Jeep

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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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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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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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: Why Jeep executives might be praying for more snow days

1:48 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015

For most of its life, Jeep has been at best an under-developed niche brand, relegated to an automotive sales backwater by a series of owners who always suspected it had sales potential -- they just couldn't figure out how to properly exploit it....
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Fiat Chrysler's 7% global sales growth outpaces biggest peers

4:09 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015

U.S. car buyers' thirst for Ram trucks and Jeep SUVs sent Fiat Chrysler's sales up faster than those of the biggest three carmakers last year, an early positive sign for CEO Sergio Marchionne's ambitious five-year growth plan....
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LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Farewell to an auto PR legend

8:17 am U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2015

Nothing was impossible for automotive PR man Tom Kowaleski -- even literally crashing into an auto show....
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LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Farewell to an auto PR legend

8:17 am U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2015

Nothing was impossible for automotive PR man Tom Kowaleski even literally crashing into an auto show....
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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: Why Marchionne's Wrangler conundrum will require creativity

12:22 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015

I truly believe that FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne would prefer to write a big check and keep the next generation Jeep Wrangler in its historic home in Toledo, Ohio. The problem? There's not much wiggle room right now in the corporate checking account....
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BRUCE GAIN

BLOG: Jeep uses Paris boat show to gain traction

6:34 am U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2015

Jeep hopes its role as a marketing partner at the Nautic in Paris, one of Europe's biggest boat shows, will help it get a leg up in the fast-growing small SUV market. The U.S. off-road brand says it is considering partnering with the event this year after gaining “positive feedback” at last year's show in December....
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Jeep Cherokee catches fire 2 days after purchase; NHTSA opens probe

11:06 am U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2015

A 2015 Jeep Cherokee that erupted in flames two days after purchase has prompted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to investigate whether a defect exists in 50,415 of the SUVs....
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Marchionne says industry may have over-reacted on recalls

12:11 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne today said incentive spending in the United States is not excessive and that the industry may have over-reacted on recalls....
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Fiat-Chrysler sees 1,500 new jobs at Italian plant

Jan. 12, 2015 15:19 CET

Fiat-Chrysler expects to add 1,500 new jobs at its Melfi plant in Italy in response to the success of its new Jeep Renegade and Fiat 500X models. A temporary layoff scheme will also end, allowing 5,418 employees to return to work....
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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

A million Jeep sales means hard choices

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015

Hitting the 1 million mark -- which you have to pronounce one meeell-yon -- blasted Jeep's previous record of 731,565 set the previous year....
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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: A million Jeeps in 2014 means Marchionne has some hard choices to make

11:26 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2015

One million. That big, round, Doctor Evil-loving, base-ten global sales number has blasted any remaining doubt that 2014 was the Jeep brand's year of the century....
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DECEMBER U.S. AUTO SALES

FCA, GM, Toyota, Subaru drive market to 11% gain

6:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015

Led by double-digit sales increases at Fiat Chrysler, GM, Hyundai-Kia, Toyota and Subaru, the auto industry closed out a stellar 2014 with a blockbuster December as consumers took advantage of year-end deals, lower fuel prices and an improving economy. Light-vehicle sales rose 11 percent in December -- slightly above forecasts -- and 6 percent to 16.53 million for the year. The annualized pace of sales hit 16.92 million units, the third-fastest sales rate of the year....
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FCA rides truck wave to advance 20% in December

12:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015

Record Jeep and Ram sales pushed FCA US up 20 percent last month to its best December sales since 2004....
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13 sales records, but that's no record

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015

There are lots of ways to gauge really good years in the auto industry, but here's one of the best: how many brands set sales records....
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U.S. sales forecast to rise 10% in Dec. on deals, falling gas prices

11:45 am U.S. ET | Dec. 31, 2014

Forecasters say U.S. new-vehicle sales likely jumped 10 percent in December, bringing the total for 2014 to 16.5 million, beating even the most optimistic projections from early in the year. The month was filled with good reasons for consumers to buy a new car or truck: big discounts, very little snow and gasoline prices falling like a rock....
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Next Pennsylvania gov not quitting on blue Wrangler now

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014

Jeep has a history ferrying around heads of state. Some of the most iconic shots of Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower were taken while they were sitting in Jeeps. So it didn't seem too strange when Democrat Tom Wolf crisscrossed Pennsylvania in his 2006 blue Jeep Wrangler as he campaigned to become governor....
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Toledo's 500,000th Jeep due this week

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 14, 2014

Workers at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Toledo Assembly Complex are expected to stop their lines for a few minutes late this week to acknowledge something they've never done before: build over 500,000 Jeeps in one year....
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Jeep drives 25% of U.S. sales gains

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014

Jeep's big year has helped Fiat Chrysler grow at four times the pace of the rest of the industry, gaining momentum as the U.S. market shows signs of starting to plateau....
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NOVEMBER U.S. AUTO SALES

Light trucks, holiday discounts drive volume up 5%

8:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2014

Spurred by a 20 percent gain at Chrysler Group and aided by Black Friday discounts and light-truck demand, U.S. light-vehicle sales jumped 5 percent last month, pushing the annualized pace of deliveries above 17 million for the second time this year. The seasonally adjusted annual rate of 17.2 million fell shy of August's 17.5 million. But it showed that demand remains robust as the industry winds up its fifth year of recovery since the recession....
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Chrysler volume jumps 20% as 11 of 21 models set records

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2014

Chrysler Group set monthly or all-time records for 11 of its 21 vehicles, pushing its U.S. sales up 20 percent in November, with strong increases from Ram, Chrysler and Jeep....
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Longing for the days of Hummer?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014

Cheap gasoline, Jeep's rise and surging demand for pricey SUVs have some Hummer dealers and loyalists thinking about what might have been, and have rekindled talk about a new Wrangler fighter from GM....
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Fiat Chrysler deepens China partnership to help Jeep

Nov. 29, 2014 06:15 CET

Fiat Chrysler and Guangzhou Automobile will form a separate China venture to integrate sales and marketing for the Fiat, Chrysler and Jeep brands. The move will help pave the way for local Jeep production in China, according to Guangzhou....
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