Wagoneer safety, another “special” Fiat

Jeep Wagoneer

The insurance industry’s safety testing group, IIHS, reported that the Jeep Wagoneer had the highest possible rating (“good”) in their program, earning it a Top Safety Pick rating. Their tests take into account standard camera-and-radar pedestrian crash-avoidance technology, as well as both daytime and nighttime performance. In other news, Fiat announced a new special edition … Read more

STLA did well in Europe

Stellantis financials - earnings - dollars

Stellantis did wel lin Europe in the first quarter of 2024, with a 5.4% sales increase and market share rising from 18.3% to 19.2% for the quarter. Stellantis also has a 30% total share on commercial vans, and 14% on battery-electrics—despite its CEO’s frequent litany of complaints about electric cars.  Electric car sales rose by … Read more

Layoffs at Former Fiat

The former Fiat, now FCA Italy, confirmed a hefty number of layoffs, blaming electrification—which is appropriate for around 100 jobs at the Pratola Serra engine plant, but unlikely to be the root cause for laying off 850 people from the Cassino engine plant or 300 at Mirafiori. The news comes via Reuters days after rumors … Read more

New direction, product for Fiat

Fiat concepts

As Dodge prepares to launch its new Challengers and Chrysler continues to figure out its mission, Fiat has announced the launch of a new vehicle every year until 2027. Fiat and Dodge owner Stellantis announced that the new product was made possible by Stellantis’ new global platform, presumably meaning STLA Small, which is based on … 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 … Read more

500e’s range solution: Watch a battery swap

ample car battery swapping station (video image)

Stellantis and Ample have signed a binding agreement to set up a pilot battery-swap station which can replace a Fiat 500e’s discharged battery with a freshly charged one in less than five minutes. Stellantis and Ample Partnership for Modular Battery Swapping Technology Watch this video on YouTube. The companies are discussing using modular battery swapping … Read more

New generation of Fiat Ducato EV provides longer range

large vans

Stellantis is the #2 automaker in Europe, and the #1 in commercial vehicles. Globally, its commercial vehicle range, now dubbed Pro One, includes six brands including Ram, ten pick-ups, and a hydrogen solution. The company plans for light commercial vehicles to account for a third of Stellantis profits, including aftersale services. The new Fiat E-Ducato, … Read more

Leapmotor not heading for USA any time soon

Leapmotor cars (Chinese EVs)

According to Stellantis’ investors report, Chinese company Leapmotor plans to be part of China’s export offensive, but won’t be reaching the United States any time soon. China is already the world’s largest exporter of cars, but few are sent to the United States; Volvo is the best known brand owned by a Chinese company which … Read more

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