Larry P. Vellequette

Chrysler Group reporter

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Recent articles
Chevy gears up to roll out tech, trucks
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22
Chevrolet's biggest marketing campaign this fall is in support of a technology: the launch of 4G LTE wireless Internet service across much of its lineup. ...


Why the UAW will strike in 2015 -- no matter what's offered
10:22 am U.S. ET | Sept. 19
Here is something that will happen in 2015 upon which you can bet serious money: The UAW will strike one -- and likely all three -- Detroit automakers before reaching a d ...


7 Japanese supplier execs indicted in price-fixing scheme
4:09 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 18
A federal grand jury in Detroit has indicted seven executives from Japanese auto suppliers Mitsubishi Electric and Hitachi Automotive Systems for their alleged roles in a ...


Sell more Dodges, get more Hellcats, brand tells dealers
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15
Dodge will give more new 707-hp 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcats to dealers who sell more other Dodge vehicles. ...


Dodge Challenger Hellcat dealer ordering begins -- with a catch
8:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9
Dodge will open dealer ordering for its new 707-hp 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat today, but the brand is changing its normal allocation methods to make sure the high- ...


Dodge knocks off $15K to spur sales of pricey new Viper
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8 | UPDATED: 9/8/14 2:41 pm ET - adds link
Since the Viper's reintroduction at the 2012 New York auto show, the sports coupe has moved fast everywhere except where it matters most: off dealer lots. Now Dodge has a ...


Maserati's secret: Chrysler makes its engine blocks
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8
During the summer, workers at Chrysler Group's Trenton Engine Complex in suburban Detroit with no fanfare have been machining aluminum 3.0-liter V-6 engine blocks under t ...


Ford rejoins rivals on payload ratings
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8
Ford Motor Co. says it will stop stripping the weight of some items from its heavy-duty pickups to boost their payload ratings. ...


Jeep, Ram power Chrysler Group up 20%
12:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3
Chrysler Group sales shot up 20 percent in August, powered by Jeep SUVs and Ram pickups. ...


Ford abandons practice of removing items to boost heavy-duty pickup payload ratings
9:35 am U.S. ET | Sept. 2
Ford said it will abandon its practice of stripping removable items from its heavy-duty pickups to boost their payload ratings and will join competitors in using base cur ...


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 ...


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