Chrysler

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....
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Ford abandons practice of removing items to boost heavy-duty pickup payload ratings

9:35 am U.S. ET | Sept. 2, 2014
Ford said it will abandon its practice of stripping removable items from its heavy-duty pickups to boost their payload ratings and will join competitors in using base curb weights. The automaker also said today that it will state the maximum towing rating for the 2015 F-450 using the industry's SAE J2807 towing standard....
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China targeting auto industry, other foreign companies unfairly, U.S. group says

6:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 2, 2014
China is targeting foreign companies -- including automakers and suppliers -- with opaque laws and rules, according to a group representing U.S. businesses there, contributing to a deteriorating environment for investment in the nation....
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Dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Dealers featured this week include the Joseph family at Oliver C. Joseph Inc. (Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram) in Belleville, Ill.; Cary Shaffer of Shaffer Hyundai in Merrillville, Ind.; and Paul and Tom Barberino, owners of Barberino Nissan in Wallingford, Conn....
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Small commercial van to join Ram

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
In the next three years, Ram will add a small commercial van and improve the fuel economy and capabilities of its other vehicles....
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Dodge to re-engineer Dart, redesign Journey

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Dodge has become more narrowly defined as a performance brand, its lineup will be largely static until the second half of 2016....
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Chrysler brand to double lineup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Chrysler's ambitious expansion, which includes two plug-in hybrids, will help transform the brand into Chrysler Group's full-line Ford and Chevrolet fighter over the next five years....
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Fiat clears hurdle on path to Chrysler deal

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Fiat will spend less than the limit the carmaker set to buy shares from investors who opted to sell ahead of its merger with Chrysler Group, clearing a key hurdle before the deal can close....
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Chrysler shifts to Fiat platforms, adds mpg

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Fiat Chrysler's five U.S. brands -- Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Fiat -- will benefit from new, more efficient engines that are under development....
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Fiat Chrysler sees New York stock market debut on Oct. 13

8:52 am U.S. ET | Aug. 30, 2014
Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles aims to list shares in the newly merged carmaker in New York on Oct. 13, CEO Sergio Marchionne said on Saturday, adding that a decision on any capital increase would be made at the end of that month....
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Fiat clears Chrysler merger hurdle

Aug. 29, 2014 08:39 CET
Fiat will spend less than the limit the carmaker set to buy shares from investors who opted to sell ahead of its merger with Chrysler Group, clearing a key hurdle before the deal can close....
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Consumer Reports judges Ram 1500 EcoDiesel tops among half-ton pickups

11:44 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2014
Consumer Reports says the hot-selling Ram 1500 EcoDiesel outscored competitors from Ford, General Motors, Toyota and Nissan to claim the magazine's top spot among full-size light-duty pickups....
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Ram makes a power move in heated rivalry with Ford Super Duty

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
The rivalry between Ford's venerable F series and Chrysler's hard-charging Ram truck brand is heating up again. Chrysler today announced that it will offer a 2015 diesel-powered Ram Heavy Duty pickup with 865 pounds-feet of torque....
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New Ram chief's big job: Deliver on vans

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Robert Hegbloom, the new head of the Ram brand, will get a crash course in the van market next year....
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A loud roar of approval for the '15 Challenger SRT Hellcat

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
With its 707 hp and 650 pounds-feet of torque, the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is the most powerful production car ever to roll out of Detroit....
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1st brand with 30 mpg pickup wins, Hegbloom says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Engineers are not satisfied with the Ram 1500 Ecodiesel's 28 mpg EPA highway rating and are gunning for 30 -- and eventually higher....
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Chrysler's Ram pickup may stick with steel through 2020, report says

7:27 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Chrysler Group is planning an extensive facelift of its full-size Ram 1500 pickup in spring 2017, but has no firm plans to follow rivals GM and Ford in replacing steel body panels with aluminum until a complete redesign after 2020, industry sources told Reuters....
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Chrysler names Bigland to lead Alfa Romeo brand in N.A.

9:24 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Chrysler Group, rolling out sales of the Alfa Romeo 4C sports car in the United States, has picked Reid Bigland to lead the Italian sports car brand's return to North America. Bigland, 47, one of the rising stars at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, had been head of the company's fast-growing Ram brand. Robert Hegbloom, 50, director of Ram, will take over for Bigland, Chrysler said today in a statement....
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Chrysler purchasing chief faces tall order

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
So much for Tom Finelli's honeymoon phase as Chrysler Group's new purchasing chief for North America. The protégé of the late and highly respected Dan Knott has little time to win the trust of wary suppliers....
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Former automotive PR executive Mullins dies

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Moon Mullins, a former automotive public relations executive, died Aug. 1....
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Hell on wheels

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Dodge unveiled its 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat last week in time for the annual Detroit-area Woodward Dream Cruise....
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POWER PLAYERS

Carmakers, utilities team up so EV batteries can supply electric grid

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
As electric vehicles have gained popularity in some circles, so has the idea of using their batteries to stabilize the electric grid -- and paying the cars' owners for the help....
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Chrysler fills safety officer position

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Scott Kunselman, 51, who had been Chrysler's head of purchasing since 2012, was tapped to lead the company's new Office of Vehicle Safety and Regulatory Compliance....
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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....
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Ford, Chevy dangle new deals as U.S. sales, share lag

5:15 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2014
Ford and Chevrolet are getting a jump-start on summer clearance deals to spur sluggish U.S. sales and stem market-share losses. The two top-selling brands in the United States have launched Labor Day and summer promotions offering 0 percent financing for 72 months across wide swaths of their lineups. Chevy is sweetening the deal with 90 days of deferred payments on some of its most popular nameplates....
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