THIS JUST IN
• 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.