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SM: Still no Dart/200 partner

August 26, 2016 - by David Zatz

The Associated Press reported today that FCA still had no partner for Chrysler/Dodge compact or midsize cars, according to Sergio Marchionne. He also said that Magneti Marelli would be better off outside FCA, and that FCA had made no changes to Chrysler’s sales reporting systems, which he said dated back to the 1980s, when they took over in 2009. The latter was in response to a question about a Justice Department and SEC investigation into sales reporting […]

Selling Magneti?

August 26, 2016 - by David Zatz

Reuters reported that several companies have approached FCA to buy Magneti Marelli, an auto parts division created in the last century as a joint venture and later taken over by Fiat. Mr. Marchionne was asked about rumors swirling around the sale of the business to Samsung, while at the Sterling Heights stamping plant today. Current rumor has just the telematics portion of the business going to Samsung. Mr Marchionne did not comment on Samsung specifically, but the sale would […]

FCA stamping and pressing

August 26, 2016 - by David Zatz

FCA has added three modern stamping presses to the Sterling Heights Stamping Plant, with a celebration today including Sergio Marchionne and the UAW’s Norwood Jewell. Part of a $166 million investment is two new extra-large high speed servo tandem press lines (each 180 inches) and one large servo progressive press line; before these, the last new press at Sterling Stamping was installed in 2000. The largest stamping facility in the world, the roughly three million square foot plant […]

Exploring the 2018 Neon and C-100

August 25, 2016 - by David Zatz

The SUSW-based Chrysler 100 has long appeared on long-term plans, but now we’ve heard that there may be some frantic activity around prepping a US-legal Mexican Neon, as well (or instead). Susan Rand took the general outlines of the Neon and Fiat Tipo (which it’s based on) and used them to come up with this rendering, showing how the two could be differentiated.  The 100 would likely be a different size and format than the Tipo — otherwise, why even […]

CarPlay/A-Auto plans slip out

August 24, 2016 - by David Zatz

Allpar member “Moparian” noticed that the press release for the Dodge Challenger T/A let slip news of UConnect 4: … all-new Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen fourth-generation radio, … also includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to further smartphone integration. Based on this, the fourth-generation UConnect will debut in the Dodge Challenger T/A Plus.  The only new capabilities mentioned are support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but when the system is formally introduced, more upgrades or enhancement may be announced. […]

Building over the original Jeep plant

August 24, 2016 - by David Zatz

Detroit Manufacturing Systems has broken ground on a factory being built on the site of the original Willys-Overland plant, which started building Jeeps for World War II and was finally closed in 2010.  Ironically, it will make instrument clusters for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler. The original plant was demolished in 2010, except for a sole smoke-stack on which the word “Overland” is spelled out in black bricks. It is still visible from Route 75. The company, a joint venture between […]

Survey: Allpar vs the world

August 24, 2016 - by David Zatz

Some weeks ago, Allpar surveyed the US residents, 18 years or older, on their impressions of Chrysler, Lancia, and Plymouth. Today, we are releasing the results of our followup, which just taps Allpar readers. The not-surprise is that Allpar readers generally have a far more favorable opinion of Chrysler and Dodge quality, and are more likely to consider a Chrysler, Plymouth, or, yes, a Lancia. But how much more likely? Is there a place for Lancia or Plymouth in readers […]

Mixed bag at Englishtown show

General Lee
August 23, 2016 - by David Zatz

The 30th annual Mopars at Englishtown show, back to two days, was a mixed bag, with relatively few show cars but a good helping of drag racing. A single sign with an arrow and  “Mopar” scrawled in chalk told us where we were supposed to go; the huge main parking lot was closed off and we went to the former show field. There were some highly impressive show cars, covering the range from a highly customized, nitrous-boosted 2-liter Dart automatic […]

Rocking the Woodward Cruise

August 23, 2016 - by Patrick Rall

Once again, the FCA display at the corner of 13 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue in Royal Oak was one of the biggest and most popular stops along the Woodward Dream Cruise route. After attendees registered, they could participate in interactive displays, including a 24th scale drag racing slot car set with Mopar race cars, spray-on tattoos, a Viper virtual drive simulator, and plenty of free stuff, including shirts, stickers, and posters. There was also a […]

Toledo Jeep Fest ’16

August 22, 2016 - by David Zatz

Toledo’s 2016 Jeep festival is now in the history books — according to the Toledo Blade, as a “tremendous success.” Officials estimated that 40,000 people attended the event, with over 1,100 Jeeps in the parade. Organizers are starting to talk about whether they could hold another “Jeep Fest” next year; the hotel/convention bureau estimated that it generated around $3 million in the area, between restaurants, bars, and hotels. It was particularly beneficial for the central business district. […]

Dodge commandeered Woodward

Drag racing Dodge Hemi at Roadkill Nights on Woodward Ave
August 22, 2016 - by David Zatz

The highlight of this year’s Woodward Cruise took place in Pontiac, Michigan, where the famed avenue was converted to a legal drag strip by Dodge on Friday night. Part of the second “Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge” event, it built on last year’s Pontiac Silverdome event. Woodward Avenue, or Highway 1, was closed to normal traffic for nine hours of drag racing, with a total cash purse of $19,000. Over 30,000 people showed up, three times last year’s showing. […]

More jobs for Belvidere

August 19, 2016 - by David Zatz

As FCA prepares to move the Jeep Cherokee from Toledo to Belvidere, ending production of the Dodge Dart, Jeep Compass, and Jeep Patriot, the Rockford Register Star has reported that more jobs will be created — beyond the ones already announced by FCA. The newspaper wrote that a new 336,000 square foot building, housing production of components for the Cherokee, is going up at 725 Logistics Drive, about a mile from the FCA plant. The supplier’s name was not revealed, but […]

Digging debunks prison-labor hoax

August 19, 2016 - by David Zatz

Some readers have sent us stories alleging that FCA or Chrysler has been using prison labor.  Allpar sought to find out whether this is true. Prison labor is increasingly controversial due to abuses, including pushes for draconian sentences by those who profit from it.  A judge has been bribed to send people to prison, for example. Wikipedia lists other abuses (also see this secondary page). Allpar has investigated each article, digging into the source of Facebook posts and web pages. In some cases, the trail […]

Roadkill Nights hits Detroit tomorrow

August 18, 2016 - by Patrick Rall

The second of this year’s Roadkill Nights by Dodge events is set to take place tomorrow, August 19, at the M1 Concourse in Pontiac, Michigan, with the key attraction being the legal street racing on Woodward Avenue. Gates open at noon for racers, show’n’shine cars and the general public, and at 1pm, the racing action on Woodward Ave begins. From 1pm to 10pm, some 350 cars will make drag passes on a section of Woodward while […]

What of Toluca, the C100, and Journey?

August 18, 2016 - by David Zatz

FCA’s Toluca, Mexico plant, originally part of AutoMex, dates back to the original Chrysler Corporation.  Back in the 1990s it made Neons, then it shifted to PT Cruisers; now it makes the Dodge Journey and North American Fiat 500s. The Journey is living on borrowed time, though — it’s unique on its platform, and critics are starting to notice its age — while the 500 is to have all production centralized in Europe. Sources have hinted at a […]

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