AutoNews: Alfa Romeo Tonale delayed due to poor performance

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According to a story in today’s Automotive News, the compact Alfa Romeo Tonale crossover is being delayed because the hybrid powertrain could not even get the power and range of a far cheaper Peugeot 3008. Alfa Romeo is being presented as a premium brand, above Dodge or Chrysler, and comparable to BMW. The Tonale, as …

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Stellantis’ Vauxhall is certified British

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Vauxhall was owned by General Motors for decades, selling a lineup of Opels and sometimes Chevrolets under their own badge. Nobody seemed to complain about the arrangement then, but with Stellantis in charge, some people are having a problem with it now. When Vauxhall started running TV ads concluding with the words “British brand since …

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Peugeots might not come to the US as Chryslers

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With Chrysler down to one already-redlined car and one minivan, and Peugeot choosing to sell its cars through existing brands in North America rather than creating a new Peugeot or Citroën line, many believe that Peugeots and DS near-lux cars will be rebadged and modified (depending on the model) as Chryslers in the United States …

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Alfa Romeo’s new leader in the USA

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Larry Dominique will switch from leading an abandoned return of Peugeot to the United States, to being the leader of Alfa Romeo in North America. He is currently the CEO of Peugeot North America. Dominique had planned a unique re-entry to the United States: rather than getting franchisees to build large dealerships, he would have used technology to …

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Stellantis going all-in on electrics in US

Stellantis is planning to put more effort into battery-electric cars as it sees hybrid powertrains eventually fading out. The automaker, which includes the 14 brands of the former Chrysler, Fiat, and Peugeot groups, is acting like others on the belief that making mass-market internal combustion engines will eventually be banned in Europe and other regions. …

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Briefs: FCA and PSA are now Stellantis; exclusive Alexa tech

Groupe PSA (Peugeot S.A.) and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) have now merged; the stock appears tomorrow and Tuesday, respectively, on Euronext and Mercato, then on the New York Stock Exchange, under the symbol STLA (Stellantis). In other news, Stellantis will be the first automaker to use Amazon’s Alexa Custom Assistant, which can be tailored to …

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PSA, FCA shareholders voted their approval for Stellantis

99% of PSA (Peugeot) shareholder votes were for approval of the deal with FCA; 99% FCA shareholders are voted for the merger later in the same day. Existing FCA shareholders will lose their existing double-voting rights, but otherwise, the deal is likely to be good for them. Peugeot has been able to completely stop gasoline …

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What’s new for 2021?

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Jeep is finally set to sell the Grand Wagoneer and Wagoneer in the second quarter; based on the Ram, as the original Wagoneer was created with the Gladiator pickup, it should set new standards of luxury for Jeep, while, hopefully, maintaining strong off-road capability and durability. Jeep is also getting a brand new Grand Cherokee …

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