B (as in “big”) V8 engines

300G cross-ram wedge engine

Despite our headline, the B in “B engines” did not mean “big.” The creation story Chrysler’s first V8 engines (such as the 392 shown below) were a success, but they were only intended for high-end, relatively pricey cars. As more and more customers demanded eight cylinders, though, Chrysler Corporation could not make enough of their …

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Sales contests: muscle cars, pickups, minivans, and big cars

Ford was late out of the gate with their sales summaries, and we could see why: overall sales for 2020 were down 16% from 2019, compared with a 12% drop at GM and Toyota alike. FCA did slightly worse with a 17% fall, but FCA cut their Q4 incentives by 7% from Q4 2019 while …

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Canadian sales take a dive

Wrangler Rubicon 392

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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Three-Row Jeep Grand Cherokee to Debut on January 7th

An email from the Jeep brand confirmed what many of us have known for some time now – that a three-row Grand Cherokee is coming to a showroom near you. The email, shown below courtesy of Scott of JeepGarage.org, doesn’t actually state that it is a three-row Grand Cherokee, but the details leave no question …

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Jeep trying to punch out of Indian niche

GME 2-liter turbo Wrangler built in Toledo

Jeep has less than a 1% market share in India, where former Willys licensee Mahindra makes inexpensive vehicles that look remarkably like the Wrangler and other popular 4x4s. Jeep’s drive to increase sales is not helped by its global premium-brand strategy. To try to change their current status as a rare niche vehicle, FCA is …

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Modern Street Hemi Shootout 2021 Season Preview

MSHS

While many racing associations canceled their 2020 season due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the crew from the Modern Street Hemi Shootout series managed to hold their entire season. They had to make some date changes to work around local emergency restrictions on crowd-based activities, but in the end, Dan VanHorn and his team were able …

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PSA, FCA shareholders voted their approval for Stellantis

99% of PSA (Peugeot) shareholder votes were for approval of the deal with FCA; 99% FCA shareholders are voted for the merger later in the same day. Existing FCA shareholders will lose their existing double-voting rights, but otherwise, the deal is likely to be good for them. Peugeot has been able to completely stop gasoline …

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2009 to 2020 Dodge Journey: platform-sharing bargain crossover

2017 Dodge Journey crossover

2009: Journey Introduction Trying to fill the need for a car-like, compact-to-midsize SUV, the Dodge Journey first appeared at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show; it was launched as a 2009. Using a platform and some styling shared with the Dodger Avenger, the Journey was obviously taller, with a longer wheelbase—shorter than its cross-brand predecessor, the …

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What’s new for 2021?

1963 wagoneer

Jeep is finally set to sell the Grand Wagoneer and Wagoneer in the second quarter; based on the Ram, as the original Wagoneer was created with the Gladiator pickup, it should set new standards of luxury for Jeep, while, hopefully, maintaining strong off-road capability and durability. Jeep is also getting a brand new Grand Cherokee …

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Wrangler 392 to cost over $70,000? One post claims so

Wrangler Rubicon 392

If you want 470 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque in a Jeep Wrangler, you may have two choices: spend tens of thousands having a shop put in a big Hemi V8, beefing up the brakes and suspension, and such, or spend tens of thousands having Jeep put one in for you, beefing up the …

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