Larry P. Vellequette

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Marchionne wants a partner but says FCA can survive alone 'in mediocrity'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31
Compared with its larger and far richer global counterparts, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles faces a huge set of problems. CEO Sergio Marchionne knows he has challenges but say ...

Sergio may stay till 2020, hunts for next top leader

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31
Sergio Marchionne is 63 and the first to admit that he and won't stick around as CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles forever. But he may remain a bit longer than expected. ...

Fuel economy, Jeep are FCA's drivers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31
FCA's future product plan centers on offering eight-speed rear-wheel-drive and nine-speed front-wheel-drive automatic gearboxes, as well as expanding the Jeep brand. ...

Dodge to roll out 'Cuda droptop

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31
Dodge will directly benefit from Fiat Chrysler's massive effort to revive Alfa Romeo. The American brand will use an Alfa rear-wheel-drive platform for the next-generatio ...

Minivan variant starts Chrysler expansion

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31
The Chrysler brand will add a compact sedan and two crossovers, along with hybrid versions of its largest vehicles. The expansion will help the brand fulfill its mission ...

Ram mulls Ford Transit fighter

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31
Ram is studying whether to add a heavy-duty commercial van to its lineup. The brand may bring a version of the Iveco Daily to North America to fill out the upper end of i ...

Grand Wagoneer will boost lineup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31
Jeep is working on a Wrangler-based pickup, but it's not a done deal. In 2019, the three-row Grand Wagoneer luxury SUV is due. ...

Marchionne puts the squeeze on GM; GM's response: 'Why bail out FCA?'

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 30
General Motors has flatly rejected the advances of its crosstown rival, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, but FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne is not going away -- not by a long shot. ...

Marchionne's shared views with UAW chief could help contract talks

UPDATED: 8/29/15 7:46 am ET - adds strike authorization
Sergio Marchionne said he believes his straightforward relationship with UAW President Dennis Williams will help Fiat Chrysler reach a new labor agreement with the union. ...

Foot-operated rear doors coming on upgraded Town & Country

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29
The redesigned Chrysler Town & Country minivan, arriving next year, will feature foot-operated rear doors, USB ports in each of its three rows and improved fuel economy. ...

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 ...
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