Jeep tops Chinese JD Power survey

Jeep was the #1 non-luxury brand in the 2017 China Vehicle Dependability™ study, according to J.D. Power. With 1.16 issues per car, they easily beat Hyundai (1.26), Toyota (1.39), and Honda (1.43-1.45).

GAC, the company FCA partners with, did not do as well outside of Jeep and Fiat; their Toyota venture came in 13th place, their Honda venture in 20th, and their own brand, Trumpchi, in 21st place.

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FCA nabs loyalty awards

FCA nabbed five Automotive Loyalty Awards from IHS Markit, with Jeep® also recognized, for the second year in a row, as having the highest customer-conquest performance within its group. There were 30 categories overall.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee earned its ninth Automotive Loyalty Award in the non-luxury mid-size SUV segment. Repeating last year’s success were the Wrangler (non-luxury compact SUV) and  Ram 1500 (non-luxury full-size half-ton pickup).

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Ram goes to C

USB-ports

Among all the other Ram upgrades, it was easy to miss one — the USB ports moving from the original plug standard to USB-C, the latest standard. The primary benefit of the physical USB-C format is being able to plug in “upside down” — there’s no more USB-dance, where you try to plug something, try flipping it over, still can’t get it in, and find out it was the right way up the first time.

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Ram Classic tries Chevy trick

2019 Ram 1500

GM has used the “Classic” name to sell familiar prior-generation cars at lower prices, sometimes just to fleet buyers. Now, according to Ram chief Mike Manley, the Ram Classic will do the same.

The 2019 Ram 1500 has many expensive new features, right down to a standard eight-speed automatic and mild-hybrid V6 engine (both hybrid and standard V8s are optional).

The 2018 Ram,

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Now we know why Ram was split off

Rob Heglboom and Ram 1200

Analysis. For years, people speculated about why Ram was split from Dodge. The official explanation, accountability, never made much sense; nor did  “people call it a Ram anyway.” People call it a Charger, but there’s no Charger brand. For that matter, the SRT brand didn’t last long.

For years, I believed that the goal was to move Dodge from muscle to being a European-style performance brand — strong on cornering,

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Next phase: Takata recalls

With millions of poorly engineered or built Takata airbags used by nearly every automaker, government and industry chose to recall vehicles state by state and car by car, replacing the highest risk airbags first.

The recall has now hit 317,000 Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, and Jeep cars and trucks, as well as those of other automakers. The current list covers vehicles sold or ever registered in high heat-and-humidity states: Alabama, 

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Is Ram dropping Rebel Hellcat Easter eggs?

A good deal of the styling of the 2019 Ram 1500 comes from the Hellcat-powered Ram Rebel TRX Concept unveiled at the 2016 State Fair of Texas. Could more from the TRX be coming?

On the 2019 Ram 1500, the window on the rear doors has a kink in the bottom, just like the Rebel TRX Concept. The new Sport hood is clearly inspired by the hood on the Rebel TRX Concept.

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Ram makes Best of Show

2019 Ram 1500

Cars.com gave the 2019 Ram 1500 its “best of show” award today, because of “its blend of capability, comfort, technology and efficiency.”

The Ram dropped 225 pounds while becoming stronger and safer, increasing towing to 12,750 pounds and payload to 2,300 pounds; a new mild-hybrid setup is optional on the Hemi and standard on the V6. There is also an optional 12-inch touch-screen, 360° camera, active noise cancellation,

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