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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: What's holding back the Jeep Grand Wagoneer?

11:45 am U.S. ET | Dec. 6, 2016

Auto manufacturing remains a particularly expensive undertaking, even more so when a company actually has to develop new products.... Read More »

Dodge considers return to NASCAR

11:03 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2016

Dodge wants to get back into NASCAR, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said on Sunday. "Yes I'd love to," he said. "I talked to Jim France (executive vice-president of NASCAR) about this just last night."... Read More »

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid output begins in Ontario

12:46 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2016

FCA launched output of the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, the auto industry's first hybrid minivan. Sales of the plug-in hybrid minivan, priced from $35,590 after a federal tax credit, are expected to average about 8,500 a year through 2020, IHS Markit estimates, or a tiny slice of the overall minivan market.... Read More »

FCA: Sales slip 14% despite strong month for Ram

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2016

FCA's November U.S. sales dropped 14 percent, despite stronger volume from the Ram brand.... Read More »

That thing got a Hemi? If not, refer to Bulletin No. 23-053-16

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 28, 2016

Technical service bulletins are usually a complex set of instructions from automakers to service technicians on how to fix a common problem with a specific vehicle.... Read More »

JK Wrangler’s final act: Special editions

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 28, 2016

Jeep is stretching out consumer interest in the outgoing JK Wrangler by offering a number of special limited-edition packages over the next year while consumers await the arrival of the redesigned JL Wrangler in the second half of 2017.... Read More »

Ram makes working-class appeal in Thanksgiving ad

8:07 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2016

Ram is making an appeal to waitresses, janitors, foremen, fishermen and other working-class Americans in a 90-second TV ad that will run on Thanksgiving Day.... Read More »

BEST PRACTICES

Dealer's customs stand out from the crowd

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2016

Ralph Mahalak Jr.'s six Fiat Chrysler dealerships sell customized vehicles such as a Jeep Wrangler-based pickup and a Dodge Challenger-based reimagining of the Plymouth Superbird. The unique vehicles draw in customers and energize his staff.... Read More »

Cars. Congestion. Must be our L.A. picks

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2016

This year's Los Angeles Auto Show offered good news for off-roaders, speed lovers and owners of the Fiat 500L. Our David Undercoffler explains.... Read More »

Jeep sees new Compass as potential record breaker

Nov. 19, 2016 06:01 CET

The new Jeep Compass will outsell the popular Renegade in Europe and globally, brand CEO Mike Manley said. “It has every opportunity to be the biggest-selling Jeep ever,” he said, adding that the Compass will be available in Europe "before September" of next year.... Read More »

Jeep plans off-road Trailhawk variant of retooled Compass

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2016

The redesigned 2018 Jeep Compass, due in U.S. dealerships next year, will offer a new off-road ready trim level but largely keep its styling cues cribbed from the larger Jeep Grand Cherokee.... Read More »

Jeep to keep Grand Cherokee SRT after Trackhawk launch, report says

11:24 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2016

Jeep will continue to sell its top-end Grand Cherokee SRT with its 6.4-liter V-8 even after it introduces a new Grand Cherokee Trackhawk powered by the supercharged 6.2-liter Hellcat V-8 engine, brand head Mike Manley told The Detroit News.... Read More »

Ram owners file suit accusing FCA of emissions cheating

12:56 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 14, 2016

Allegations of cheating pollution standards have reached U.S. automakers as Fiat Chrysler was sued by consumers who said engines in some Ram trucks were rigged to hide that emissions were as much as 14 times higher than permitted by law.... Read More »

Dinosaur Dodge appears to put off doomsday

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 14, 2016

The current version of the budget-conscious Grand Caravan minivan has been in Dodge's lineup largely unchanged since 2008, and it remains in production even after Fiat Chrysler launched the Chrysler Pacifica in early 2016. In automotive lifetimes, that's nearly an eternity.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Ram diesel owners allege cheating

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 14, 2016

Ram diesel owners allege emissions cheating; Feds: Add sound to EVs; Millennials prefer owning over Uber, study finds; Dealer acquitted of murder wants store back.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Nissan, Toyota view on U.S. dims

1:45 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 8, 2016

Nissan, Toyota view on U.S. dims; Tesla's German buy; Unifor ratifies pact with Magna unit; JLR scraps racetrack plan; Chevy Bolt, Kia Optima among Green Car of the Year finalists.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Handicapping the latest field for North America's best car, truck and utility vehicle

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 8, 2016

The finalists for North America car, truck and utility vehicle of the year will be announced at the L.A. auto show next week.... Read More »

Ford, FCA dominate hottest-vehicle awards

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 7, 2016

Ford Motor Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles own the five hottest vehicles at the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show.... Read More »

A shaker hood and a rumbling V-8

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 7, 2016

Dodge designers for the first time mated historic pieces from the brand's past -- the shaker hood and a custom fuel filler door -- to its largest vehicle, the Durango, to create the Dodge Durango Shaker concept.... Read More »

Integram Seating workers approve labor pact at Canada plant

7:02 am U.S. ET | Nov. 7, 2016

Workers at Integram (Magna) Seating in Windsor, Ontario, ratified a new four-year labor agreement by an overwhelming margin late Monday, avoiding a strike that threatened output at two Ontario vehicle assembly plants it supplies.... Read More »

FCA LIVING LARGE

FCA's big cars extended to 2020

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 7, 2016

Fiat Chrysler will refresh and stick with its stable of large cars until at least 2020, two sources told Automotive News.... Read More »

Dealer scores in suit against illegal exporters

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 5, 2016

Over 100 Ram pickups sold by Pete Shaver's dealership were exported to China without his knowledge. The store subsequently had to reimburse the factory for incentive money it didn't qualify for. But then he took the culprits to court. And won.... Read More »

FCA to close Michigan museum, convert to office space

11:15 am U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2016

The Walter P. Chrysler Museum near Detroit will close again on Dec. 18 and be converted into additional office space for Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles, the automaker said today.... Read More »

U.S. marshals raid Chinese aftermarket parts booths at SEMA

12:18 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2016

Federal marshals raided the booths of two Chinese companies at the annual Specialty Equipment Market Association convention in Las Vegas on Wednesday, seizing parts, displays and communications equipment after allegations of copyright infringement. The booths of six other Chinese aftermarket parts manufacturers also were shut down at a nearby expo.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Ford falls, but U.S. picks up sales pace

3:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 2, 2016

Ford falls, but U.S. picks up sales pace; Ex-Ford, Maserati exec Leach dies at 59; Advantage: VW?; Rosekind: Automakers responsible for Takata recall costs; This crate's got a Hemi.... Read More »

 
Why Porsche, Toyota love endurance racing even as Audi quits

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5 2016

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Audi said will no longer race in certain endurance events to focus on the all-electric Formula E rac ...
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Nissan exec remembers when EVs were 'doomed to fail'


8:21 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1 2016

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Nissan Europe Chairman Paul Willcox smiles when he thinks about the verbal beatings the automaker took after making its multi-billion-euro commitment to electric vehicles. ...
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BMW said to plan performance version of its i3 electric car

Graham Kozak
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30 2016

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BMW plans a performance variant of the i3 to be called the i3S, according to a UK media report that ...
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Stadler was right to pick outsider for top Audi r&d post

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25 2016

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Audi CEO Rupert Stadler did the right thing when he picked a non-VW Group executive to fill his key ...
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Why VW's job cuts were always going to happen

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23 2016

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VW Group's decision to save 3.7 billion euros in costs at its core brand by cutting 30,000 jobs has ...
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Mopar's Gorlier has the makings of FCA's next CEO

Larry P. Vellequette
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18 2016

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Pietro Gorlier has run an innovative business unit at Fiat Chrysler that has expanded and made lots of money and touches every facet of the company around the world. ...
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How Li Shufu will weave an empire around Volvo, Geely

Yang Jian
5:04 am U.S. ET | Nov. 15 2016

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Shortly after Geely founder Li Shufu acquired Volvo in 2010, he pledged to maintain the Swedish marq ...
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Germany's auto industry says climate change targets too ambitious after Trump's election

Christiaan Hetzner
12:11 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11 2016

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Germany's auto industry lobby say now is the wrong time to accelerate action against climate change ...
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Renault's Zoe eclipses GM's EV claims for now

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10 2016

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General Motors is touting the long-range and affordability of its Chevrolet Bolt electric car and it ...
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Toyota, VW and Bosch lead Google in self-driving technology patents

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3 2016

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Based on the headlines you might think that Google single-handedly created the self-driving car, but when it comes to patents it is no match for Toyota, VW and Bosch when it.. ...
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UK sales rise 3% as fleet demand offsets fewer private purchases
UK new-car registrations rose by nearly 3 percent in November, putting the market on course for reco ...
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German sales gain nearly 2% as market heads for six-year high
German new-car sales rose by nearly 2 percent in November. Full-year sales are headed for their stro ...
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Mercedes all but locks down U.S. luxury sales win
Mercedes sold the most luxury autos in the U.S. again in November, virtually guaranteeing that the b ...
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VW brand's losing streak in U.S. ends with 24% gain
Volkswagen of America posted a 24 percent gain in November sales for its core brand, breaking a year ...
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Rental company demand boosts Spain sales
Spanish new-car sales rose 14 percent in November pushed by strong demand from businesses and car re ...
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Italian sales jump 8% on business demand
Italian new-car sales rose 8.2 percent in November as business buyers rushed to benefit from tax bre ...
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Renault, Toyota, Fiat gain as French sales rise 9%
French new-car sales rose by nearly 9 percent in November with Renault, Toyota, Audi and Fiat among ...
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VW Group sales gain 5% in Oct. as China offsets flat Europe
VW Group sales increased by 5 percent in October, helped by 17 percent growth in China that offset a ...
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VW brand Oct. sales rise 4% but further growth depends on China
VW brand's global sales rose 4 percent in October in the third straight monthly gain, largely driven ...
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Russia sales fall 'modest' 3% in Oct. as incentives stabilize market
The rate of decline in Russian new-car sales slowed to 3 percent in October, helped by government in ...
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Audi, Mercedes push key segment toward milestone
Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz are largely responsible for the growing success of the compact premium s ...
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Audi, BMW, Jaguar give midsize premium segment a lift
Europe's midsize premium segment grew at a near double-digit pace in the first half on new models fr ...
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Skoda, Renault, Toyota benefit from higher sales of midsize cars in Europe
Europe's midsize segment is on track for a second year of rising sales as new models from Skoda, Ren ...
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Minicars get boost from Italy rebound
European minicar sales – especially at Fiat Chrysler -- are getting a lift from the continuing ...
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Subcompact sales set to peak in Europe this year before SUVs cause decline
Demand for subcompacts in Europe will peak this year, analysts say, as competition from similar-size ...
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VW Group's small SUV push expected to help double segment's volume by 2022
Volkswagen Group's late arrival to Europe's small SUV/crossover segment is expected to make one of t ...
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VW's new Moia brand hires high-profile former Daimler executive
VW Group's new mobility services brand, Moia, has hired Robert Henrich from Daimler as its chief ope ...
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Volvo picks McDonald's exec as first chief digital officer
Volvo has named Atif Rafiq its first chief digital officer, luring the longtime Silicon Valley execu ...
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Daimler promotes Wagener to new role of chief design officer
Daimler has promoted its head of design, Gorden Wagener to the newly created role of chief design of ...
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Renault-Nissan names new purchasing chief
Renault-Nissan has promoted Veronique Sarlat-Depotte as its new head of the alliance's joint purchasing operations. ...
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BMW names new U.S., German plant bosses
BMW has named new bosses for its U.S. factory and two key plants in Germany, ...
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Audi of America names its first American CFO
Audi of America has named its first American finance chief. The brand tapped Matt Carpenter, 36, as ...
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BMW appoints new finance chief
BMW appointed Nicolas Peter as chief financial officer to succeed veteran Friedrich Eichiner who wil ...
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Ford's European quality boss Herrmann to head German operations
Ford of Europe quality chief Gunnar Herrmann will be the next head of the automaker's German operati ...
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Infiniti names Picello new Europe boss
Infiniti named veteran sales and marketing executive Raoul Picello its new head of Europe, Middle Ea ...
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Volvo names new electrics, electronics boss
Volvo has appointed Oedgaerd Andersson as its head of electrics, electronics and chassis as the auto ...
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Porsche enhances Panamera's 911-like looks
Porsche is hoping its second-generation Panamera will lure more European customers with the sedan's ...
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Renault keeps the Scenic family friendly
Renault has kept the Scenic’s minivan design in a move that goes against the industry trend of ...
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Kia Niro targets 2 sweet spots
The Kia Niro targets two sweet spots in the market: booming demand for high-riding SUV-styled models ...
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S90, V90 are key to Volvo's continued revival
Volvo expects the S90 and V90 will be big steps in the automaker's revival but a challenge looms. ...
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Audi Q2 targets affluent downsizers
The Audi Q2 is the first subcompact SUV/crossover from a German luxury brand. ...
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Hyundai sees Ioniq as brand hero
Hyundai sees its new Ioniq as its green flagship and a key image booster in Europe even if sales wil ...
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Seat expects Ateca to strengthen its profitability
Seat, which recently returned to profitability after years of losses, expects to further strengthen ...
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Ford makes Edge its European flagship
Ford says it will target premium rivals including the Volvo XC60 and Audi Q5 with its new European f ...
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Cadillac XT5 price undercuts rivals in Europe
Cadillac aims to increase its SUV market share in Europe by pricing its new XT5 below German premium ...
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Honda hopes NSX halo effect will give automaker a boost in Europe
Honda hopes for a halo effect boost in Europe from its NSX supercar. The NSX is a "branding exercise ...
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Suppliers to the new Fiat Tipo
Assembly of the new Fiat Tipo began in September 2015 at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' joint ven ...
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Suppliers to the new Ferrari 488
Assembly of the Ferrari 488 began in June 2015 at the supercar maker's factory in Maranello, Italy. ...
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Suppliers to the new VW Tiguan
VW started production of the new Tiguan in January at its factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. Output is e ...
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Suppliers to the new Bentley Bentayga
Bentley Bentayga production began in November 2015 at the brand's factory in Crewe, England. ...
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Suppliers to the new Renault Talisman
Assembly of the new Renault Talisman began in September 2015 at Renault's factory in Douai, France. ...
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