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Recent authored articles

Has the Jeep Grand Wagoneer missed its moment?

FCA dealers worry that rising interest rates and fuel prices mean the overdue Jeep Grand Wagoneer luxury SUV may have missed the industry's SUV love affair.

Analyst: Industry's 'Goldilocks' period is ending; here come the bears

Enjoy them now. The good times in the auto industry are ending, a top industry analyst said Thursday.

Why VW should share its skateboard and change the world

Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess has plenty on his plate, but he should consider these three words: Share the skateboard.

Why VW should share its skateboard and change the world

Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess has plenty on his plate, but he should consider these three words: Share the skateboard.

2019 Ram launch slows to a trickle

Delayed EPA approval for key versions of Ram's redesigned 1500 may spoil a plan to flood the market with old and new pickups and possibly overtake the Chevrolet Silverado in sales this year.

Strong May sales flatten inventory

Strong sales in May flattened out industrywide inventory levels by June 1.

Audi Q8 debuts with plans for autonomous parking system

UPDATED: 6/6/18 9:25 am ET - corrected

Audi introduced the production version of its new crossover, the Audi Q8, during a brand summit in Shenzen, China, featuring a suite of new technology features, with plans for an autonomous parking system.

Sergio's survival guide

As fragile as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has appeared to be in recent years, on Friday the company laid out a determined and doable strategy for the post-Sergio Marchionne era.

FCA's plan: Fresh products in hot segments

If FCA's five-year forecast comes to pass, dealers will get products including a new three-row Jeep Grand Cherokee, a midsize Ram pickup, several new or updated Alfa Romeos, a Tesla-fighting Maserati coupe and a midsize...

Jeep's revamped Wrangler gets its own accessory line

The redesigned 2018 JL Wrangler comes with a full line of more than 200 factory-built accessories, in hopes dealerships can capture more of that market.

Chrysler, Fiat, Dodge missing from schedule for FCA's 5-year briefing

UPDATED: 5/31/18 5:41 pm ET-- adds FCA spokesperson comment

Fiat Chrysler will not present a future plan for its eponymous Fiat and Chrysler brands, as well as Dodge and Lancia -- placing those storied but troubled mass-market brands' futures in question -- according to a schedule of...

Waymo buys up to 62,000 Chrysler minivans to expand self-driving fleet

UPDATED: 5/31/18 4:15 pm ET - adds stock close

Google affiliate Waymo will purchase up to 62,000 additional Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans from FCA US starting later this year to begin a national expansion of the company's public driverless ride-hailing fleet.

Waymo buys up to 62,000 Chrysler minivans to expand self-driving fleet

Google affiliate Waymo will purchase up to 62,000 additional Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans from FCA US starting later this year to begin a national expansion of the company's public driverless ride-hailing fleet.

Is Sergio plotting to have a starved Chrysler whacked? Looks like it to me

The Chrysler brand isn't weak because consumers abandoned it. It's weak because FCA did.

FCA crackdown targets misuse of worker discounts

FCA US is altering its employee/retiree discount plan to curb the practice of selling or giving away vehicle discounts to people who are not immediate family members.

$1 billion in payouts for supplier price-fixing

As the largest price-fixing case in U.S. history winds down, one thing is clear: Auto suppliers that conspired with competitors to rig their bids are paying a hefty price.

Inventories creep up as summer approaches

Total inventory was up on May 1, but the industrywide days supply retreated slightly from a year ago thanks to a strong selling rate.

Audi to skip 2019 Detroit auto show, joining BMW, Benz

UPDATED: 5/10/18 5:17 pm ET - adds details

In dropping out of the 2019 Detroit auto show, Audi said it will continue to evaluate auto shows case by case, relative "to the timing of our product introductions and the value the show brings from a media and consumer...

U.S. market settles into a comfort zone

While the overall light-vehicle market may look relatively stable, some underlying currents may be conspiring to bring the party to an end.

VW's Winterkorn knew for months, indictment says

A Justice Department indictment alleges former VW Group CEO Winterkorn tried to cover up efforts to cheat diesel emissions testing for months before the scandal broke.

What remains of Daimler in FCA's products?

You thought DaimlerChrysler was dead? The vehicles on FCA US dealer lots today, more than a decade after the merger's unceremonious demise, say otherwise.

Tom Stallkamp discovered that blending cultures would not be easy

Former Chrysler President Tom Stallkamp was a firsthand witness to the 1998 grouping of Daimler-Benz and Chrysler — and was the first victim of the "merger of equals."

Former VW CEO Martin Winterkorn indicted in Michigan

UPDATED: 5/3/18 9:09 pm ET - adds details, reactions

Former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn was charged in federal court in Detroit with conspiring to mislead regulators about the German automaker's diesel emissions cheating.

VW's Electrify America subsidiary replaces McNabb as CEO

VW of America has cut the cord with its former head of sales in the United States, who's been laying the groundwork for more than $2 billion of planned electrical charging infrastructure.

FCA: Jeep, Dodge rise while Ram, Chrysler, Fiat slide

Sales at FCA US climbed 4.5 percent in April to 184,149 on the strength of a 20 percent gain at Jeep. The company's fleet mix was 22 percent for the month, up from 17 percent a year ago, while retail sales fell 1 percent.


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