Larry P. Vellequette

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Recent articles
'18 Wrangler to get 8-speed automatic, FCA filing shows
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 ...


'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. ...


Jeep history goes underground
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17
Many dealers collect historic vehicles, and some even display vintage cars in their showrooms. ...


Aisin Seiki to plead guilty, pay $35.8 million fine in U.S. antitrust probe
11:53 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13 | UPDATED: 11/13/14 1:11 pm ET - adds Aisin statement
Japanese auto parts giant Aisin Seiki has agreed to plead guilty and pay a $36 million criminal fine for its involvement in a conspiracy to allocate customers of variable ...


Ram prices ProMaster City at $24,125
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 12
Ram has released pricing and fuel economy ratings for the 2015 ProMaster City commercial van, scheduled to arrive in the United States early next year. ...


Chrysler expands Jeep trailer hitch recall outreach after low initial response
12:11 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 7
Chrysler Group will expand efforts to reach more owners of older Jeep Grand Cherokees and Libertys for a recall campaign after initial mailings drew in only 120,000 vehic ...


Chrysler Group Q3 profits rise 32% to $611 million on Jeep, Ram gains
10:38 am U.S. ET | Nov. 5 | UPDATED: 11/5/14 12:14 pm ET - adds Palmer comments
Chrysler Group today reported net income rose 32 percent in the third quarter from a year earlier to $611 million as strong sales of its Jeep and Ram lines bolstered prof ...


Looking for a new F&I product? Mull this
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 5
Consider this a free idea -- the kind that hopefully somebody out there takes and develops and uses to make a lot of money. ...


Sergio sends message with quick exits
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3
Last year, Chrysler quality chief Doug Betts praised boss Sergio Marchionne, saying the CEO's culture of accountability was just what the automaker needed. ...


Betts leaves Chrysler after another poor quality showing
9:39 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28 | UPDATED: 10/28/14 11:00 am ET -- adds background
Fiat Chrysler's quality chief has left the company, a day after the automaker ranked last in a closely watched scorecard on vehicle reliability in the United States. ...


Next-generation Wrangler will get an aluminum body
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27
It’s looking more and more like the next-generation Jeep Wrangler will have an aluminum body, keep its body-on-frame construction and remain built in Toledo, Ohio. ...


Hellcat, Scat Pack liven up lineup of 2015 Dodge Charger
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27
Dodge bumped the base sticker of the freshened 2015 Charger up $1,000 and added two high-performance trim levels of the large four-door car. ...


Chrysler video games bolster dealership sales staff training
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27
Chrysler Group is about to encourage dealership salespeople to play video games during downtime. The automaker has created four video games to help salespeople learn the ...


Viper plant to reopen next month
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27
Chrysler Group will restart the idled Conner Avenue plant in Detroit in mid-November to build the Dodge Viper. The car's September sales jumped after a $15,000 price cut. ...


Chrysler 200 ads are 'Ready to Take on the World'
10:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 26
The Chrysler brand is expanding the evolution of its "Imported from Detroit" theme with four TV commercials touting the 2015 Chrysler 200. ...


Wrangler will remain body-on-frame, sources say
3:04 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 23
The next-generation Jeep Wrangler will continue to be a body-on-frame vehicle and won't switch to unibody construction, Automotive News has learned. ...


Viper plant to reopen in mid-November
3:05 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 21
Chrysler Group will restart the idled Conner Avenue plant in Detroit in mid-November to build the Dodge Viper. ...


SRT versions of Jeep Grand Cherokee to stay -- for now
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20
When Chrysler Group said in May that the SRT designation would be for Dodge vehicles only, it was silent on the fate of the SRT versions of the Chrysler 300 and Jeep Gran ...


Are railroads snubbing autos?
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20
Automakers frustrated by expensive delays in transporting vehicles to dealerships are about to learn whether railroads give preferential treatment to other shippers. ...


Why Wrangler’s Toledo decision may depend on keeping the money spigot flowing
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 18
It’s been just over two weeks since Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne casually revealed that he might have to move Jeep Wrangler production out of its ...


Dodge 'Scat Pack' trim revival resurrects 1968 trademark dispute
11:33 am U.S. ET | Oct. 17 | UPDATED: 10/17/14 2:07 pm ET - adds Chrysler response
Dodge's attempts to revive its muscle car-era “Scat Pack” trims may have stepped in it in the process. ...


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