Jeep to try again Down Under

According to CarAdvice, Jeep is preparing a second attack on Australia, after selling over 30,000 cars there in 2014 and then seeing sales fall year after year; this year, the number’s unlikely to reach 9,000.  Land Rover has actually beaten Jeep by a good margin.

In the last few years, according to the article, FCA worked on building up its sales and support systems;

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Back to the Chrysler 100

Remember the Chrysler 100 series announced back in 2014?

Based on the Fiat Tipo, it was to cost less than the Dodge Dart, with lighter weight, better mileage, and a simpler interior, so it could undercut other compact cars.

At the time, it was reportedly to be made in Toluca, Mexico, alongside the Compass, and, while based on the Fiat Tipo, be more upscale in look and  feel,

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Kidde fire-extinguisher recall and Ram RVs

Got a Ram-based RV from Midwest Automotive Designs? Their Ram ProMaster-based custom vans and camper vans have Kidde fire extinguishers which have been recalled. (If you chose the Mercedes version, you’re still affected — going back to 2014.)

Indeed, if you have a Kidde fire extinguisher in your house or trunk, it’s time to check it; a wide range of their products have been recalled, both plastic-handle and “pindicator” models.

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Silver Mack

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The venerable Mack Avenue engine plant, once seen as a sure candidate for parking-lot status, has been awarded a silver World Class Manufacturing award by FCA, just 15 months after its bronze award.

Mack is the fifth FCA plant in North America to earn the silver; the others are Windsor (minivan assembly), Dundee (engines), Toledo (Jeeps), and Saltillo South Engine. Windsor has been silver for three years.

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FCA and US retail share

How is the former Chrysler doing in the retail market — selling cars and trucks to ordinary people?

According to leaked information, the company is actually doing fairly well, as a whole — looking at Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, and the tiny contributions from Alfa Romeo and Fiat. Nearly half of the retail sales are coming from Jeep, but Dodge and Ram are doing fairly well.

In the 1960s and 1970s,

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Mopar’s first PHEV wins Ward’s

The powertrain of the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, unimaginatively dubbed the “Pentastar eHybrid,” has hit the Ward’s Ten Best Engines list for 2018 — the second time it’s made the cut in its two years of life.

The plug-in hybrid propulsion system makes the Pacifica Hybrid the most efficient minivan ever, with a US rating of 84 miles-per-gallon-equivalent (MPGe) in combined testing. Its electric-only range is 33 miles,

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Windsor, AWD, and the mysterious CUV

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The Dodge Grand Caravan is still in production, riding with the same body it’s had with 2011, save some incremental changes here and there, to satisfy demand for a good cheap minivan. Most people don’t expect it to last past the 2019 model year, though, when its place on the line will be taken by a new Chrysler crossover.

That new crossover, whether it’s called Atlantic,

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How’s ProMaster doing?

The Ram ProMaster hit American shores some time after most expected it to, because the Ram team took a good hard look at it and said, “This won’t do.”

Two years later, with a beefed up suspension capable of handling American roads, and higher capacities for American loads, the front wheel drive commercial van went on the market. The US van world had changed, though: no longer was the only serious competitor Mercedes’ overpriced Sprinter.  

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