Wagoneer S to debut at golf tournament

2025 Jeep Wagoneer S

Most new cars are unveiled at car shows; the first public appearance of the Wagoneer S will be at a golf tournament, the Rocket Mortgage Classic on the PGA tour. It will be held on June 250-30 at the Detroit Golf Club, and spectator tickets are available now. The Launch Edition is to sell from … Read more

STLA’s head of machine learning has left

Chrysler Halcyon Concept

Another Stellantis executive, Berta Rodriguez-Hervas, has left Stellantis, according to Automotive News—though her LinkedIn page does not show this move. She had won for a Motor Trend award for Software-Defined Vehicle Innovators just five months ago. While some are claiming this is part of a major signal about conditions at Stellantis, it’s important to note … Read more

Layoff, imported manager shoes drop at Stellantis

Jeep Wagoneer S Building Wrap

According to ClickOnDetroit (WDIV), substantial layoffs are coming to the Auburn Hills headquarters of FCA US, the former Chrysler Group, which was the former Chrysler Corporation. Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares said he was aiming his cost-cutting directly at the Auburn Hills complex, and also said there were “at least two” production plans needing a “significant … Read more

Stellantis working on US version of “circular economy”

circular economy (cradle to cradle)

In France, where automakers must deal with end-of-life vehicles, Stellantis created a joint venture dubbed Valorauto with recycler Galloo. Their service takes in their end-of-life cars, regardless of powertrain, in France, Belgium, and Luxembourg, at no cost to dealers. It recycles the aluminum wheels, fluids, and other parts. Using knowledge from this setup, Stellantis now … Read more

Surprise! Jeep to keep Wrangler 392 one more year

The Charger Hemi and Challenger Hemi may be in the past, and the Durango Hemi may be in its final model-year, but Jeep just announced that it’s going to be selling 392-Hemi-powered Wranglers into the 2025 model year. The Hemi is downrated a bit to 470 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque (from 485 hp), … Read more

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.

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

$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

Stellantis Investor Day focusing on software

Stellantis financials - earnings - dollars

Stellantis has begun its first Investor Day, focusing on software, which can yield profits throughout the ownership of a vehicle. The company said that global software revenue had already grown to 2.5 times its prior figure within three years; nearly 14 million vehicles can be monetized. In 2023, the company topped five million users of … 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.

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