Tavares: Moving to “bottom-up” decision-making

Since the 1960 Valiant shook up Chrysler’s product line, resulting in changes to every other car’s  brakes, axles, and front suspensions, Chrysler has done well when it set up skunkworks or other arrangements that led low-level employees have more of a say. Indeed, the revolutionary changes of the 1990s centered mainly on empowering groups to … Read more

Who’s running Stellantis?

The signs are up at Auburn Hills and other headquarters. The old FCA and FCA US email address are already being replaced by stellantis.com. But who is running the show? It appears that Stellantis is using matrix management, with both regional and brand leaders. For the Mopars, we have Christian Meunier running global SUV / … Read more

Challenger Super Stock with Few Changes Runs 9s

Ron Silva's Dodge Challenger Super Stock

The Hellraisin 2020 Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock shown here is owned and driven by Ron Silva. Silva was one of the first 2018 Demon owners to get into the 9-second range while routinely being one of the quickest stock Demon owners on the track. Silva has sold his Demon and moved onto the gorgeous … Read more

Briefs: FCA and PSA are now Stellantis; exclusive Alexa tech

Groupe PSA (Peugeot S.A.) and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) have now merged; the stock appears tomorrow and Tuesday, respectively, on Euronext and Mercato, then on the New York Stock Exchange, under the symbol STLA (Stellantis). In other news, Stellantis will be the first automaker to use Amazon’s Alexa Custom Assistant, which can be tailored to … Read more

Is this the end of the Chrysler minivan?

Canoo came to my attention due to a report that Apple had talked with them about making electric vehicles together. Of particular interest to me was their electric minivan. Like Rivian, Canoo has created a modular platform for making electric vans, cars, and trucks. Like the old body-on-frame cars, which long ago were jettisoned for … Read more

Fix for Jeep 2.4 engines may reach other cars

2.4 liter engine oil drinking

For years, some buyers of 2.4 liter engines have been afflicted by oil use. Not all the engines had problems, which was even more puzzling; manufacturing tolerances are extremely tight, so how could it be that one person would do oil changes every ten months or 10,000 miles and never have to add any, while … Read more

No new Compass, Charger, Challenger, 300 due to chip shortage

Brampton plant

Some reacted to news of FCA’s 2020 sales shortfall by pointing out that dealers were short of cars—a situation that is not likely to be improved by the global microchip shortage, which has shut down the Toluca and Brampton plants. Toluca makes the Jeep Compass and until recently produced the Dodge Journey and Fiat 500; … Read more

Dodge Hellcat Production Totals for the 2020 Model Year

2020 Dodge Charger

Based on information posted online, the Dodge brand produced 6,543 Challengers and Chargers with the supercharged Hellcat Hemi during the course of the 2020 model year. This figure does not come from FCA but rather, an inside source who has responsible for all in-depth Hellcat production numbers over the past five years. In other words, … Read more

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