Larry P. Vellequette

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FCA sales up 4%, back over 200,000 vehicles

12:45 pm U.S. ET | June 2
Brisk demand for Jeep and the Chrysler 200 pushed Fiat Chrysler sales up 4 percent in May. The automaker posted U.S. ...

FCA shift leaves Hyundai-Kia, Mitsubishi with 100,000-mile warranty

UPDATED: 6/1/15 2:23 pm ET - corrected
Fiat Chrysler's decision last week 5/27 to reduce its limited powertrain warranty coverage by 40 percent brings it in line with its Detroit-based competitors. ...

Stored Jeeps, Fiats to head to dealers this week

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1
The "software issue" that led FCA US to park hundreds of Jeep Renegades and, later, scores of Fiat 500X subcompact crossovers at a test track here involved only the ident ...

2 car salesmen rescue trucker from fiery crash in Minn.

1:13 pm U.S. ET | May 29
Two car salesmen from neighboring dealerships in suburban Minneapolis teamed up Wednesday afternoon to save a life. ...

Fiat Chrysler reducing powertrain warranties to 60,000 miles for 2016 models

5:00 pm U.S. ET | May 27
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is reducing its powertrain warranty for the 2016 model year to five years or 60,000 miles from five years or 100,000 miles. The move follows a s ...

Chrysler awd minivan debate: Electrify axle or drop Stow 'n Go

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25
Before it can offer another all-wheel-drive minivan, Fiat Chrysler must electrify the rear axle or give up its popular collapsing seats, says CEO Sergio Marchionne. ...

Wrangler will still use steel, Sergio says

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25
The next Jeep Wrangler won't follow the Ford F-150's lead with an aluminum body. Instead, the off-roader will keep its steel body structure but add aluminum doors, fender ...

Software issues hold back some Renegades

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25
The 2016 Jeep Renegade is no track car. So why are hundreds and hundreds of Renegades lining a 2-mile-long oval test track here? ...

Some Jeep Renegades being held for software issues

UPDATED: 5/21/15 10:59 am ET - adds details
Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said some new Jeep Renegade subcompact crossovers are being withheld from dealers because of software problems. ...

Mopar head Gorlier gets additional component role

2:16 pm U.S. ET | May 18
Pietro Gorlier, the head of Fiat Chrysler's global parts and service organization, has been named COO for components at the company. ...

FCA's Dundee Engine Plant achieves silver designation for productivity

3:39 pm U.S. ET | May 14
Fiat Chrysler's Dundee Engine Plant, which builds the automaker's North American line of inline-four engines, has achieved silver status under FCA's World Class Manufactu ...

FCA cancels summer shutdown at several plants

2:57 pm U.S. ET | May 13
Several key Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plants will continue to operate all summer instead of shutting down for the customary two weeks for model and tooling changeovers. ...

The secrets behind all that camouflage

11:45 am U.S. ET | May 12
The Detroit 3 all operate test tracks in southeast Michigan. But there is only so much real-world testing they can carry out without actually being in real-world traffic. ...

Retailers cheer FCA's free college program for U.S. dealerships

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11
Fiat Chrysler's plan to offer free college educations to employees of its U.S. dealerships will allow dealers to attract and keep high performing employees, the chairman ...

Inside the mind of Fiat Chrysler's marketing boss

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 9
Olivier Francois, Fiat Chrysler's chief marketing officer, sat down with Automotive News staffers to discuss the Chrysler brand's evolving message and his views on ...

Dodge brings back street-legal Viper ACR racer for 2016

UPDATED: 5/8/15 2:35 pm US ET - adds gallery
Ordering opened Monday for the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR, a track version of the two-seat sports coupe that comes equipped with a much stiffer chassis and a giant carbon-fiber ...

Why Dodge should make the next Dart look like a baby Charger

4:12 pm U.S. ET | May 8
The Dodge Dart set an all-time sales record in April. So, if you're Dodge, do you need to fix a car that's doing well three years after its launch? Why, yes. Yes, you do. ...

FCA US says it earned $312 million in Q1

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 8
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' US subsidiary, FCA US, said it posted earnings of $312 million in the first quarter before a one-time gain of $2.4 billion and other one-time c ...

FCA US says it earned $312 million in Q1

2:50 pm U.S. ET | May 7
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' US subsidiary, FCA US, said it posted earnings of $312 million in the first quarter before a one-time gain of $2.4 billion and other one-time c ...

FCA worker dies accidentally at Detroit plant

UPDATED: 5/5/15 4:08 pm ET - adds details
An employee at Fiat Chrysler's Jefferson North Assembly plant died accidentally this morning after being crushed doing maintenance work. The UAW identified the victim as ...

How auto dealers can get behind safer driving, 1 teen at a time

1:46 pm U.S. ET | May 4
This weekend, I experienced a community service program, born out of tragedy, that is tailor-made for local auto dealer cooperation. ...

FCA to offer free college education to dealership employees

6:00 am U.S. ET | May 4
Fiat Chrysler, seeking to curb the industry's “dramatic” turnover rate among dealership employees, said it will offer “no-cost, no-debt” college e ...

Dodge Dart lease subsidies eliminated

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4
Fiat Chrysler is telling dealers in one region to consider cutting back orders of the Dodge Dart after the company said it is reducing lease support for the compact car. ...

Marchionne: Automakers must consolidate

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4
The world's automakers spend billions of dollars each to develop their own four-cylinder engines. That's a sure sign that the industry's business model is broken, said Se ...

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. ...
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