Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling approximately 4.8 million vehicles in the United States as the company has determined an “unlikely sequence of events” could prevent the cruise control system from being deactivated. According to the automaker, someone has to be driving one of the affected models with the cruise control system activated. The system would then need to increase the speed of the vehicle at the same time there’s a short-circuit in a “specific electrical network.” If this occurs, the driver may discover they cannot cancel the cruise control system. While this would be pretty scary, FCA says drivers can overpower cruise control acceleration by using the vehicle’s brakes. The company also notes drivers can shift the car into neutral and then brake accordingly. Regardless of which option is used, cruise control will be cancelled once the car is put in park. In a statement, FCA’s Chief Technical Compliance Officer and Head of … [Read more...] about FCA Recalling 4.8 Million Vehicles Over Cruise Control That Might Not Turn Off
Figuring out why the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is a good buy isn’t all that hard. For starters, it’s eligible for a federal tax incentive worth $7,500, which means that it can cost about the same as the non-hybrid version. On the other hand, despite all the positives, you will have to compromise practicality a bit if you opt for the Hybrid. For example, there’s no more underfloor storage room for the seats, because of the batteries, and it comes with a seven-, instead of an eight-seat configuration. Driving the Pacifica Hybrid, according to Kelley Blue Book, makes for a different experience than the regular Pacifica, thanks to the former’s hybrid powertrain that consists of a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 paired to two electric motors and a CVT transmission. Officially, you get an all-electric range of 33 miles (53 km) and an EPA fuel economy rating of 84 MPGe. The folks at KBB averaged just 25.5 mpg (9.2 l/100km) over a distance of 1,000 miles (1,609 km), though, … [Read more...] about Should You Buy The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Instead Of The Gasoline Model?
Few engines have character anymore, as automakers are looking for ways to improve fuel efficiency and provide drivers with a more refined experience. Dodge, though, isn’t like other (mainstream) automakers and still has an eye on performance. It’s time that Dodge shared the love across the entire FCA family. The Hellcat engine is one of the best motors on sale today. The 6.2-liter supercharged engine, as we all know by now, cranks out 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough grunt to make the land yacht of the Challenger a real competitor against high-performance machines. The engine also plays the role of a miracle worker in the Charger, turning the sedan from a pedestrian vehicle to a deranged daily. Interestingly, Dodge has decided to start giving its engines to others under the FCA umbrella, mainly Jeep with the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. In a world that’s starting to get crowded with high-performance SUVs, Jeep has managed to stick out with … [Read more...] about The Hellcat Engine Would Take The Chrysler 300 From Lukewarm To Piping Hot
The future is going to be absolutely terrible. Everything is going to be so sterile and automated that humans won’t have anything to do between mealtimes but eagerly anticipate their own death.At least, that’s the picture being painted by experts. We’re probably further out from autonomous cars, world peace, and robotic butlers than society’s “thinkfluencers” want to admit, but be that as it may, the times are changing and some of this is coming down the pipe.Automakers are all about the “nextification” of the industry; always promising technological marvels at an accelerated rate. However, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne now claims most visions of the future lack an essential element — any semblance of style.He probably has a point. While General Motors may be leading the way in terms of autonomous development, its Cruise AV is about as exciting as having athlete’s foot. But we don’t … [Read more...] about Marchionne & Co.: Style Will Be Essential in the Vanilla Future We’ve All Been Promised
The multimillion-dollar corruption scandal involving the United Automobile Workers and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is starting to cross the line from hubbub to full-on fiasco. Earlier this week, three FCA employees filed a federal lawsuit against the automaker and the UAW seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in damages over allegations that union officials colluded with company executives to influence collective bargaining.Meanwhile, a recently released plea deal with former FCA labor relations head Alphons Iacobelli implicated former UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell — the man tasked with overseeing the most recent round of contract negotiations with FCA. Iacobelli claims he and other FCA employees transferred hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal payments to tax-exempt organizations controlled by UAW officials, including Jewell’s Making Our Children Smile Foundation.Court documents signed by Iacobelli state he “knowingly and … [Read more...] about This Union Corruption Scandal Is Getting Awfully Messy
Sticking with its bullish profit predictions for 2018, FCA announced today its fourth quarter earnings for 2017 in which net profits nearly doubled to almost a billion dollars.With a new Ram 1500 waiting in the wings, the old Ram set to print money while selling alongside the new one, and a healthy Jeep brand serving a public thirsty for crossovers, FCA’s cupboard seems particularly full right about now … so long as the company keeps its focus.That’s not the trademark TTAC snark, either. Take it from the man himself. On the earnings call, Marchionne — not known for mincing words — went on to warn that much of this year’s performance rests on properly rolling out the redesigned Ram 1500 and Jeep Wrangler. “I think the biggest risk,” he said, “…is that we screw up all those launches and we can’t deliver the volumes.”While the company will likely be short of the seven million vehicles it projected in 2014 to … [Read more...] about Rolling In It: FCA Announces Q4 Earnings
Former Fiat Chrysler labor relations chief Alphons Iacobelli pleaded guilty to two of seven charges relating to his role in a plan to divert more than $4.5 million in training center funds to union and company officials on Monday. As part of a plea deal with federal authorities, Iacobelli provided information regarding confidential retirement offers and a former union vice president being groomed to support company initiatives.In an admission that he and other FCA employees paid various senior UAW officials over $1.5 million in an effort to “obtain benefits, concessions, and advantages for FCA in the negotiation, implementation, and administration,” Iacobelli is now helping map the deepening mire that is the FCA-UAW training center scandal.While we’ve previously covered the ludicrous union-related “misspending,” Automotive News outlined a handful of new expenditures not previously listed in court documents. Among those was a $30,000 party … [Read more...] about Feds Allege FCA Executives Bribed UAW Officials to Play Nice
Lincoln Mark V available with Superfly-grade styling by Bill Blass, Givenchy, Emilio Pucci, and Cartier. The competition scoured the world for competing designers, with even AMC getting into the act, and Chrysler signed up Mark Cross for some glitzed-up luxury cars based on stretched variants of the aging K Platform.Here’s a 1989 Mark Cross Edition New Yorker Landau, spotted in a Denver self-service yard a couple of weeks ago.Landau still meant something to Chrysler shoppers in 1989.“Corinthian Leather” term by this point, so the Mark Cross New Yorker (and Imperial) came with “Mark Cross leather with vinyl trim” inside. Sure, we mock this sort of interior today, but the setup was very comfy for a long drive across, say, Iowa and Nebraska.Mitsubishi 6G72 V6, an engine that went into everything from the Mitsubishi Debonair to the worst car ever inflicted upon humanity. … [Read more...] about Junkyard Find: 1989 Chrysler New Yorker Landau Mark Cross Edition
Earlier this week in TTAC’s always entertaining Slack chat, Adam Tonge suggested (without sarcasm) how the B&B might enjoy discussing the market entrants of the Diamond-Star Motors company and picking favorites. Shortly after this discussion, the very DSM Plymouth Laser we saw in yesterday’s Rare Rides fell right in my lap, and this all seemed like destiny.Of the varied selection, which Diamond-Star Motors vehicle is your favorite?How about some history? It all started back in 1970, when Chrysler first invested in a 15-percent stake in Mitsubishi. At the time, Mitsubishi was looking to expand its offerings worldwide through cooperative alliances, primarily via captive imports (like the Dodge Colt).Cut to the early ’80s, and Chrysler is shifting all sorts of Mitsubishis through its dealerships — 110,000 in circa 1982. Mitsubishi sees an opportunity, and begins opening more Mitsubishi-branded stores to move product themselves.However, at this time … [Read more...] about QOTD: Whats Your Favorite Diamond-Star Motors Crapwagon?
Back in June, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles faced a problem with its Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. One so significant, in fact, that it briefly stopped production of the vehicle. After recalling all models sold to date to replace faulty inverter diodes, production resumed, ending the problem of hybrid minivans suddenly going dark while underway.The Pacifica Hybrid’s electrical gremlin appears slayed, but there’s no such luck with the gasoline-only version. Public safety advocates are raising their collective voice following multiple complaints of 2017 Pacificas behaving as if possessed while on the road.As of this writing, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has logged 105 complaints about the model, many stemming from unexplained shutdowns that took drivers by surprise (and left their vehicles in traffic, dead in the water).Each account varies, but most involve claims of the vehicle’s engine shutting off and the gauges and touchscreen going dark. The … [Read more...] about Complaints Over Stalling Chrysler Pacificas Flood NHTSA