Final, definitive minivan book published

minivan book covers

Two years ago, Mopar Minivans, the first biography of the Chrysler minivan which went deeply into the origin story, hit the stands. It was succeeded a year later by a revised version which went up to the Pacifica, The Rise and Reinvention of Chrysler Minivans. 2022 brought a revisiting of the Mopar Minivans book, Mopar …

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Stellantis #1 in European EVs? and Peugeot’s top seller

2022 Fiat 500 electric (BEV)

While the European market has been hit by the same supply issues as everyone else, there has been some good news for Stellantis, the continent’s second largest player. Stellantis nabbed the first quarter’s “best selling car in Europe” title with the Peugeot 208; overall, five Stellantis vehicles, all but the Fiat Panda from the Peugeot …

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Stellantis Hackathon isn’t as Nefarious as it Sounds

Stellantis Hackathon

Last weekend, Stellantis held the company’s first “Hackathon”, inviting college students from around the area to team up to showcase their programming skills. The name Hackathon may suggest that these students were trying to hack into the various systems, but that wasn’t the case. Instead, the teams of students used data from Stellantis vehicles, the …

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Preston Patterson Named Dodge Chief Donut Maker on Hemi Day

Dodge Chief Donut Maker

Today is 4-26 – known by Mopar fans as National Hemi Day due to the popular of the 426 cubic inch Hemi – so it is fitting that today was the day that Dodge announced the winner of their Chief Donut Maker contest. The final shootout between the two finalists can be viewed in the …

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Handful of Jeeps in exceedingly minor recall

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Limited Black

Under a hundred 2022 Grand Cherokees, including the L model, can fail to tell drivers if the turn signals are working due to a software error. The fix is, unsurprisingly, a software update. 65 Grand Cherokees in the United States, all made on January 26, 2022, are affected; 16 were the standard model and 49 …

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Hagan’s Dodge Charger Hellcat Funny Car Wins the SpringNationals

MAtt Hagan Dodge Charger

This past weekend, the NHRA Camping World Championship Drag Racing Series headed to Houston Raceway Park for what could be the final SpringNationals held at the Texas venue. It appears as though the track will close after the 2022 season, making the SpringNationals the final national event held in Houston. The last NHRA Funny Car …

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Our Obligatory Hemi Day Story for 4/26

426 Hemi

No April 26 would be complete without at least one Hemi Day story. The 426 (as in 4/26) Hemi was created solely for racing. At the time, the ingenious Mopar cross-ram wedge engines were winning on the street, but failing in NASCAR. In 1963, executives approved engineers’ plan for putting Hemi heads, which were part …

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Staying in touch with Stellpower: three easy ways

You may wonder how you can stay in touch with Stellpower’s latest Mopar reporting. There are two easy ways. First, you can sign up for email notifications of new stories. Those appear right in your mailbox; the signup is near the bottom of the page (so keep scrolling!) on phones, and in the right side …

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Small number of 2022 Compasses recalled for bad welds

2022 Jeep Compass Altitude

Jeep is recalling over a hundred 2022 Jeep Compasses because the front seat head restraints were not welded in the right place, which could cause injuries or death in a crash. Only 114 cars sold in the United States are affected, along with those sold outside the country (Canadian sales are typically around 10% of …

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Dodge Chief Donut Maker Contest is Down to 2

Dodge Chief Donut Maker

Today, Dodge Garage shared the second reality show style webisode of the Chief Donut Maker contest. This video begins with the ten finalists meeting with Bill Goldberg to find out which five would go onto “The Screen Test”. This selection process came about after Goldberg sat down with all ten and riddled them with questions …

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Jeep chief talks about [gasp] future product

Jim Morrison piloting Grand Cherokee

Jim Morrison, head of Jeep, told Motor Authority that the Hemi will not be the Grand Cherokee’s performance engine in the future, according to an article by Joel Feder. That also means, he said, that the Gladiator would probably not have a 392 V8 stuffed into it. The Trackhawk model might be destined for history, …

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