New future for minivans, big cars (updated)

FCA announced today that it has signed a new three-year deal with Canada’s Unifor union, which includes up to $1.6 billion in investments and 2,000 new jobs.

Brampton will get $50 million, along with a confirmation that it will build “three new variants of the popular Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger muscle cars, in addition to continuing production of the Chrysler 300.” This could mean the addition of a Dodge Magnum-like wagon/crossover,

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Mopar Makes Towing with the Jeep Gladiator Safer

The Jeep Gladiator is the most capable gas-powered towing vehicle in the segment and with the introduction of the Mopar Trailer Brake Controller system, towing 7,650 pounds is safer and easier.

The Jeep Gladiator is the only truck in the mid-sized segment with a removable top and it is also the one gas-powered truck in the segment that will tow 7,650 pounds. In towing nearly four tons,

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Ram out-pickups Chevy, Challenger #1?, and other Q3 takeaways

Ram dealers reportedly can’t wait for a refurbished Warren Truck plant to come back on-line, because there’s a large pent-up demand for the Ram 1500 Classic. Allpar forum members agreed that the Classic still beats the similar-price competition at Chevy and Ford, while the new Ram 1500 “DT” made at Sterling Heights is ideal for those who are willing and able to spend a bit more.

GM had a good quarter,

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FCA issues 3rd quarter sales results for the United States

This morning, FCA issued the United States sales numbers for the third quarter of 2020 and like just about everything else in 2020, they are not good. Overall, the company is down 10% from the same period last year with Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Fiat all posting negative growth, but with the continued impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, these numbers don’t come as much of a surprise. The slow sales aren’t specific to FCA,

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Employees created new FCA US app—first available to Ram TRX

Know & Go screens

Employees at FCA US have pitched and developed a new app which gives customers an “immersive experience” for learning more about their new car or truck. The first people to benefit from it will be buyers of the supercharged 2021 Ram 1500 TRX.

The app was suggested by a team of employees during FCA’s first ever “Pitch Night;” they developed it as well, likely creating a far better experience than something farmed out to a marketing company.

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Newest Ram Built to Serve models honor the U.S. Air Force

This morning, FCA introduced the third installment in the Ram 1500 Built to Serve lineup, with the latest group of 2,000 uniquely decorated half-tons paying tribute to the United States Air Force. These trucks will officially go on sale on September 18, which also happens to be the 73rd anniversary of the U.S. Air Force, but we can expect to see these aeronautical-themed trucks reaching dealers during the fourth quarter of this year.

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Former Ram chief engineer Michael J. Cairns

Born in June 1962, Michael J. Cairns died on September 7, 2020, only 58 years old. Known as a “hard worker, selfless beyond measure,” Mike was a gifted engineer and leader.

Mike Cairns agreed to be interviewed by Allpar in February 2015, when the company was launching its Laramie Limited luxury truck. It was a revealing interview; Mike was enthusiastic and positive about pretty much everything,

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What’s new for ’21? The big list of changes

2021 Ram 1500 Rebel navigation screen

FCA has been releasing some of its bigger updates as separate stories, but now that we have the full list of what’s changed, maybe it’s time to look at everything at once.

Jeep

Our biggest story is really Jeep, since every continuing model seems to be getting upgraded, in some cases quite seriously. FCA has been trying to move Jeep a bit upmarket for a while, despite the Renegade,

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