Why the diesel had to go

VM diesel (Ram)

Buildout for Ram 1500 diesel pickups is coming in January 2023. That spells the end for the small Italian diesels, made by Fiat subsidiary VM, though Cummins diesels will continue to drive heavy-duty Rams. Changes are the Gladiator diesel will follow into oblivion as well. Why? The 3.0 L “EcoDiesel” produces 260 hp and 480 … Read more

Hate the Dodge Charger EV Concept? It Could Be Much Worse

Dodge Charger Daytona

The odds are good that if you are reading this, you are familiar with the new Dodge Charger Daytona EV Concept. The muscular looking EV debuted a few weeks ago, on the final day of the brand’s “muscle announcements” at the M1 Concourse road racing facility in Michigan. Of course, because the Charger Daytona Concept … Read more

Solid-state battery pilot plant purchased for STLA BEVs

Factorial CEO Siyu Huang and solid state battery

Lithium-ion batteries, despite their almost miraculous ability to store and deliver energy, have some issues when used in cars, most notably the difficulty of dealing with (rare) fires. Many believe the next generation of batteries will use solid electrolyte material, which increases safety and range. Stellantis had already set up an agreement with “solid state” … Read more

When will we know? STLA releases the dates

future product releases

Three events are being planned to release new “electrified” cars, which may include both hybrids and battery-electrics. It is clear now that Dodge is bringing back the fratzog, at least for electric vehicles; it will have two previously announced releases in August. Sometime in September, there will be a new Jeep 4xe day showing off … Read more

Future Mopars revealed by Canadian investments

BEV skateboard design for Chrysler Airflow

Yesterday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Ontario Premier Doug Ford, and a number of other dignitaries, Stellantis officials, and Unifor union reps unveiled a major investment in Canadian factories and R&D facilities. Together, these will keep thousands of jobs in Canada, adding a number of research positions and restoring, if all goes well, second and third … Read more

Windsor, Brampton rescued! Stellantis investing in Canadian plants (updated)

Brampton - final Dodge Demon

Not only is Stellantis going to keep the Windsor and Brampton plants in Canada open—the company is investing $2.5 billion in enabling EV production and building a pair of R&D centers in the country. Canada has long given Chrysler a higher market share than any other country, including the United States, which is Chrysler’s birthplace … Read more

Social media droppings: Hurricane engine tidbits

Mopar twin turbo inline six: Hurricane engine

Mopar-related social media exploded when the Hurricane hit the news, but there are some misconceptions out there which can be addressed with the data already issued by Stellantis.

Originally, we believed the engine was meant primarily for Ram pickups; they will still be used there, but will almost certainly be used in the Grand Cherokee, Wagoneer, and next-generation large cars, as well. Indeed, it might have allowed for the next generation large cars to have a smaller engine bay, saving weight (or providing more space for the interior). It also cuts around 150 pounds of weight, which is handy for acceleration and fuel economy.