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TIER 2 BLOCKBUSTER

For FCA, no one brand was big enough for 'Star Wars'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

December is not only prime time for blockbuster Hollywood releases; it's also a crucial month for auto sales promotions. That's why FCA, which partnered with Lucasfilm to co-promote Star Wars: The Force Awakens alongside five of its brands in a global effort, didn't have to think too hard about what direction to take with its campaign. The timing, said FCA marketing boss Olivier Francois, was perfect for Tier 2....
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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

A recall for wheel chocks? Maybe we've rolled off the deep end

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

In a sign of Fiat Chrysler's new hypersensitivity to safety, the automaker said last week it would voluntarily supply owners of 441,578 Dodge Chargers from the 2011-16 model years in the U.S. with free wheel chocks. Let that sink in a minute....
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Just because rebadging hasn't worked so well before ...

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Fiat Chrysler's plan to replace the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 with vehicles built under contract by other automakers faces long odds. In fact, it's hard to think of a rebadged or “captive import” that has been successful....
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Fiat Chrysler rollaway reports draw more NHTSA scrutiny

5:19 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2016

Federal regulators are escalating an inquiry over complaints that certain Fiat Chrysler Automobiles vehicles can roll away when a driver thinks the transmission has been set to park....
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Chrysler readies Alloy Edition trims for 200, 300

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2016

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, looking to spark interest in two key Chrysler cars, plans special editions for the 200S and 300S that sport hints of Detroit’s industrial might....
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Fiat Chrysler preps 2 Super Bowl ads

3:23 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2016

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will air two spots during Super Bowl 50 on Sunday. The first ad will air after Coldplay's halftime performance. The second ad will air during the first commercial break in the fourth quarter, FCA revealed today....
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Cybersecurity experts urge automakers to take steps to stop hackers

4:49 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2016

As vehicles become increasingly more connected to smartphones, infrastructure and other vehicles, it will become vital for all parties to collaborate and become informed on the risks associated with connectivity, a panel of four experts said at an event in Detroit....
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FCA's 2018 lineup? Here's a guess

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

What will Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' U.S. product lineup look like when CEO Sergio Marchionne's new business plan is fully executed?...
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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Jeep Wagoneer? Where did that come from?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

So what's a Jeep Wagoneer? Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne referred to a Wagoneer last week during a conference call about FCA's plans to "realign" its North American production plan. But a lack of details leaves us to wonder....
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Ford, aiming for pickup fuel economy crown, preps diesel-powered F-150

2:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2016

Ford appears to be gearing up to launch a diesel-powered version of the F-150, possibly as early as next year, and wrest the fuel efficiency crown from the hot-selling Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. Diesel-powered F-150 test trucks have been spotted running around Ford's product development center in Dearborn, Mich....
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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: Wait a minute. What? Jeep Wagoneer? Where did that come from?

6:17 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2016

Here's a question for you to ponder: What's a Jeep Wagoneer?...
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FCA to idle plant that makes Chrysler 200 for six weeks

1:58 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2016

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said it will idle its plant in Sterling Heights, Mich., which makes the midsize Chrysler 200 sedan, for six weeks starting on Monday....
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Fiat finds $1 billion in savings from unlocking Chrysler's cash

Jan. 27, 2016 10:58 CET

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has found a way to cut borrowing costs at the company by gaining full access to Chrysler's cash stockpile of about $13 billion, two years after Fiat merged with the U.S. carmaker....
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Fiat Chrysler fights to keep turnaround plan on the road

11:07 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2016

Fiat Chrysler will have its work cut out on Wednesday to convince investors it can deliver its turnaround plan after model delays, deferred investments and slowing demand in key markets Asia and Latin America....
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Viper-like 2-seater could make a comeback, Marchionne hints

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

The Dodge Viper is set to end production in 2017, but Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne says the nameplate could stage a comeback in different form....
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THE CANDOR MAN

Marchionne bumps head with designers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but Chrysler designers will probably think twice the next time they consider borrowing an idea from a rival carmaker....
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Barack Obama: Once more, to the victory podium

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

President Obama's Jan. 20 visit to Detroit included a tour of the auto show and a speech at the UAW-GM headquarters. In text, tone and staging, it was a replay of the message Obama has been delivering for nearly six years at auto plants around the country....
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Pacifica minivan impresses

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

Ralph Gilles, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' global head of design, was desperate to inject some style into the new Chrysler minivan, the renamed Pacifica that debuted at the Detroit auto show this month. Did he pull it off? Professional opinion-givers who saw the Pacifica up close were in the affirmative....
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GMC takes first step onto Jeep terrain

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

The All Terrain model of GMC's redesigned Acadia signals GM's desire to position the brand as a challenger to Jeep....
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Jan. 1 stocks are thinner but healthy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Automakers and dealers started 2016 with thinner stocks than usual after posting the biggest December U.S. auto sales on record....
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Manley: Jeep satellite stores make sense

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Jeep brand boss Mike Manley says allowing Fiat Chrysler dealers to open Jeep satellite centers in the U.S. "makes absolute sense" given the brand's rapid sales growth and its plan to add a $100,000-plus luxury model in the near future....
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Hellcat-powered Grand Cherokee on the way

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Jeep will put a 6.2-liter supercharged Hellcat engine in a Jeep Grand Cherokee “before the end of 2017,” said Jeep brand head Mike Manley....
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Jeep Cherokee adds luxe trim

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Jeep will expand the Cherokee range this spring with an Overland trim level that includes a more luxurious interior and nearly all of the off-road capabilities of its top-end Trailhawk model....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Dragging my feet and getting shamed into fixing a Jeep

3:26 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2016

FCA has been a nagging but well-meaning aunt, bugging me regularly to bring in an older Jeep Grand Cherokee for an inspection and possible update....
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Overland Cherokee promises more luxury for Jeep's best seller

1:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2016

Jeep will expand the Cherokee range this spring with an Overland trim level that includes a more luxurious interior and nearly all of the off-road capabilities of its top-end Trail Hawk model....
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