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• SER­GIO MAR­CHIONNE, FCA’s for­mer chair­man and CEO, passed away in July due to com­pli­ca­tions from can­cer surgery. Un­der his watch both Fiat and Chrysler turned around their stum­bling for­tunes and Jeep be­came the pow­er­house brand it is to­day. Mike Man­ley, for­merly head of Jeep and Ram brands, has been named FCA’s CEO.

•SPY PHO­TOS OF WHAT looks to be the 2020 Ram Power Wagon are show­ing up on­line. In­dus­try watch­ers say this lat­est ver­sion should con­tinue the Power Wagon’s tra­di­tion of hard­core of­froad­ing equip­ment (lock­ing diffs, sway bar dis­con­nect, front-mounted winch) but clothed in a “more mus­cu­lar” ver­sion of the styling that de­buted with the 2019 Ram 1500, says SEMA. Ram HD pro­duc­tion is sched­uled to move from Mex­ico to War­ren, Michi­gan, for the start of 2020 model year pro­duc­tion.

• THE NORTH AMER­I­CAN In­ter­na­tional Auto Show is mak­ing a big change. In 2020, the Detroit show moves from its tra­di­tional Jan­uary time­frame to June. This will al­low par­tic­i­pat­ing auto mak­ers to “take the show from in­side Cobo Cen­ter to a can­vas of un­lim­ited brand ac­ti­va­tion and en­gage­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties— a can­vas only limited by ex­hibitor cre­ativ­ity and imag­i­na­tion,” say show or­ga­niz­ers. In other words, it will be eas­ier to stage out­door events re­lated to the show when it’s not snow­ing. The up­com­ing 2019 edi­tion will be held Jan­uary 19-27, with pre-event ac­tiv­i­ties (in­clud­ing press pre­view days) Jan­uary 13-18.

• SOME 1.1 MIL­LION 20152017 Ram pick­ups are be­ing re­called to up­grade the tail­gate lock­ing mech­a­nisms, ac­cord­ing to Au­to­mo­tive News. The re­call af­fects trucks with a power lock­ing tail­gate and a 5-foot 7-inch or 6-foot 4-inch bed.

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