FCA studio talent for rent; $12 billion in credit; CEO World Tour

Tavares at Warren with Ragalyi, Resha

Stellantis released three stories recently, one noting that the company had arranged for a $12 billion credit facility—always handy, one showing CEO Carlos Tavares on tour, and another announcing that Stellantis’ design facilities are available for consulting by companies inside and outside of the automotive business. The second part takes a little explanation. Automakers often …

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Roadkill Nights by Dodge Spectator, Cruise-In and Racer Registration Now Open

Dodge Roadkill Nights

Almost a month ago, it was announced that Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge was returning for 2021 after a year off due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Roadkill Nights is an automotive festival with all sorts of horsepower themed attractions, including Dodge thrill rides in a Hellcat Challenger or Charger, a massive display of new and …

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

lean burn engine computer

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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Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, DS, etc. get 10 years to prove themselves

Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares told reporters yesterday that each brand manager is being given funding and ten years of time to implement their core model strategy. “The CEOs need to be clear in brand promise, customers, targets and brand communications.” If they succeed, they stay—but “they” isn’t perfectly defined. Most writers are reporting that “they” …

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Final Plymouth of all time, with 68 miles, sells at roughly MSRP

Neon - last Plymouth

The last Plymouth ever made was just auctioned off by its original owner, Floridian and former Chrysler executive Darrell Davis, for a mere $19,000—less, when adjusting for inflation, than its original price. The car comes with the factory banner and all original paperwork and documentation. It has the standard 2.0 liter engine and five-speed (manual) transmission, …

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