Industry report: BEVs (Apple, batteries, and such)

Apple Car

Apple car dead. Apple, which has been semi-secretly working on making its own electric car in conjunction with a real automaker, today officially cancelled the project.The Apple Car was likely first initiated under Steve Jobs; around 2,000 people were working on it as of this month. The project has been going on for over ten … Read more

With 2024 Gladiators already at dealers, Jeep announces price cuts (including Canada)

2024 Jeep® Gladiator Mojave X (left) and 2024 Jeep® Gladiator Rubicon X

2024 Jeep Gladiators are hitting dealers; so today seems like a good day for Jeep to reveal the prices.  The new 2024 Jeep Gladiator, the world’s most off-road capable midsize truck, will start in the United States at $37,895 plus $1,895 destination). That’s a $1,725 price cut, according to Jeep. Those who visit the Build & Price section of Jeep’s site or Kelley’s Blue Book are in for some confusion, since they list different prices. At Jeep.com, the 2023 Gladiator Sport comes to $38,990…

Jeep defrosters and many competitors’ recalls

2024 Jeep Wrangler Willys

The 2022-24 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2021-24 Jeep Wrangler are being recalled for broken defrosters/defoggers. Around 200,000 vehicles sold in the US, and others sold elsewhere, have software errors which can prevent the defroster/defogger from running, in recall 24V111000. The software upgrade has to be done by the dealer.Software updates were also the subject of … Read more

Hydrogen cars took a hit this week

cummins propane-diesel-hydrogen engines

While truck stops continue to install hydrogen facilities for future fuel-cell and adapted-Cummins-diesel big rigs, regular hydrogen cars in the US were dealt a heavy blow as Shell stopped selling the gas in its California stations. Only seven stations were affected, but these are seven out of a mere 59 stations in the entire country.Ram … Read more

2025 Ram 1500 Limited Night Edition: Sporty Look, Premium Power

2025 Ram 1500 Limited Night Edition

Earlier this week, I traveled to Austin, Texas to drive the 2025 Ram 1500 lineup. We cannot share any driving impressions until next week, but we can share images. We saw the 2025 Ram 1500 in a wide variety of trim levels—the Tradesman, Big Horn/Long Horn, Laramie, Limited Longhorn, Limited, Tungsten, and Rebel, with differing options among the trim levels. One of the trucks was a Limited with the Night Edition package, the first time we have seen this on the 2025 model year trucks.

Muscle-bound: Can Dodge and Ram jettison the Hemi and live?

Dodge Challenger Demon 170

For three decades—since the Viper—Dodge has increasingly conjured images of fire-breathing Hellcats, tire-shredding Demons, and rumbling Hemi V8s that could soundtrack an earthquake. It’s a brand built on brawn—on excess, not dependability (a word Dodge invented), safety, value, or efficiency. Yet, data shows time after time that dependability, safety, value, and efficiency are the biggest … Read more

Ram 1500 “premium controversy” is a nothing-burger

Hurricane Twin Turbo 510 Engine

Recently, another site came out with criticism that the 2025 Ram 1500’s high output Hurricane six will require premium fuel. This was their second headline; originally they didn’t mention that it was only the high output engine requiring premium. This was followed by predictable comments from readers of gloom, doom, and the inferiority of new engines.There … Read more

Chrysler parent adds to EV parts production

Ram and Jeep Electric Drive Module

Stellantis, parent company of the former Chrysler, is adding to its production of electric drive modules (EDMs) due to increasing in battery-electric vehicle (BEV) sales.The expansion will be in Szentgotthard, Hungary, with production starting in late 2026. The drive modules are also being made in Kokomo, Indiana, and Tremery-Metz, France while Mirafiori, Italy will be increasing production … Read more

We all missed Chrysler’s centennial

1924 Chrysler car

A century ago, Chrysler officially launched its first car, the Model B-70. It had an advanced, high-compression straight six engine boasting 68-70 horsepower, depending on the source; only one American car had a higher top speed than the Chrysler B-70’s 70 mph, and that was a luxurious straight-eight Packard. … There are still nearly eleven months for Stellantis to acknowledge the centennial of Chrysler as a marque, but it’s too late to celebrate its actual production start date on time.

Chrysler concept car hint, with small-print text

2024 chrysler concept car

Chrysler posted a hint as to their next concept car, due to be revealed on February 13, 2024, with one cryptic word barely visible—indeed, not recognizable as lettering until the image is lightened considerably and blown up. Chrysler, which currently has just one vehicle, a minivan, on sale, will be revealing two more teaser images before showing the full concept car, as well.