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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Ram launching Big Horn BackCountry, Lone Star BackCountry

Ram BackCountry badge

Today, Ram introduced a new BackCountry Edition of the popular Ram 1500 Big Horn and Lone Star, which will be shown this week at the Chicago Auto Show. Ram chief Mike Koval Jr. wrote, “Ram 1500 BackCountry will resonate positively with customers who live an active lifestyle,” thanks to its robust off-road features. The 2022 Ram 1500 …

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Ralph: EV onslaught with muscle, SUV, pickup on the way

Head of design Ralph Gilles revealed in a recent video that Stellantis North America (SNA) is planning eight new electrified vehicles within the next five years. These will include: A luxury sedan with a long range An “all conquering” muscle car, which has been teased An SUV hitting the “heart of the market” A “very …

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Meet the real future of Chrysler—we think

chrysler airflow vision

Chrysler has fallen to just two models—the Voyager/Pacifica minivan, reported in sales figures as a single model, and the 300. The rumor mill claims that the 300’s future is in doubt. It’s no surprise that many think Chrysler is headed to the chopping block, despite Stellantis’ statement that every brand will get funding and ten …

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Teased: PHEV 2022 Grand Cherokee

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe PHEV

A plugin-hybrid (PHEV) 2022 Grand Cherokee is being prepared, according to a Jeep release today. The new SUV will bear the 4xe name. No other specs were released, but there is a photo. Current 4xe systems use a turbocharged four-cylinder engine which produces more power than the 3.6 liter V6 used as the Grand Cherokee …

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Stellantis suddenly jumps into electrics with both feet

All of Stellantis’ 14 brands have committed to selling “best-in-class fully electrified solutions,” according to today’s announcement, but Europe will be a more extreme changeover than the US. The target is for 70% of sales in Europe, but just 40% in the U.S., to be low-emission vehicles by 2030. New battery-electrics (BEVs) are to have …

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