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These 13 brands are caught up in the FCA-PSA Groupe merger

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and PSA Group are merging their extensive brand portfolios.

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Earlier today, a joint statement from FCA and the PSA Group announced that both boards had approved a merger. Currently, the two companies have 12 automobile brands between them. FCA brings Fiat, Dodge, Ram, Chrysler, Alfa Romeo, and Maserati vehicle brands and the Mopar accessories brand to the table. PSA Group owns Peugeot, Citroën, DS, Opel, and Vauxhall.

Here is what you need to know about each brand.

Peugeot

2019 Peugeot 208

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Peugeot was founded not as an automobile company, but as a family business specializing in coffee and bicycles during the reign of Napoleon in 1810. The company announced in 2019 that they would be returning to the U.S. by 2023. Currently Peugeot sells the 108, 208, 301, 308, 408, and 508 cars. SUV varieties they offer including the 2008, 3008, and 5008. Partner, Expert, and Boxer vans are also part of the company's portfolio.

Jeep

2020 Jeep Wrangler Freedom

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Jeep is perhaps the most widely known family member of the FCA lineup. Its signature model, the Wrangler, first started as a test project for the U.S. Army. From there, the vehicle continued to evolve and be proofed on battlefields and farm land near and far. Nowadays, it's more likely to see a Jeep model on the road or driving down a trail. For the 2020 model year, Jeep sells the Gladiator, Wrangler, Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, Renegade, and Compass in the U.S.

Fiat

2020 Fiat 500x Trekking

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Fiat is an Italian brand that was founded 120 years ago in Turin, Italy. It is currently the largest automobile manufacturer in Italy. The company has struggled to sell cars in the U.S. but has a good presence in Europe. Under the Fiat brand, the 500x, 500L, and 124 Spider are sold in the U.S. for the 2020 model year.

Dodge

2020 Dodge Challenger T/A

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Dodge is nearly as old as Fiat. It was founded 119 years ago as the Dodge Brothers Company. It was sold to Dillon, Read & Co. in 1925 and Chrysler in 1928. In recent years, the company has been turned into the performance brand for FCA. For the 2020 model year, the company sells the Journey, Challenger, Charger, and Durango, and Grand Caravan in the U.S.

Citroën

Citr\u00ebon

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Citroën has been around for 100 years and part of what is now known as the PSA Group since 1976. The company sells cars in many countries under their own badge and in partnership with other automakers. Current autos in the Citroën lineup include the C1, C3, C-Zero (a rebadged Mitsubishi I-MiEV), C3 Aircross, C-Elysee, C4, C4 Aircross, C5, C5 Aircross, Nemo, Berlingo, Jumpy, and Jumper.

Mopar

2019 SEMA Show Mopar Ram Truck

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Mopar is FCA's parts, service, and customer car organization. It also customizes and builds vehicles including show cars for various auto shows in conjunction with the automaker's other brands. Mopar has been a brand for much longer than many people realize. It was first introduced as its own brand in 1937.

Ram

2020 Ram 2500 Power Wagon

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Ram Trucks was founded in 2010. Named after the most popular Dodge truck model, Ram is the brand under which all current FCA trucks sold in North America are produced. For the 2020 model year, Ram is selling the 1500, 2500, 3500 and chassis cab trucks. It also sells the Ram Promaster and Ram Promaster City vans.

Opel

Opel Corsa-e

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From 1929 to 2017, Opel was owned by General Motors. It was added to the PSA Group portfolio in 2017 when GM looked to unload much of its European portfolio. Current plans call for eight electrified models by 2021 and the company is moving to electrify its entire lineup by 2024. Opel and Vauxhall, another PSA Group brand, are sold in 60 countries worldwide.

Chrysler

2020 Chrysler Pacifica

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The original Chrysler Corporation was founded in 1925 from the remnants of the failed Maxwell Motor Company. It's been a member of a number of conglomerates throughout its history but is perhaps best known in recent history for its Chrysler 300 sedan and Chrysler Pacifica minivan. For the 2020 model year, those two Chryslers and the Voyager, a low-end version of the Pacifica, will be sold in the U.S.

Maserati

Master Maserati Driving Courses 2019 GT garage

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Maserati is the most premium brand in the automaker's current lineup. The historic mark (it started in 1914) currently sells the Quattroporte and Ghibli sedans, GranTurismo and GranCabrio coupes, and Levante SUV in North America. The Maserati Alfieri, a 2+2 grand tourer with a plug-in hybrid electric powertrain, is scheduled to be produced as a 2021 model.

DS

D3 Crossback

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DS is PSA Group's premium car brand. In the past, DS and Citrëon have been deeply linked, but PSA Group has been working recently to differentiate them. Its current models include the DS 3, DS 3 Crossback, DS 4, DS 4S, DS 5, DS 5LS, DS 6, and DS 7 Crossback.

Alfa Romeo

2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia

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Alfa Romeo has a rich history. Since shortly after its beginning in 1910, the company has been associated with racing and fast engines. The newest products from the brand, the U.S.-sold Giulia and Stelvio, a sports sedan and performance-focused SUV.

Vauxhall

Vauxhall Viva

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Vauxhall Motors is a British-based car brand that is owned by PSA Group. Its passenger and light commercial vehicle lineup is identical to Opel's, but the Vauxhall name is used for UK models. The mark was acquired by PSA in 2017 following the purchase of it from General Motors. Vauxhall sells cars named Adam, Astra, Corsa, Viva, and Insignia. Its Grandland X, Crossland X, and Mokka X models are SUVs.

At this time, no details regarding the addition or elimination of any FCA or PSA Group brands has been announced.

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Toyota announces luxurious Tundra Capstone

The Capstone is a luxurious new trim for the 2022 Tundra.

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The Toyota Tundra got a much-needed overhaul for the 2022 model year, after well over a decade on sale unchanged. The new trucks are more powerful, more efficient, and much more tech-forward than than their predecessors. One area Toyota needed to improve was the Tundra's luxury factor, which has never been as strong as high-end trucks from the Americans. The enormous Japanese automaker just announced a new model that should help it catch up. The Tundra Capstone will hit dealers' lots in spring with premium finishes and features, inside and out.

2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone The Capstone features exclusive styling and luxury features. Toyota

Toyota notes that the Capstone truck is just as capable as its less posh counterparts. It comes standard with the Tundra's new I-Force Max hybrid powertrain that makes 437 horsepower and 583 pound-feet of torque. Paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission, the combined powertrain is good for a max towing capacity of 10,340 pounds. The hybrid system can provide greater power and torque during towing, but better efficiency when cruising around town.

2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone Acoustic glass is a first for the Tundra, and gives the Capstone a quiet cabin.Toyota

The Capstone's cabin is where the real magic happens. The truck invites passengers with a standard automatic running boards, and the perforated leather upholstery comes in and exclusive black/white combination. There are real open-pore dark American walnut wood accents throughout the cabin, and a panoramic moonroof comes standard. The Capstone is the only Tundra model to get acoustic glass on the front doors for a quieter cabin.

2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone The Capstone comes with upscale, unique interior finishes, including two-tone leather upholstery.Toyota

A 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and 10-inch head-up display are standard. The gauge cluster can be configured to show various functions beyond speed and engine revs. A 14-inch touchscreen is standard that runs wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Toyota's infotainment systems haven't been the most responsive or easy to use, but the automaker's new interface is intuitive, responsive, and powerful. Over-the-air updates can improve functions and add new ones over time, and cloud-based apps update traffic and other information in real time.

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The Grand Cherokee is now available with three rows.

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The Grand Cherokee has always been the Jeep that could haul the family to the mall as easily as it could traverse serious off-road terrain. The design was starting to age, however, after ten years on the market without a major redesign. Jeep fixed that for the 2022 model year, and after a week behind the wheel, there are three things we think you should know about the new SUV.

It Comes in Two Formats

The three-row Jeep Grand Cherokee L debuted in 2021 as the first Grand Cherokee with more than two rows of seating. The standard Grand Cherokee followed it with many of the same features and upscale finishes, but in a more familiar two-row SUV format. The move to a two-body-style lineup for the Grand Cherokee does not mean there's less choice. The standard two-row model is offered in a staggering number of configurations, including a 4xe plug-in hybrid variant.

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee The new Grand Cherokee ups the luxury considerably. Stellantis

It's Luxurious

Top Grand Cherokee trims have long been plusher and more luxurious than most people expect from a Jeep, and the new model takes things further down that road. Top trims feature luxurious materials such as quilted leathers and real wood trim, along with desirable and innovative electronics features. An optional passenger-side touchscreen offers climate controls and other functions to front-seat passengers, and Stellantis' UConnect infotainment software is among the easiest to use and most intuitive interfaces in the auto business.

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee The Grand Cherokee can take its passengers far off the beaten path.Stellantis

It's Available with Three Strong Powertrains

The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee comes standard with a 3.6-liter V6. A 5.7-liter Hemi V8 is available, and Jeep's excellent 4xe plug-in hybrid can be added to certain trims. The Wrangler was the first vehicle to use the system, which provides instant torque and excellent all-electric driving range. When the battery is depleted below a certain level, the vehicle then switches to operate as a normal hybrid.

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