Larry P. Vellequette

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UAW reaches improved deal with FCA at deadline

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 8
The UAW and Fiat Chrysler USA reached another tentative agreement on a new labor contract early this morning, avoiding a threatened strike that could have sent some or al ...

Fiat Chrysler targeted with UAW strike deadline

UPDATED: 10/6/15 4:26 pm ET -- adds background
The UAW notified Fiat Chrysler that it will cancel contract extensions under which 40,000 unionized workers have been working since Sept. 14 and could go on strike. The u ...

UAW's Williams calls out outside agitators, says more info coming on FCA talks

UPDATED: 10/5/15 4:07 pm ET - adds FCA comment
UAW President Dennis Williams issued a statement to his members regarding contract negotiations with Fiat Chrysler, taking to task outside groups seeking to “stir p ...

Fiat Chrysler management shuffle boosts Kuniskis, Manley

UPDATED: 10/5/15 1:50 pm ET - corrected
Fiat Chrysler has shuffled its North American upper management, giving more responsibility and brands to Dodge boss Tim Kuniskis and Jeep head Mike Manley. ...

Why Marchionne and his rivals disagree on the need for mass consolidation

Oct. 5, 2015 06:15 CET
Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne says the global auto industry will face “disastrous consequences” if it ignores his call for more large-scale consolidatio ...

Postal Service books big Ram ProMaster order

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5
The U.S. Postal Service's order for 9,133 2016 Ram ProMaster 2500 cargo vans represents the biggest single customer purchase of the front-wheel-drive ProMaster since U.S. ...

Maserati's global marketing chief Chehab resigns

5:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 4
Saad Chehab -- Maserati's global chief marketing officer and the creative force behind several of Fiat Chrysler's celebrated Super Bowl ads -- has resigned. ...

An FCA strike: $1 billion a week in lost revenues

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3
A UAW strike of Fiat Chrysler could cost the Detroit automaker close to $1 billion a week in lost revenue and would quickly lead to a shortage of several hot-selling vehi ...

UAW-FCA agreement fails with 65% rank-and-file rejection

12:15 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1
The UAW will return to the bargaining table with Fiat Chrysler after its membership rejected a proposed agreement by 65 percent, according to a statement released today b ...

Jeep powers FCA US to 14% increase

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1
Record Jeep sales pushed Fiat Chrysler sales up 14 percent last month as every brand but Chrysler recorded a gain. ...

FCA union chiefs to meet in wake of contract defeat

UPDATED: 9/30/15 10:12 am ET - new story
Local presidents and top bargainers from Fiat Chrysler UAW locals will gather Thursday in suburban Detroit to lay out what comes next after UAW members rejected a nationa ...

Why the UAW can no longer afford close ratification votes

1:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29
The issue is not whether the FCA-UAW tentative pact is a good contract in terms of worker's economics -- it is, relative to recent agreements. But it's still the wrong de ...

Postal Service to buy 9,113 Ram ProMaster vans for large package delivery

8:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29
Fiat Chrysler's Ram brand won an order for 9,113 2016 Ram ProMaster 2500 cargo vans from the U.S. Postal Service to be used for large package deliveries. ...

Longer Jeep Wrangler on the way

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28
A pair of Wrangler powertrain mules caught testing this month show the extended chassis needed to convert the off-roader to an eight-speed automatic transmission from its ...

Will Wrangler-based pickup borrow from these concepts?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28
Jeep's decision to produce a Wrangler-based pickup comes after a decade of teasing the brand's loyal enthusiasts with concepts that never were approved for production. ...

Greenpeace's 2011 anti-VW video looks so much different now

5:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 24
Sometimes it takes a few years for reality to catch up to marketing. ...

My confession: The pope isn't the only one riding in a Fiat 500L

10:51 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23
The images of Pope Francis climbing in and out of a Fiat 500L as he visits the United States this week are providing a much-needed jolt of life to the largely unloved fiv ...

Is there a side door into Fortress GM?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21
Amid the handshakes and smiles of a tentative labor agreement with the UAW last week, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne let slip where he is going next. ...

UAW president sees FCA workers ratifying contract

10:17 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 18
While product and job commitments under the UAW's tentative labor contract with Fiat Chrysler are still being finalized, UAW President Dennis Williams said wage and other ...

UAW-FCA workers would get extra holiday, extra pay under proposed contract

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 18
In addition to raises and bonuses, the tentative labor agreement between Fiat Chrysler and the UAW includes a number of benefit restorations as well as a guard against a ...

FCA's U.S. car output to go to Mexico in UAW-deal production shuffle

UPDATED: 9/17/15 1:04 pm ET - adds FCA commitment
A tentative labor agreement between Fiat Chrysler and the UAW would move U.S. car production to Mexico and concentrate pickup, SUV and crossover production in the U.S., A ...

UAW, Fiat Chrysler reach tentative labor deal

UPDATED: 9/15/15 - 9:46 pm ET - adds more details
UAW President Dennis Williams said the union's tentative contract with Fiat Chrysler makes progress in closing the gap between Tier 1 and entry-level workers while allowi ...

Jeep Wrangler production disrupted by small paint shop fire

9:23 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 15
A small fire in the paint shop at Fiat Chrysler's Toledo (Ohio) Assembly Complex disrupted production of the Jeep Wrangler on Tuesday. ...

Why Marchionne expects his big bet on Alfa Romeo to pay off quickly in Europe

Sept. 14, 2015 06:01 CET
Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne is counting on strong European demand for the Alfa Romeo Giulia to spark a big comeback for FCA’s struggling subsidiary. ...

Marchionne says FCA will continue to make V-8s despite tightening regs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14
Tougher fuel economy and emissions standards won't mean the death of Fiat Chrysler's V-8 engine lineup, CEO Sergio Marchionne says. ...
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