Chrysler Halcyon Concept Showcases High-Tech Future Plans

Chrysler Halcyon Concept

Over the past few weeks, Chrysler’s social media channels have been sharing teaser images; today the full story has been revealed. The new vehicle is the Chrysler Halcyon concept, created to showcase futuristic technology under development from advanced self-driving to a glass augmented-reality ceiling.No model year has been given to the Chrysler Halcyon concept, but … 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.

Who was #1 in 2023? Trucks, vans, and minivans in the USA

2025 Ram 1500 Ramcharger Tradesman

In the all-important pickup category, Ram lost some ground to Ford and GM. Ford sold 750,789 F-series pickups and chassis cabs, across all size and weight classes; GM sold 555,148 Silverados and 295,737 Sierras. As happens so often, GM handily out-sold Ford in full-size pickups, but the F-series wins the title since GM split their sales across the Chevrolet and GMC brands…

Ticket Sales to Race with the Legion of Demons End This Weekend

If you have any Mopar product and you want to go racing with a group of the quickest and fastest Mopars on Earth, you only have a few more days to buy tickets to register for the Legion of Demons in January. What started in 2019 as an event specifically for 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT … Read more

The final Chrysler 300C Hemi has been made

Final Chrysler 300C Hemi

The 300C was no longer in production when Chrysler announced a “last call” for the car—featuring a 392 Hemi, just like many historic Chrysler 300 letter cars. The company only made 2,200 of the 2023 Chrysler 300C series (regular 300 and 300S models were not limited), 2,000 for the United States and 200 for Canada.The … Read more

Compass moving North; Unifor approved STLA contract

Windsor plant

60% of Unifor members voted for the proposed contract with Stellantis, which means that it has been ratified. The company has invested $12.6 billion (CAD) in the country since 2010, is the largest producer of vehicles made in Canada, and has almost twice as many represented workers as any of the former Big Three.The agreement … Read more

Windsor minivan plant down

Windsor plant

The Windsor minivan plant has cancelled all production for today without giving a reason. Skilled trades and employees engaged in launching new vehicles were called in for work.

The UAW has struck a number of Stellantis parts distribution centers, which will start to impact dealers trying to get service parts and may impact factories as well. However, the company has a large inventory of minivans at dealerships, so the production stoppage might not be related to the strike. 

Clarifying the “selling the Chrysler headquarters” rumor and plan

CTC partial blueprint

Yesterday, a rumor that Stellantis was planning to sell the Chrysler Technology Center, whose campus also houses the American headquarters, made the rounds—and turned out to be both accurate and possibly a little misleading. 

The rumor was all the more credible after Ford chose to move its engineering headquarters from Dearborn to a brand new campus in Mexico, an oddly under-reported event which though covered by the Reuters news service didn’t make many front pages. Yesterday, in the absence of official comments

Peugeot E-3008 Could Preview American Market Stellantis EVs

Peugeot E-3008

Peugeot recently introduced the 2023 E-3008, and while that vehicle will likely never have any role in the United States market, it is based on the STLA Medium platform. We know that the STLA Medium platform will be used for vehicles sold in North America at some point, so there is a possibility that some … Read more

“Branding” is cheapening Mopar brands

branding

As time goes on, FCA US (Stellantis North America) press releases increasingly refer to “the Dodge brand,” “the Jeep brand,” and so on. Maybe this made sense for Chrysler before FCA, to avoid confusion between the marque and the company (many car folk eschew the term “brand” in favor of the more dignified “marque”), but there is no Chrysler Corporation or Chrysler Group today.

There has never been any reason for Dodge people to refer to “the Dodge brand.” It’s just Dodge. Nobody thinks that Dodge City is producing cars—or Phelps Dodge—or Grace Dodge. There’s only one Dodge that makes cars, and it’s the group that used to be Dodge Division and before that Dodge Brothers… and Dodge Brothers didn’t make other brands of cars.

Mopars flunked Mozilla’s car privacy test (and so did others): Here’s the down-and-dirty and what it all means

UConnect 12 screen

Automakers including Stellantis have been rebuilding their in-car platforms using Google software. That might be one reason why so many are flunking Mozilla’s privacy test; indeed, nobody passed it.

Automakers “can collect deeply personal data such as sexual activity, immigration status, race, facial expressions, weight, health and genetic information, and where you drive,” with microphones, cameras, phones, and sensors in the car, as well as their car apps, web sites, and dealership systems. They combine the data to make inferences about buyer traits. None appear to use encryption in the car to keep this data safe.

2024 Chrysler Grand Caravan, Pacifica updates

Pacifica PHEV 100,000

The 2024 Grand Caravan continues, but only in Canada, where it is a lower-cost version of the Pacifica. For 2024, new colors are the opposing Baltic Grey and Red Hot.In the United States, changes range from clever to minor:Emergency vehicle alerts in UConnect give drivers cluster and touch-screen notices of active fire trucks, ambulances, and … Read more

Chrysler’s now made 100,000 Pacifica PHEVs

Pacifica PHEV 100,000

The first Chrysler PHEV, the Pacifica, was not quite as large a success as the Wrangler 4xe system; but it provided a remarkably fuel-efficient minivan and beat Toyota’s Sienna Hybrid to the punch by years. The Windsor (Ontario) plant which makes all Chrysler minivans has now produced the 100,000th PHEV, nearly seven years after production … Read more