Larry P. Vellequette

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New test shows disparities in Ford F-150 crash protection

UPDATED: 7/29/15 9:17 pm ET - corrected
After a follow-up test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said Ford "shortchanges" some buyers of its redesigned 2015 F-150 pickups by equipping certain models w ...

Dodge cancels unfilled '15 Hellcat orders, doubles '16 output

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27
Dodge will more than double Hellcat Charger and Challenger production for 2016. But about 900 unfilled 2015 orders will be canceled. ...

Hack attack vs. FCA shows flaws with rush to connectivity

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27
By the time it was publicized last week that hackers managed to take over a Jeep Cherokee, Fiat Chrysler had posted an urgent security patch on its website and was scramb ...

Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.4 million vehicles to install anti-hacking software

UPDATED: 7/24/15 3:55 pm ET - adds reaction from lawmakers
Fiat Chrysler is recalling 1.4 million vehicles to close a software loophole that allowed hackers to remotely take control of a 2014 Jeep Cherokee. ...

Jeep hacking prompts FCA software update to enhance security

4:15 pm U.S. ET | July 21
Fiat Chrysler released a security patch after friendly hackers exposed a startling vulnerability in the company’s Uconnect infotainment system. ...

FCA consent order would be ‘a strong outcome,’ NHTSA chief says

4:15 pm U.S. ET | July 20
NHTSA chief Mark Rosekind says the agency is talking with Fiat Chrysler about a settlement to a dispute over the automaker’s handling of recalls, but hasn’t y ...

FCA expands training network for Mopar techs

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20
FCA plans to expand from 31 to at least 100 the number of post-secondary schools offering its Mopar warranty training for service technicians. ...

Ross Lundquist

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13
As the group's longtime general sales manager, nearly doubled F&I income in five years ...

What's driving the shift to crossovers

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13
Consumers no longer must choose between the fuel economy and comfortable ride of a sedan and the versatility and increased visibility of a crossover or SUV. ...

Seth Knighton

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13
Seth Knighton grew sales and revenues at Roberts Automotive Group. He also took customer satisfaction from worst-to-first in six months at its FCA dealership. ...

Uconnect changes for '16 include 'Do Not Disturb' function

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13
FCA is updating Uconnect for 2016 with new features, including Do Not DIsturb and a cutomizable drag and drop menu bar. ...

Chrysler sees midsize car incentive war

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 11
Shrinking sales in the 16-vehicle midsize car segment -- which includes the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Ford Fusion -- are forcing manufacturers into a profit-eroding inc ...

No, Bob Nardelli. Just no.

12:23 pm U.S. ET | July 7
In a column released this week on, former CEO Bob Nardelli takes credit for turning around Chrysler Corp. and guiding it back to where it is today. ...

Service growth comes down to the details

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6
David Kelleher made a number of improvements at his David Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep-Ram store here as part of a $3 million expansion and renovation, but one often overlooked ar ...

Jeep will keep Cherokee's 'spot on' shape, styling

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 4
The popular Jeep Cherokee departed from the brand's traditional boxy styling, and Jeep strategists plan to keep the polarizing look when the midsize SUV is freshened in m ...

FCA outsells Ford on retail side for first time? Not so fast

1:30 pm U.S. ET | July 2
June wasn't the first month that Fiat Chrysler outsold its bigger rival Ford on a retail basis in the U.S. ...

FCA up 8.2% on strong Jeep, Chrysler 200 sales

9:00 am U.S. ET | July 1
The Jeep brand and the Chrysler 200 both helped push Fiat Chrysler's June sales up 8.2 percent, the automaker's best sales for the month of June since 2006. ...

Dodge to build more Hellcat engines

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29
Fiat Chrysler plans to substantially increase production of the popular 707-hp Hellcat engines. ...

Constant merger talk is testing faith in Marchionne

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22
The constant drumbeat of stories about efforts by Sergio Marchionne to provoke a merger with General Motors is testing the faith of the dealers, workers and executives wh ...

Dodge plans to produce '17 minivan

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22
The death of the current-generation Dodge Grand Caravan may have been greatly exaggerated. ...

Why FCA's merger quest will test loyalties

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 17
What does loyalty really mean to workers? If you're Fiat Chrysler and living amid a self-made swirl of morale-sapping merger rumors, it means that loyalty's very existenc ...

Marchionne's merger mania: Why now?

5:34 am U.S. ET | June 16
There have been countless theories offered by analysts and in the press as to why Marchionne is on a quest to merge Fiat Chrysler with another automaker. ...

Equipment disparity on Ford F-150 prompts new crash test

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15
Last week, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducted an unprecedented follow-up crash test, on a 2015 Ford F-150 Supercab. ...

Marchionne's merger mania: Why now?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15
Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and related companies, has a number of honorifics and titles on his resume. ...

Dealer's wine shop spawns bar/service lane

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15
Building on the success of its in-house Cadillac Wines shop, Frank Kent Cadillac opened a downtown wine bar that also serves as a satellite service lane. ...
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