Pickup (Ram)

Jul 04, 2024

On July 2, Stellantis announced that it is making production changes at two of its North American plants as it tries to recalibrate its production and sales numbers, which fell sharply in the U.S. in the second quarter.

Stellantis is cutting a shift and laying off about 1,600 workers in July at its Warren Truck Assembly Plant, which normally has about 3,300 hourly workers working on two shifts per day.

The Warren Truck plant produces the Jeep Wagoneer, Wagoneer L and Grand Wagoneer, as well as the Ram 1500 Classic, which is the older version of its Ram pickup.

“The Toledo South plant will be down starting the week of July 8 and resuming production the week of August 19 to align production with sales, retool the plant for a new model and observe a week for summer vacation," according to an e-mailed statement provided by company spokesperson Jodi Tinson.

“Employees will be reassigned to support production at the Toledo North plant during this period, except during their summer vacation the week of August 5,” she added.

Stellantis released its second-quarter 2024 U.S. sales numbers on July 2, showing a 21% decline compared with the same period in 2023.

(Detroit Free Press article on July 2, 2024)

Jun 28, 2024

On June 27, J.D. Power released its 2024 U.S. Initial Quality Study, with Ram ranked as the highest brand overall for quality, and Porsche the best among premium brands.

The study was based on responses from 99,144 car purchasers and lessees of new 2024 model-year vehicles that were asked about: infotainment; features, controls and displays; exterior; driving assistance; interior; powertrain; seats; driving experience; climate; and unspecified unique repairs.

The study rates quality by "problems per 100 vehicles" in the first 90 days of ownership. The industry average this year was 195 problems per 100 vehicles. 

Mass market brands had a combined average of 181 problems per 100 vehicles, outperforming the industry average. The premium brands, with more advanced tech, averaged 232 problems per 100 vehicles.

Gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles average 180 problems per 100 vehicles, while EVs are 86 points higher at 266. Polestar topped the list with 316 problems per hundred cars. Tesla and Rivian each rated a score of 266.

Best vehicle brands and scores (mass market)

•    Ram - 149
•    Chevrolet - 160
•    Hyundai - 162

Best vehicle brands and scores (premium)

•    Porsche - 172
•    Lexus  - 174
•    Genesis - 184

Best cars

•    Overall: Lexus LC
•    Small premium car: BMW 2 Series
•    Midsize car: Toyota Camry
•    Compact car: Kia Forte
•    Premium sporty car: Lexus LC
•    Compact premium car: Lexus IS
•    Upper midsize premium car: Genesis G80
•    Small SUV: Ford Bronco Sport
•    Small premium SUV: Lexus UX
•    Midsize SUV: Nissan Murano
•    Upper midsize SUV: Chevrolet Traverse
•    Midsize premium SUV: Cadillac XT5
•    Upper midsize premium SUV: Cadillac XT6
•    Compact SUV: Chevrolet Equinox
•    Compact premium SUV: BMW X4
•    Large SUV: Chevrolet Tahoe
•    Large premium SUV: Infiniti QX80
•    Minivan: Kia Carnival
•    Midsize pickup: Hyundai Santa Cruz
•    Large light-duty pickup: Ram 1500
•    Large heavy duty pickup: Chevrolet Silverado HD

(J.D. Power release on June 27, 2024) (Detroit Free Press article on June 27, 2024) 

Jun 19, 2024

On June 18, Stellantis announced it is recalling 1.16 million vehicles in the U.S. and Canada to fix a software glitch that can disable the rearview cameras.

The U.S. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration says that 1,033,433 of those vehicles are in the U.S.

The recall covers:

  • Jeep Compass, Grand Cherokee, Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer SUVs from the 2022 and 2023 model years, and Jeep Grand Cherokee L SUVs from 2021 through 2023
  • Ram ProMaster vans from 2022 and 2023, Ram 3500 chassis cabs and Ram 1500 and 2500 pickups from 2022 
  • Chrysler Pacifica minivans from 2021 through 2023
  • Dodge Durango SUVs from 2021 and 2022

A company investigation found that the vehicles have radio software that can inadvertently shut down the cameras.

Stellantis will fix the problem with an online software update that some vehicles have already received.

The company says it has no reports of injuries or crashes, but it still is urging owners to follow the recall instructions.

(Detroit News article on June 18, 2024) (NHTSA press release on June 13, 2024)