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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Should You Trade Your Hellcat for a Viper?

Viper and Hellcat Crowd

Some people might have read the title to this article and thought that it is ridiculous to compare either of the Dodge Hellcat cars to the Dodge Viper, but over the past year or so, I have received a surprising number of emails from readers who are considering swapping their supercharged V8 for a naturally …

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Used Dodge Hellcat Prices Skyrocket amidst Inventory Shortage

Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

The reduced production of Dodge Charger and Challenger last year due to production stoppages stemming from the early onset of the Covid-19 pandemic coupled with the ongoing component shortage, most recently pertaining to microchips, has led to an extreme short supply of new Hellcat-powered Dodge cars. That short supply of new models has led to …

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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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Hummer vs Grand Cherokee L

All-new 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Summit Reserve

GM just released some preliminary specifications for the new Hummer, an all-electric vehicle which is set for production not long after the Wagoneer. While Jeep hasn’t released full Wagoneer specifications yet, they have shown us what the new Grand Cherokee L can do—perhaps it’s worth a quick comparison. Hummer (Terrain Mode) Grand Cherokee L Wheelbase …

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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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2022 Ram 1500 TRX Order Banks are Open

2021 Ram 1500 TRX

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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SRT Autoworks is Putting a Hellephant in a Trackhawk

Hellephant Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is one of the world’s most powerful production sport utility vehicles, packing 707 horsepower officially trailing only the Dodge Durango with the same supercharged Hemi at 710 horsepower. The Hellephant is the most powerful crate engine ever offered by Mopar, packing an awesome 1,000 horsepower from the supercharged 7-liter V8. …

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Stellantis posts a good first quarter

Stellantis financials - earnings - dollars

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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