Indiana State Police move to Durangos hits a glitch (updated)

2022 Dodge Durango police pursuit car (squad)

The Indiana State Police, which has used Dodges for most of their pursuit cars for around 15 years, has complained of problems with the Dodge Durango. 

They ordered 516 Durangos at a cost of $50,000 each; part of the cost may be factory outfitting. 219 have been delivered so far, and 39 of them had defective oil coolers, according to the state police, which said Dodge has not provided a timeline for resolution.

Recalls (updated): missing van beams, trailer lights, loose bolts, a single-car recall, and more

2022 Ram ProMaster vans

The American agency in charge of car safety, NHTSA, listed several  recalls from Chrysler this week, some more embarrassing than others. We start with the most embarrassing—missing door beams in 2021-24 Ram ProMasters. While only 266 vehicles are affected (in the US—Canada and Mexico will likely account for a few more), the vehicles are missing … Read more

Weekend video picks, old and new

2024 Jeep Wagoneer S Launch Edition

Some old-timers may remember when there were two Mopar 383 engines—one for Chrysler and one for the junior brands. Here’s their story in less than four minutes:

This week, we covered the launch of the Jeep Wagoneer S; if you wanted to see it in motion, here’s a summary of our coverage with around 12 minutes of action shots.

Dozens of Dodge Hellcat Cars Available in Metro Detroit without Markup

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Group

Although the automotive industry is well into the 2024 model year – inching towards the 2025 model year for many vehicles – there are still some areas around the country where 2023 Dodge Challengers and Chargers are being sold with additional dealer markups (ADM). The same is true for the Durango Hellcat and Ram 1500 … Read more

How the Jeep Wagoneer S Measures Up to Tesla and Other Big Jeeps

Jeep Wagoneer S vs Tesla Model Y

Last week, the 2024 Jeep Wagoneer S was launched as the offroad-oriented brand’s first all-electric vehicle. Based on social media comments, many people don’t realize that the Wagoneer S isn’t really related to the existing Wagoneer (aside from the name) and that the two vehicles are vastly different sizes. Some people could not believe that … Read more

If the Jeep Wagoneer S is too pricey or electric for you, just wait for the Cherokee

2024 Jeep Wagoneer S Launch Edition

On May 30, Jeep showed off the 2024 Wagoneer S for the first time. Its many-options-included Launch Edition starts at just over $70,000, but once production ramps up, base-model prices are expected to be closer to the current new-car average of around $49,000. The 2024 Jeep Wagoneer S uses the highly flexible STLA Large platform, but its body code, KM, …

Flashback: Minivans they never made

Eagle minivan

Back in the 1980s, as Chrysler was working on its second-generation minivans, the company acquired AMC—and Lee Iacocca created a new brand, Eagle, to sell Renaults, Mitsubishis, and such. Eagle was designated as a pricier, sportier brand than Dodge or Plymouth—and hence it nearly got a pricier, sportier minivan before cooler heads prevailed. Motales featured … Read more

Stellantis’ sales group shakeup (corrected)

dealership

Not long ago, Stellantis divided its North American sales group into two sales channels, business to business (B2B) and business to customers (B2C). Jason Stoicevich, former head of US sales and Canada, was made SVP for Retail Sales with the U.S.’ 2,600 dealers. That job includes sales planning, incentives, promotions, dealer relations, and field operations. … Read more

Jeep Avenger 4xe joins BEV in Europe, with video

Jeep Avenger 4xe

The Jeep Avenger 4xe, a new AWD hybrid version of the existing electric and “e-Hybrid” front drive cars, has been unveiled in Europe. To quote the press release saying the same thing: “Celebrating its rich heritage of exploration and groundbreaking design, the iconic Jeep®brand introduces the remarkable Jeep Avenger 4xe.” The Jeep Avenger received over … Read more

Tim Kuniskis is Retiring from Stellantis

Tim Kuniskis

Most of our articles about executive changes don’t get much attention, but this morning, Stellantis issued a press release that is certain to rock the automotive world of many members of the Brotherhood of Muscle – as it has been announced that Tim Kuniskis is retiring from Stellantis. Kuniskis will retire on June 1st, 2024, … Read more

How the Dodge Hornet can run over $50,000

2024 Dodge Hornet R/T window sticker

Eddie at Allpar shared the window sticker of a Dodge Hornet R/T Plus, which starts at $46,400. That is roughly the price of a Toyota RAV4 Prime, the top model of the best-selling crossover; the Hornet Plus comes better equipped, but the Toyota doesn’t need any driver tricks such as PowerShot to run a fast 0-60 time. But how did it get to over fifty grand?

Looking at the 2025 Dodge Avenger on STLA Medium—if it’s coming

2011 Dodge Avenger for 2025?

STLA Large is more a combination of modules than a traditional platform; it is intended to combine everything from the old Dodge Challenger or conceivably a Dodge Intrepid to a Grand Cherokee and minivan.  STLA Medium is not quite as diverse or ambitious, but it still covers a pretty wide variety of car sizes and types.  The platform will definitely influence any future replacement for the Dodge Avenger—and there is very likely going to be one, though Sergio Marchionne ran away [figuratively] screaming from front-drive sedans. It’s still a serious market if your company name is Toyota or Honda…

How Ram is likely to start using hydrogen in its trucks

midsize vans

As reported earlier today, Stellantis has finally provided a small amount of information on the Ram heavy duty plan for hydrogen power. Stellantis’ first vehicles to get hydrogen will be the midsized European commercial vans (Jumpy, Expert, and Vivaro; the Scudo should also be in the list) later this year, with larger European vehicles still … Read more