Does Kia Carnival Leapfrog the Pacifica?

The Kia Sedona has been a perpetual far-distant-last-place entry in the American minivan market, but that may change with the 2022 model. Kia is switching to the global nameplate Carnival at the same time. The new Kia Carnival minivan is shaped more like a Range Rover than a Dodge Caravan, with a two-toned interior whose … Read more

Which are the most dependable Mopars?

Ram and Dodge topped Stellantis’ brands in three-year dependability, according to J.D. Power, but neither managed to hit the industry average. Alfa Romeo, in contrast, was the second-worst brand sold in the United States. The news was not good for Stellantis. Ram and Dodge were almost certainly not significantly lower than average, when variability is … Read more

American Axle gives some info on the next-gen Rams

2021 Ram 2500 Power Wagon axles

American Axle, one of the largest auto suppliers, will continue to supply Ram heavy duty pickups—that is, the Ram 2500 and 3500—with their axles and driveshafts all the way to 2030. The company’s statement promised that they would provide “our latest and most efficient driveline technologies… for the next-generation of this key vehicle program.” American … Read more

Jeep race team engineer Phil Toney

Phil Toney, a Jeep engineer on the AMC race team (far right in the photo), died earlier this week. He started with AMC in the 1960s, joining the AMX racing team, and working in Jeep development starting in the 1990s. He was one of the team that started the Easter Jeep Safari, and went to … Read more

Chip shortage takes down Cherokee plant

2019-2021 Jeep Cherokee

Ontario’s Windsor plant, home of the minivan since 1983, and Illinois’ Jeep Cherokee plant, former home of the Neon and Patriot/Compass, will be down for around a week due to the global chip shortage, which has also affected GM, Ford, Toyota, Volkswagen, and others. Last week, Ford had to slow production of the F-150 in … Read more

Bruce, Jeep take Stellantis’ sole Super Bowl ad

jeep bruce the middle

Bruce Springsteen and Jeep star in the two-minute “The Middle,” which will appear just once on TV, during the Super Bowl—ten years after “Imported from Detroit.” [Dodge has removed this video from public view] Springsteen worked with director Thom Zimny, writing and producing the original score with frequent collaborator Ron Aniello. Olivier Francois came up … Read more

Durango SRT Hellcat now in production

hellcat durango

Stellantis today announced that the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat, a one-year, 710-horsepower limited edition, has started production. The big SUV runs from 0-60 mph in just 3.5 seconds and can run a muscle-car-humiliating quarter mile of 11.5 seconds, and the entire production run was sold quickly. The hot Durango lists for $80,995 plus $1,495 … Read more

Literally two dozen Ram 1500s recalled

Ram recall - brake clip

Ram is recalling a mere two dozen (24) 2021 Ram 1500 Classic trucks, all SLT models, because someone forgot to add the clip that secures the brake master cylinder pushrod to the brake pedal assembly. Ram has asked owners to avoid driving the trucks until they are inspected and, if needed, fixed. The fix is … Read more

Hellcat minivan: is it a thing?

A popular meme claims shows Dodge engineers shoving a Hellcat into every Dodge, and not stopping there. Since they now sell the Pacifica as a Caravan in Canada, will we see a Hellcat Caravan, as pictured below (credit to abimelecdesign and reposted by Ralph Gilles on his Instagram feed)? In short, well, no. Ralph Gilles’ … Read more

Pietro Gorlier in charge of Stellantis parts and service

pietro gorlier

The urbane Pietro Gorlier, a man willing to patiently sit and answer any question a journalist might have for hours (while sipping fresh espresso), has been put in charge of Stellantis’ global part and service. While at Chrysler, Gorlier read every letter addressed to him, righting wrongs, investigating claims, and generally cleaning up any messes … Read more

What will happen to the Dodge Durango?

hellcat durango

The fact that the Dodge Durango Hellcat is a one-year phenomenon should tell you something about how long we can expect these trucks to last. The Durango started out on a truck platform and stayed there for years before becoming a longer, less off-road-tuned version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Rumors at Allpar and Mopar … Read more