Belvidere: 3,900 people offered separation packages; more downtime

Belvidere's Millionth

According to local TV station WREX, FCA has confirmed that all 3,900 hourly production workers at the Belvidere, Illinois Jeep Cherokee plant have been offered voluntary separation packages.  A spokesman was quoted as saying the packages were designed to “create opportunities for those employees still on layoff.”

The separations were included in the 2019 UAW agreement, and are not a surprise to the union.

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2020 Challenger Drag Pak to run a 3.0-liter Whipple blower

When Mopar introduced the newest Challenger Drag Pak back at the 2019 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, the biggest question that went unanswered related to the size and type of supercharger that would top the 354-cubic inch Hemi engine.

We asked Mopar representatives at SEMA which supercharger would be used in 2020 and they explained to us that their team was still testing a few different superchargers to see which yielded the best results.

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UConnect 5: a major leap forward

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FCA’s previously announced move to Android (from the proprietary QNX system sold by Blackberry) is now ready, with long-awaited features including up to five user profiles, valet mode, and over-the-air updates. The system promises to be up to five times faster, as well.

UConnect 5 supports 7-inch, 8.4-inch, and 10.1 inch screens; UConnect 5 Plus (including navigation) supports 8.4 and 10.1 inch screens, 10.25 and 12.3 inch wide screens,

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Big (but not too scary) ProMaster recall

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FCA is recalling 222,207 ProMaster vans in the United States (and  their counterparts in Canada and Mexico) because the transmission shifter cable/lever assembly may break—possibly resulting in the car being left in Drive, Reverse, or Neutral when the driver shifts it to Park. The car’s PRNDL (shift indicator) will still show the correct gear, since it’s linked to the transmission computer and not the shifter.

The recall,

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Jeep teases a limited edition Wrangler ahead of Chicago

This morning, FCA teased a Jeep that will be on display at the upcoming 2020 Chicago Auto Show. We don’t have any details, but according to this morning’s brief statement, “Mopar will showcase a Jeep Performance Parts (JPP) limited edition” model in the Windy City. The press release also points out that “Mopar offers more than 200 Jeep Performance Parts; quality-tested parts and accessories specifically designed and engineered for off-road performance enthusiasts.”

The statement doesn’t actually state that it is a Wrangler,

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PSA has defined its brands, giving hope to Chrysler and Dodge

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While Peugeot (PSA) has recently set up a group to differentiate and clarify the identities of its brands—heading into a merger with Fiat Chrysler (FCA)—some are already well established.

Detroit News quoted Carlos Tavares, CEO of PSA and the future FCA/PSA group, describing some of the brands. Citroën is the people’s brand, Peugeot is high-end mainstream, and DS is “a premium brand with a French flare.” He didn’t define Opel or Vauxhall especially well,

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Dodge Social Media Ad for a Charger Hellcat Redeye Likely a Mistake

Charger Redeye Ad

Over the course of the past few days, we have been sent many screenshots and links to social media discussions about an advertisement being run by Dodge on Facebook and Instagram. In the ad image, shown below, we see what looks like a 2019 Charger SRT Hellcat, complete with the “grille nostrils”, but the ad reads “turn some heads with every turn with the aggressive styling of the Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye”.

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Time is running out on the four-speeds

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The old four-speed won’t make it past the end of the year, according to a reliable Allpar source.  The six-speed, which is made on a different line and with some different casting machines, will live on, reportedly making it past the end of the year at least.

Four-speed automatics are getting quite rare, and the Journey already has a six-speed option.

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