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DAVID BARKHOLZ

BLOG: A prescient meeting with Al Iacobelli

4:17 pm U.S. ET | June 9, 2015

In 10 years of covering UAW negotiations for Automotive News, a face-to-face conversation I had with Al Iacobelli in 2011 stands above the rest....
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Fiat Chrysler labor chief Iacobelli retires as UAW talks loom

12:04 pm U.S. ET | June 9, 2015

On the verge of UAW negotiations, Fiat Chrysler said Al Iacobelli -- its head of North American employee relations -- is retiring and is being replaced with the HR head in Mexico. Iacobelli, 55, who has been a key driver of Chrysler's labor relations for more than a decade, “has announced his plans to retire from the company” effective immediately, FCA US said in a statement today....
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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: Lifting the curtain on the Jeep Grand Wagoneer

11:30 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2015

When it returns for the first time since 1991, the Jeep Grand Wagoneer will be a unibody vehicle, and not a body-on-frame, truck-based SUV like the Chevrolet Suburban or Cadillac Escalade....
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Ram prices 1500 Rebel trim at $43,985; Laramie Limited to start at $51,870

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2015

Ram says pricing for its freshened 2015 Ram 1500 Laramie Limited will start at $51,870, while pricing for the 2015 Ram Rebel, a new half-ton trim level, will begin at $43,985....
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A rousing start for small crossovers

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8, 2015

It isn't too big yet, but the emerging small crossover category is off to a good start....
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Q&A

FCA's Ralph Gilles on how a gamer car helps market SRT sub-brand to all ages

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 6, 2015

When video gamers are zooming along in the SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo virtual concept car this summer, they'll get a peek at the imaginations lurking within Fiat Chrysler's designers....
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MAY U.S. AUTO SALES

Sales sizzle, set May record on light truck surge

8:30 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

Light-vehicle sales -- fueled by robust demand for trucks, crossovers and SUVs -- rose 1.6 percent last month, setting a May record and bucking projections for a modest decline. FCA, Honda, GM, Kia and Subaru generated gains while Ford, Nissan, Toyota and Hyundai fell as the industry enjoyed the strongest pace of sales in nearly a decade....
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Can you handle a 2,500-plus hp SRT? Video game will let you try

5:45 pm U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

DETROIT -- Fiat Chrysler has joined the parade of video game concept cars with the hulkish SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo.
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FCA sales up 4%, back over 200,000 vehicles

12:45 pm U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

Brisk demand for Jeep and the Chrysler 200 pushed Fiat Chrysler sales up 4 percent in May. The automaker posted U.S. sales of 202,227, marking its 62nd consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains — and its first time over 200,000 vehicles since March 2007....
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Is Ssangyong coming to America ... with a Jeep Wrangler rival?

11:00 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

Korean automaker Ssangyong is planning a Jeep Wrangler rival as a launch vehicle for the U.S., Autocar reports. The report of a small SUV that will be high on style follows the debut of the Tivoli compact crossover in Europe, which is launching this year. Company sources told Autocar that there is enough spare capacity on the Tivoli production line for another derivative....
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Stored Jeeps, Fiats to head to dealers this week

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

The "software issue" that led FCA US to park hundreds of Jeep Renegades and, later, scores of Fiat 500X subcompact crossovers at a test track here involved only the identification numbers of the vehicles, said a source with direct knowledge of the issue....
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Fiat Chrysler reducing powertrain warranties to 60,000 miles for 2016 models

5:00 pm U.S. ET | May 27, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is reducing its powertrain warranty for the 2016 model year to five years or 60,000 miles from five years or 100,000 miles. The move follows a similar change in March by General Motors....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: With sports cars, hit reset (often) for success

11:00 am U.S. ET | May 26, 2015

Sporty cars won't live past one generation if car companies don't keep them fresh with new models and features. Constant investment or a slow, agonizing death....
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Chrysler awd minivan debate: Electrify axle or drop Stow 'n Go

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

Before it can offer another all-wheel-drive minivan, Fiat Chrysler must electrify the rear axle or give up its popular collapsing seats, says CEO Sergio Marchionne....
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Wrangler will still use steel, Sergio says

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

The next Jeep Wrangler won't follow the Ford F-150's lead with an aluminum body. Instead, the off-roader will keep its steel body structure but add aluminum doors, fenders and other parts. Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne says the costs of the body switch would have outweighed the benefits....
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Software issues hold back some Renegades

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

The 2016 Jeep Renegade is no track car. So why are hundreds and hundreds of Renegades lining a 2-mile-long oval test track here?...
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Detroit returns to Tokyo auto show with Jeep

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

For the first time in nearly a decade, a Detroit automaker will exhibit at the Tokyo Motor Show. Jeep - the best-selling U.S. brand in Japan - will return when doors open in October. The return of Jeep signals rekindled interest in the Japanese market and is a win for the beleaguered domestic show....
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Jeep leads Detroit's return to Tokyo Motor Show

6:25 am U.S. ET | May 22, 2015

For the first time in nearly a decade, a Detroit automaker will exhibit at the Tokyo Motor Show. Jeep -- the best-selling U.S. brand in Japan -- will return when doors open in October. The return of Jeep signals rekindled interest in the Japanese market and is a win for the beleaguered domestic show....
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Some Jeep Renegades being held for software issues

10:18 pm U.S. ET | May 19, 2015

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said some new Jeep Renegade subcompact crossovers are being withheld from dealers because of software problems....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: A new golden age for high performance

11:30 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2015

Forget the 1960s. Now is the golden age of performance....
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Mopar head Gorlier gets additional component role

2:16 pm U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

Pietro Gorlier, the head of Fiat Chrysler's global parts and service organization, has been named COO for components at the company....
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FCA cancels summer shutdown at several plants

2:57 pm U.S. ET | May 13, 2015

Several key Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plants will continue to operate all summer instead of shutting down for the customary two weeks for model and tooling changeovers....
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VINCE BOND JR.

BLOG: The evolution of the Hellcat logo

2:53 pm U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

The Hellcat was never meant to be a tame kitty.
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SELLING THE MUSCLE

How Dodge stoked viral flame for Hellcats

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 10, 2015

The 707-hp Hellcat trims of the Dodge Challenger and Charger sparked a viral flame on the Web after their unveilings last year. Dodge just stood back and let viral marketing magic do its work as the automaker steadily released morsels of information - showing just how powerful the Web can be for stirring up excitement well before any ads reach the airwaves....
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Q&A WITH OLIVIER FRANCOIS

Inside the mind of Fiat Chrysler's marketing boss

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 9, 2015

Olivier Francois, Fiat Chrysler's chief marketing officer, sat down with Automotive News staffers to discuss the Chrysler brand's evolving message and his views on ad agency competition....
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