New leaders for Dodge and Ram

Feuell and white airflow

Chrysler leader Christine Feuell is taking over Ram and Dodge sales leader Matt McAlear is taking over Dodge on the retirement of Tim Kuniskis from Stellantis. The changes take place on June 1. Christine Feuell was an outside hire from Honeywell; Matt McAlear has experience in the “medical and digital sectors” as well as automotive. … Read more

Stellantis not among privacy-“misleading” automakers

police spying on car (privacy issues)

Eight automakers have told customers they would not turn over their data to police without a warrant or court order, but did anyway, according to two senators following a congressional investigation. The story was broken by Automotive News’ Molly Boigon last night,. Senators Edward Markey and Ron Wyden wrote to the Federal Trade Commission to … Read more

STLA reports gains in EU

Stellantis infographic

Stellantis has reported gains in Europe (EU29) for the first four months of 2024, claiming a market share of 18.8%. The company does especially well in France, unsurprisingly, and in commercial vans, which has a market share of “nearly 30%” after a sales increase of 11%. Jeep, Peugeot, and Vauxhall have grown in the UK. … Read more

How the Dodge Hornet can run over $50,000

2024 Dodge Hornet R/T window sticker

Eddie at Allpar shared the window sticker of a Dodge Hornet R/T Plus, which starts at $46,400. That is roughly the price of a Toyota RAV4 Prime, the top model of the best-selling crossover; the Hornet Plus comes better equipped, but the Toyota doesn’t need any driver tricks such as PowerShot to run a fast 0-60 time. But how did it get to over fifty grand?

Looking at the 2025 Dodge Avenger on STLA Medium—if it’s coming

2011 Dodge Avenger for 2025?

STLA Large is more a combination of modules than a traditional platform; it is intended to combine everything from the old Dodge Challenger or conceivably a Dodge Intrepid to a Grand Cherokee and minivan.  STLA Medium is not quite as diverse or ambitious, but it still covers a pretty wide variety of car sizes and types.  The platform will definitely influence any future replacement for the Dodge Avenger—and there is very likely going to be one, though Sergio Marchionne ran away [figuratively] screaming from front-drive sedans. It’s still a serious market if your company name is Toyota or Honda…

Ram finally to add hydrogen to the mix

hydrogen Ram truck (heavy duty)

According to Electrek, quoting a German article in Welt, Ram will finally be adopting hydrogen power—and it may not  involve Cummins hydrogen engines. Stellantis reported that they will be expanding to over 100,000 hydrogen-powered delivery vans per year by 2030, with new European vans getting hydrogen power this year. Those vans will be built in … Read more

Health and safety issues behind plant’s strike vote

Tavares at Warren with Ragalyi, Resha

Next week, around 1,100 union members at the Warren Stamping Plant north of Detroit are voting on whether to strike over unresolved health and safety issues. Warren supplies more than half of the company’s North American assembly plants.The union cited issues around protective gear such as gloves, leaking ceilings, lighting, flooring, ventilation, ergonomic mattes, oil … Read more

Stellantis global sales down, but profits still high

Stellantis financials - earnings - dollars

Stellantis reported that global sales of 1.3 million vehicles, down by 10% “reflecting … actions… to prepare for [a] new product wave in H2 2024.” Battery-electric rose by 8% and low-emissions vehicles sales rose by 13% compared with Q1 2023.  The company approved an ordinary dividend of €1.55 per share to be paid next week, and reiterated a €3 billion share buyback scheme.

The €3 billion in share buybacks come as Stellantis has been laying off workers in France, Italy, and North America;

Three tiny Mopar recalls for two problems; elsewhere, three H-K recalls, some bad airbags, and loose nuts

2023 Ram ProMaster

Stellantis issued three recalls for two problems last week; 24V289 and 24V291 both covered Jeep Grand Cherokees (2022-24 for the former and 2023 for the latter), because the rear view camera image may not display. The first recall covers just 8 vehicles whose coax cable might be loose; dealers merely have to secure it. The … Read more

Ford profits fell, revenue rose

The first quarter was a real winner for General Motors, but the story was mixed for Ford, which had higher revenue but a 24% drop in profits, largely due to its commercial vehicle unit. Total adjusted earnings before interest and taxes was $2.8 billion. The EV unit, which is still in a capital-expenses, development-costs mode … Read more