcat and Ram 1500 … Read more

Jeep brand most patriotic brand in Brand Key brand survey of brands

jeep patriotic brand

Jeep remains America’s most patriotic brand, according to the annual Brand Keys survey. Jeep started out with civilian versions of military vehicles, made by the company which contributed their engine, Willys-Overland. Today, in addition to planting flags on its vehicles, Jeep has a military incentive program and, more importantly, a 16-year-long USO partnership. Brand Keys … Read more

Jim Morrison leaving Jeep, Stellantis

Jeep's Jim Morrison and Wagoneer

According to Automotive News’ Vince Bond, Jr., quoting a Stellantis spokesperson, Jim Morrison is retiring from the company. Jim Morrison, a lifelong Jeeper and courageous off-road driver, ran Jeep North America from 2019 to the end of 2023; he was then put in charge of Jeep Performance Parts, while Maserati’s North American chief, William Peffer, … Read more

Wagoneer safety, another “special” Fiat

Jeep Wagoneer

The insurance industry’s safety testing group, IIHS, reported that the Jeep Wagoneer had the highest possible rating (“good”) in their program, earning it a Top Safety Pick rating. Their tests take into account standard camera-and-radar pedestrian crash-avoidance technology, as well as both daytime and nighttime performance. In other news, Fiat announced a new special edition … Read more

Mopar ’24 special edition announced

Mopar ’24 Gladiator

Mopar started producing cars under its own name years ago, with heavily customized special editions. This year, the 250-car limited production Mopar will be the Mopar ’24 Jeep® Gladiator. It will have black paint with unique topographical Rubicon trail graphics on the hood, sides, and tailgate. they are accented with a red tracer. Inside are … Read more