Brazilian Jeep plant demolished

In 1952, Willys created a subsidiary in Brazil; its first engines came off the line in 1956 for local Jeeps, with local production of cars starting in 1958. These were the “Hurricane Six,” a mere 161 cubic inches (2.6 liters), with a single barrel carburetor and 90 gross horsepower output (around 50-70 net horsepower). Willys …

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Two new engines for American Mopars

T4 1.3 turbo GSE engine

Two new engines are getting much closer to production for American Mopars. Each replaces an engine which has been around for quite some time, but isn’t quite living up to its potential. 1.5 turbo should be a good drop-in replacement for the 2.4 First we have the long-awaited turbo six-cylinder, based on the GME architecture …

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Ram, Jeep recalls clue us into sales figures

2020 Cummins logo

Two recent recalls provide a window into sales of the new Grand Cherokee and Cummins-equipped heavy duty trucks. Recall 21V88 covers 222,410 Cummins-equipped 2019-20 Ram pickups and chassis-cabs in every capacity. The high pressure fuel pump may fail suddenly, stalling the engine. Owners will replace the pump, update the computer software, and replace any other …

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When they crushed the EPIC minivans

Way back in the early 1990s, Chrysler worked with a power company group to build its first all-electric minivans. They were never too famous—the maker of Who killed the electric car? apparently missed them completely—but some of them ended up in private hands and lasted a good many years after their creation. Chrysler followed up the …

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Michigan: Mopar plant odors due to “improperly installed equipment”

Jefferson North (2017)

Michigan’s Department of Environmental Protection has released a page with details on the-former-Chrysler’s plant permits and violations. Some plants have recent violations, including the Detroit Assembly Complex née Jefferson North (pictured below from 2017) and Mack Engine I and II (combined recently into Mack Assembly). Violation notices were issued in September, October, and November related …

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Mopar, Stellantis: profits and sales

Yesterday, Ford announced that its revenue had fallen by just 5%, while its third-quarter profit fell 24%, to $1.8 billion. Ford also restored the dividend it had suspended due to COVID, and announced that its full year profits would be much higher than expected—$10.5 to $11 billion. How did Stellantis, parent company of the former …

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