Larry P. Vellequette

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Jeep will keep Cherokee's 'spot on' shape, styling

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 4
The popular Jeep Cherokee departed from the brand's traditional boxy styling, and Jeep strategists plan to keep the polarizing look when the midsize SUV is freshened in m ...

FCA outsells Ford on retail side for first time? Not so fast

1:30 pm U.S. ET | July 2
June wasn't the first month that Fiat Chrysler outsold its bigger rival Ford on a retail basis in the U.S. ...

FCA up 8.2% on strong Jeep, Chrysler 200 sales

9:00 am U.S. ET | July 1
The Jeep brand and the Chrysler 200 both helped push Fiat Chrysler's June sales up 8.2 percent, the automaker's best sales for the month of June since 2006. ...

Dodge to build more Hellcat engines

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29
Fiat Chrysler plans to substantially increase production of the popular 707-hp Hellcat engines. ...

Constant merger talk is testing faith in Marchionne

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22
The constant drumbeat of stories about efforts by Sergio Marchionne to provoke a merger with General Motors is testing the faith of the dealers, workers and executives wh ...

Dodge plans to produce '17 minivan

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22
The death of the current-generation Dodge Grand Caravan may have been greatly exaggerated. ...

Why FCA's merger quest will test loyalties

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 17
What does loyalty really mean to workers? If you're Fiat Chrysler and living amid a self-made swirl of morale-sapping merger rumors, it means that loyalty's very existenc ...

Marchionne's merger mania: Why now?

5:34 am U.S. ET | June 16
There have been countless theories offered by analysts and in the press as to why Marchionne is on a quest to merge Fiat Chrysler with another automaker. ...

Equipment disparity on Ford F-150 prompts new crash test

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15
Last week, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducted an unprecedented follow-up crash test, on a 2015 Ford F-150 Supercab. ...

Marchionne's merger mania: Why now?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15
Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and related companies, has a number of honorifics and titles on his resume. ...

Dealer's wine shop spawns bar/service lane

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15
Building on the success of its in-house Cadillac Wines shop, Frank Kent Cadillac opened a downtown wine bar that also serves as a satellite service lane. ...

Fiat Chrysler labor chief Iacobelli retires as UAW talks loom

UPDATED: 6/9/15 1:49 pm ET - adds details
On the verge of UAW negotiations, Fiat Chrysler said Al Iacobelli -- its head of North American employee relations -- is retiring and is being replaced with the HR head i ...

Lifting the curtain on the Jeep Grand Wagoneer

11:30 am U.S. ET | June 9
When it returns for the first time since 1991, the Jeep Grand Wagoneer will be a unibody vehicle, and not a body-on-frame, truck-based SUV like the Chevrolet Suburban or ...

Ram prices 1500 Rebel trim at $43,985; Laramie Limited to start at $51,870

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9
Ram says pricing for its freshened 2015 Ram 1500 Laramie Limited will start at $51,870, while pricing for the 2015 Ram Rebel, a new half-ton trim level, will begin at $43 ...

Another delay for FCA's full-size car redesigns?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8
Suppliers tell Reuters that FCA will delay redesign of Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Challenger into 2019. ...

FCA sales up 4%, back over 200,000 vehicles

12:45 pm U.S. ET | June 2
Brisk demand for Jeep and the Chrysler 200 pushed Fiat Chrysler sales up 4 percent in May. The automaker posted U.S. ...

FCA's shorter warranty could drive service plan sales

UPDATED: 6/1/15 2:23 pm ET - corrected
Fiat Chrysler's decision to reduce its limited powertrain warranty coverage by 40 percent brings it in line with its Detroit-based competitors. ...

Stored Jeeps, Fiats to head to dealers this week

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1
The "software issue" that led FCA US to park hundreds of Jeep Renegades and, later, scores of Fiat 500X subcompact crossovers at a test track here involved only the ident ...

2 car salesmen rescue trucker from fiery crash in Minn.

1:13 pm U.S. ET | May 29
Two car salesmen from neighboring dealerships in suburban Minneapolis teamed up Wednesday afternoon to save a life. ...

Fiat Chrysler reducing powertrain warranties to 60,000 miles for 2016 models

5:00 pm U.S. ET | May 27
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is reducing its powertrain warranty for the 2016 model year to five years or 60,000 miles from five years or 100,000 miles. The move follows a s ...

Chrysler awd minivan debate: Electrify axle or drop Stow 'n Go

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25
Before it can offer another all-wheel-drive minivan, Fiat Chrysler must electrify the rear axle or give up its popular collapsing seats, says CEO Sergio Marchionne. ...

Wrangler will still use steel, Sergio says

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25
The next Jeep Wrangler won't follow the Ford F-150's lead with an aluminum body. Instead, the off-roader will keep its steel body structure but add aluminum doors, fender ...

Software issues hold back some Renegades

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25
The 2016 Jeep Renegade is no track car. So why are hundreds and hundreds of Renegades lining a 2-mile-long oval test track here? ...

Some Jeep Renegades being held for software issues

UPDATED: 5/21/15 10:59 am ET - adds details
Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said some new Jeep Renegade subcompact crossovers are being withheld from dealers because of software problems. ...

Mopar head Gorlier gets additional component role

2:16 pm U.S. ET | May 18
Pietro Gorlier, the head of Fiat Chrysler's global parts and service organization, has been named COO for components at the company. ...
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