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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....
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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....
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Fiat Chrysler stock surge fails to win over skeptical analysts

8:26 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2015
Buoyed by plans to spin off Ferrari, Fiat Chrysler boss Sergio Marchionne has supplanted Tesla Motors' Elon Musk as the CEO with the car industry's best-performing stock. Analyst skepticism is as high as the share price....
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Fiat Chrysler launches millennial marketing push for Jeep Renegade

3:51 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015
The Jeep brand is going after millennials with a marketing push on TV and social media for the new Renegade subcompact SUV....
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Toledo mayor, a Jeep champion, dies following cardiac arrest

3:29 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2015
Toledo, Ohio, Mayor Michael Collins -- a leading champion to keep Jeep Wrangler production in the city -- died Friday. The first-term mayor had been stewarding the city's bid to keep production of the Jeep Wrangler at Fiat Chrysler's Toledo Assembly Complex....
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Fiat Chrysler's U.S. operating profits rise in Q4

11:30 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2015
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' US subsidiary reported its fourth-quarter earnings excluding special items rose 1.5 percent to $669 million. For the year, FCA US reported a 31 percent gain on the same basis to $2.4 billion, as continued sales growth offset one-time charges related to its merger a year earlier....
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JANUARY U.S. AUTO SALES

Automakers ride truck wave to 14% gain

8:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2015
U.S. light-vehicle sales rose 14 percent to 1.15 million in January, driven by low gasoline prices that fueled truck sales and signaled another year of growth for the industry. GM, Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Nissan, Toyota and Honda all posted gains of at least 12 percent, with General Motors' 18 percent advance leading the pack. Among smaller brands, Subaru carried its hot streak into the new year while demand for Volkswagens remained cool....
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Trucks propel Detroit 3 to gains in Canada; Toyota sets Jan. record

2:02 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2015
The top auto companies sold more vehicles in Canada last month than a year ago, according to industry data released on Tuesday, with Chrysler Canada leading the pack as the top-selling carmaker for January....
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Another fix for Jeep's troubled 9-speed

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
Fiat Chrysler executives say they are straightening out software problems with the automaker's nine-speed automatic transmission, but nagging issues persist. Consumer complaints about the 2014 Jeep Cherokee describe hard shifts, lunging, unexpected disengagement of the transmission or repeated illumination of malfunction lights....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE e-magazine for February

Feb. 2, 2015 06:01 CET
The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine is ready for you to view. This month's edition looks at Europe's big 2014 sales winners and explains why 2015 is off to a positive start....
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OBITUARY

Former Chrysler executive Joe James dead at 88

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
Former Chrysler executive Joe James died Dec. 17. He was 88....
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Q&A

Gardner: Compact segment key to mass-market success

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
Al Gardner, Chrysler brand head, spoke with Staff Reporter Larry P. Vellequette about how Chrysler will fill the market left by Dodge and find its own customers....
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Full speed ahead for aluminum

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
Aluminum company executives say the modest fuel economy gain posted by the aluminum-bodied 2015 Ford F-150 has not dented automakers' enthusiasm for the metal....
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Toledo mayor in critical condition following cardiac arrest

11:16 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2015
Toledo's mayor -- who is leading the city's efforts to keep the Jeep Wrangler in its historic home -- suffered cardiac arrest Sunday afternoon and was in critical condition at a local hospital, The Blade newspaper in Toledo is reporting....
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Fiat Chrysler to abandon sub-$25,000 minivans

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 31, 2015
Fiat Chrysler plans to abandon the bottom end of its minivan lineup next year as the redesigned 2017 Chrysler Town & Country replaces the existing model and the Dodge Grand Caravan....
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Toyota, Honda, Fiat Chrysler must do 'follow up' recalls of 2.12 million vehicles

10:55 am U.S. ET | Jan. 31, 2015
Honda, Toyota and Fiat Chrysler will do "follow up" recalls of about 2.12 million vehicles with defective electronic control units that can cause airbags to inadvertently deploy, federal safety regulators said today. The recall affects about 1 million vehicles from Toyota, 374,177 from Honda and 753,176 from Fiat Chrysler....
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RICHARD TRUETT

Ford's new F-150 and Transit face tough scrutiny from pundits, competitors

1:16 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 30, 2015
Ford now has two risky new high-profile vehicles on sale -- the aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup and the new Euro-styled Transit cargo van -- so pundits and competitors naturally are looking for weaknesses. And they found a few this week....
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ANE's February e-magazine goes live Monday

Jan. 30, 2015 06:01 CET
The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, Feb. 2. This month's edition looks at Europe's big 2014 sales winners and explains why 2015 is off to a positive start....
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Marchionne has FCA on fast track to profit in Europe

Jan. 28, 2015 16:28 CET
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will be profitable in Europe a year earlier than expected, CEO Sergio Marchionne said. Previously, Marchionne said the automaker's regional operations in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) would break even this year and turn a profit in 2016....
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RICHARD TRUETT

Can Dodge rebuild Pontiac excitement?

11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2015
General Motors has no plans to revive Pontiac, Hummer and Saturn, CEO Mary Barra says. So where do longtime Pontiac and Hummer buyers go if they are in the market?...
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Renegade comes through, on-road and off

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
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 faithful as an affront to the brand's off-road heritage. The new Renegade SUV fixes those brand sins with a powertrain that is peppy but, Jeep says, still achieves in excess of 30 mpg on the highway. And the vehicle is rugged enough off-road to wear the brand's Trail Rated badge....
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DAVE VERSICAL

North of U.S. border, big dealer groups emerge on 2 fronts

11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
The United States generates far more new-vehicle sales than its northern neighbor, but Canada is looking more like America in one area: Dealer groups are getting bigger....
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Entry-level Jeep Renegade should boost brand in subcompact market

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
The Renegade subcompact SUV is Jeep's latest attempt at an entry-level vehicle. With prices starting at $18,990, including shipping, the first Italian-made Jeep should help the brand thrive in the competitive subcompact market....
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FCA projects 10% growth in U.S. retail sales for '15, extending streak

3:45 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
FCA US dealers were told to anticipate as much as 10 percent growth in their U.S. retail sales in 2015 as incremental deliveries from new vehicles such as the Jeep Renegade, Ram ProMaster City and Fiat 500X help extend the automaker's 57-month sales streak....
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BEST PRACTICES

Jeep history goes underground

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
Many dealers collect historic vehicles, and some even display vintage cars in their showrooms. But one dealership in Hamilton, Ontario, has found a way to make a World War II-era Willys MB Jeep the centerpiece of its showroom -- without sucking up valuable indoor display space....
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