Larry P. Vellequette

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Recent articles
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. ...


FCA projects 10% growth in U.S. retail sales for '15, extending streak
3:45 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23
FCA US dealers were told to anticipate as much as 10 percent growth in their U.S. ...


Jeep history goes underground
2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23
Many dealers collect historic vehicles, and some even display vintage cars in their showrooms. ...


Blue sky values up, but buy/sell activity likely to slow as industry growth does, panel argues
2:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22
Slowing vehicle sales growth rates across the industry are also likely to slow dealership buy/sell activity just as blue sky values peak, just not yet, a panel of experts ...


Why Jeep executives might be praying for more snow days
1:48 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22
For most of its life, Jeep has been at best an under-developed niche brand, relegated to an automotive sales backwater by a series of owners who always suspected it had s ...


FCA US touts volunteer program for its dealers
6:23 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22
FCA US is expanding its in-house volunteer program to dealers nationwide to provide a way for dealerships to increase community involvement. ...


Toyota's Carter says dealerships must change to look like new customers
1:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22
Successful auto dealers must make their dealerships look like their future customers with more women, minorities and the young, Toyota's head of automotive operations in ...


Sales streak, 'cutting-edge ideas' change attitudes
12:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22
Whether the company is called Chrysler Group or FCA US, its dealers selling Chryslers, Jeeps, Dodges, Rams, Fiats and now Alfa Romeos have been picking up market share at ...


Loan terms will grow, making price increases more affordable, FCA's Bigland says
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 21
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' head of US and Canadian sales says loose credit terms will continue to drive new vehicle sales, even as pent-up demand dwindles in a recovered ...


Why Marchionne's Wrangler conundrum will require creativity
12:22 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 19
I truly believe that FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne would prefer to write a big check and keep the next generation Jeep Wrangler in its historic home in Toledo, Ohio. ...


Alfa Romeo aims to 'play with the big boys'
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19
Alfa Romeo will resemble BMW in products and pricing when it offers a full lineup through 2018, executives at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles suggested last week during the Det ...


Marchionne: Predicting problems can stem recalls
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19
Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, said the U.S. industry in 2014 recalled a "nonsensical number" of vehicles. ...


FCA retailers look for more growth
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19
The incoming chairman of the recently renamed FCA US Dealer Council said new vehicles due from the factory should extend the automaker's nearly five-year sales streak. ...


FCA's Bigland says loan terms will grow, making price increases more affordable
6:10 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' head of US and Canadian sales says loose credit terms will continue to drive new vehicle sales, even as pent-up demand dwindles in a recovered ...


Marchionne sees industry consolidation as a given
9:38 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13 | UPDATED: 1/14/15 7:32 am ET
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne said further mergers in the automotive industry are inevitable, and questioned the way safety regulators are exercising th ...


Ram Rebel takes dramatic styling turn with beefier off-road appearance
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13
The hot-selling Ram pickup lineup will expand to 10 trim versions this year with the addition of the 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel, featuring dramatically different exterior stylin ...


Next Alfa, due in June, will be a sedan, might be a Giulia
5:22 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12
Alfa Romeo's second completely redesigned vehicle in its $6 billion brand overhaul will be a sedan that might carry the historic Giulia nameplate, top executives with Fia ...


Marchionne says industry may have over-reacted on recalls
12:11 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne today said incentive spending in the United States is not excessive and that the industry may have over-reacted on recalls ...


Alfa Romeo 4C Spider coming to North America -- but just 400 a year
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12
There about as many words in this short story as there will be 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spiders available to dealers to sell in the United States each year. ...


A million Jeep sales means hard choices
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12
Hitting the 1 million mark -- which you have to pronounce one meeell-yon -- blasted Jeep's previous record of 731,565 set the previous year. ...


Dodge aims to energize advertising
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 10
Dodge, recast as a performance brand, plans to use three high-powered halo vehicles and new advertising aimed at younger buyers to keep sales steady in 2015. ...


FCA's planned 90-day Windsor shutdown could squeeze dealer supplies of minivans
4:41 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 9
A planned three-month shutdown of Fiat Chrysler Automobile's Windsor, Ontario, assembly plant starting in mid-February could leave dealers scrambling to find minivans. ...


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