Larry P. Vellequette

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Ohio man's collection of '36 Fords going to auction
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 19
As a young man, Emery Ward Jr. fell in love in 1936 -- with a Ford. He never got over the attraction. In fact, the older he got, the more it intensified. ...


CEO media scrums are as ineffective as they are dangerous
9:22 am U.S. ET | April 18
Journalists chasing a meaty story can act like a pack of wild dogs sometimes. ...


Labor dispute at Jeep supplier in Ohio ends after one-day walkout
2:22 pm U.S. ET | April 17 | UPDATED: 4/18/14 11:24 am ET - adds strike ended Thursday
A supplier labor dispute that temporarily disrupted production of the hot-selling 2014 Jeep Cherokee in Toledo, Ohio, on Thursday has been resolved. ...


Dodge Charger tames rough edges with 2015 nose job
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 17
The 2015 Dodge Charger underwent a nose job that trades its previously bulbous front fascia for a more subtle look reminiscent of the smaller Dodge Dart. ...


2015 Challenger muscles up; interior revamped but retains retro look
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 17
The 2015 Dodge Challenger has more power, an available eight-speed transmission and few changes to its retro exterior. Engineers coaxed 15 more hp from the top-end 6. ...


Waiting for Alfa. And waiting. And waiting. And waiting.
10:46 am U.S. ET | April 15
If you show up decades late for your own surprise party, are guests still expected to cheer your arrival? Maybe not for most. But it might be a different story if your na ...


Dodge tests innovative 1-year lease on '14 Charger, Challenger
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14
Dodge will defy industry convention this week with its "Double-Up" deal on the Charger and Challenger. The one-year lease on the outgoing 2014 editions comes with an ince ...


Tests toughened F-150 bed
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14
Ford Motor Co. decided to increase the thickness of the aluminum used in the 2015 F-150's bed floor by almost half after conducting testing with three commercial fleet cu ...


Ram beefs up Power Wagon
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14
The re-engineered 2014 Ram Power Wagon will get a new frame, bigger tires and a five-link coil suspension to improve on-road performance and off-road ability. ...


Jeep's 6 Moab customs feature more available parts than previous concepts
3:14 pm U.S. ET | April 10
Chrysler Group’s Jeep and Mopar brands have customized six concept vehicles, including two 2014 Jeep Cherokees, for this year’s Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Ut ...


Ford F-150 engineer says some ideas were too much to execute
3:56 pm U.S. ET | April 9
In Ford's five-year effort to strip weight from the 2015 F-150 pickup, some ideas were considered just too big of a stretch, chief engineer Pete Reyes said today. ...


Weather-related rail congestion keeps vehicles parked near factories
2:48 pm U.S. ET | April 9
Across the Rust Belt, thousands of freshly built cars, pickups and SUVs are parked, waiting for a ride that’s late. ...


Re-engineered Ram Power Wagon gets new frame, bigger tires
9:00 am U.S. ET | April 9
The re-engineered 2014 Ram Power Wagon will use a new frame, bigger tires and a five-link coil suspension to improve on-road performance and off-road ability. ...


Marchionne: No money in diesel-powered small cars
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7 | UPDATED: 4/11/14 10:42 am ET - adds correction
Chrysler Group's plans for new smaller engines -- due to be revealed May 6 -- are unlikely to include a four-cylinder diesel for the company's compact and mid-sized cars. ...


Stung by Ram, Chevy steps up truck spiffs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7
After the Ram pickup outsold the Chevrolet Silverado in March, a General Motors spokes-man said it was easy for Ram to "buy market share" with incentives. ...


Winnie Cheung
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7
Age: 31

Title: Interior design manager, Chrysler Group

Big break: Assigned to the midcycle refreshing of the ...



Ryan Nagode
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7
Age: 33

Title: Chief designer for interiors, Ram/SRT/Fiat (N.A.), Chrysler Group

Big break: Chrysler interiors honcho Klaus Busse picked hi ...



Fiat to expand automatics in 500 lineup
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6
Fiat will offer an optional automatic transmission in the top performance versions of the 500 minicar in the United States for the 2015 model year. ...


Stung by Ram win in March, Chevy further juices Silverado incentives
4:11 pm U.S. ET | April 3
Within hours of a General Motors spokesman saying it was easy to “buy market share” after the Ram pickup outsold the Chevrolet Silverado in March, GM opened i ...


Auto companies are buying the creative souls of late night TV
6:42 pm U.S. ET | April 1
Two bedrocks of late night TV did something so unseemly last week it looked as though they had responded to an unholy informercial. ...


Ram pickup outsells Silverado for first time since 1999
4:01 pm U.S. ET | April 1
It’s no April Fool’s joke, though General Motors may wish it were. ...


Pickup, Jeep sales push Chrysler up 13%; monthly streak reaches 48
11:39 am U.S. ET | April 1
Stellar pickup and Jeep sales pushed Chrysler Group sales up 13 percent in March, and its string of year-over-year monthly gains reached 48 consecutive months. ...


Canada losing 'civil war' for auto jobs
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31
Chrysler Group shocked many Canadians when it abandoned potential government help to overhaul its assembly plants in Windsor, Ontario. ...


Marchionne commits to 9-speed, says technology keeps evolving
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30
Chrysler was forced to delay the launch of its 2014 Jeep Cherokee by two months last fall as engineers struggled with a software flaw in the SUV's nine-speed automatic. ...


Ram van falls a few fridges shy of cargo claim
12:46 pm U.S. ET | March 28
When Ram converted the Fiat Ducato last fall into the 2014 Ram ProMaster for the United States, it also converted the van's cargo capacity from Europe: 15 cubic meters to ...


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