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

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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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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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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Stellantis issues first earnings report, wants higher profits at old FCA

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Stellantis has issued its first earnings report, covering the full year 2020 for FCA and PSA. The latter was considerably more profitable, with Peugeot, Citroën, and Opel bringing in a 7.1% adjusted operating margin in their automotive operations. The second half operating margin hit a record at 9.4%. At FCA, the adjusted earnings before interest …

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Canadian sales take a dive

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FCA Canada had a very bad 2020, taking hits almost across the board. As in the USA, the Gladiator, in its first full year, was a bright spot; sales more than doubled, going from 1,950 to 4,481. However, Jeep took a bigger hit in Canada than the USA, dropping by 22% overall; as in the …

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Chrysler US sales for a strange 2020

FCA US sales dropped by 17% in 2020, compared with 2019. Every brand but Alfa Romeo fell, with Fiat dropping to less than half of their already poor sales. Ram made it through with the least damage, falling by 11%; by comparison, GM truck sales rose, and Toyota trucks fell by around 3%. The ProMaster …

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