Tip: Grand Cherokee powertrains

The Jeep Grand Cherokee “WL” is set to hit production  in the first half of 2021; but not every variant will be available at launch.

Given rumors of a 2.0 liter engine and the GME T6, some speculated that the Grand Cherokee would not have a Pentastar V6 or Hemi V8 option. It turns out neither is true — current plans, according to a reliable Allpar insider,

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Return of the Snow Plow Prep Package

2021 Ram 1500 snowplow

Ram Truck just introduced a new Snow Plow Prep package for the 2021 Ram 1500, at the Work Truck Show® in Indianapolis.

Available for just $195, it’s a good deal even if you don’t plan to move snow: it includes a 220-amp alternator, truck-side plow wiring harness, and rear power sliding window with integrated defroster. The downside is that Ram deletes the active air dam, to make way for plow mounts,

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Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA cuts weight, gains power

The 2020 Geneva Motor Show was supposed to open to the media today, but the Swiss show was cancelled due to the concern over the spread of Coronavirus. Had the show run as planned, we would have been introduced to the new Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA and GTAm – both of which are lightweight, higher-powered versions of the impressive Giulia Quadrifoglio.

Fortunately, FCA provided us with all of the key details,

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Why you can’t buy a Caravan or Journey in the most populous states; and Caravan cancellation confirmed (updated)

The 2020 Dodge Grand Caravan and 2020 Dodge Journey are not for sale in some of the nation’s most populous states—California, New Jersey, and New York—along with Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington.

What those states all have in common is adhering to California emissions rules, and an FCA spokesman confirmed that the reason is new emissions rules which make the original Pentastar engine unsellable,

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Here’s when we’ll find out the new name; PSA merging into FCA

Did you wonder what they’ll call the company that contains Mopar (Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram), Fiat (Alfa Romeo, Maserati), and Peugeot (Citroën, DS, Opel, Vauxhall)?

You’ll find out the day after the merger is finished, not before, according to the PSA annual report (in a paragraph caught by longtime contributor T_690). For the moment, the combined entity is being called “DutchCo,” which tells us where it will be legally located—FCA itself is technically headquartered in Amsterdam.

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Presenting at FCA’s new partner, and their record profits

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PSA’s 2019 revenue rose by 1%, to €75 billion; their margin (loosely, how much profit was made from the revenue) rose to 8.5%. These were quite good numbers, since PSA absorbed the formerly money-losing Opel/Vauxhall not long ago; now, Opel had a 6.5% adjusted operating margin.

This bodes well for Fiat Chrysler—PSA’s last corporate integration went relatively smoothly and turned losses to profits quickly. PSA also gained €3.3 billion in free cash flow in their automotive division,

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Tommy Johnson Jr makes 2-for-2 for Don Schumacher Racing in 2020

After Jack Beckman opened the 2020 Mello Yello Drag Racing Funny Car season with a win at the Winternationals, the quartet of Don Schumacher Racing drivers came into the Arizona Nationals hoping to make it 2-for-2 for 2020. They did just that, dominating the event from qualifying to the final round of eliminations –with Tommy Johnson Jr. preventing Beckman from getting win number 2 on the young season.

Qualifying

The Don Schumacher Racing Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody race cars got off to a strong start at the 2020 Arizona Nationals.

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New Chrysler minivans book: from rejection to a hit

Rise and reinvention of Chrysler minivans

Perhaps no vehicle was more instrumental in saving Chrysler Corporation in the 1980s than the minivan. The K cars probably got more press, but the minivans made more money.

The minivan idea was kicking around the halls of Highland Park long before Lee Iacocca arrived from Ford—starting as thoughts on altering commercial vans for everyday use. Thanks to some incredible research from author (and Allpar creator) David Zatz,

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