Larry P. Vellequette

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Recent articles
Small commercial van to join Ram
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1
In the next three years, Ram will add a small commercial van and improve the fuel economy and capabilities of its other vehicles. ...


Fiat lineup to add crossover, roadster
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1
Next year, U.S. Fiat dealers will add the 500X crossover and a low-volume convertible to their showrooms. ...


Jeep likely to give next-gen Wrangler an aluminum body
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1
A redesign of the Wrangler remains the biggest job on Jeep's to-do list in the next three years. ...


Dodge to re-engineer Dart, redesign Journey
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1
Dodge has become more narrowly defined as a performance brand, its lineup will be largely static until the second half of 2016. ...


Chrysler brand to double lineup
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1
Chrysler's ambitious expansion, which includes two plug-in hybrids, will help transform the brand into Chrysler Group's full-line Ford and Chevrolet fighter over the next ...


Chrysler shifts to Fiat platforms, adds mpg
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1
Fiat Chrysler's five U.S. brands -- Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Fiat -- will benefit from new, more efficient engines that are under development. ...


For Alfa dealer, the wait is over
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1
From his small dealership between New York City and Connecticut, 78-year-old Alfredo Gulla has waited nearly 20 years for his beloved Alfa Romeo to return. ...


Alfa dealers urged to offer luxury services
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 30
Chrysler Group expects Alfa Romeo dealers to provide luxury services -- such as home pickup and delivery for repairs -- despite having only a handful of cars to sell for ...


Fiat's cute cartoon characters suggest buying a 500 -- or else
3:38 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 27
Since Fiat was reintroduced to the United States in 2011, the Italian brand has stretched the advertising envelope. ...


Consumer Reports judges Ram 1500 EcoDiesel tops among half-ton pickups
11:44 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26
Consumer Reports says the hot-selling Ram 1500 EcoDiesel outscored competitors from Ford, General Motors, Toyota and Nissan to claim the magazine's top spot among full-si ...


Chrysler fills safety officer position
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18
Scott Kunselman, 51, who had been Chrysler's head of purchasing since 2012, was tapped to lead the company's new Office of Vehicle Safety and Regulatory Compliance. ...


Mopar, 3M team up for Jeep map decals
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17
A consumer looking to personalize a Jeep Grand Cherokee, Wrangler or Cherokee designs a map online that will later be installed by a dealer on the SUV's hood. ...


Dodge drops 707-hp supercharged Hellcat engine into 2015 Charger SRT
10:45 am U.S. ET | Aug. 13 | UPDATED: 8/13/14 3:14 pm ET - adds photo gallery, video
Chrysler Group today unveiled its second car that will be powered by its 707-hp supercharged 6.2-liter Hellcat engine, a 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. ...


Chrysler purchasing chief Kunselman to lead new safety office
9:33 am U.S. ET | Aug. 12 | UPDATED: 8/14/14 9:33 am ET - corrected
Chrysler tapped its head of purchasing, Scott Kunselman, to lead a new office that will oversee safety issues and regulatory compliance as scrutiny over the industry's sa ...


A slap in the face of Chrysler suppliers?
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11
For five years, Chrysler Group has been slowly building its once-tattered relations with suppliers. Then, in about three minutes last week, CEO Sergio Marchionne called t ...


Volt marketing will get redesigned next year with new vehicle
12:42 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7
Chevrolet will overhaul its marketing plan for the Chevy Volt when it launches the second-generation in 2015, using existing Volt owners as product evangelists focusing m ...


Will Marchionne's profits grab come up empty?
5:16 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6
Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne today seemed like a grizzly bear standing amid a stream of happily swimming salmon. ...


Marchionne vows to claw back share of supplier profits
3:25 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6
Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne today fired a shot at his supply base, saying that suppliers' double-digit profit margins were making his blood pressure go up. ...


Chrysler's Q2 profits rise 22% to $619 million on Jeep, pickup gains
10:30 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6 | UPDATED: 8/6/14 12:13 pm ET - adds Marchionne comments
Chrysler reported net income of $619 million in the second quarter on record Jeep sales and strong pickup deliveries. ...


Dana CEO says purchasers are collaborating with suppliers earlier
9:53 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6
Like other Tier 1 suppliers, Dana, a major supplier of axles and driveshafts, has been working to strip weight out of its products, says CEO Roger Wood. ...


N.A. auto market seen outshining other regions, despite threats
1:09 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5
Auto sales will continue to rise in North America through 2020 despite lingering effects of the 2009 recession, economist Jeff Schuster predicted today. ...


Center of North American auto industry moves further southwest, IHS says
2:46 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5
The geographic center point of the North American auto industry, which was located in central Illinois in 2000, has now crossed south into Arkansas from Missouri and movi ...


Auto sales would be higher in 'normal' recovery, researcher says
12:24 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5
If this were a normal recovery, the auto industry should be selling a lot more cars than it is this year, says an economist. ...


Why a squeeze is coming to auto dealers
10:28 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5
Take note: there is a squeeze coming to an auto dealer near you. ...


Ford, GM play with numbers for bragging rights
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4 | UPDATED: 8/814 3:24 pm ET - correction
Ford and GM delete the weight of some heavy parts, such as spare tires and rear bumpers, in calculating the maximum payload of some profitable pickups. The practice is r ...


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