Pickup (Ram)

Sep 03, 2021

On August 30, General Motors announced that production of its turbocharged 3.0-liter I6 LM2 Duramax diesel engine at the Flint Engine Plant has been temporarily halted due to a supplier issue.
The turbocharged 3.0-liter I6 LM2 Duramax diesel engine is offered as an option for GM’s full-size pickup trucks, including the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500, as well as all next-generation full-size GM SUVs, including the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, GMC Yukon, and Cadillac Escalade.
Rated at 277 hp and 460 lb/ft of torque, the LM2 Duramax features an aluminum head and aluminum block, as well as forged steel crankshaft and forged rods.
The pistons are made from hypereutetic cast aluminum alloy, while the cylinder liners are of iron.
(multiple sources on August 30, 2021)

Sep 01, 2021

Starting from August 30, multiple Stellantis plants affected by the global semiconductor shortage will temporarily close in North America.
   • Sterling Heights Assembly, which produces the Ram 1500, will close for one week through September 6.
   • Brampton Assembly, which builds the Dodge Challenger, Charger, and Chrysler 300, will be closed for one week.
   • Belvidere Assembly, which builds the Jeep Cherokee, will be closed for two weeks until September 13.
   • Windsor Assembly, which builds the Chrysler Pacifica and Voyager minivans, will also be closed for two weeks.
(multiple sources on August 31, 2021)

Aug 17, 2021

Stellantis is recalling approximately 266,000 pickup trucks, primarily in North America, as the side air bags in those trucks have inflators which can potentially rupture without air bag deployment and send shrapnel into the cabin. The inflators were contaminated by moisture during the manufacturing process. These inflators were produced by a supplier implicated in a similar recall by another OEM.
The recall affects specific Ram 3500 pickup trucks and Ram 2500 pickup trucks between the 2015 and 2020 model years. It also affects previous generation Ram 1500 pickup trucks prior to the 2019 model year. In total, the recall affects 212,400 vehicles in the U.S., 42,500 vehicles in Canada, 3,800 vehicles in Mexico and 4,500 vehicles outside North America.

(Stellantis release on August 13, 2021)