Chrysler

Chrysler's Ram pickup may stick with steel through 2020, report says

7:27 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Chrysler Group is planning an extensive facelift of its full-size Ram 1500 pickup in spring 2017, but has no firm plans to follow rivals GM and Ford in replacing steel body panels with aluminum until a complete redesign after 2020, industry sources told Reuters....
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Chrysler names Bigland to lead Alfa Romeo brand in N.A.

9:24 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Chrysler Group, rolling out sales of the Alfa Romeo 4C sports car in the United States, has picked Reid Bigland to lead the Italian sports car brand's return to North America. Bigland, 47, one of the rising stars at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, had been head of the company's fast-growing Ram brand. Robert Hegbloom, 50, director of Ram, will take over for Bigland, Chrysler said today in a statement....
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Chrysler purchasing chief faces tall order

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
So much for Tom Finelli's honeymoon phase as Chrysler Group's new purchasing chief for North America. The protégé of the late and highly respected Dan Knott has little time to win the trust of wary suppliers....
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Former automotive PR executive Mullins dies

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Moon Mullins, a former automotive public relations executive, died Aug. 1....
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Hell on wheels

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Dodge unveiled its 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat last week in time for the annual Detroit-area Woodward Dream Cruise....
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POWER PLAYERS

Carmakers, utilities team up so EV batteries can supply electric grid

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
As electric vehicles have gained popularity in some circles, so has the idea of using their batteries to stabilize the electric grid -- and paying the cars' owners for the help....
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Chrysler fills safety officer position

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Scott Kunselman, 51, who had been Chrysler's head of purchasing since 2012, was tapped to lead the company's new Office of Vehicle Safety and Regulatory Compliance....
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Mopar, 3M team up for Jeep map decals

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2014
A consumer looking to personalize a Jeep Grand Cherokee, Wrangler or Cherokee designs a map online that will later be installed by a dealer on the SUV's hood....
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Ford, Chevy dangle new deals as U.S. sales, share lag

5:15 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2014
Ford and Chevrolet are getting a jump-start on summer clearance deals to spur sluggish U.S. sales and stem market-share losses. The two top-selling brands in the United States have launched Labor Day and summer promotions offering 0 percent financing for 72 months across wide swaths of their lineups. Chevy is sweetening the deal with 90 days of deferred payments on some of its most popular nameplates....
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Dodge drops 707-hp supercharged Hellcat engine into 2015 Charger SRT

10:45 am U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2014
Chrysler Group today unveiled its second car that will be powered by its 707-hp supercharged 6.2-liter Hellcat engine, a 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. The four-door performance sedan will make its public debut at this weekend's Woodward Dream Cruise near Detroit....
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Detroit 3 and others ready to roll at annual Dream Cruise

10:45 am U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2014
Muscle cars abound at the annual Woodward Dream Cruise outside Detroit -- and this year is no exception. Classic car enthusiasts and gearheads will flock to a 16-mile, four-lane stretch of Woodward Avenue on Saturday, whether it be to cruise in their vintage whips or set up camp along the route to watch the parade of historical wheels....
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Record rainfall in Michigan disrupts Detroit 3 operations

11:38 am U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2014
Southeast Michigan experienced record rainfall Monday, causing closures or slowdowns at Ford, General Motors and Chrysler plants and tech centers throughout the area....
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Chrysler purchasing chief Kunselman to lead new safety office

9:33 am U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2014
Chrysler tapped its head of purchasing, Scott Kunselman, to lead a new office that will oversee safety issues and regulatory compliance as scrutiny over the industry's safety record grows. Tom Finelli, 44, Chrysler's current director for global standardization, will assume responsibility for North American purchasing and supplier quality, effective immediately, Chrysler said today....
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Fiat says will not waive or raise payout cap in Chrysler merger

11:46 am U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2014
Fiat will not call a shareholders' meeting to waive or raise the 500 million euro ($668 million) limit it has set for paying out dissenters in its merger with Chrysler, the carmaker said today....
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Fiat Chrysler merger now awaits shareholder buy-in

Aug. 11, 2014 06:01 CET
Following shareholder approval of the proposed merger of Fiat and Chrysler, Sergio Marchionne now faces an uncertain few months as he waits to find out if he has to postpone the tie-up because too many shareholders want to be bought out....
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A slap in the face of Chrysler suppliers?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
For five years, Chrysler Group has been slowly building its once-tattered relations with suppliers. Then, in about three minutes last week, CEO Sergio Marchionne called that hard-won trust into question....
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Stocks stay on target -- with help

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
With a little help from increased incentives, automakers kept U.S. inventories at near-ideal levels to start August....
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Venezuelan auto industry in free fall amid economic woes

11:22 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 9, 2014
VALENCIA, Venezuela (Reuters) -- Though it is the middle of the work day, the Jeep assembly plant in the central Venezuelan city of Valencia is empty, the machinery still.
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GM to stop omitting truck-part weights to maximize payload ratings

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2014
GM said today that it will no longer omit the weights of some parts when weighing pickups to boost their maximum payload ratings....
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VW expands Chrysler-built minivan recall over ignition switches

9:21 am U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2014
Volkswagen is more than doubling a three-year-old recall of its Chrysler-built Routan minivans that have ignition switches that can be knocked into the accessory position and shut off the engine, according to documents filed with U.S. safety regulators....
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Wave of antitrust probes revive protectionism concerns in China

11:24 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
China's recent probes into Microsoft, Audi and Chrysler have rekindled concerns that Beijing may be using an anti-monopoly law to support domestic firms at the expense of foreign companies. The probes come as China's domestic auto brands have lost sales and share this year to global rival brands such as VW, Chevrolet and Audi....
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Norway's wealth fund voted against Fiat-Chrysler merger

Aug. 7, 2014 15:11 CET
Norway's sovereign wealth fund was the single largest shareholder to vote against Fiat's merger with Chrysler. The merger was approved at a shareholder meeting but could still fall apart if enough dissenting investors sell their shares for a cash compensation....
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CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

Audi's war chest could buy Fiat Chrysler

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
If there is one thing that Audi's first-half results prove, it's that VW Group's premium brand earns so much cash it could easily swallow Fiat-Chrysler whole...
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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Will Marchionne's profits grab come up empty?

5:16 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne today seemed like a grizzly bear standing amid a stream of happily swimming salmon....
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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Marchionne vows to claw back share of supplier profits

3:25 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne today fired a shot at his supply base, saying that suppliers' double-digit profit margins were making his blood pressure go up....
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