Silicon on relays brings another recall

FCA discovered that “certain” 2011-13 Dodge Durangos and Jeep Grand Cherokees had developed silicon deposits on their fuel pump relays, preventing the engine from starting or stalling once they’re running. The problem affects roughly 650,000 vehicles around the world—528,594 in the United States, 34,764 in Canada, 18,152 in Mexico, and 116,511 outside North America.

The recall, as usual, provides an interesting look at FCA’s sales of particular vehicles.

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Dodge releases Challenger 50th Anniversary and Christmas apparel

The Dodge Challenger was introduced for the 1970 model year so with the arrival of the 2020 model year, the Mopar muscle car is turning 50 years old. To celebrate the 50th anniversary, Dodge had a special event with privately owned Challengers at the Los Angeles Auto Show, where the company introduced the 50th Anniversary Edition package. It was an impressive event for everyone involved, beautifully displaying Challengers from the 1970s to the modern era.

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GM is suing FCA for … you’ve got to read this, it’s nuts

Having finished its absurdly long negotiations with the United Auto Workers (UAW) union, General Motors is turning its attention to the possibly devastating FCA-PSA hookup.

FCA merging with PSA would be bad for GM in a few ways. PSA owns GM’s former European brands Opel and Vauxhall, with the designs for those cars. PSA’s advanced work in hybrids and small engined-cars would boost FCA exactly where it needs help in North America.

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2020 Dodge Challenger 50th Anniversary Edition Debuts in LA

50th Anniversary Edition Challenger celebrates golden anniversar

The Dodge Challenger was first introduced for the 1970 model year. That means that with the arrival of the 2020 model year, Challengers have been on the road for 50 years. To celebrate the golden anniversary of the Mopar muscle car, Dodge has introduced the 50th Anniversary Edition package for the Challenger. Offered on the GT RWD, R/T Shaker, R/T Scat Pack Shaker and R/T Scat Pack Widebody Shaker,

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15 million Chrysler minivans sold

The creator of the minivan has now sold 15 million of the comfortable, utilitarian vehicles, thanks partly to its continuing high market share—currently at 54%, including the Pacifica, Grand Caravan, and Voyager.  Chrysler minivans were influential enough to merit their own biography [minivan book].

Special employee pricing on 2020 Pacificas, excluding the plug-in hybrids, starts today, making the vans more attractive. Anyone can buy or lease an eligible FCA vehicle,

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Beckman falls 8 points short of the NHRA Funny Car Championship

Jack Beckman and Matt Hagan came into the final race of the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Championship Series knowing that to win the title, they had to win the event. In addition to winning the final race of the year, Beckman and Hagan had to hope for points leader Robert Hight to lose in an early round. Unfortunately, while Beckman and Hagan both had strong outings to end the season,

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Turbo straight-six to beat 392 Hemi power?

Tornado straight six

Two years ago, Allpar was the first to bring you news of the GME T6 engine—a true Fiat Chrysler creation, with aspects of past Chrysler and Fiat motors and engineers from both sides in the team. Last year, Allpar also noted that the new turbo-six was to meet or beat the Hemi V8 in power, possibly replacing it.

Now, Mopar Insiders has claimed that that the new six will be good for 525 horsepower,

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FCA US has a lot more employees now (corrected)

Chrysler employees enjoy lunch on the lawn at CTC

Fiat leadership has dramatically increased the number of hourly workers at the former Chrysler, according to a company report updated today.

FCA updated a count of the hourly and salaried UAW employees at year end from 2009 (the first year Fiat was involved) through to 2018 (since year-end 2019 figures won’t be available at least until the end of 2019). When this story was first posted, it did not stipulate that both salaried and hourly figures below are UAW (union) workers only.

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