Ram 1500 Named ‘Best Large Pick-up Truck in Canada for 2023’ by Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC)

January 19, 2023 , Windsor, Ontario – Ram 1500 has been named “Best Large Pick-up Truck in Canada for 2023,” by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), taking home top honours for the third time in four years (2023, 2021, 2020) and further solidifying it as the most awarded light-duty truck in North America.

“We’re thrilled that Ram 1500 has once again been named the Best Large Pick-up Truck in the country as voted on by the expert members of AJAC, reinforcing it as the top choice for Canadian consumers, said Dave Buckingham, President and CEO – Canada, Stellantis North America. “This award validates how Ram continues to redefine what pickup trucks can be as the leader in durability, technology, efficiency, performance and convenience and continues to push past the competition by delivering the best pickups on the market.”

“The full-size pick-up category is immensely popular among Canadians and, therefore, very competitive between manufacturers who built them,” said Michel Crépault, AJAC President. “The fact that members of AJAC chose the RAM 1500 as Best Large Pick-up truck in Canada for 2023 says a lot.”

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AJAC is a long-running and respected national association of automotive journalists who test drive and report on new vehicles in various media outlets across the country. The annual Car and Utility Vehicle of the Year Awards program is an integral part of the association, providing consumers with expert advice and data to inform their vehicle buying decision.

New 2023 Ram 1500 TRX Havoc Illuminates Expanded Light-duty Lineup

December 21, 2022 , Windsor, Ontario – The Ram Truck brand today announced the exclusive new 2023 Ram 1500 TRX Havoc edition joins the light-duty lineup. The Ram 1500 TRX Havoc edition – with a unique Baja Yellow exterior colour – offers customers another option for exterior and interior appointments and content.

“The Ram 1500 TRX Havoc Edition offers another unique way for our passionate customers to separate themselves from the crowd with the segment’s best combination of performance, capability and technology,” said Mike Koval Jr., Ram brand CEO – Stellantis. “We’re always exploring new ideas and looking for ways to offer new content as we continue win over more and more buyers.”

The new 2023 Ram 1500 TRX Havoc Edition expands the light-duty lineup that already features the quickest, fastest, most powerful and most fuel-efficient trucks on the road today. Ram TRX expands the light-duty lineup and is the segment’s benchmark for power and performance with the 6.2-litre supercharged HEMI® V-8 engine.
Ram 1500 TRX Havoc Edition

The Ram 1500 TRX Havoc Edition offers performance truck buyers an even wider selection of unique content for even greater personalization and features a unique combination of technology, graphics, performance and exterior appearance straight from the factory.

The Ram 1500 TRX Havoc Edition enhances the well-appointed TRX Level 2 Equipment Group and includes a unique Baja Yellow exterior colour, graphics and 18-inch all black bead lock capable wheels, dual pane panoramic sunroof, spray-in bedliner, cargo tie-downs, bed step and an LED cab-mounted brake light. Inside, the TRX Havoc Edition includes Prowler Yellow accent stitching, an embroidered “TRX” seat back logo, unique carbon fibre accents, a leather and carbon fibre flat–bottom steering wheel, unique centre console badge, Head-up Display and a driver’s screen that features TRX in Baja Yellow. Safety features include adaptive cruise control, Lane Keep Assist and pedestrian emergency braking.

The 2023 Ram 1500 TRX Havoc Edition offers the proven and reliable high-performance 6.2-litre supercharged HEMI® V-8 engine, delivering top output for extended driving sessions without degradation in performance.

New 2023 Ram 1500 TRX Havoc Edition models, available in very limited quantities, go on sale early in the first quarter of 2023.

Canada: 2023 Jeep® Compass 4×4 Newly Equipped with Standard Advanced 2.0-litre Turbocharged Engine for Optimal Performance

November 22, 2022 , Windsor, Ontario – Building on the impressive redesign from the inside out for the 2022 model year, the 2023 Jeep® Compass is getting a boost of performance with the introduction of a fun-to-drive, turbocharged powertrain.

The 2023 Compass is newly equipped with a standard 200-horsepower 2.0-litre engine that delivers exceptional responsiveness and enhanced drivability. The full lineup of Jeep Compass 4×4 models deliver even more legendary off-road capability plus an exciting amount of advanced safety and security features.

“We’ve received tremendous customer feedback on the Jeep Compass’ new interior and all the high-tech features, and now we have the opportunity to showcase the 2.0-litre turbocharged engine standard on all Compass models for the 2023 model year,” said Jim Morrison, senior vice president and head of Jeep brand North America. “I can’t wait for customers to take it for a spin, because not only is it more powerful, it’s also really fun to drive.”

Available in five different 4×4 trim configurations: Sport, North, Altitude, Limited and the rugged Trail Rated Trailhawk, the 2023 Jeep Compass is scheduled to start arriving in North American Jeep showrooms in early 2023.

Go anywhere Jeep 4×4 capability with premium on-road performance
The new 2023 Jeep Compass delivers incredible performance, whether traversing off-road trails or navigating busy city streets. Legendary off-road capability begins courtesy of two advanced, intelligent 4×4 systems.

Jeep Active Drive
Newly standard on all Jeep Compass trims and enabled by an innovative PTU, the Jeep Active Drive 4×4 system is fully automatic and delivers seamless operation in and out of four-wheel drive, at any speed with no driver intervention. Jeep Active Drive enables optimal grip in low-traction conditions.

Jeep Active Drive Low
Providing the Compass Trailhawk with legendary off-road capability, Jeep Active Drive Low builds on the Jeep Active Drive 4×4 system and affords a class-leading 20:1 crawl ratio and low range for 4×4 Trail Rated capability.

Both Jeep Active Drive and Active Drive Low 4×4 systems include the Jeep Selec-Terrain system, providing up to four modes (Auto, Snow, Sand/Mud modes, plus exclusive Rock mode on the Trailhawk model) for driver controllable, four-wheel-drive performance on- or off-road and in all weather conditions.

For even greater Trail Rated off-road capability, Selec-Terrain includes standard Hill-descent Control on Trailhawk models. Hill-descent Control maintains vehicle speed down steep, rugged grades by actively controlling the brakes, allowing the driver to focus on steering.

The 2023 Compass features a class-exclusive fully disconnecting rear axle and power-transfer unit (PTU) in order to provide enhanced fuel economy. Jeep Active Drive and Active Drive Low 4×4 systems instantly engage when 4×4 traction is needed.

New high-efficient, high-output powertrain
The 2023 Jeep Compass offers premium on-road manners courtesy of a new standard engine across the lineup. One of the most technologically advanced engines in the automotive industry, the 2.0-litre direct injection turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine is rated at 200 horsepower and 221 lb.-ft. of torque and is mated to a new highly efficient eight-speed automatic transmission.

Fitted with engine stop-start (ESS) technology, this new powertrain delivers low emissions, quick 0-96 kilometres per hour (km/h) launch performance and enhanced drivability. The 2.0-litre I-4 features a twin-scroll, low inertia turbocharger with an electric actuated waste gate for exceptional responsiveness and performance, even while traversing over difficult terrain. The turbo is mounted directly to the cylinder head to reduce emissions and improve durability. A dedicated cooling circuit lowers the temperature of the intake air, throttle body and turbocharger.

Hydraulic-filled mounts absorb vibrations from the engine, preventing them from being transmitted to the cockpit, for a smooth and premium feel for the driver and passengers. The driver will also notice improved handling via a larger rear stabilizer bar and unique tuning of the Electronic Power Steering system.

The engine is part of the Stellantis Global Medium Engine family and features double overhead camshafts (DOHC), dual independent camshaft timing, and a cooled exhaust gas recirculation (C-EGR) system.

Direct fuel injection, coupled with turbocharging, enables more efficient combustion, reduced emissions and increased performance. The fuel pump supplies the engine’s 2,900-psi high-pressure common-rail injection system. These high pressures produce better fuel atomization and allow for more precise fuel delivery than port fuel-injected systems.

The cast-aluminum alloy cylinder head features a central injector and high tumble intake ports. This combination provides high charge motion and balanced air flow to improve fuel efficiency and performance. Integrated into the cylinder head is a water-cooled exhaust manifold to reduce emissions while providing increased engine reliability.

The 2.0-litre I-4 engine features a low-pressure, sand cast-aluminum block with cast-in iron liner with an 84mm bore and 90mm stroke for a total displacement of 1,995cc. Cast-aluminum pistons, with a 10:1 compression ratio, have four valve pockets to accommodate the dual variable-valve timing [VVT] system. Each cylinder bore is fitted with gallery-mounted piston oil cooling jets to limit piston temperatures, reduce spark knock and increase piston durability. Select-fit main and rod bearings enable reduced clearances to help lower system oil demand and oil pumping effort. In addition, floating piston pins utilize diamond-like coating (DLC) for reduced friction.

The high-energy ignition system includes a high-energy ignition coil for better fuel efficiency. Precious-metal spark plugs with iridium and platinum provide lasting durability. Located in the centre of the cam cover, the spark plugs are easily accessible when service is required. Sodium-filled exhaust valves and plasma-coated piston rings also help extend the engine’s life and bolster durability.

A variable displacement two-stage oil pump provides high oil pressure under high speed but switches to a low-pressure mode for improved fuel economy during typical driving conditions. The piston cooling is also managed by the two-stage oil pump to enhance fuel economy under normal driving conditions while improving durability under demanding, high-load engine operation. A large capacity oil cooler extends the oil change interval and ensures engine durability.

An inverted tooth primary chain drives both the intake and exhaust camshafts and minimizes noise. Camshafts are robotically assembled using hollow shafts to reduce weight. The use of hollow shafts provides a 3.5-lb. weight reduction when compared to an equivalent solid shaft.

Eight-speed automatic transmission
The Jeep Compass’ new eight-speed automatic transmission provides a more responsive driving experience with quicker acceleration and smoother shifting. The eight-speed automatic transmission enables the 2023 Compass to optimize engine output and smooth, efficient power delivery at highway speeds. Standard on all Jeep Compass 4×4 models, the eight-speed automatic transmission is uniquely suited to the requirements of the Trailhawk model. The Trail Rated 4×4 rock-crawl ratio is enabled by a 4.71:1 first gear ratio coupled with a 4.398 final drive to deliver its 20:1 class-leading crawl ratio.

Advanced, high-tech safety and security features
The new 2023 Jeep Compass offers more than 80 safety and security features, the most available safety features in its class. Advanced safety features now standard across all trims include Active Lane Management, Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking, Drowsy driver detection, rear seat reminder alert and security alarm.

Drowsy driver detection tracks vehicle movement, such as lane deviation, and interaction, such as steering-wheel input over time, for driving behavior consistent with that of a drowsy driver. When certain thresholds are reached, the system responds with audio and/or visual cautions for the driver to pull over.

A new rear seat reminder alert notifies a driver that an occupant might be in the back seat prior to exiting the vehicle. The driver will receive a visible and audible alert once the vehicle is placed in park and the engine is disengaged. 

Additional standard and available safety features on the 2023 Jeep Compass include:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go (available on North, Altitude, Limited and Trailhawk)
  • Blind-spot Monitoring (Standard on Limited and Trailhawk, available on North and Altitude)
    • Rear Cross Path detection
  • Highway Assist semi-autonomous driving system (available on Limited and Trailhawk)
  • ParkView rear back-up camera
  • ParkSense Rear Park Assist sensors (standard on Limited and Trailhawk)
  • ParkSense Front and Rear Park Assist sensors (available on North, Altitude, Limited and Trailhawk)  
  • Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist (available on North, Altitude, Limited and Trailhawk)
  • Surround View Camera (available on North models and above)
  • Switch-activated electric park brake
  • Traffic Sign Recognition (available on Limited and Trailhawk)
  • Location-specific tire pressure monitoring system 

Jeep Compass also offers the latest and most advanced LED lighting technology. LED headlamps provide exceptional performance with a balanced beam of light that minimizes glare for oncoming traffic, while doubling the light output directly in front of the vehicle for improved illumination of the road ahead. Side lighting improves visibility while cornering and is activated by either steering wheel angle input or turn signal activations when the headlamps are on.

RAM 1500 IS HONOURED TO RECEIVE J.D. POWER’S BEST DRIVER APPEAL AMONG LARGE LIGHT DUTY PICKUPS IN THE U.S., THREE YEARS IN A ROW

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Stellantis Announces $3.6 Billion CAD Investment for Its Canadian Operations to Accelerate Electrification Plans, Secures Future of Windsor and Brampton Plants

Stellantis Canada

Stellantis today announced plans to invest $3.6 billion CAD ($2.8 billion USD) to secure the future of its Windsor and Brampton (Ontario) Assembly Plants and to expand its Automotive Research and Development Centre (ARDC) to accelerate the company’s move to a sustainable future. This announcement also supports the company’s Dare Forward 2030 strategic plan and its long-term electrification strategy to invest $45 billion CAD ($35 billion USD) through 2025 in electrification and software globally.

Stellantis North America Chief Operating Officer Mark Stewart, alongside Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, made the announcement during an event at the ARDC, which was also attended by Ontario Premier Doug Ford; Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry François-Philippe Champagne; Ontario Minister of Economic Development Vic Fedeli; and Unifor Assistant to the National President Shane Wark, as well as other elected officials and community leaders.

“These investments reaffirm our long-term commitment to Canada and represent an important step as we move toward zero-emission vehicles that deliver on our customers’ desire for innovative, clean, safe and affordable mobility,” said Stewart. “We’re grateful to both the federal and provincial governments for their shared vision to create a sustainable future. And, to Unifor and our workforce for their support in helping ensure the viability of our Canadian operations for the long-term.”

Today’s announcement increases the company’s overall investment in Ontario to $8.6 billion CAD when combined with the Stellantis-LG Energy Solution joint venture battery plant, which will create 2,500 new jobs in the province. It also doubles the investment commitment of $1.5 billion CAD made during the 2020 contract talks. 

“Today’s deal on made-in-Canada electric vehicles is yet another investment in our workers and in our future,” said Prime Minister Trudeau. “We’re building a world-class Canadian auto industry, an innovative economy and a clean, strong future for everyone. This is what a healthy environment and a healthy economy looks like.” 

“Today is yet another example that our plan to build Ontario is delivering huge wins for workers and communities all over this province,” said Ontario Premier Doug Ford. “Ontario has everything it needs to be North America’s auto manufacturing powerhouse once again. Where other governments stood by and watched jobs flee this province, we are getting it done and ensuring that cars of the future are made in Ontario by Ontario workers.”

Facility Investments
The Windsor Assembly Plant will be transformed to support production of a new multi-energy vehicle (MEV) architecture that will provide battery-electric (BEV) capability for multiple models. The plant will have maximum flexibility to adjust production volumes as needed to meet changing market demand over the next decade. Retooling is expected to begin in 2023.

The Brampton Assembly Plant will be retooled and fully modernized, beginning in 2024. When production resumes in 2025, the plant will introduce an all-new, flexible architecture to support the company’s electrification plans. 

With this announcement, both Ontario assembly plants are expected to return to three shift operations in order to support the demand for these new products. The company will announce product allocation at a later date.

The Windsor-based ARDC will expand its talent pool by adding more than 650 highly skilled engineering jobs in various areas to support Stellantis’ growth in electrification. It will expand North American capability related to the transition to EV with a focus on core technology areas: electrified propulsion systems, including batteries, power electronics, electric machines, motor controls, energy management and embedded software. 

The ARDC also will become the first battery lab in North America, following the company’s announcement to establish a similar centre in Turin, Italy. The Battery Lab will be a state-of-the-art technology centre for the development and validation of advanced BEV, PHEV and HEV cells, modules and battery packs. This in-house capability will rapidly accelerate Stellantis’ EV best-in-class performance. The new 100,000-square-foot facility will be added to the existing building with completion expected by the end of 2023.

In March, Stellantis and LG Energy Solution announced the formation of a joint venture company to establish the first large-scale, domestic, electric-vehicle battery manufacturing facility in Windsor to support the company’s electric battery development. With an investment of $5 billion CAD ($4.1 billion USD) and the creation of an estimated 2,500 new jobs, the joint venture company will produce leading edge lithium-ion battery cells and modules to meet a significant portion of Stellantis’ vehicle production requirements in North America. 

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RAM 1500 IS AJAC BEST FULL-SIZE PICKUP TRUCK IN CANADA FOR 2021 IN CANADA

The 2021 Ram 1500 Sport has been named the Best Full-Size Pickup Truck in Canada by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). In a country where four of the top five vehicles by sales are pickup trucks, that’s a big honour.
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