How many Mopars are still out there?

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How many Mopars are still being used in the United States? According to Experian, which analyzed all registrations of vehicles in the United States and released a summary to Automotive News, the answer is “quite a few.” However, it’s a little more complicated. First, let’s look at the traditional cars. There are apparently 3.7 million …

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Stellantis’ hefty profits; North America still a powerhouse

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Stellantis has reported high first-half-of-2021 results, with an 11.4% margin; all segments were profitable. The following results are listed in euros; currently, €1 = US$1.19. First, net revenues were €72.6 billion, compared with €19.6 billion one year ago; the net profit was €5.8 billion, vs €797 million in the first half of 2020. Pro format, …

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Jeep Gladiator losing a week of production to shortages

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The Jeep Gladiator has climbed to #3 among midsize pickups, which is admittedly not a large group of vehicles, partly by being available during a time of shortages. Now, parts shortages are hitting the Gladiator too, but only for one week of production—so far. Americans bought 48,784 Gladiators in the first half of the year, …

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Who’s winning the truck/van/big car race? With a big surprise

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With half the year behind us, it’s time for that age-old question: who’s selling the most of what? This quarter, we had a fairly big surprise, in trucks. First, the #1 company is, as usual, GM—but Toyota is catching up very quickly. Whether that continues past the chip crisis is another question; Toyota had very …

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Strong growth in Mexico

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Stellantis México just reported on its sales figures, which grew 61% compared with June 2020 and now includes Peugeot. Ram dominated the sales lists, with a June record of 2,787 vehicles; the Fiat-based 700 cleared 1,034 sales, while the ProMaster Rapid had 444 and the Ram Light Duty had 828. Dodge posted 1,141 sales, roughly …

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More chip-driven production hits: Stellantis, Ford, GM

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COVID shut down car assembly lines around the world. When they got back up to speed, a delayed reaction from shutdowns of chips and semiconductors—already in short supply—hit unprepared automakers and even Toyota, whose extensive supply-chain relations gave it some foresight. Stellantis cut another 38,000 Cherokees, Voyagers, and Pacificas out of its production schedule as …

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2022 Ram 1500 TRX Order Banks are Open

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We have confirmed with Stellantis that order banks for the 2022 Ram 1500 (DT) officially opened this today, but only for sold orders. This means that dealerships cannot order 2022 Ram 1500 pickups for inventory, but if you have been waiting to order a 2022 TRX, you can do so today. The downside is that …

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Stellantis posts a good first quarter

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In its first quarter, Stellantis achieved a 23.6% market share in Europe (enough to beat entrenched leader Volkswagen, which includes Audi, Skoda, Seat, and smaller brands) and an 11.5% retail share in the United States; the company also has a market share of 22.2% in South America as a whole. The company shipped out 1,526,000 …

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Challenger Sales Up 24% in Q1, Trailing Mustang and Crushing Camaro

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The sales numbers from the American automakers are in for the first quarter of 2021 and once again, the Ford Mustang outsold the Dodge Challenger, but it wasn’t without a fight. Challenger sales were up an impressive 24% during the first three months of 2021, even as inventory levels are very low. In fact, the …

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For real: Stellantis USA posted big retail gains; Dodge hurt by Caravan loss

First, the very good news: Stellantis out-sold Volkswagen AG in Europe, to be the best-selling automaker on the continent in its first quarter as a company. That comes with the caveat that Volkswagen is likely to make a comeback, but Stellantis may still have some tricks in store, with (among other things) clever hydrogen technology that …

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Mopar: more power, less service?

J.D. Power has released their 2021 review of customer service at car dealerships throughout the United States. Unlike the quality surveys, where Land Rover and Tesla anchor the bottom to make the Mopars look good, the customer service index is anchored by Mopar brands—with all but Dodge taking the bottom slots. (Maserati, along with Tesla …

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