Larry P. Vellequette

Chrysler Group reporter

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Recent articles
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 ...


Ram revamps top-end Laramie Limited's look
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16
Ram has given its top-end Laramie Limited pickup more chrome and a distinct new grille. ...


'Beast' may be next for Ram commercial vans
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16
Ram brand head Bob Hegbloom spoke to Staff Reporter Larry P. Vellequette in January about commercial vans and what they mean for dealers. ...


Next-gen Wrangler will keep solid axles
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 15
The next-generation Jeep Wrangler will keep the floating solid axles considered key to the off-roader's ability to traverse nearly any terrain, Automotive News has learne ...


Ram revamps top-end Laramie Limited's styling
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12
Ram is restyling the top end of its pickup lineup with more chrome and a distinct new grille. ...


This is no way to run a railroad
10:12 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12
I had originally intended to write this piece about the Chicago Auto Show’s great untapped natural resource, it’s location near the travel hub of North Americ ...


Patient Fiat dealers in U.S. are eager for new vehicles
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 7
Jason Stoicevich, who heads the Fiat brand in North America, says help is coming for Fiat dealers eager for more models and volume. ...


Toledo mayor, a Jeep champion, dies following cardiac arrest
3:29 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 6
Toledo, Ohio, Mayor Michael Collins -- a leading champion to keep Jeep Wrangler production in the city -- died Friday. ...


Does FCA have a new small turbodiesel coming to the states? Why, it's a mystery
1:19 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 4
Break out the Scooby Snacks, because I've got a mystery that might even stump Velma: Is Fiat Chrysler secretly developing a new 16-valve, 2.2-liter turbodiesel engine for ...


Fiat Chrysler's U.S. operating profits rise in Q4
11:30 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3 | UPDATED: 2/3/15 3:26 pm ET - adds details
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' US subsidiary reported its fourth-quarter earnings excluding special items rose 1.5 percent to $669 million. For the year, FCA US reported a 31 ...


Jeep, Ram lead familiar (happy) tune for Fiat Chrysler
3:30 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3
Fiat Chrysler continued to ride strong U.S. demand for its SUVs and pickups in January, increasing sales 14 percent from a year earlier and extending its streak of monthl ...


Another fix for Jeep's troubled 9-speed
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2
Fiat Chrysler executives say they are straightening out software problems with the automaker's nine-speed automatic transmission, but nagging issues persist. ...


Gardner: Compact segment key to mass-market success
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2
Al Gardner, Chrysler brand head, spoke with Staff Reporter Larry P. Vellequette about how Chrysler will fill the market left by Dodge and find its own customers. ...


Mini optimistic for a sales rebound in 2015
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2
Executives of Mini of the Americas told its U.S. dealers that sales should return to at least 2013 levels this year after a delayed launch of the Cooper Hardtop knocked M ...


FCA US: Retail sales to rise 10%
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2
FCA US is targeting 10 percent growth in its U.S. retail sales for 2015 as new vehicles arrive in segments in which the automaker has no offerings. ...


Toledo mayor in critical condition following cardiac arrest
11:16 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 1
Toledo's mayor -- who is leading the city's efforts to keep the Jeep Wrangler in its historic home -- suffered cardiac arrest Sunday afternoon and was in critical conditi ...


Fiat Chrysler to abandon sub-$25,000 minivans
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 31
Fiat Chrysler plans to abandon the bottom end of its minivan lineup next year as the redesigned 2017 Chrysler Town & Country replaces the existing model and the Dodge Gra ...


Renegade comes through, on-road and off
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26
When Jeep introduced the Compass -- and later, its platform mate, the Patriot -- with front-wheel drive and continuously variable transmissions, it was derided by the fai ...


FCA US touts volunteer program for its dealers
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26
FCA US is expanding its in-house volunteer program to dealers nationwide to provide a way for dealerships to increase community involvement. ...


Mini dealers to keep popular customer satisfaction program; sales expected to return to '13 levels
2:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24 | UPDATED: 1/24/15 3:35 pm ET - corrected
Mini told its US dealers Saturday that the brand will continue its popular “Motorer Obsession” program that reimburses dealers when they go above and beyond t ...


Entry-level Jeep Renegade should boost brand in subcompact market
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 23
The Renegade subcompact SUV is Jeep's latest attempt at an entry-level vehicle. ...


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