New minivans to get AWD, more

Sergio Marchionne 2013

According to Sergio Marchionne, all wheel drive will be returning to the Chrysler minivans’ option list for the first time since Stow ‘n’ Go pushed it out. All wheel drive was an early minivan option, appearing on the second generation of the iconic vans.

Mr. Marchionne also talked the timetable for minivan production. He said he was negotiating with the province of Ontario for aid (possibly in the form of tax breaks, though he was not specific) to keep building minivans in Windsor financially attractive, versus other locations. Minivans have been built in Windsor since their debut, though they were also built in the United States for many years.

Speaking at a gathering of electronic media, Marchionne said:

We have the best intentions vis-à-vis Windsor. I think that we have done all the work that needed to be done to make sure we had the right architecture for the minivan. That’s done and completed. So we’re now in the process of finalizing style choices for the minivan. In an ideal world, if we could get all our ducks lined up, we could start as early as 2013 to start industrializing the plant. So it could happen as early as this year.

While the plant might start being updated in late 2013, the minivans need much more time to be developed.

The launch won’t happen until sometime at the end of ’14 or the beginning of ’15. You may see it here January 2015. May.

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The new minivans will not just be a powertrain transplant or cosmetic makeover, but a full re-engineering from the ground up.

But the architecture exists, which is not an inconsequential choice, because that architecture inside the minivan today is probably one of the oldest we have within the family and so it needed to be substantially upgraded. We have done all that work from the engineering standpoint; we understand fully what it needs to do.

… maybe I shouldn’t be telling you this. One of the things that we’ve been looking at is a possibility of using a minivan architecture to introduce plug-in hybrids and make that sort of standard fare for the minivan, but it’s still too early to make a call. Certainly the architecture exists and is capable of doing all those things.

Mr. Marchionne reassured the group that the next generation minivans would still be capable of everything the current vans are, but with added capabilities.

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CR and FCA quality


Many people regard Consumer Reports as the last word in car reliability, despite problems with CR’s methods and an attitude which leads to cease-and-desist letters for posting pages like this one.

The current guide was headlined by Buick’s rise to #3, but the secondary story was FCA brands anchoring the bottom, along with Tesla.

What happened?

FCA can counter CR with good scores in J.D.

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For the next Jeep Cherokee, Susan Rand and “DarkSky” considered what the phrase “a more traditional front that is still unique” might mean. Sources claimed that the body would remain essentially unchanged.

Since the “headlights below the DRLs” aspect of the current Cherokee is the most radical change from the norm, both renderings swap the two positions, putting the headlights up high, with integral DRLs, parking lights in a separate area,

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Ram: King of Canadian trucks

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For the third time in a row, the Ram 1500 has been crowned the overall winner of the Canadian Truck King Challenge.

The tenth annual Canadian Truck King Challenge, run in Ontario but including seven judges from across Canada, includes real-world evaluations covering nearly 4,000 km, during which payload is tested up to 4,000 pounds, towing is tested up to 15,000 pounds, and off-road capability is assessed.

There were eleven pickups entered into the Canadian Truck King Challenge competition,

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FCA profits shot up — driven by US


FCA’s adjusted operating profits shot up in the third quarter, with profits in North America rising from 6.7% of sales a year ago to 7.6% of sales. North America once again drove profits for FCA as a whole, but the Europe/Africa/Middle East region returned to profitability.

Net income went from a $420 million loss in the third quarter of 2015 to a net profit of roughly $660 million in this past quarter.  

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Ram leading in van growth

With a nearly 47% year-over-year increase as of the end of September, Ram leads the market in commercial van sales.

Nine months into 2016, Ram has sold 39,214 ProMasters — 26,544 full-size ProMasters and 12,649 compact ProMaster Citys.

In September, monthly sales of Chevrolet and Ford vans fell, while Ram van deliveries were up more than 10%. The big ProMaster outsold every full-size van that didn’t wear a blue oval or a bow tie.

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