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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Why Wrangler’s Toledo decision may depend on keeping the money spigot flowing

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 18, 2014
It’s been just over two weeks since Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne casually revealed that he might have to move Jeep Wrangler production out of its historic home in Toledo, Ohio. Why? Because it might cost too much to shut down the plant long enough to convert it for the use of aluminum parts.... Read More »

 

Jeep first U.S. brand to crack Top 10 in Japan's Car of Year Award

9:51 am U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2014
Jeep has made history by becoming the first brand from the United States to crack the top 10 in this country's Car of the Year Award. The honor came down this week for the Jeep Cherokee, which was tapped as one of the 10 Best Cars for 2014-15. It was a first for any American nameplate.... Read More »

 

Chrysler recalls more than 900,000 vehicles for fire risk

7:59 am U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2014
Chrysler Group is recalling more than 900,000 vehicles worldwide for potential safety problems that could cause fires. One recall covers some 470,000 cars and SUVs from model years 2011-14 and equipped with a 3.6-liter engine and 160 amp alternator, which may fail, possibly causing a stall or fire. A second recall covers 437,000 Jeep Wranglers -- water in the exterior heated power mirror electrical connector could cause an electrical short.... Read More »

 

RICHARD JOHNSON

The joy of being a Jeep dealer in 2014

3:35 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
Holy Toledo, what's it like to be a Jeep dealer in 2014? Andy Shaver, president of the Shaver Group, just smiles when I ask. A smile that says: "Awesome and then some."... Read More »

 

Chrysler recalls 184,000 SUVs for potential airbag, seat belt defect

8:59 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2014
Chrysler Group is recalling an estimated 184,215 SUVs globally because a possible short circuit in a part could disable airbags and seat belt pretensioners. The same part was responsible for a September recall involving more than 850,000 Ford vehicles.... Read More »

 

Marchionne rebuilds Fiat-Chrysler at 200 mph to woo Wall Street

4:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2014
As CEO Sergio Marchionne prepares to help ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Monday to mark the debut of Fiat Chrysler shares, he is racing to create a lineup of cars that will lure buyers into showrooms worldwide. The transatlantic marriage of two struggling regional automakers will be the capstone of his career. So how quickly Marchionne gets the new company on its feet during these last laps may well determine his legacy.... Read More »

 

Wrangler shock wave hits Toledo

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, dropped a bomb at the Paris auto show last week, and it landed 4,000 miles west on Toledo, Ohio.... Read More »

 

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Wrangler is so engrained in its DNA, the city should be spelled Toledo, OIIIIIIIO

12:12 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2014
My hometown completely freaked out Thursday. Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne disclosed the next-generation Jeep Wrangler might have to be manufactured somewhere else other than in its historic home in Toledo.... Read More »

 

Fiat retools Jeep as 500X SUV to show Chrysler merger is street ready

2:15 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2014
With the new pint-sized Fiat 500X, CEO Sergio Marchionne wants to show his vision for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is ready for the street. The latest member of the 500 family, which follows the 500L wagon, is especially important to halt losses and sliding market share at Fiat's operations in Europe.... Read More »

 

Jeep ponders switch to aluminum for next Wrangler body, Marchionne says

11:21 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2014
The next-generation Jeep Wrangler may be built off a unibody platform, feature smaller and turbocharged engines, and switch to an aluminum body, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne said today. Such significant changes to the hot-selling SUV would likely mean leaving its longtime, historic production site in Toledo, Ohio, Marchionne added.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Fiat expects 500X's Italian styling to win sales in booming segment

Oct. 2, 2014 12:37 CET
Fiat is touting the 500X's Italian styling as a standout feature that will help the car win sales in the booming but hotly contested subcompact crossover segment.... Read More »

 

SEPTEMBER U.S. AUTO SALES

GM, Nissan, Chrysler gains propel market to 9% increase

8:00 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
U.S. light-vehicle sales -- paced by truck-fueled gains at GM, Chrysler Group and Nissan Group -- rose 9 percent in a September marked by sharp brand advances and a few steep declines. The industry-wide results were just below forecasts and cooler than the scorching rate of sales set in August. Still, they reflect a market coasting toward its fifth straight year of recovery following the 2007-09 recession. The SAAR has topped 16 million for 6 straight months.... Read More »

 

Chrysler Group gains on Jeep, Ram volume

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
Chrysler Group sold 169,890 vehicles in September, a 19 percent increase from September 2013, with every brand but Dodge contributing to the company's gains. It was the group's 54th consecutive month of year-over-year increases.... Read More »

 

Fiat 500X unlikely to steal sales from Jeep Renegade, analysts say

Sept. 26, 2014 06:01 CET
The Fiat 500X is unlikely to cannibalize sales from its sister model, the Jeep Renegade, industry watchers say. The 500X is a "cute, urban vehicle with off-road capabilities," while the Renegade is the "rugged" off-roader, one analyst said.... Read More »

 

Chrysler recalls nearly 350,000 vehicles from 2008 to fix ignition switches

2:52 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2014
Chrysler is recalling an estimated 349,442 vehicles from the 2008 model year to fix an ignition switch problem. The automaker says it will correct conditions that may cause ignition keys to become stuck or inadvertently move. The vehicles were produced before May 12, 2008.... Read More »

 

Fiat Chrysler orders global recall of SUVs for fuel-pump problem

Sept. 23, 2014 12:08 CET
Fiat Chrysler is recalling an estimated 230,760 Jeep and Dodge SUVs globally due to a fuel-pump issue that could cause the vehicles to stall or not start. The automaker said it was unaware of any accidents or injuries related to the issue.... Read More »

 

Jeep launches Renegade into fast-growing segment

Sept. 11, 2014 14:26 CET
Jeep will begin later this month its foray into the market for subcompact SUVs -- the industry's fastest-growing volume segment -- when it starts sales of the Renegade,... Read More »

 

AUGUST U.S. SALES PREVIEW

Chrysler Group's hot streak putting heat on competition

8:55 am U.S. ET | Sept. 2, 2014
As Jeep benefits from consumers' renewed attraction to SUVs, Chrysler Group also has been aided by strong demand for Ram pickups and Town & Country minivans. That helped propel its U.S. sales up 12 percent last month, the largest increase of any major automaker, according to the average of eight analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg.... Read More »

 

Mopar, 3M team up for Jeep map decals

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2014
A consumer looking to personalize a Jeep Grand Cherokee, Wrangler or Cherokee designs a map online that will later be installed by a dealer on the SUV's hood.... Read More »

 

Venezuelan auto industry in free fall amid economic woes

11:22 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 9, 2014
VALENCIA, Venezuela (Reuters) -- Though it is the middle of the work day, the Jeep assembly plant in the central Venezuelan city of Valencia is empty, the machinery still.
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Chrysler cuts Jeep Grand Cherokee prices in China

3:08 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
Chrysler Group is cutting prices in China on the flagship Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 by 65,000 yuan ($10,500) and on the Grand Cherokee 5.7-liter Summit by 45,000 yuan ($7,300) following a report it has been the subject of an anti-monopoly probe by Chinese regulators.... Read More »

 

Mopar, 3M team up for Jeep map decals

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
It usually takes years to develop an automotive product and get it to market. But, occasionally, a good idea, a few months, a good supplier relationship and a phone call from the back of a minivan are all it takes.... Read More »

 

Chrysler sued over Jeep ignition-switch failures

4:02 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2014
Chrysler was sued over allegedly faulty ignition switches in Jeeps, in a follow-up to more than 120 lawsuits General Motors faces over the same defect. Both automakers are accused of employing ignition switches that can be unexpectedly turned off, cutting power to brakes, steering and airbags and causing potentially deadly loss of control.... Read More »

 

Chrysler tells supplier to boost hitch output

5:23 pm U.S. ET | July 18, 2014
Chrysler Group ordered a supplier of trailer hitches to boost production dramatically a day after the company was accused by federal safety regulators of dragging its feet on the recall of older Jeeps.... Read More »

 

Chrysler accelerates Jeep repairs

8:22 am U.S. ET | July 17, 2014
Chrysler Group told federal safety regulators it could add trailer hitches to recalled Jeep SUVs by March, much sooner than the several years estimated by regulators who had urged the automaker to quicken the pace of repairs.... Read More »

 

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