Fixing hard shifts with the missing PROXI

May 24, 2016 - by David Zatz

Some readers have reported rough shifting after work was done on their car. This may not be a bad transmission, but a missed step in the repair: skipping the “PROXI alignment,” which updates information in all the car’s systems. Matthew Libanio, for example, had his TCM (transmission control module) updated; the dealership did a “quick learn,” but failed to do the PROXI alignment, apparently through confusion, resulting in poor shifting. PROXI integrates the car’s many computers, from navigation to the transmission. One […]

Canadians get more official FCA body shops

May 23, 2016 - by David Zatz

FCA Canada announced an exclusive agreement with Certified Collision Care, a grouping of body shops, to co-develop, launch, and manage the Mopar Certified Collision Repair Facility (MCCRF) program. MCCRF is being created to set up certification and turnkey programs for dealers and independent body shops to become certified by FCA Canada, for uniform quality of crash repairs. The idea is to give customers high-quality options while cutting the costs of participation for shops. Existing Certified Collision Care facilities will […]

300, Challenger, Charger to stay in Brampton?

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May 23, 2016 - by David Zatz

Chrysler’s large cars will continue to be built by FCA, according to Sergio Marchionne, who also noted that the company had invested a great deal into the Brampton facility where they are made. His remarks reinforce speculation that the L-series cars will stay in Brampton at least through 2020. The comments were made in response to questioning about plans to move production of the Dart and 200. The plant where the 200 is made will be converted to Ram truck […]

Mopar expanding again

May 20, 2016 - by David Zatz

Mopar is building a new, 400,000 square foot distribution center in Winchester, Virginia, to open by the end of this year. That will give Mopar 22 parts centers in North America. The facility will handle more than 50,000 part numbers; it is projected to ship over nine million parts per year from its 27 acre site, speeding repairs at around 200 dealerships.  Mopar reps said they projected 24 tractor-trailers of shipments per day leaving, with ten coming in; 70 people will […]

FCA’s hot new diesel (corrected)

May 20, 2016 - by David Zatz

Fiat has revealed a new aluminum-block 2.2 liter diesel to be used in the Alfa Romeo Giulia. At 337 pounds, it’s 44 pounds lighter than the iron-block 2.2 in the Jeep Cherokee. In the Giulia, 0-62 mph comes in 6.4 seconds. There are four power levels, topping out at 207 horsepower and 347 (corrected) pound-feet of torque; with that version, buyers get 325 pound-feet of torque come at a low 1,500 rpm, and 236 pound-feet at 1,250 rpm. The block is made by FCA […]

Big and small recalls; worldwide Wrangler sales

May 19, 2016 - by David Zatz

Half a million Jeep Wranglers are being recalled because excess exposure to dust and dirt (e.g. from being driven off-road with the top off) may prevent the airbag from activating. If this happens, the Wrangler will automatically turn on the airbag warning light. There are no known injuries from this problem, which affects 2007-2010 Wranglers as well as 2011-2016 Wranglers with right-hand drive for special duty within the United States (e.g. postal trucks). The recall provides a […]

Into the Jeep Wrangler Four…

May 19, 2016 - by David Zatz

Last week, Automotive News wrote that the 2018 Jeep Wrangler “JL” would have a 300 horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder; Allpar had noted the possibility, but with less certainty, in 2014. Yesterday, spy photographer Brian Williams shot a photo of a Wrangler being tested with a dual-cam four-cylinder under the hood. Many people have been vociferous in their dislike of this option; while the Jeep CJ series used four cylinders, including one named Hurricane, the CJ was much lighter than the Wrangler. Modern […]

Walter’s great-grandson: “Yeah! This is my car.”

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May 18, 2016 - by David Zatz

Frank B. Rhodes has been watching comments about his great-grandfather’s namesake brand — Chrysler — with some alarm. Recently, he decided to set the record straight by recording several commercials, with the help of videographer Kurt Kolaja. The commercials start with an establishing shot of Mr. Rhodes working on wood with hand tools, a trade he carries out with a high degree of skill. “Craftsmanship is everything to me; it goes into all the furniture I build. Maybe […]

China-buy rumor denied

May 18, 2016 - by David Zatz

Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC) has denied rumors that it would acquire a majority share in Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, a move that would likely involve purchasing large quantities of shares on the stock market (unless the founding Agnelli family was willing to sell, in a reversal of its past policy). Il Giornale had claimed inside sources, and their story was picked up by Reuters. GAC, which has a joint venture with FCA to make cars in China, […]

Chinese GAC to buy majority of FCA?

May 18, 2016 - by Bill Cawthon

China’s Guangzhou Automobile Group may be looking for a majority stake in Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, according to an unsourced report in Italian newspaper Il Giornale that was picked up by Reuters. FCA stock rose slightly on the report. Guangzhou, FCA’s joint venture partner in China, has been making the Fiat Viaggio version of the Dodge Dart since 2012, and is now making Jeeps for sale in China. GAC is also going to be showing its own cars at the New York […]

Ram ProMaster City driveaway

May 17, 2016 - by David Zatz

Ram hosted a ProMaster City driveaway today for New York/New Jersey dealers, who seemed satisfied with the product.  The quirky-looking but highly adaptable vans, whose road manners may stun anyone used to old B-vans or Econolines, have been selling better than expected. The ProMaster City took much longer to arrive in sales lots than many outsiders expected, along the way missing the “first to market” advantage. Based on the Fiat Doblò Maxi, it has a Chrysler 2.4 liter engine, nine-speed automatic, and […]

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