Chrysler, Fiat doing LA reveals; Dodge, Jeep, Ram showing new vehicles

500e reveal

The Los Angeles show will see a new version of the Chrysler Pacifica and an “electric” reveal of one of the “most iconic and classic FIAT brand models of all time.” The Fiat is almost certainly the new-and-improved 500e already on sale in Europe. While it’s possible there will be a new generation of the … Read more

CR quality rankings don’t even list most Mopars

The latest Consumer Reports rankings are out, and they managed to skip pretty much all former Chrysler, current Stellantis brands, using this disclaimer: Criticisms of Consumer Reports’ “feedback loop” seem to have support in how few owners are willing to splash out on any vehicle from FCA US; more niche brands such as Acura and … Read more

Ralph Gilles getting Lifetime Achievement award—from Tom Gale

Ralph Gilles

Tom Gale will present Ralph Gilles with the EyesOn Design Lifetime Design Achievement Award, which celebrates automotive design excellence. The honor has been given out for 36 years, and is selected by previous winners. Gilles’ most famous design is likely the original 21st-century revival of the Chrysler 300, but many know him as the friendly … Read more

Is Fiat bringing back the 500?

2022 Fiat 500 electric (BEV)

Fiat came into North America with one car, its new 500 subcompact. As sales plummeted the company tried to entice customers with a standard turbocharger, to no avail, and today the 500X is Fiat’s sole car—the 500L and 124 Spider both having disappeared as well. Fiat is due to show a new car at the … Read more

Jeep/ADDAX Overland Trailer won SEMA award

The Jeep® Edition by ADDAX™ Overland Trailer was won a 2022 Global Media Award at the SEMA show. Inspired by tough military trailers and engineered by the team that set a speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats, the Edition has a light dry weight of just 850 pounds. It allows Jeep adventure-seekers to tow a 1,200-pound … Read more

2022 SEMA Show Dodge and Mopar Wrap-Up

Hellephant C170 Crate Engine

The 2022 SEMA Show was an interesting one, with attendees reporting huge crowds and massive amounts of exhibitors even though both Ford Motor Company and General Motors opted to not participate in the world’s largest showcase of automotive aftermarket parts. However, Dodge made the most of the big crowds and the focused spotlight, showing off … Read more

Stellantis Dominates 2022 SEMA Show Awards

Gold Surge concept

Each year, the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas showcases the latest and greatest items from every corner of the automotive industry for both new and old models. Each year since 2010, the SEMA Show awards have recognized the “top trend-setting vehicles that represent the best business opportunities in the automotive aftermarket” … Read more

Wrangler 4xe: gasoline and electricity costs

2022 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 4xe

The Wrangler 4xe, FCA US’ most popular plug-in hybrid despite years of selling PHEV minivans, has been out long enough for people to get some idea of how much money they may save by driving one, versus the standard gasoline engines. The four-cylinder-turbo-plus-motor 4xe system generates nearly the same acceleration as the big 392 V8, … Read more

Do not drive your 2005-10 Charger, Challenger, Magnum, or 300—says STLA

2008 Dodge Challenger SRT

Stellantis has issued a do-not-drive alert to the owners of around 276,000  Dodge Chargers, Challengers, and Magnums, and Chrysler 300/300Cs, all from the 2005-10 model years until making sure they have had a Takata airbag recall done. The company issued a recall on Takata airbags quite some time ago, but there are apparently quite a … Read more