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Jeep Cherokee gets new engine, nip and tuck for 2019

Jeep's midsize SUV, the Cherokee, gets a new turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 engine, a new face and a number of fixes as part of an extensive freshening for the 2019 model year.

2019 Ram 1500 gets big screen, reclining seats

The redesigned 2019 Ram 1500 pickup -- wholly changed and sporting sophisticated technology once reserved for luxury sedans -- is the result of that all-in commitment to the automaker's top-selling vehicle.

FCA could be net cash positive by June, Marchionne says

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles could, by June, finally join other major automakers that have more cash on hand than debt on their books, while the company's next CEO won't be revealed until late this year.

FCA could be net cash positive by June, Marchionne says

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles could, by June, finally join other major automakers that have more cash on hand than debt on their books, while the company's next CEO won't be revealed until late this year.

FCA lavishes tech, safety gear on 2019 Ram pickup

The long list of engineering, safety, performance and functional improvements -- a bigger and quieter cabin, a stronger frame, more storage and improved fuel efficiency -- in the next Ram half-ton truck signal that FCA is...

2019 Jetta gets new styling, transmission

The redesigned 2019 Volkswagen Jetta will have much-improved driving dynamics, will be more fuel-efficient, and will be available with updated safety and infotainment technology compared to the outgoing model.

FCA lavishes tech, safety gear on 2019 Ram pickup

The long list of engineering, safety, performance and functional improvements -- a bigger and quieter cabin, a stronger frame, more storage and improved fuel efficiency -- in the next Ram half-ton truck signal that FCA is...

Demand cools for once-hot cars at auctions

It's easy to see why wholesale prices for used midsize sedans are declining: aggressively priced, subvented leases adopted two and three years ago to clear out the cars as consumer preferences shifted to crossovers and SUVs...

2018 opens with lower car stocks

Automakers and dealers began the new calendar year with lower levels of unsold cars and larger numbers of unsold trucks — in other words, in a better position than they were a year ago.

VW's 2019 Jetta gets bigger on new platform

VW's redesigned 2019 Jetta sedan, the brand's top seller in the U.S.

VW's 2019 Jetta gets bigger on new platform

VW's redesigned 2019 Jetta sedan will be larger with improved driving dynamics while receiving an injection of safety and infotainment technology as it moves to the company's global MQB platform.

VW rolls out Passat GT to juice sedan interest

Volkswagen will produce a limited run of a U.S.-made Passat GT this year, in part as a way to juice interest as the sedan prepares for a redesign in 2019.

VW taps U.K. Skoda exec to lead U.S. sales

Volkswagen of America has tapped an executive from its sibling Skoda brand in the United Kingdom to take over sales operations for the VW brand in the U.S.

Why VW sliced its Tiguan prices

With new independence granted from headquarters in Wolfsburg, VW's North America CEO, Hinrich Woebcken, believes the key to success is to put the "Volks" back in Volkswagen.

Volkswagen brand's U.S. sales chief Ron Stach is out

Ron Stach, who has headed U.S. sales for the VW brand for nearly two years, has left the automaker effective Jan. 4, a spokeswoman confirmed. A reason for the departure was unavailable.

VW cuts price of 3-row Tiguan in conquest move

VW is lowering the price of the new three-row Tiguan by $600 to $2,180, depending on the trim level, to better "conquest customers" in the highly competitive compact crossover market.

VW: A 19% Dec. freeze; Audi extends streak

UPDATED: 1/3/18 7:39 pm ET - adds U.S. market share data

Volkswagen's U.S. sales fell 19 percent in December to 30,281 while Audi extended its industry-best streak of year-over-year monthly sales increases to 98 months.

FCA: Another dip amid flee from fleets

UPDATED: 1/3/18 7:26 pm ET - adds U.S. market share data

FCA US extended its losing streak to a 16th consecutive month in December as sales fell 11 percent to 171,946 vehicles. Just 12 percent of FCA's deliveries went to fleets.

Detroit's fierce pickup rivalry gets fiercer

Competition in the pickup sector will be raised a notch in 2018 as Ford, General Motors and FCA US pursue new strategies for their trucks.

VW to expand Atlas, Tiguan offerings by adding 2-row versions

Volkswagen plans to add two-row versions of its two new three-row crossovers.

The cloudy demographic future for collectible cars

Do the next generations really want to inherit all those collectible cars from their baby boomer parents? Auction prices offer a hint.

Jeep freshens Cherokee for 2019

FCA US lifted the cover off the freshened 2019 Jeep Cherokee, showing a new front fascia that keeps the previous version's daytime LED running light strip but changes the light stack to give the SUV a less polarizing...

VW Jetta gets new look, platform in quest to win sedan shoppers

UPDATED: 12/13/17 1:45 pm ET - adds year of debut

VW believes that much-improved driving dynamics, more technology and a more fuel-efficient gasoline powertrain in a redesigned Jetta that is moving onto the brand's global MQB platform will draw sedan customers to U.S.

VW Jetta gets new look, platform in quest to win sedan shoppers

UPDATED: 12/13/17 1:49 pm ET - adds year of U.S. debut

VW believes much-improved driving dynamics, more technology and a more fuel-efficient gasoline powertrain in a redesigned Jetta built on the brand's global MQB platform will draw sedan buyers to Canadian and U.S. showrooms.

Tennessee plant may be VW's EV factory

By building EVs at its plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., Volkswagen is hoping to get a better return on its billion-dollar investment in the facility.

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