Larry P. Vellequette

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: I agree with NHTSA: E-shifters stink, but they're not defective

2:07 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2016

I have something in common with the fine folks at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: I don't like e-shifters, either. But let's be clear. This isn't an alleged defect.... Read More »

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A recall for wheel chocks? Maybe we've rolled off the deep end

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

In a sign of Fiat Chrysler's new hypersensitivity to safety, the automaker said last week it would voluntarily supply owners of 441,578 Dodge Chargers from the 2011-16 model years in the U.S. with free wheel chocks. Let that sink in a minute.... Read More »

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BLOG: Chock this out: We may have jumped the shark on Recall-o-rama

12:58 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2016

In a sign of Fiat Chrysler's new hypersensitivity to safety, the automaker will voluntarily supply owners of 441,578 Dodge Chargers with free wheel chocks.... Read More »

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Jeep Wagoneer? Where did that come from?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

So what's a Jeep Wagoneer? Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne referred to a Wagoneer last week during a conference call about FCA's plans to "realign" its North American production plan. But a lack of details leaves us to wonder.... Read More »

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BLOG: Papa Uno hits the block

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2016

A Fiat 500L made famous by a high-profile user is going on the auction block for charity this month in Philadelphia.... Read More »

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BLOG: Did the UAW pull the old 'Higher Power' gambit on FCA?

3:27 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2015

In Negotiating 101, it's known as the “Higher Power” gambit -- that move toward the end of the negotiation that says “Well, it's OK with me, but I gotta check with the boss.”... Read More »

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BLOG: Why the UAW can no longer afford close ratification votes

1:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2015

The issue is not whether the FCA-UAW tentative pact is a good contract in terms of worker's economics -- it is, relative to recent agreements. But it's still the wrong deal for winning ratification.... Read More »

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BLOG: Greenpeace's 2011 anti-VW video looks so much different now

5:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2015

Sometimes it takes a few years for reality to catch up to marketing.... Read More »

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BLOG: My confession: The pope isn't the only one riding in a Fiat 500L

10:51 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2015

The images of Pope Francis climbing in and out of a Fiat 500L as he visits the United States this week are providing a much-needed jolt of life to the largely unloved five-door hatchback.... Read More »

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Is there a side door into Fortress GM?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

Amid the handshakes and smiles of a tentative labor agreement with the UAW last week, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne let slip where he is going next.... Read More »

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BLOG: Why did the UAW pick Fiat Chrysler?

4:10 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 13, 2015

Though the UAW hasn’t revealed its thinking behind its choice of FCA as its negotiating target, its reasoning likely flows from the fact that FCA’s leadership has continuously spoken against the two-tiered wage system that has so benefited the three automakers since 2007.... Read More »

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BLOG: Will another Fiat Chrysler star, or two, bow in Vegas?

11:30 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2015

For the third time in six years, Fiat Chrysler dealers are gathering -- in private and without cellphones or cameras -- to get their first glimpses of the vehicles they soon will be asked to sell.... Read More »

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BLOG: No, Bob Nardelli. Just no.

12:23 pm U.S. ET | July 7, 2015

In a column released this week on LinkedIn.com, former CEO Bob Nardelli takes credit for turning around Chrysler Corp. and guiding it back to where it is today.... Read More »

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BLOG: Why FCA's merger quest will test loyalties

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 17, 2015

What does loyalty really mean to workers? If you're Fiat Chrysler and living amid a self-made swirl of morale-sapping merger rumors, it means that loyalty's very existence is about to be tested.... Read More »

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BLOG: Marchionne's merger mania: Why now?

5:34 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2015

There have been countless theories offered by analysts and in the press as to why Marchionne is on a quest to merge Fiat Chrysler with another automaker. Whatever the reason, it looks likely to benefit the Agnelli family that employs him.... Read More »

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Marchionne's merger mania: Why now?

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

Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and related companies, has a number of honorifics and titles on his resume.... Read More »

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BLOG: The secrets behind all that camouflage

11:45 am U.S. ET | May 12, 2015

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. To travel among the masses, automotive engineers for decades have employed visual deception -- camouflage -- to disguise what it is they are working on or testing from the prying and ever-present eyes of the media, rivals and auto enthusiasts.... Read More »

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

4:12 pm U.S. ET | May 8, 2015

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.... Read More »

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

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

1:46 pm U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

This weekend, I experienced a community service program, born out of tragedy, that is tailor-made for local auto dealer cooperation.... Read More »

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BLOG: Maybe NHTSA could use excessive force to fix old Jeeps -- or leg traps

2:25 pm U.S. ET | April 24, 2015

So the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is considering its options on how to speed up the repair rate on a couple older recalls. May I suggest leg traps?... Read More »

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BLOG: Fiat Chrysler may find perfect partner is from Asia

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

Sergio Marchionne wants a dance partner for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The financial media keep trying to fix him up with VW, but I think Marchionne has his eye on a mate in Asia. To me, the best partners, in descending order, are Suzuki, Mazda and Hyundai.... Read More »

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

FCA may find perfect partner is from Asia

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

Sergio Marchionne wants a dance partner for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The financial media keep trying to fix him up with Volkswagen, but I think Marchionne has his eye on a mate in Asia. To me, the best partners, in descending order, are Suzuki, Mazda and Hyundai.... Read More »

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Dealer profits riding on Wrangler decision

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

FCA's ultimate decision on Wrangler is likely to have an outsized impact on every dealership in the nation that sells Jeeps.... Read More »

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BLOG: Why March 30-31 might be the greatest two days of deals at FCA dealerships

3:52 pm U.S. ET | March 20, 2015

Monday and Tuesday, March 30-31, probably will be the most advantageous days of the foreseeable future for US consumers to buy a new Fiat Chrysler vehicle. Why? Because of the "Iron Man" sales streak.... Read More »

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BLOG: There is a ton of dealer profit riding on FCA's Wrangler decision

1:58 pm U.S. ET | March 18, 2015

Deep in the bowels of Fiat Chrysler headquarters in Auburn Hills -- or Turin, or London -- the automaker's brain trust is making its final call about what to do with the Wrangler plant in Toledo, Ohio.... Read More »

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