A firmware fix has been found to work around 2014 Jeep Cherokee transmission-axle interaction issues, and Cherokees are being systematically “flashed” (upgraded with new firmware), tested around a 2-3 mile course, and approved for delivery, according to “The Mad Duck.” The Duck did a fly-by over Manheim Auto’s old lot in Flat Rock, which has been up for sale for some years; the 101-acre paved lot has room for around 3,000 cars, he said. While there, he saw that employees of a logistics company were taking out groups of Cherokees for their test runs after upgrading the firmware. The work seemed to be progressing steadily, but there is a tremendous backlog.
One contributor wrote that all the Cherokees in “shipped to storage” status would be delivered to dealerships next week; depending on how long that takes, dealerships should start seeing full supplies of Cherokees in time to sell a few before November 1.
New Cherokees coming from the Toledo plant are presumably going directly to shipping yards for transport to dealerships across the continent.
For overviews of the Manheim lot, see yesterday’s announcement.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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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 [...]