Larry P. Vellequette

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Dodge Barracuda convertible, next-gen Charger among surprises for FCA dealers in Las Vegas

10:14 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26
Fiat Chrysler dealers meeting in Las Vegas on Tuesday were wowed by a parade of new products coming to their dealerships, including a Dodge Barracuda convertible and a sw ...

Will another Fiat Chrysler star, or two, bow in Vegas?

11:30 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25
For the third time in six years, Fiat Chrysler dealers are gathering -- in private and without cellphones or cameras -- to get their first glimpses of the vehicles they s ...

Amid sales decline, Dodge boss sees a plan coming together

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 22
With Dodge's U.S. sales off 16 percent this year in a rising overall market, you could argue brand chief Tim Kuniskis should be worried. ...

Jeep to serve as popemobile when pontiff visits U.S.

6:59 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 20
Pope Francis will use a modified Jeep Wrangler as his popemobile when he visits the United States in late September. ...

FCA takes guesswork out of dealers' weighty decisions

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 16
Fiat Chrysler is introducing an online analyzer that allows dealers to forecast potential returns from expanding their service operations. ...

FCA swaps cudgel for counsel

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 9
Exactly one year after Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne slammed suppliers for their double-digit profit margins, the company has adopted a more supplier-friendly appro ...

FCA will free purchasing staff from cost restraints to focus on quality

UPDATED: 8/6/15 12:37 pm ET - adds detail
Fiat Chrysler plans to no longer hold its purchasing staffers to individual cost-saving goals on parts. The goals had effectively tied the staffers' hands when suppliers ...

Fiat Chrysler U.S. posts second-quarter $598 million profit, down 3.4%

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5
Second-quarter earnings at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' U.S.-based subsidiary fell despite higher revenues and vehicle shipments. ...

FCA advances 6.2% as Jeep juggernaut rolls on

12:15 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3
Jeep’s 23 percent sales increase in July powered Fiat Chrysler to a 6.2 percent gain in the U.S. Deliveries at Chrysler and Ram were also up for the month, but Dodg ...

Ford, Ram adopt low-tech solution for tough IIHS test

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3
After releasing a split decision on the crash worthiness of the Ford F-150, the IIHS is continuing to crash test multiple versions of other automaker's pickups. Ram, mean ...

FCA profit surges on strong Jeep sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3
Strong sales in North America and flat Europe operations pushed Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' second-quarter profits up 69 percent to $364 million. ...

FCA's Q2 profit rises 69% on strong NAFTA sales

UPDATED: 7/30/15 11:24 am ET - adds Marchionne comments
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said its second-quarter net income rose 69 percent to 333 million euros ($364 million) on a strong performance in North America and record globa ...

New test shows disparities in Ford F-150 crash protection

UPDATED: 7/30/15 10:02 am ET - adds video
After a follow-up test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said Ford "shortchanges" some buyers of its redesigned 2015 F-150 pickups by equipping certain models w ...

Dodge cancels unfilled '15 Hellcat orders, doubles '16 output

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27
Dodge will more than double Hellcat Charger and Challenger production for 2016. But about 900 unfilled 2015 orders will be canceled. ...

Hack attack vs. FCA shows flaws with rush to connectivity

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27
By the time it was publicized last week that hackers managed to take over a Jeep Cherokee, Fiat Chrysler had posted an urgent security patch on its website and was scramb ...

Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.4 million vehicles to install anti-hacking software

UPDATED: 7/24/15 3:55 pm ET - adds reaction from lawmakers
Fiat Chrysler is recalling 1.4 million vehicles to close a software loophole that allowed hackers to remotely take control of a 2014 Jeep Cherokee. ...

Jeep hacking prompts FCA software update to enhance security

4:15 pm U.S. ET | July 21
Fiat Chrysler released a security patch after friendly hackers exposed a startling vulnerability in the company’s Uconnect infotainment system. ...

FCA consent order would be ‘a strong outcome,’ NHTSA chief says

4:15 pm U.S. ET | July 20
NHTSA chief Mark Rosekind says the agency is talking with Fiat Chrysler about a settlement to a dispute over the automaker’s handling of recalls, but hasn’t y ...

FCA expands training network for Mopar techs

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20
FCA plans to expand from 31 to at least 100 the number of post-secondary schools offering its Mopar warranty training for service technicians. ...

Ross Lundquist

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13
As the group's longtime general sales manager, nearly doubled F&I income in five years ...

What's driving the shift to crossovers

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13
Consumers no longer must choose between the fuel economy and comfortable ride of a sedan and the versatility and increased visibility of a crossover or SUV. ...

Seth Knighton

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13
Seth Knighton grew sales and revenues at Roberts Automotive Group. He also took customer satisfaction from worst-to-first in six months at its FCA dealership. ...

Uconnect changes for '16 include 'Do Not Disturb' function

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13
FCA is updating Uconnect for 2016 with new features, including Do Not DIsturb and a cutomizable drag and drop menu bar. ...

Chrysler sees midsize car incentive war

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 11
Shrinking sales in the 16-vehicle midsize car segment -- which includes the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Ford Fusion -- are forcing manufacturers into a profit-eroding inc ...

No, Bob Nardelli. Just no.

12:23 pm U.S. ET | July 7
In a column released this week on LinkedIn.com, former CEO Bob Nardelli takes credit for turning around Chrysler Corp. and guiding it back to where it is today. ...
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