Larry P. Vellequette

Replacing the Wrangler is a puzzler

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
The Wrangler -- Jeep's own mud-encrusted halo -- is being redesigned for 2017, when it must comply with more stringent fuel economy requirements....
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Jeep aims to boost future Wrangler's fuel economy

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 5, 2014
Chrysler Group engineers are striving to improve the Wrangler's fuel economy with lightweight materials, more gears and perhaps a smaller engine....
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Skyrocketing Jeep in the right place at the right time

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2014
Blake Helfman could tell that May was going to be a killer month for Jeep at his Houston dealership when customers started putting their names on SUVs that were still on the delivery truck on his lot....
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Marchionne's take on aluminum? Ram not an option

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 12, 2014
Marchionne says Chrysler will be watching Ford's rollout of its aluminum 2015 F-150 very closely to gauge market acceptance....
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Fiat reaches deal to start making Jeeps in China in 2015

April 19, 2014 18:29 CET
Fiat plans to begin making Jeeps in China, the brand's second-largest market, by late 2015 after reaching an agreement with local partner Guangzhou Automobile. Fiat will produce three new Jeep vehicles in the southern city of Guangzhou....
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Wrangler to the max

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
The Jeep Wrangler Maximum Performance is one of six customized off-roaders that Jeep and Mopar are taking to the annual Easter Jeep Safari from Saturday, April 12, through Sunday, April 20, in Moab, Utah....
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Jeep's 6 Moab customs feature more available parts than previous concepts

3:14 pm U.S. ET | April 10, 2014
Chrysler Group’s Jeep and Mopar brands have customized six concept vehicles, including two 2014 Jeep Cherokees, for this year’s Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah....
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The boss breaks the rules on product secrets

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 24, 2014
Sergio Marchionne sometimes bends the rules a little....
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Chrysler to add as many as 1,000 part-time workers at Toledo Jeep complex

12:25 pm U.S. ET | March 11, 2014
Chrysler Group plans to hire as many as 1,000 part-time workers at its Toledo Jeep complex to relieve the schedules of full-time employees amid strong demand for the Wrangler and new Cherokee....
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Baby Jeep hits the road in Italy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2014
Heavily disguised units of Jeep's first subcompact SUV that were spotted here recently suggest a baby brother to the four-door Wrangler Unlimited....
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Marchionne's shooting for a million Jeeps in '14; Cherokee is the key

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2014
Chrysler-Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne has set an ambitious global sales goal for Jeep in 2014 of 1 million vehicles -- a 37 percent increase from last year....
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Jeep will put next Wrangler on a diet

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2014
To save fuel, the next-generation Jeep Wrangler -- up for internal approval this quarter -- must be lighter and have more powertrain options, Chrysler executives said. Facing ever-tightening fleet fuel economy standards, Jeep has no choice but to alter the off-roader, brand head Mike Manley said last week at the Detroit auto show....
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Next Wrangler to shed pounds, add powertrain options, CEO says

2:13 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2014
Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said the next-generation Jeep Wrangler must be lighter and have more powertrain options to improve fuel economy....
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Chinese authorities urge Fiat to investigate Jeep Wrangler fire risk

Jan. 6, 2014 08:34 CET
Chinese authorities have urged Fiat's Chrysler Group to investigate its Jeep Wrangler, saying the SUV had a "relatively high risk" of catching fire....
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Jeep Wrangler fire-risk investigation ordered by China

6:58 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2014
China ordered Chrysler Group to investigate its Jeep Wrangler, saying the SUV had a “relatively high risk” of catching fire and warned owners not to drive the vehicle under extreme conditions....
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Will lighter Wrangler lose its tough solid axle?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 26, 2013
These days, Chrysler can't build Jeep Wranglers fast enough to satisfy demand. But the off-roader hasn't been redesigned since 2006, and stricter fuel economy standards threaten what many Wrangler fans love most about their compact SUV: solid axles. Jeep brand boss Mike Manley is making no guarantees that the redesigned Wrangler, scheduled for 2016, will stick with that setup....
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Jeep pushes to increase in-house accessory sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2013
DETROIT -- With each new Jeep Wrangler it sells, Chrysler Group feeds a multibillion-dollar industry selling aftermarket parts and accessories....
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