An article in la Nuova Ferrari may explain the delay in Ram 1500 diesel production, which now appears to be slated for mid-January 2014. According to the newspaper, which serves the province of Ferrara where VM is located, a large number of engines were held back because the control units had to be recalibrated to meet American emissions standards. In addition, the line where these engines are produced temporarily stopped, awaiting Chrysler’s go-ahead.
The 2014 Grand Cherokee diesel appears to be in production now, but Ram 1500 diesels, already delayed from an announced 2013 model-year launch, now seems to have been pushed back to calendar-year 2014. The VM-powered Ram and Grand Cherokee both have eight-speed transmissions; while Grand Cherokee stretches to 30 mpg highway, the Ram is expected to end up in the 25-28 range, still quite good for a pickup with good towing capacity.
There is apparently an improved 2.8 liter diesel in the works as well; Chrysler uses VM 2.8s in some of its European-sale vehicles.
This year’s winners of the prestigious Ward’s Top Ten were (in alphabetical order) the BMW 5-series electric motor, the Corvette Stingray’s 6.2 liter V8, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat V8, the Ford Fiesta three-cylinder, one-liter turbo, Hyundai Tuscon fuel cell vehicle, Mini Cooper 1.5 turbo three cylinder, the Ram 3-liter VM diesel, Subaru WRX four-cylinder turbo, VW Golf 1.8 liter [...]
The Ram 1500 faced down the aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 and new Chevrolet Silverado in Motor Trend’s half-ton truck shootout. The three contenders were put through a broad array of testing, including a 260-mile drive through California and Arizona. Measurements included: Testing without load: 0-60 mph and 1/4-mile acceleration, 60-0 mph braking, and maximum lateral grip (Ram was Limits-handling without load: closed-course cornering, braking, [...]
Some time ago, Sergio Marchionne, head of Fiat Chrysler, said that the only way to reboot Alfa Romeo would be by amortizing engineering costs with Dodge. That’s gone down the memory hole, now. It had to. The Alfisti will have fitsies if they overtly share with Chrysler. The D-RWD platform is now Giorgio, an Italian name for something developed largely in Auburn [...]
We may have the first clear 2017 Chrysler Town & Country minivan spy shots, adding to a small “phone pic” shot posted some time ago. The vehicle, parked with the Chrysler Technical Center in sight, has camouflage and padding, but you can clearly see the openings for the side and front door handles. The photo gives some idea of the relatively length [...]
FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne has long expressed his desire to slash the number of Fiat and Chrysler platforms, emulating Volkswagen’s “back to the future” move of putting just about everything onto a single platform. Mr. Marchionne has allowed major exceptions; the combination of an over-ambitious plan and a grip on reality delayed the Jeep Renegade and some other cars, because the [...]