Chrysler

FCA recalls 2,211 Hellcats after fuel leak discovered

10:29 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Fiat Chrysler is recalling its brand-new, top-end 2015 Dodge Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcats after a dealer discovered a fuel leak on a car being delivered from the factory. The recall affects 2,211 vehicles....
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FCA to fix coupling on Ram diesels

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Fiat Chrysler is replacing a potentially faulty exhaust coupling in the hot-selling Ram 1500 EcoDiesel pickup that can send diesel fumes into the cabin through the air conditioner. The coupling is between the engine's exhaust manifolds and the catalytic converter....
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Dodge dealers called out for 'unscrupulous' Hellcat sales practices by FCA exec

9:32 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 27, 2015
Fiat Chrysler has taken the unusual step of warning some of its most enthusiastic customers -- about some of its dealers. At issue is outsized consumer demand for the 2015 Dodge Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcats and dealer practices that the company says are “unscrupulous” and perhaps illegal....
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Fiat Chrysler recalling about 467,500 SUVs worldwide

10:03 am U.S. ET | Feb. 27, 2015
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said today it will recall about 467,500 SUVs globally in order to fix a fuel-pump issue that could cause engine stall. The automaker also said it is recalling some 2015 models of the Chrysler 200 for issues that may prevent vehicles from shifting into park....
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Jeep Cherokee grille remains polarizing

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
The Jeep Cherokee's front fascia was -- to say the least -- controversial when the first images of it leaked out in February 2013. In fact, Ralph Gilles, Fiat Chrysler's head of design, admitted that the design was "polarizing" on purpose. Turns out, Gilles was more accurate in his description than he knew....
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Next-gen Chrysler minivan will be taller, wider with a rotary shifter

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 22, 2015
The next-generation Chrysler Town & Country minivan will get a rotary shifter and other interior features common in Fiat Chrysler vehicles. The minivan also will be slightly taller and wider than the current version. The revelations come from spy photographers and supplier documents posted online....
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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Is an identity crisis the reason behind the Ram pickup's new styling?

12:14 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2015
It's been nearly two months since I got my first up-close looks at the Ram Rebel and Ram Laramie Limited. I'm not a fan of the styling of the two pickups' front fascias and tailgates, but I've developed a theory as to what motivated them....
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Chrysler brand head Gardner's duties will include dealer network

3:58 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2015
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has appointed current Chrysler brand head Al Gardner to replace Peter Grady as vice president of its dealer network when Grady retires at the end of March, the automaker said today....
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Longtime Chrysler exec George Butts dies at 91

11:27 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2015
Longtime Chrysler executive George Butts, who held positions in the product planning, stamping and quality divisions, died last week in Florida. He was 91....
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Weaker loonie no savior for Canada's ailing auto industry

9:06 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2015
A strong Canadian dollar has wounded the country's auto manufacturing sector over the last decade, but the currency's recent drop to a near six-year low is unlikely to spur a rush of new investment, senior industry executives say....
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Dealership pioneer Martin 'Hoot' McInerney dead at 86

10:11 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
Martin “Hoot” McInerney, a longtime Michigan car dealer and a pioneer in the dealership world, died Monday. He was 86....
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Ram not hot over scorching grille reviews

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
Hot design topic at the Chicago Auto Show: the grille on the Ram Laramie Limited. The critics did not hold back....
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WRANGLING SERGIO

Toledo hurries incentives to keep Jeep's iconic SUV

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is studying a proposal from Toledo officials to roughly double the size of its cobbled-together Jeep Wrangler line here to about 3 million square feet. The proposal would, in theory, raise the annual Wrangler production capacity to an estimated 350,000....
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CHICAGO AUTO SHOW

Ram revamps top-end Laramie Limited's look

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
Ram has given its top-end Laramie Limited pickup more chrome and a distinct new grille....
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Supplies soar in January -- as usual

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
U.S. stocks of light vehicles increased during January, whether that was a little or a lot depends on how you measure....
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Q&A

'Beast' may be next for Ram commercial vans

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
Ram brand head Bob Hegbloom spoke to Staff Reporter Larry P. Vellequette in January about commercial vans and what they mean for dealers....
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What the Jeep Wrangler means to Toledo

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
Reporter Larry Vellequette, born and bred in Toledo, explains why the Jeep Wrangler is so important to the city....
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Next-gen Wrangler will keep solid axles

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 15, 2015
The next-generation Jeep Wrangler will keep the floating solid axles considered key to the off-roader's ability to traverse nearly any terrain, Automotive News has learned....
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CHARLES CHILD

Resist the temptation, Apple: Cars are a tricky proposition

9:13 am U.S. ET | Feb. 14, 2015
So if media reports are true, Apple wants to join Google in the car business. Apple, please resist -- for your own good....
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Ram revamps top-end Laramie Limited's styling

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2015
Ram is restyling the top end of its pickup lineup with more chrome and a distinct new grille. Designers reworked the Laramie Limited trim's tailgate, front fascia and crosshair grille that were left over from when Ram vehicles were part of Dodge....
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Fiat Chrysler stock surge fails to win over skeptical analysts

8:26 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2015
Buoyed by plans to spin off Ferrari, Fiat Chrysler boss Sergio Marchionne has supplanted Tesla Motors' Elon Musk as the CEO with the car industry's best-performing stock. Analyst skepticism is as high as the share price....
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Fiat Chrysler launches millennial marketing push for Jeep Renegade

3:51 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015
The Jeep brand is going after millennials with a marketing push on TV and social media for the new Renegade subcompact SUV....
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Toledo mayor, a Jeep champion, dies following cardiac arrest

3:29 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2015
Toledo, Ohio, Mayor Michael Collins -- a leading champion to keep Jeep Wrangler production in the city -- died Friday. The first-term mayor had been stewarding the city's bid to keep production of the Jeep Wrangler at Fiat Chrysler's Toledo Assembly Complex....
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Fiat Chrysler's U.S. operating profits rise in Q4

11:30 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2015
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' US subsidiary reported its fourth-quarter earnings excluding special items rose 1.5 percent to $669 million. For the year, FCA US reported a 31 percent gain on the same basis to $2.4 billion, as continued sales growth offset one-time charges related to its merger a year earlier....
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JANUARY U.S. AUTO SALES

Automakers ride truck wave to 14% gain

8:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2015
U.S. light-vehicle sales rose 14 percent to 1.15 million in January, driven by low gasoline prices that fueled truck sales and signaled another year of growth for the industry. GM, Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Nissan, Toyota and Honda all posted gains of at least 12 percent, with General Motors' 18 percent advance leading the pack. Among smaller brands, Subaru carried its hot streak into the new year while demand for Volkswagens remained cool....
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