Mopars may not support next-gen Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay

Apple will be launching a more fully-featured version of CarPlay later this year, letting owners use climate control, rear view cameras, and tire pressure gauges without leaving the system; it will also include charging status for EVs. There are other features as well, such as turn-by-turn directions in the gauge cluster.Support for CarPlay, as with … Read more

Industry report: BEVs (Apple, batteries, and such)

Apple Car

Apple car dead. Apple, which has been semi-secretly working on making its own electric car in conjunction with a real automaker, today officially cancelled the project.The Apple Car was likely first initiated under Steve Jobs; around 2,000 people were working on it as of this month. The project has been going on for over ten … Read more

Two Mopar marques fare well in JD Power Dependability (Toyota, GM on top)

2024 J.D. Power dependability study

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.

BurgerCuda: Plymouth touring the country for McDonald’s

Burgercuda front (Barracuda)

McDonald’s made a brave choice when they adopted a Plymouth Barracuda, rather than the default choice of a Mustang, for the Hamburglar to drive across America.

The relatively rare Barracuda, with a Shaker hood and cheeseburger-themed spare tire, was worked over by Sean Smith Designs much more tastefully than most custom jobs. As a getaway car, it’s probably not quite as useful as a Plymouth Road Runner would have been, but it’s also far more muscular-looking than a Mustang.

A national Chrysler club closes its doors

NCPC

The National Chrysler Products Club (NCPC), created in 1979, is closing down in 2024, on its 45th anniversary. The club was reportedly split from the Walter. P. Chrysler Club, which continues to be active.Despite its name, the NCPC was mainly active in three states—Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, rotating its annual shows mainly between New … Read more

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

US strike ending, Canadian strike started and ended

Brampton plant workers

With a tentative contract out to members for a vote, Stellantis plants and warehouses are preparing to return to full strength; but 8,200 Unifor workers walked off the job in Stellantis’ Canadian plants after weeks of trying to negotiate. The union had set a Sunday night deadline for resolving the conflict.The strike has already ended … Read more

No STLA at SEMA, LA

2022 Ram SEMA

Stellantis is dropping out of SEMA and the Los Angeles Auto Show, blaming the UAW for its move. The union and company are at odds mainly over planned factory and warehouse closings in the United States, which include Indiana Transmission, Trenton Engine, and Belvidere Assembly; and over unionization of new battery plants. The union is … Read more

STLA gets first samples of revolutionary solid-state batteries

Factorial CEO Siyu Huang and solid state battery

Stellantis, Mercedes, and Hyundai, all of which backed battery startup Factorial, are all collecting on their investment with the first samples of new “solid state” batteries. These have a sold electrolyte, possibly providing safer, more reliable performance than traditional lithium-ion batteries; yet they appear to be compatible with conventional lithium-ion battery manufacturing gear.At the moment, … Read more

Dodge Challenger Dominates the Factory Classes at the NHRA Midwest Nationals

NHRA Midwest Nationals FSS and FX Winners

This past weekend, the NHRA headed to World Wide Technology Raceway for the Midwest Nationals and among the 13 classes competing were two factory-based classes – Factory Stock Showdown (FSS) and Factory X (FX). Both of these factory-based classes were won by Dodge Challenger entries, with Mark Pawuk winning in Factory Stock Showdown while Allen … Read more

Correction: UAW targeting Mopar, GM parts distribution centers

B-parts / SUSTAINable

The UAW has stepped up its strikes by targeting Stellantis and GM parts distribution centers (PDCs), while leaving its initial Ford strike in place. The move reinforces the idea that the UAW is making more progress with Ford than with GM or Stellantis.Image of parts warehouse from the company’s remanufactured parts group. 38 GM and Stellantis … Read more