2023 Gladiator at 13% off—or is it 15%?

Jeep Gladiator sales

2023 Jeep Gladiators are on sale again as the company tries to sell off the remaining off-road trucks, four months into 2024. The web site text talks of a 13% discount, while the site description, used by search engines and social media, refers to 15%—which is what Jeep was providing in February. The Gladiator was originally conceived as a specialty vehicle, with sales estimates of—based on one insider’s statements from long before it actually hit production…

Dodge’s inner child, Chrysler’s autism link, and GM’s Q1 sales

Dodge is starting a new marketing campaign for the Hornet R/T, proclaiming the importance of torque by using a man explaining engine power measurements to his inner child.Meanwhile, Chrysler is marking the first year of its partnership with the Autism Society of America, to support autistic drivers. Insert jokes here.Meanwhile, GM reported a hefty increase … Read more

New engine in development for heavy duty Rams

New inclined six for trucks

According to rumors in Auburn Hills, a second engine is planned for these trucks. It, too, would be an inline six-cylinder, but engineered specifically for truck engines. The new engine is rumored to be larger—3.7 liters—and to have a more traditional design, other than an odd 30° tilt. A source within Engineering told us that it was tilted over to make room for accessories on the side so that it could fit into smaller engine bays; and to provide space for a better air path, increasing its efficiency.

Mopars at auto shows (with videos), revisited

Chevrolet display

Video coverage of this year’s 2024 New York Auto Show, as well as coverage of the few Mopars to be found there, brought up memories of past shows.Camp Jeep is a relatively new phenomenon, and it’s gotten progressively more elaborate over the years; when it started out, admittedly, it was already a bit more impressive … Read more

Videos, slides: Guided tour to the rest of the 2024 New York Auto Show

Plymouth Gran Fury

This is a guided tour, albeit not in perfect order, of the upper and lower levels of the 2024 New York Auto Show. The upper level was the traditional car companies showing cars, with some interactive experiences; the lower level was the EV test track, miscellaneous exhibitors (including Lucid, which really belongs upstairs), and a large number of tuner cars and otherwise-modded cars (e.g. with paint, decals, and lighting).

Layoffs at Former Fiat

The former Fiat, now FCA Italy, confirmed a hefty number of layoffs, blaming electrification—which is appropriate for around 100 jobs at the Pratola Serra engine plant, but unlikely to be the root cause for laying off 850 people from the Cassino engine plant or 300 at Mirafiori. The news comes via Reuters days after rumors … Read more

Chevy Blazer EV police car, RS quick test drive

all kinds of cop equipment hanging around (Chevrolet Blazer Pursuit EV)

For a long time, Dodge dominated police car acceleration, especially if you discount the turbocharged V6 Ford Explorers. Dodge is still planning police-edition Chargers which should leave those Explorers in the dust, but many departments are moving away from sedans and into crossovers and SUVs. Chevrolet’s new Blazer EV, shown at the 2024 New York Auto Show, may be stiff competition in that arena—both because of its acceleration and because of its readiness for police work.

Mopars at the 2024 New York Auto Show

Overland Park Gladiator

Camp Jeep sat outside the New York Auto Show [see story/video], displaying a good range of Jeeps, but what about the show itself? Officially, Stellantis had no presence; but other exhibitors brought some Mopars in, and here they are…. with a brief video!First, when we come in, we see this Emergency Safety Solutions Jeep, which … Read more

Camp Jeep vs Ford Off-Roadeo (updated)

Camp Jeep 2024 slanty NYC

For the first time, the New York Auto Show has dueling off-road courses outside, standing side by side. In the more visible place, where you can rise up well above street level, is the Camp Jeep setup. When it’s not raining, the massive hill provides a good view of the surrounding city—not as good as … Read more

2024 New York Auto Show supercars

Camp Jeep with Grand Cherokee

The New York Auto Show is up and running today, with some everyday car reveals from Hyundai, Kia, and Honda, and some supercars on display.Lamborghini is showing its Revuelto, boasting a top speed of 217 mph and 0-60 of 2.5 seconds. The Rimac Nevera beats that top speed in its world debut, boasting 256 mph … Read more