This was a bad day for two companies making vehicles that have an off-road-ready aura. The Toyota Tacoma has a roughly 381,000-truck recall on the 2022-23 Tacoma, which appears to be roughly the entire run, because welding debris on the ends of the rear axle assembly could loosen the retaining nuts; the axle can separate … Read more
Honda is going to be having a rough time replacing airbags, as a wide variety of Acuras and Hondas are being recalled because the airbag may deploy unintentionally during a class. The recall covers 2020-22 cars including the Acura MDX, RDX, and TLX; and the Honda Accord, Civic, CR-V, Fit, HR-V, Insight, Odyssey, Passport, Pilot, … Read more
The good news: Two Mopar marques were rated as above average in the J.D. Power 2024 Dependability Study, which looks at problems per vehicle after three years of ownership. It is a better test of quality than the initial quality study, which only looks at around 90 days and is more heavily influenced by dealer and factory preparation.
The bad news: Chrysler was the absolute worst brand on the list, coming in even below Land Rover and Tesla; though the study covers the first year of the Pacifica PHEV, which had a rough launch. Ram came in below average, but still beat fellow truck sellers GMC and Ford.
General Motors (GM) made more money than they expected to in 2023, despite a larger loss at their Cruise self-driving subsidiary.While pundits and some Stellantis releases have claimed that the UAW deal made it impossible to (for example) attend auto shows, today’s revelations by GM show it may not have a dramatic impact going forward.Pretax … Read more
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…
So far, every company reporting their full 2023 U.S. sales has reported hefty gains over 2022—though 2022 was a problematic year with global supply shortages stemming from even before COVID-19 hit.General Motors, once the world’s largest automaker and still the US’ leader, reported a 14% gain with 2.6 million sales for the year—though the fourth … Read more
Ford’s attack on the Jeep Wrangler will resume in earnest as the Bronco plant returns to full production, with a UAW strike now in the rear view mirror (assuming workers vote their approval of the deal).While Ford leaders had said the company would be bankrupted by anything beyond their prior offers, the company quickly went … Read more
For all the crisis talk around the UAW strike, particularly from leaders of Ford, one might think that American automakers and Stellantis were in danger of bankruptcy. GM’s leaders don’t seem to agree; they announced no change in their dividend, set at 9¢ per share for the last five quarters (since 8/30/2022). Stockholders as of … Read more
The NHTSA has issued their weekly listing of recalls; this week was fairly light on the passenger-car front, only affecting GM, Ford, Volkswagen, and Mercedes. Stellantis/FCA US did not have any new recalls in the past week.GM had possible ruptures in roof rail airbags in the 2014 Cruze/Verano small cars. Ford had yet another vehicle … Read more
GM and Unifor, the Canadian union that includes former UAW workers, have agreed on a deal with increases of around 20% over three years. Over 80% of the union members voted to approve the deal, which also moves newer workers up to maximum wages faster and includes one-time bonuses of up to around $7,320 (USD) … Read more
The UAW has broken its recent pattern of adding plants to the on-strike list by walking out of the Kentucky Truck Plant at 6:30 pm today, according to CNBC. The plant makes Ford F-250 and F-350 pickups, the Expedition, and the Navigator—all heavily profitable, but not as core to the company as the F-150 would … Read more
Ford is recalling its 2023 “Super Duty” F-250 and F-350 pickups because the left rear axle shaft may break, which can cause loss of power or vehicle rollaway. The recall affects 41,555 trucks in the US. Ford is also recalling the 2023 Edge because the right-side headlight is too bright; and the 2023 Explorer because the turbo oil line may be damaged. Ah, one more Ford recall: various Ford and Lincoln vehicles from 2018 to 2023 (Navigator, Aviator, Transit, Bronco) may lose their rear view camera image.
Four different Jeeps had recalls this past week, along with the usual gathering of competitors. The most interesting competitor recall was probably a range of 2023-24 Isuzu N-Series, along with “Isuzu Chevrolet” LCF models.Over at Jeep, just 16 2023 Wranglers were affected by incorrect spare tire carriers which blocked the third brake lights. These were … Read more
Part of Stellantis’ vision for the future is to make more money from the entire lifecycle of a car, which includes older cars whose owners do not want to pay for expensive new OEM parts. The solution, announced last year as part of the “circular economy,” is both environmentally friendly and economical for owners: selling used and rebuilt parts under the B-Parts Reuse brand…
Recall Monday brings us another week of recalls. We headlined the Jeep Wagoneer recall for trim which can interfere with airbags; this should usually be a quick, simple fix for the dealers. Ford, on the other hand, went truly traditional (for Ford) with yet another rollaway recall. The 2023 Ford Bronco may have an unsecured transmission, which can prevent the Park pawl from engaging. The fix is a new transmission…