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FEBRUARY U.S. AUTO SALES

U.S. sales rise 5.3% as wintry weather takes toll

8:00 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2015

Toyota and Subaru joined a handful of smaller automakers in posting double-digit U.S. sales increases for February as severe winter weather crimped demand more than analysts had forecast. Most companies posted modest gains as the overall industry rose 5.3 percent. While last month's pace trailed January's hot start, the industry has taken solid early strides towards its sixth year of sales advances since the recession.... Read More »

Daimler to build Sprinter vans in South Carolina, lawmaker says

8:29 pm U.S. ET | March 3, 2015

Daimler AG is set to announce it will build Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans at its plant in South Carolina and add 1,200 jobs there as a result, a state politician said on Tuesday.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler rises 6% on SUV, pickup, Chrysler 200 demand

10:00 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2015

Strong sales of Jeeps, Ram pickups and the Chrysler 200 pushed Fiat Chrysler sales up 5.6 percent in February. FCA US reported sales of 163,586 vehicles in February, its 59th consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases in the United States.... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

BLOG: In February snow, buyers want 4x4s

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2015

So February U.S. auto sales came in lower than the forecasters figured just a week or two ago. Well yeah! Snow days.
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Apple seen emerging as serious competitor by auto executives

9:09 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2015

Auto executives are taking seriously the prospect that Apple and Google will emerge as competitors even as they consider partnering with the two.... Read More »

FCA recalls 2,211 Hellcats after fuel leak discovered

10:29 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

Fiat Chrysler is recalling its brand-new, top-end 2015 Dodge Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcats after a dealer discovered a fuel leak on a car being delivered from the factory. The recall affects 2,211 vehicles.... Read More »

FCA to fix coupling on Ram diesels

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

Fiat Chrysler is replacing a potentially faulty exhaust coupling in the hot-selling Ram 1500 EcoDiesel pickup that can send diesel fumes into the cabin through the air conditioner. The coupling is between the engine's exhaust manifolds and the catalytic converter.... Read More »

Dodge dealers called out for 'unscrupulous' Hellcat sales practices by FCA exec

9:32 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 27, 2015

Fiat Chrysler has taken the unusual step of warning some of its most enthusiastic customers -- about some of its dealers. At issue is outsized consumer demand for the 2015 Dodge Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcats and dealer practices that the company says are “unscrupulous” and perhaps illegal.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler recalling about 467,500 SUVs worldwide

10:03 am U.S. ET | Feb. 27, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said today it will recall about 467,500 SUVs globally in order to fix a fuel-pump issue that could cause engine stall. The automaker also said it is recalling some 2015 models of the Chrysler 200 for issues that may prevent vehicles from shifting into park.... Read More »

Jeep Cherokee grille remains polarizing

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015

The Jeep Cherokee's front fascia was -- to say the least -- controversial when the first images of it leaked out in February 2013. In fact, Ralph Gilles, Fiat Chrysler's head of design, admitted that the design was "polarizing" on purpose. Turns out, Gilles was more accurate in his description than he knew.... Read More »

Next-gen Chrysler minivan will be taller, wider with a rotary shifter

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 22, 2015

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 slightly taller and wider than the current version. The revelations come from spy photographers and supplier documents posted online.... Read More »

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: Is an identity crisis the reason behind the Ram pickup's new styling?

12:14 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2015

It's been nearly two months since I got my first up-close looks at the Ram Rebel and Ram Laramie Limited. I'm not a fan of the styling of the two pickups' front fascias and tailgates, but I've developed a theory as to what motivated them.... Read More »

Chrysler brand head Gardner's duties will include dealer network

3:58 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2015

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 end of March, the automaker said today.... Read More »

Longtime Chrysler exec George Butts dies at 91

11:27 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2015

Longtime Chrysler executive George Butts, who held positions in the product planning, stamping and quality divisions, died last week in Florida. He was 91.... Read More »

Weaker loonie no savior for Canada's ailing auto industry

9:06 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2015

A strong Canadian dollar has wounded the country's auto manufacturing sector over the last decade, but the currency's recent drop to a near six-year low is unlikely to spur a rush of new investment, senior industry executives say.... Read More »

Dealership pioneer Martin 'Hoot' McInerney dead at 86

10:11 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015

Martin “Hoot” McInerney, a longtime Michigan car dealer and a pioneer in the dealership world, died Monday. He was 86.... Read More »

Ram not hot over scorching grille reviews

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015

Hot design topic at the Chicago Auto Show: the grille on the Ram Laramie Limited. The critics did not hold back.... Read More »

WRANGLING SERGIO

Toledo hurries incentives to keep Jeep's iconic SUV

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015

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 square feet. The proposal would, in theory, raise the annual Wrangler production capacity to an estimated 350,000.... Read More »

CHICAGO AUTO SHOW

Ram revamps top-end Laramie Limited's look

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015

Ram has given its top-end Laramie Limited pickup more chrome and a distinct new grille.... Read More »

Supplies soar in January -- as usual

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015

U.S. stocks of light vehicles increased during January, whether that was a little or a lot depends on how you measure.... Read More »

Q&A

'Beast' may be next for Ram commercial vans

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015

Ram brand head Bob Hegbloom spoke to Staff Reporter Larry P. Vellequette in January about commercial vans and what they mean for dealers.... Read More »

VIDEO: What the Jeep Wrangler means to Toledo

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015

Reporter Larry Vellequette, born and bred in Toledo, explains why the Jeep Wrangler is so important to the city.... Read More »

Next-gen Wrangler will keep solid axles

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 15, 2015

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 learned.... Read More »

CHARLES CHILD

BLOG: Resist the temptation, Apple: Cars are a tricky proposition

9:13 am U.S. ET | Feb. 14, 2015

So if media reports are true, Apple wants to join Google in the car business. Apple, please resist -- for your own good.... Read More »

Ram revamps top-end Laramie Limited's styling

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2015

Ram is restyling the top end of its pickup lineup with more chrome and a distinct new grille. Designers reworked the Laramie Limited trim's tailgate, front fascia and crosshair grille that were left over from when Ram vehicles were part of Dodge.... Read More »

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