In his last big presentation as CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles before retiring, Sergio Marchionne announced a big investment push to make more electrified cars, while acknowledging that traditional engines will continue to dominate production for some time.
A flurry of new and redesigned full-size pickups entering the Canadian market, combined with more midsize trucks and offerings from Japan-based automakers, will widen the battlefront for market share in one of the industry's hottest, most profitable segments.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling some older Ram 1500 trucks because in areas where road salt is used, a bracket may corrode and cause the fuel tank to sag.
It will cost more to get an entry-level 2019 Ram 1500 pickup since the automaker isn't offering a regular cab in its revamped lineup of trucks. Base pricing for the 2019 Ram 1500 starts at $43,990.
The long list of engineering, safety, performance and functional improvements -- a bigger and quieter cabin, a stronger frame, more storage and improved fuel efficiency -- in the next Ram half-ton truck signal that FCA is determined to challenge Chevrolet and Ford like never before.
FCA said it would recall about 1.8 million Ram pickups — 249,520 in Canada — to fix a function that prevents occupants from inadvertently moving the shifter out of the "park" position.
The Chevrolet Silverado will be sleeker, more aerodynamic and available in more trim lines, with expanded powertrain options and functionality, for 2019. GM introduced the 2019 Silverado LT Trailboss on Saturday in Texas.
It's taken a couple months, but EcoDiesel-powered 2017 Ram 1500s have begun to show up on dealership lots for the first time since the U.S. and Canada began questioning the Ram's emissions system.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said it will recall 494,000 medium and heavy-duty Ram pickups worldwide, including 46,220 in Canada, because of a water pump that could overheat and potentially cause a fire.
Transport Canada says it has documented 12 complaints of 2013-2017 Ram 1500 and 2014-2016 Durango vehicles rolling away unexpectedly. Four low-speed collisions, two with minor injuries, were reported.
Ram dealers can now offer farmers Harvest Edition pickups the automaker says are specifically designed for the agricultural market and come in colours that match their farm equipment.