Finally: Mopars at the Canadian Auto Show in Toronto

camp jeep wrangler breakover test

Stellantis is returning to Canada’s biggest, most popular car show, bringing Jeep’s indoor off-road course and other attractions. The displays will range from the Hornet to the Wagoneer L. It may seem that Stellantis was snubbing the show, but the show itself was actually closed for some time due to COVID. It will be open … Read more

A better 2022 for Mopars, north of the border

Jeep Wagoneer

Mopars fared reasonably well in Canadian sales for 2022, with 169,179 cars sold—a 5% gain over 2021.

The Wagoneer had a good outing with 1631 regular and 930 high-priced Grands trading hands—totaling 16,682 sales. Compare those premium cars from a standard brand to Alfa Romeo’s 911 total sales for the year. Both were up from 2021 but that makes sense, since they started production late in that year.

STLA’s recall performance for 2022 vs the oddly high Ford and Tesla

2022 Ford Bronco Raptor

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released its list of 2022 recalls. Overall, there were 390 recalls, including trucks and trailers. Ford topped the list by a huge margin, with 65 recalls, including the company’s trademark fire-hazard recalls. In fairness, Ford had four major launches—the Bronco, Bronco Sport and Escape, and Mustang and F-150 … Read more

Does Mopar dominate big cars with the Charger?

2023 Dodge Charger Super Bee special edition car

Back in the 1970s, full-sized cars practically disappeared as fuel efficiency became more important and manufacturers started packaging their vehicles better—so that the outside of a car could shrink by a foot or two, while adding interior space. In the 1990s, Chrysler brought the segment back to life with the exciting LH cars, which added … Read more

Chrysler recaptured minivan title

2023 Chrysler Pacifica Road Tripper minivan

Despite numerous plant shutdowns and a brand-new Toyota Sienna and semi-new Kia Carnival, Chrysler managed to hold onto the minivan crown, though it was a somewhat pyrrhic victory.  With sales at just under 100,000, Chrysler held steady with 2021, but every competitor plummeted in sales. The Sienna fell by 35%, despite a brand new all-hybrid … Read more

Ram Revolution 1500 BEV concept: high-tech, clever design testing the waters for the real thing

Ram Revolution BEV side view

Which brings us to the 2023 Ram 1500 Revolution BEV Concept. What exactly are they testing? We have a number of options, including the styling, the design, the technologies, and the powertrain. If you get impatient, just scroll down—we know truck people want to know about towing, hauling, and range, and some people just want to know about tech, and others want to learn about STLA Large.

Mopar US sales fell in 2022 (updated) while GM gained

Chrysler 2022 sales

All FCA US brands were down in U.S. sales for 2022, mainly due to supply shortages.

At Jeep, the Wagoneer was a hero with 316,219 sales in its first full year, with Grand Wagoneer adding 11,736 more—and showing that you can indeed sell an expensive Jeep (other than Wranglers). The low-end Renegade, by contrast, only had 27m549 sales. The mainstream Cherokee only mustered 40,322 sales, less than the two pricey Wagoneers; it leaves production on the last day of February. The Grand Cherokee hit 223,345 despite being down 16%; Wrangler dropped 11% to 181,409; and Gladiator hit 77,855 down 13%, despite its high price and niche status.

New Ram 1200 (Dodge Dakota?) spotted in Brazil

2024 Ram 1200 / Dodge Dakota?

Ram 1200 (possibly Dodge Dakota): … this unibody vehicle will be more than 5 meters long and positioned against the Ford Maverick. They believed that the Jeep Compass-based vehicle would be made in Toluca, Mexico, for the United States, Canada, Mexico, and possibly South America. It will be powered by the 2.0 turbo engine and ZF nine-speed automatic, with optional all wheel drive. They also expected a plug-in hybrid to go up against Hyundai’s Santa Cruz…

CarPlay may cut into UConnect’s competitive advantage

Apple CarPlay

UConnect has long been a competitive advantage for Chrysler, then FCA, and now (some) Stellantis vehicles; but as Apple and Google cut into the automakers’ turf, it might not be as large an advantage in the future. UConnect has generally been the top-rated, or at least one of the top-rated, telematics systems, albeit with some … Read more

AWD to RWD: STLA patents disengaging BEV wheel

electric jeep wagoneer

In battery-electric vehicles, it’s common to have two motors, one for the front wheels and one for the rear wheels; but Stellantis may be the first to have patented a disconnection system for electric cars, to increase range. The idea allows for wheels to continue to generate power from braking, but to only be driven when needed, for the ultimate in electric-vehicle efficiency.