Here’s the full 2022 Mopar police line

2022 Dodge Durango police pursuit car (squad)

For the 2022 model year, police buyers can get a choice of pursuit-rated Chargers and Durangos, or opt for a special service Ram. So far there are no pursuit rated Rams, though Ford has a pursuit-rated F-150—a vehicle with a low top speed and brakes that a civilian car would be ashamed of. The Durango … Read more

Another Mopar second shift dropped

painting pacifica at windsor

The Windsor Assembly Plant, sole maker of Chrysler minivans, is cutting its second shift on April 17, 2022. Due mainly to parts shortages, the plant has been idle for some time this year. Most observers expected the plant to be making one of three alternative cars as well as the minivans by now—a production version … Read more

Samsung to join LG in making Stellantis batteries in North America

Ram BEV cutaway

According to Automotive News, Stellantis is hedging its LG bets by forming an alliance with fellow South Korean battery-maker Samsung SDI; both will make batteries for North American Stellantis vehicles. Samsung SDI makes EV batteries in South Korea, Hungary, and China; it counts BMW and Ford as clients. The plant location is still under review, … Read more

LG-Stellantis to make batteries in North America

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe PHEV

LG, whose batteries are perhaps best known for causing a $2 billion GM recall, is Stellantis’ joint venture partner for a North American battery plant. The well-publicized LG gaffe may have helped Stellantis negotiators quite a bit. The new plant is to start pumping out car batteries in early 2024, with an annual capacity of … Read more

Cherokee slump brings 1100 job cuts

2019-2021 Jeep Cherokee

Whether due to market forces or shortages, Jeep Cherokee production has been down quite a bit, and Stellantis has apparently decided that the second shift is not coming back. The company recently sent around 1,100 letters to employees at the Belvidere plant, offering relocation at other facilities, including Toledo, according to local station WREX. Employees … Read more

Pacifica gets more features, Voyager moving to fleet-only

The 2022 Chrysler Pacifica is getting more features and small price hikes, while the value-leading Voyager is moving to fleet-only, at least for now. The main reason for this is likely lack of supply, allowing Chrysler to target more affluent customers. The 2021 Pacifica Touring model starts at $36,245; the 2022 model will start at … Read more

Stellantis’ self-driving tied to European projects

stellantis level 3 autonomous self-driving cars

While many drivers don’t particularly like the idea of autonomous cars, at least for their own use, having that capability does seem to be needed for credibility among the non-auto-adept public. Fiat Chrysler chose merely to help Google with its self-driving efforts, supplying cars and learning from what Google needed to modify them; Peugeot participated … Read more

Be patient: new cars may be years out

stellantis platforms

On various forums, some people are impatient for a Dodge and Chrysler comeback—and they’re starting to get itchy, insisting that nothing is really coming and that the ten years allocated to each brand isn’t real. It’s a bit early to be dismissing Stellantis’ promises, though. Each brand was promised a ten year trial in 2021; … Read more

Ram beats Chevy in USA; Jeep hits #5 on best sellers

Ram Ignition scoop

Ram beat the Chevrolet Silverado again to be America’s second-best-selling pickup after the wider-ranging Ford F-series, with 434,772 Ram sales year-to-date comfortably above 407,266 Silverados but well below 534,831 Fords. GM still beat Stellantis, overall, given 191,186 GMC Sierra sales; indeed, GM beat Ford, too, if we include both Silverado and Sierra, as we really … Read more

Hybrid-ready 8-speeds coming to Kokomo

2022 Ram 1500 Limited 10th Anniversary Edition

Stellantis is finally making an eight-speed automatic that can be used in hybrid-electric and gasoline-powered vehicles; at the moment, the “4xe” hybrids use ZF-built transmissions. The changes, which affect three plants near or in Kokomo, Indiana—one casting plant and two transmission plants— will cost around $229 million. The eight-speed transmissions Chrysler builds are modified to … Read more

New Jeep gets Ward’s Ten Best award

2021 Jeep® Grand Cherokee L Overland features the new Uconnect 5 system and its 10.1-inch touchscreen and an all-new driver control center with metal rotary shifter, ride height and Selec-Terrain switches.

The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L has a place on the Ward’s Ten Best Interiors list, a singular honor only partly due to the optional McIntosh audio system. The 2021 Jeep® Grand Cherokee L Summit Reserve has a standard 10.25-inch frameless digital cluster with a full-screen, turn-by-turn navigation map. 2021 Overland has a 10.1-inch touchscreen … Read more

Cherokee, big-car plants down

2019-2021 Jeep Cherokee

Belvidere Assembly Plant will, according to Automotive News, be down until the end up October due to parts shortages. The plant has been slammed before by parts shortages as well, resulting in sharp declines in sales. Brampton (Ontario) is also down for the week; there appears to be demand for Challengers, Chargers, and 300s, but … Read more