FCA is allegedly pushing back the launch of around a dozen vehicles in the US, including the next-gen Ram 1500 and Jeep Wrangler. Alfa Romeo might see more products come to market even more quickly, though.
Four FCA US assembly plants, all of the engine factories, and many transmission-building sites are staying open all summer to keep up with demand. Usually there would be a two-week summer shutdown during the year.
A previous recall issued for the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango may not have been enough to fix an electrical problem that could lead to a fire, prompting the NHTSA to open a new investigation into the matter.
A jury in Georgia has awarded $150 million in damages in the case of a fire in a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee where a child died. FCA US is responsible for 99 percent of that and is still deciding whether to appeal.
SUV, Pickup Truck And Luxury Car All Snag Trophies
The three big winners at the Washington Auto Show were the Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel (2015 Green SUV of the Year), the BMW i8 (2015 Luxury Green Car of the Year) and the Ford F-150 (2015 Green Car Technology Award).
Jeep is still working to install trailer hitches on recalled 1993-1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2002-2007 Jeep Liberty to make them safer in rear collisions. The company says it is working to notify owners in new ways to get them to bring their vehicles in, but fix rates are reportedly low and deaths are still being reported in unrepaired recalled vehicles.
This last-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 does things that SUVs just shouldn't be able to do, like win drag races against tuned Nissan GT-R and BMW M3 coupes. Granted, the owner isn't coming into this fight with a stock Jeep – far from it. In addition to twin turbos whistling away, he says the engine is a 449-cubic-inch V8, which is nearly 7.4 liters of displacement.
Following the significant outcry surrounding the General Motors and Takata airbag safety crises this year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration seems to be taking a much more aggressive role in pushing owners to repair their recalled vehicles. In the agency's latest move, it's urging Jeep drivers to get their models fixed. Acting NHTSA administrator David Friedman even sent a letter to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne pressing him to get more of the SUVs fixed.
Offering a diesel engine in an American pickup is anything but new – Ford, General Motors and Chrysler all offer excellent and almost impossibly powerful oil-burning engines in their various fullsize trucks. What is new and novel about the 3.0L EcoDiesel, though, is its size, and the variety of vehicles that use it. It's the smallest engine, as far as displacement is concerned, currently offered in a large truck in the US, and, for 2014 and 2015, it is available in the Ram 1500 and the Jee
Between GM's ignition switches and Takata's airbags, it's been a big year for recalls, but they keep rolling in. The latest comes from Chrysler, which has announced a pair of recalls for certain heavy-duty pickups and SUVs.