Larry P. Vellequette

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Recent articles
FCA transmission fix focuses on snap ring
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 2
The software in over half of the troubled 9-speed automatic transmissions has been reflashed in Jeep Cherokees and Chrysler 200s, though complaints continue to grow. ...


FCA up 5.8% on Jeep, Chrysler 200, Ram
12:00 pm U.S. ET | May 1
Strong Jeep and Chrysler 200 sales pushed Fiat Chrysler's U.S. deliveries up 5.8 percent in April. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles reported U.S. sales of 189,027 units, its 61s ...


Marchionne argues if automakers won't consolidate, the market should make them
3:19 pm U.S. ET | April 29
Sergio Marchionne argued today that major automakers need to stop wasting billions developing the same products and start working together. ...


Fiat Chrysler swings to Q1 profit on N.A. strength
8:45 am U.S. ET | April 29 | UPDATED: 4/29/15 10:13 am ET - adds Ferrari results
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles reported net income of 92 million euros ($101 million) in the first quarter as strong performance in North America offset a steep decline in Lat ...


Maybe NHTSA could use excessive force to fix old Jeeps -- or leg traps
2:25 pm U.S. ET | April 24 | UPDATED: 4/28/15 4: 22 pm US ET - corrects years
So the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is considering its options on how to speed up the repair rate on a couple older recalls. May I suggest leg traps? ...


Former Hitachi exec sentenced to 15 months in prison after guilty plea for price fixing
5:45 am U.S. ET | April 23
A former executive with Hitachi Automotive Systems pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 15 months in prison for conspiring to fix prices on a number of automotive parts so ...


FCA puts the squeeze on dealer profits
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20
Fiat Chrysler is squeezing U.S. dealerships’ profits by boosting vehicle invoice prices but not the corresponding sticker prices. ...


Lackluster profits drive FCA's higher invoice prices
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20
The reason behind Fiat Chrysler's wholesale pricing action is simple: profits -- or the lack thereof. ...


Fiat exec touts 500X crossover as 'the game changer for us'
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20
The 2016 Fiat 500X is a subcompact crossover that will give the brand an all-wheel drive offering for regions that have inclement weather. The subcompact crossover is exp ...


Fiat 500X seeks to fill holes in Italian brand's lineup
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 17
With the 500X, a new crossover with optional all-wheel drive, Fiat hopes to make inroads in the snow belt. For $1,900, consumers can get awd in the 500X. ...


Ram owner's suit spins on missing $50 option
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13
A South Carolina Ram owner's lawsuit filed against Fiat Chrysler last week can be summed up in an everyday question: What's the diff? ...


Chrysler 300 spot touts the American road to triumph
2:44 pm U.S. ET | April 9
The Chrysler brand is introducing a new commercial for the refreshed 300 sedan that focuses on the American path to success and is narrated by actor Peter Dinklage, who p ...


FCA sued after man learned Ram pickup had wrong axle
4:15 pm U.S. ET | April 8
A South Carolina man has filed a lawsuit seeking class-action status against Fiat Chrysler after discovering that the Ram 1500 he bought last year didn't have the heavy-d ...


FCA considers appeal of $150 million verdict in Ga. trial
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6
Fiat Chrysler is considering an appeal of a $150 million jury verdict in rural Georgia on Thursday, April 2, that said the company was 99 percent responsible for the 2012 ...


Gilles promoted to FCA's global head of design
1:01 pm U.S. ET | April 1
Ralph Gilles, longtime chief designer for Fiat Chrysler in the United States, has been appointed head of design for the automaker’s global parent. ...


FCA, Toyota, Hyundai rise as industry ekes out another advance
8:30 am U.S. ET | April 1 | UPDATED: 4/1/15 4:36 pm ET -- adds Porsche detail
U.S. auto sales rose for the 13th-straight month in March as the industry rode improving weather and strong truck sales to a slim advance despite declines by some major p ...


FCA moves up 1.7% in March, extends streak to 5 full years
1:18 pm U.S. ET | April 1
Fiat Chrysler rode strong demand for Jeeps and a sales push for the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart sedans to pull out a 1.7 percent sales gain in March. ...


Bosch will plead guilty to price-fixing, pay $57.8 million U.S. fine
1:22 pm U.S. ET | March 31
German auto parts giant Robert Bosch agreed to plead guilty to price-fixing and pay a $57. ...


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 ...


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