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 … 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 … 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 … Read more

Team Dodge Drivers Hagan, Pruett Poised for the NHRA Championship Run

Team Dodge Drivers

Matt Hagan and his Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat funny car are currently in the second spot in the battle for the 2023 NHRA Camping World Funny Car Championship while Leah Pruett and her Dodge//SRT Direct Connection Top Fuel dragster are in the fourth spot in their championship race. There are really only two points in … Read more

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.

Electrification, hybrid-electric, and the future of Mopar performance

Ram 1500 REV frunk open

Analysis. The industry is steadily moving towards electrification and full electric (via batteries or hydrogen fuel cells) to help with emissions and fuel economy. While there are many advantages, many in the buying public have vociferously objected—and do so again whenever any article so much as mentions electric cars or, in some cases, hybrids…

UConnect adding new functions for ’24

UConnect 12 screen

UConnect (or “Maserati Intelligent Assistant”) is adding some new features in the 2024s. Hybrid-electric (and future battery-electric) vehicles have dynamic range mapping which, when the navigation system is used, can predict range on particular roads with existing traffic. It provides alerts if recharging will be needed and shows available stations. Charging schedules can be managed … Read more

Not spotty cars: SPOTiCAR to sell used cars at US dealers

spoticar not spottycar

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 … Read more