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Monthly Archives: November 2016

Big dip for FCA US?

Analysts have predicted an all-time record for US auto sales in November — but not for FCA.  With auto sales believed to be rising by 4% overall this month, FCA is predicted to be falling by 13%, despite higher incentive spending.

To put FCA’s shortfall in context, though, the company has trimmed its product line since last November, cutting the Dodge Avenger, Dodge Dart, and Ram Cargo van,

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Pacifica beat mpg estimates

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid has beaten the company’s estimated gas-mileage-equivalent, turning in a stunning official 84 miles-per-gallon-equivalent (MPGe) from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

No other minivan has ever come close to this rating.

This reflects the combined city and highway figure for electric-only mode. The MPGe figure estimates “mileage” using fuel with the same energy content as a gallon of gasoline.

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Global strategy changes at FCA?

Rob Heglboom and Ram 1200

For years, FCA said its global brands would be Alfa Romeo, Jeep, and Fiat. There may be plans for a newer worldwide contender, though.

Ram’s gains in North America have been noticed elsewhere. How else to explain the launch of the Mitsubishi L200 –  Fiat Fullback – Ram 1200 in the Middle East?

Ram International might not just be a thing, but a serious thing,

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Is the Jeep Wagoneer coming or cancelled?

Several Allpar sources have written that the 2019 Jeep Wagoneer (and Grand Wagoneer) were being prepped for production, based on the next-generation Grand Cherokee WL.

Then, out of nowhere, Autoline Daily, a reputable broadcast, claimed that plans for these pricey Jeeps had been dropped, possibly because the costs of upgrading Warren were too high. Perhaps, according to Autoline,

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Monday’s Cherokee rendering

What would the week be without a rendering of the next-generation Jeep Cherokee? With a “more conventional” face and more finished rear, the midsize Jeep is reportedly to keep its basics intact, and to still look fairly unusual on the street.

As for functional differences, since the current model is electronically current, we’d wonder if it will be the first target for the Hurricane turbocharged four-cylinder engine,

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Wrangler to get “special” treatment

The Jeep Wrangler will be getting the “special” treatment over its final year in JK form, with several named editions to be issued, according to Automotive News’ Larry Vellequette.

The Wrangler JL is due in late 2017, as a 2018 model. Automotive News believes the current JK series will end in September 2017, but one Allpar source believes the JK and JL will overlap for the 2018 model year.

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Is it Dodge plus or versus Alfa Romeo?

The new “Giorgio” platform/architecture underpinning the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio leads to a few question, especially after FCA’s Reid Bigland said that Dodge might eventually get a crack at it.

The first question is, where did the Giorgio setup come from? The consensus of Allpar sources has long been that it was an FCA corporate creation, in its basic form — architecture and platform choices.

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FCA US’ Mexican exposure

sergio marchionne

Sergio Marchionne recently added his voice to industry concerns over the possibility of a trade war with Mexico. What exactly is FCA’s exposure?

The company imports two slow-selling vehicles, the Fiat 500 and Ram ProMaster, one medium-seller (the Dodge Journey), and two expected hot sellers: the Ram pickup/chassis cab and new Jeep Compass.  What’s more, every Hemi is made in Mexico.

In the long run,

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Dodge Demon

2018 Wrangler JL

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