Product Planning

FCA tilts N.A. production plans to trucks, scales back Alfa ambitions

10:23 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2016

A revised business plan released today by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles moves its profit-heavy Jeep and Ram brands into the passing lane, while tapping the brakes on efforts to build a full line of Alfa Romeos from scratch by 2018....
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Buick eagerly awaits fresh product

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2015

Buick is finally about to get some fresh sheet metal to go along with that catchy advertising jingle....
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JAKE LINGEMAN

BLOG: Jeep preps special Wrangler, Grand Cherokee editions for L.A. auto show

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2015

There's no bad time or place to introduce a special-edition Jeep and FCA has two of them coming to the L.A. Auto Show....
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BMW plans to market fuel cell sedan after 2020

7:36 am U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2015

BMW says its first fuel cell vehicle would likely be a larger-sized sedan that would go on sale after 2020, when a hydrogen development partnership ends between the German luxury automaker and Toyota....
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Mazda expects delays to U.S. diesel car launch after VW violations

7:48 am U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2015

Mazda expects delays to the launch of diesel-powered cars in the United States in the wake of Volkswagen's emissions violations, but it remains committed to a rollout, a senior executive said....
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GM commits to spend $8.3 billion, upgrade 12 U.S. plants under UAW pact

6:15 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2015

The UAW's tentative contract with GM includes a commitment to spend $1.9 billion more than what's already been pledged on upgrades to 12 U.S. plants, along with the union's first significant wage increases in a decade and an $8,000 signing bonus to persuade workers to support the package....
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Google: No plans to become an automaker

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2015

Google does not intend to become a vehicle manufacturer, the company's managing director for Germany, Austria and Switzerland said on Tuesday at the Frankfurt auto show....
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Audi product blitz will usher in new styling, tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 7, 2015

Audi will continue its crossover and technology offensive for the foreseeable future while rolling out a new design language to its entire lineup by the end of the decade....
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Platform shift drives product plans at VW brands

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 7, 2015

The next wave of products from Germany's Volkswagen AG will bring new styling, technology and powertrain choices to the group's top three U.S. brands, and usher in a host of variants made possible by a shift to a new family of flexible global platforms....
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Crossovers, derivatives fill VW pipeline

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 7, 2015

Volkswagen may be late to the crossover party, but it intends to make a grand entrance in 2017....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Is there room under the Blue Oval for Ranger, Bronco and Troller in U.S.?

11:15 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

Ever since Ford dropped the midsize Ranger pickup in late 2011, the company has been pestered regularly and repeatedly about replacing it....
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Grand Wagoneer will boost Jeep lineup; Wrangler decision will direct pickup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

Jeep is working on a Wrangler-based pickup, but it's not a done deal. In 2019, the three-row Grand Wagoneer luxury SUV is due. Both the Wrangler and Compass are being redesigned, while the Grand Cherokee's redesign has been delayed a year. Goodbye, Patriot....
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Fuel economy, Jeep are FCA's drivers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

FCA's future product plan centers on offering eight-speed rear-wheel-drive and nine-speed front-wheel-drive automatic gearboxes, as well as expanding the Jeep brand....
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Dodge to roll out 'Cuda droptop

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

Dodge will directly benefit from Fiat Chrysler's massive effort to revive Alfa Romeo. The American brand will use an Alfa rear-wheel-drive platform for the next-generation Charger and Challenger....
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Minivan variant starts Chrysler expansion

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

The Chrysler brand will add a compact sedan and two crossovers, along with hybrid versions of its largest vehicles. The expansion will help the brand fulfill its mission to go head to head with Ford and Chevrolet....
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Fiat convertible will fill lineup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

Fiat will have four vehicles in its U.S. lineup: a minicar, four-door hatchback, crossover and convertible....
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Big Alfa investment begins launching models

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

No brand in the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles portfolio is getting more attention - or investment - in the next four years than Alfa Romeo. In late June, the brand previewed the first product from its “skunk works” engineering project, the Giulia, which will arrive in the U.S. in late 2016. New vehicles are planned in six-month intervals after that debut until the brand's eight-vehicle lineup is filled by 2019....
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Ram mulls Ford Transit fighter

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

Ram is studying whether to add a heavy-duty commercial van to its lineup. The brand may bring a version of the Iveco Daily to North America to fill out the upper end of its commercial van lineup. The Daily features optional all-wheel drive....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: How to solve global emissions rift, without dealing in reality

11:30 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2015

A single, global standard for emissions would be ideal, and can't be overstated enough, because the auto industry is burning precious capital at what may turn out to be an unsustainable rate....
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Ford enjoying product-blitz payoff

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

After two of its biggest new-vehicle launch years in history, Ford Motor Co. will slow things down a bit while it enjoys the payoff....
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More aluminum and more power

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

The Ford brand will get a new, aluminum-bodied Super Duty and several high-performance cars in the coming year. Most of its lineup has been recently updated, and another significant round of redesigns is expected just before the end of the decade....
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Lincoln splitting with split-wing grille

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

Lincoln is shifting away from two polarizing features: alphanumeric names and the split-wing grille. By the time the Continental arrives in mid-2016, the MKT will be the only vehicle that's more than about two years old....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: The race to find the perfect aluminum alloy

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

Novelis is working on lighter, stronger aluminum and sees welding as the future of joining the metal....
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Smart sticks with single nameplate

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

The Smart microcar will continue to be a niche product in the U.S. with annual sales of about 10,000. Management has chosen to sell only one car here - the miniscule ForTwo and not the four-seat ForFour....
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M-B will grow, from compacts to Maybach

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Mercedes-Benz continues to add rapidly to its model range with coupelike crossovers and the high-end Mercedes-Maybach subbrand. And it is even considering a pickup for the U.S....
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