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
Did electric cars (EVs) gain or lose market share in Europe in January? It depends what you compare them to.Compared with the final quarter of European sales in 2023, EVs definitely lost ground. But compared with January 2024, they garnered a higher share. 11% of the passenger vehicles registered in the EU during January 2024 … Read more
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
Stellantis may have had sales problems in the United States and Canada last year, but in Europe, they had a decent amount of good news. Across 29 EU countries, Stellantis claimed an 18.4% overall market share, 30% cargo van share, and 14% BEV share. Sales grew by around 6% overall, with a 14% gain in … Read more
Alfa Romeo Brand is bringing back the Milano in April 2024, as an electric vehicle. The Milano was, for many in the 1980s and 1990s, the face of the Alfa Romeo brand in the United States—with its oddly slanted badges and tendency to appear in highway shoulders.This will be Alfa brand’s first BEV and its … Read more
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.The companies are discussing using modular battery swapping stations with other Stellantis vehicles and in other regions. The pilot will use a hundred … Read more
Europe—defined operationally as the EU, EFTA, and UK—is a car market on par with that of the United States, but it tends to be neglected in the North American media. For Mopar people, that made sense for many years, as Chrysler had minimal sales in Europe for the postwar years, until taking over SIMCA; and … Read more
The Fiat 500e, sold in Europe for some time now, is being reintroduced to the United States and Canada.The new Fiat 500e is a bit larger than the old Fiat 500 sold in North America; it provides 162 lb-ft of torque and 118 hp for a 3,000 lb (1361 kg) weight. 0-60 takes around 8.5 … Read more
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, was … Read more
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 exports … Read more
In a bizarre relaunch of the Fiat 500 in the United States, Fiat brand announced the launch of the new Fiat 500e as an aside to a press release about the creation of FIAT House, a luxury set of condos or apartments in Fort Lee, New Jersey.The “innovative residential property,” built by UNLMTD Real Estate, … Read more
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
Stellantis’ “pre-owned” vehicle program for all FCA US brands but Maserati is launching in the United States. It’s a European import, created in 2019, and now available in eleven countries.Of note, the marques included are “Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, FIAT, Jeep®, Ram,” and—“Wagoneer by Jeep.”SPOTiCAR “brings together the approved used vehicles of official retailers.” It … Read more
Stellantis, Saft, and the French National Centre for Scientific Research unveiled a new prototype battery today. Unlike many recent unveilings, this battery is not showing off a different battery chemistry; instead, each module has its own charger and inverter through electronic conversion cards. This cuts the system’s cost and reduces the space it needs. Researchers also said it was more reliable than current setups with external chargers and inverters. (Inverters turn direct current, or DC, into alternating current, or AC.)
Fiat’s latest car looks like the new 500, but it’s larger—the Fiat 600. Sold in both battery-electric (600e) and hybrid-electric versions, the 600 is instantly recognizable as an updated Fiat.
The Fiat 600e was strongly rumored to use LFP (lithium iron phosphate) batteries, which are safer than standard lithium-ion batteries but have less energy density. That means the batteries, reputedly sourced from experienced Chinese automaker BYD, would be heavier than lithium-ion units of the same capacity, but far less prone to fires. However, …
Stepping on its own press releases, Stellantis today released the STLA Medium platform, which will host cars and crossovers from just about every STLA brand—most likely including Jeep, Dodge, and Chrysler, and possibly even Ram.
STLA Medium is, in short, a global platform; it can handle compact and midsize cars and crossovers (C and D segments), potentially replacing everything from the Renegade to the Cherokee, or from Neon to Stratus/Sebring. Stellantis has 26 nameplates that could be covered by STLA Medium, and has the factory capacity to make two million vehicles per year on the platform this year.