Larry P. Vellequette

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Recent articles
FCA dealers strain to deliver 5-year winning streak
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30
Fiat Chrysler will achieve five full years of U.S. monthly sales gains — if it can post an increase for March. The streak has been propelled by daunting sales goals ...


Back to 2007 market share, but with one big difference
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30
When its string of consecutive monthly year-over-year sales gains began in April 2010, what is now Fiat Chrysler was, literally, a different company. ...


Big year shapes up for Jeep's global expansion
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30
With the first Italian-made Jeep, the Renegade subcompact SUV, rolling into U.S. dealerships this month, brand head Mike Manley says global expansion will continue this y ...


Spy photos hint at Dodge minivan
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30
The next Fiat Chrysler minivan is supposed to be badged a Chrysler, but spy photographers have snapped pictures of a minivan prototype that appears to be a Dodge. ...


Texas Ranger Ram concept honors lawmen
10:30 am U.S. ET | March 25
Ram today will unveil a concept 2015 Ram 1500 pickup at the Dallas auto show to honor the Texas Rangers -- the historic law-enforcement agency that once brought order to ...


Mule seems to point to new life for Dodge minivan
11:30 am U.S. ET | March 24 | UPDATED: 3/24/15 3:10 pm ET - adds details
Spy photographers have captured images of a next-generation Dodge minivan mule -- likely testing a hybrid powertrain -- driving in the U.S. Southwest. ...


Fiat Chrysler may find perfect partner is from Asia
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23
Sergio Marchionne wants a dance partner for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The financial media keep trying to fix him up with VW, but I think Marchionne has his eye on a mate ...


FCA may find perfect partner is from Asia
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23
Sergio Marchionne wants a dance partner for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The financial media keep trying to fix him up with Volkswagen, but I think Marchionne has his eye o ...


After a career with dealers, FCA's Grady will relax
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23
Peter Grady has a list of things to do when he retires at the end of the month as Fiat Chrysler head of network development. But not on the list: working for another auto ...


Dealer profits riding on Wrangler decision
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23
FCA's ultimate decision on Wrangler is likely to have an outsized impact on every dealership in the nation that sells Jeeps. ...


Why March 30-31 might be the greatest two days of deals at FCA dealerships
3:52 pm U.S. ET | March 20
Monday and Tuesday, March 30-31, probably will be the most advantageous days of the foreseeable future for US consumers to buy a new Fiat Chrysler vehicle. Why? Because o ...


Jeep's Moab concept vehicles pull from brand's past
3:00 pm U.S. ET | March 19 | UPDATED: 3/19/15 3:49 pm ET - adds link
Jeep relied heavily on images from the brand's 74-year history to develop seven working concept vehicles -- including a Wrangler-based pickup -- that it will take to the ...


There is a ton of dealer profit riding on FCA's Wrangler decision
1:58 pm U.S. ET | March 18
Deep in the bowels of Fiat Chrysler headquarters in Auburn Hills -- or Turin, or London -- the automaker's brain trust is making its final call about what to do with the ...


Why it's hard to tally Sergio's pay
10:27 am U.S. ET | March 10
Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne's compensation package is wildly confusing given the structure and how it is reported. ...


BMW store sponsors, hosts Pinewood Derby
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9
Early this month, Laurel BMW of Westmont, Ill., took a dozen cars out of its large showroom to make room for a huge aluminum track and hundreds of enthusiastic Boy Scouts ...


Hot Hellcat may burn dealers
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9
With an unprecedented 707 hp, 2015 Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcats break the rules for domestic performance cars. Now, some Dodge dealers are at least bending s ...


FCA will loosen tech restrictions
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9
Fiat Chrysler will loosen restrictions on about half of its U.S. dealerships so specialists in their service departments, such as diesel mechanics, can work more efficien ...


Fiat Chrysler rises 6% on SUV, pickup, Chrysler 200 demand
10:00 am U.S. ET | March 3
Strong sales of Jeeps, Ram pickups and the Chrysler 200 pushed Fiat Chrysler sales up 5.6 percent in February. ...


FCA recalls 2,211 Hellcats after fuel leak discovered
10:29 am U.S. ET | March 2
Fiat Chrysler is recalling its brand-new, top-end 2015 Dodge Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcats after a dealer discovered a fuel leak on a car being delivered from the f ...


Dodge dealers called out for 'unscrupulous' Hellcat sales practices by FCA exec
9:32 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 27
Fiat Chrysler has taken the unusual step of warning some of its most enthusiastic customers -- about some of its dealers. ...


Next-gen Chrysler minivan will be taller, wider with a rotary shifter
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 22
The next-generation Chrysler Town & Country minivan will get a rotary shifter and other interior features common in Fiat Chrysler vehicles. The minivan also will be sligh ...


Is an identity crisis the reason behind the Ram pickup's new styling?
12:14 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 20
It's been nearly two months since I got my first up-close looks at the Ram Rebel and Ram Laramie Limited. ...


Chrysler brand head Gardner's duties will include dealer network
3:58 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 17
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has appointed current Chrysler brand head Al Gardner to replace Peter Grady as vice president of its dealer network when Grady retires at the en ...


Thanks, but no thanks, to an Apple car
12:18 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 17
I know some of you will accuse me of heresy against a Higher Power for saying it, but I don’t like Apple. Never have. ...


Toledo hurries incentives to keep Jeep's iconic SUV
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is studying a proposal from Toledo officials to roughly double the size of its cobbled-together Jeep Wrangler line here to about 3 million squar ...