Larry P. Vellequette

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FCA US recalls 3.3 million more vehicles with Takata airbag inflators
4:49 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 19
FCA US said today it will replace driver-side airbag inflators in as many as 3.3 million more older-model vehicles, in a capitulation to a demand by the National Highway ...

Chrysler and Fiat names dropped from corporate titles
8:20 am U.S. ET | Dec. 16 | UPDATED: 12/16/14 10:19 am ET - adds detail
Chrysler is Chrysler no more. ...

Tax deal sets up Chrysler to churn out more 8-speeds
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15
Chrysler Group plans to expand production of its eight-speed rear-wheel-drive transmissions by investing $266 million in its massive Kokomo, Ind., transmission complex. ...

Toledo's 500,000th Jeep due this week
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 14
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 don ...

Chrysler expands airbag recall tally following NHTSA criticism
6:31 am U.S. ET | Dec. 12 | UPDATED: 12/12/14 12:55 pm ET - new story
Chrysler Group has agreed to further expand its regional recall of older-model Dodge and Chrysler vehicles equipped with airbag inflators manufactured by Takata -- a week ...

Chrysler poised to invest $266M to expand 8-speed transmission production
11:35 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9
Chrysler Group plans to invest $266 million into its massive Kokomo Transmission complex in Indiana to expand production of its eight-speed rear-wheel-drive transmission. ...

Chrysler Pentastar V-6s to get turbos and direct injection, sources say
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8
Chrysler Group is improving its Pentastar family of V-6s, adding direct injection, turbocharging and other technology to enable smaller displacement engines to power its ...

Your favorite pickup -- with a woman's touch
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8
Pickup trucks are still seen as a stronghold of the industry's testosterone-laden, good-old-boy past. But now, women do pickups, too. Next month Becky Blanchard will take ...

Grady to retire as head of Chrysler dealer network, Maserati's N.A. unit
11:54 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5 | UPDATED: 12/5/14 3:43 pm ET - adds details, background
Peter Grady will retire as head of Chrysler Group's dealer network on March 31, and will step down as head of Maserati North America at the first of the year. ...

Chrysler expands airbag recall, but NHTSA calls it 'insufficient'
6:22 am U.S. ET | Dec. 4 | UPDATED: 12/4/14 3:38 pm ET - adds Mazda recall
Chrysler said it will expand its recall of about 149,000 pickup trucks to include passenger-side airbag inflators made by supplier Takata, but hours after the company mad ...

Chrysler and Ford expand regional airbag recalls
4:13 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 3 | UPDATED: 12/3/14 9:58 pm ET - adds NHTSA response
Chrysler Group says it will expand its recall of about 149,000 pickup trucks in 12 states and territories to include passenger-side airbag inflators, made by supplier Tak ...

Why Chrysler's November sales ought to make your jaw drop
3:53 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 3
Stunning. How else could you describe the breadth and depth of the remarkable sales wave that Chrysler's US dealerships experienced in November? ...

Chrysler volume jumps 20% as 11 of 21 models set records
12:45 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 2
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 J ...

Japanese execs from T.RAD, Mitsuba agree to plead guilty to price fixing
3:15 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 1
Two Japanese executives from different Japanese suppliers have each agreed to plead guilty to a charge of conspiring to fix the prices of auto parts sold to Honda, the U. ...

Chrysler will speed Takata airbag recall after heat from regulators
12:10 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 1
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is speeding its regional recall of vehicles with defective Takata airbag inflators after federal safety regulators castigated the automaker over ...

Chrysler sued for royalties by music industry
11:44 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1
A music industry association has sued Chrysler Group, alleging its customers might be rolling down the street with stolen tunes. ...

Marchionne is Fiat Chrysler's miracle worker
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1
Automotive News' 2014 Industry Leader of the Year is Sergio Marchionne, CEO, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. ...

Virtual reality adds lively dimension to auto shows
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1
The knock on auto shows has always been that, unless you're a gearhead or a consumer shopping for a new vehicle, cars on carpets can be a little boring. ...

'18 Wrangler to get 8-speed automatic
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24
The long-awaited Jeep Wrangler redesign planned for 2018 will come with an eight-speed automatic transmission that promises to dramatically improve the off-roader's fuel ...

Fiat takes on 'Fix It Again, Tony' in spot for the 500X
11:30 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24 | UPDATED: 11/24/14 2:44 pm ET - adds comment, gallery
Fiat global brand head Olivier Francois calls Tony “the elephant in the room.” And for more than five years, Fiat has tried to run away from him, even though ...

'15 Chrysler 300 gets electric steering, Wi-Fi
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24
The refreshed 2015 Chrysler 300 features a new front fascia, rotary shifter and Wi-Fi service. ...

Grand Cherokee, Durango plant will be idled for paint shop redo
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24
Chrysler Group will stop production of the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango for three weeks starting in December to upgrade the paint shop at the vehicles' assembly ...

500X will help Fiat in U.S. where it snows
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20
When the 2016 Fiat 500X crossover shows up in North American dealerships next year, it will give the brand its first all-wheel-drive offering for areas that get wintry we ...

Chrysler 300 refreshed with rotary shifter, updated front fascia
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19
Designers used a light touch to refresh the 2015 Chrysler 300, with a new front fascia and the addition of a rotary shifter as the biggest differences for what will be th ...

Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Durango output goes grayscale for a few months
5:29 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 17
Plans to upgrade a paint shop at a Chrysler Group factory in Detroit will leave the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango colorblind for a couple months. ...

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