Grand Cherokee plant chip shortage turns into layoffs

Jefferson North (2017)

Several sources, including Detroit News, Automotive News, and our own trusted source, have stated that the Jefferson Avenue plant which makes the Grand Cherokee will slow down due to a chip shortage. The root cause is the Texas grid’s lack of preparation for freezing weather, which caused power outages across the state, knocking a semiconductor …

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The changed future of Alfa Romeo

Under Sergio Marchionne, projects changed and shifted constantly in response to CEO whims and market research; and platform names could be confusing and inconsistent (Giorgio, for example, being named largely to give the impression it was created solely by and for Alfa Romeo). FCA was also prone to rushing cars out to market before they …

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The Dodge Charger SRT Ghoul isn’t a Real Thing

2020 Dodge Charger

Over the past few weeks, social media groups have once again been flooded with nonsense news stories about the pending arrival of the Dodge Charger Ghoul. This baseless story claims that the end of the current generation Dodge Charger will feature a limited production package which will be powered by the 1,000-horsepower Hellephant crate engine. …

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Ordering is open for the 2021 Grand Cherokee L

All-new 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Summit Reserve

When the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L, the brand new three-row edition which is based on a new platform, was first launched, dealers could only buy high-end models—Limited and Summit. Now, according to Mopar Insiders, the Laredo, Altitude, and Overland are all also available. Even the Laredo is well equipped, with LED reflector headlamps, 18-inch …

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What is Chrysler?

Chrysler badge (on 300G)

What is Chrysler? What makes it unique? These are questions I have asked heads-of-the-Chrysler-brand, without getting particularly useful answers, much less consistent ones. They can hardly be blamed. Nobody seems to have known what Chrysler is, what makes it unique, perhaps since Walter P. Chrysler was in charge. After all, it was Walter—or WPC—who decided …

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Chip shortage might close Jeep plant in May

Jefferson North (2017)

Jefferson North is likely to shut down in early May until it gets a new supply of HVAC control chips, according to an article in Automotive News. Jeep supplier JVIS relies on chips from NXP, which makes them in Austin; while JVIS needs 70,000 chips for the plant for the quarter, only around 27,000 are …

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jeep and minivan books

One of this site’s writers has written three books, covering the Dodge Viper, Mopar minivans, and four Jeeps (the Wagoneer, Gladiator, Scrambler, and Comanche). There are numerous positive reviews for the Viper book and the minivan book—but so far, nobody has posted a critical or customer review of the Jeep book, as far as we …

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Mopar ’21 Ram 1500

Mopar 21 Ram 1500

The Mopar ’21 Ram 1500 is an option pack for the Big Horn/Lone Star Crew Cab 4×4, limited to 250 units: 210 in the United States and 40 in Canada. Available colors are Billet Silver, Bright White, Flame Red, and Hydro Blue. The new 2021 Ram 1500 Big Horn/Lone Star Crew Cab 4×4 is well-equipped …

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Is this Wrangler fire-ute a hint?

wrangler firefighter

Is Dodge Law Enforcement giving us a hint about a future new vehicle, by featuring a brushfire-fighting Wrangler conversion from Reiselt’s Machine Works? The idea of a customized law enforcement or fire-fighting Wrangler is perhaps long overdue. The old Dodge Power Wagon was often converted to firefighting duty, but not by Dodge itself. The company …

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Legmaker MSHS 2021 Opener Draws a Huge Crowd

Dodge Charger

Late last month, the Modern Street Hemi Shootout opened their 2021 season with the first event at Orlando Speedworld being sponsored by Legmaker Intakes. The season got off to a great start, with the event beating any past opener by more than a hundred registered race cars, with NHRA superstar Leah Pruett serving as the …

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