Larry P. Vellequette

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FCA's Ralph Gilles: Unleashing the 'inner racer'

There's no disputing it -- Ralph Gilles is one of the coolest guys in the auto industry. But when does Fiat Chrysler Auto-mobiles' global head of design achieve peak cool?

Montreal's Ralph Gilles: FCA's design chief and all around cool guy

There's no disputing it — Montreal's Ralph Gilles is one of the coolest guys in the auto industry, writes Larry P. Vellequette.

Jeep Wrangler-based pickup spotted roaming on public roads in Michigan

Spy photographers have captured the first public images of Fiat Chrysler's upcoming midsize pickup based on the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.

Major interior upgrade signaled for 2018 Wrangler

The exterior of the redesigned 2018 Jeep Wrangler won't change much, but the cabin will get a major upgrade, spy photographs indicate.

To grow globally, Jeep turned to driveline maker GKN

The redesigned 2017 Compass is the key to Jeep's strategy to grow its global sales. And the key to the Compass is an innovative driveline system developed by GKN.

Major interior upgrade signaled for 2018 Jeep Wrangler

New spy photographs of the interior of the redesigned 2018 Jeep Wrangler show it is destined to receive a major upgrade when it comes to the cabin.

Hidden in plain sight?

That vehicle under a cover outside Fiat Chrysler's Toledo Assembly Complex in Ohio? It might be a 2018 Jeep Wrangler. Or it may be a decoy.

Audi, junior colleges join to develop service techs

Audi of America, enjoying its 90th straight month of sales increases, has a plan to attract more dealership service technicians.

Sales of 'new' 2015 TDIs keep VW ahead; Audi rises

Volkswagen and Audi bucked a bad industry sales month in April, finishing up for the month -- though VW got some help from repaired turbodiesel engines to stay in positive territory.

VW appoints two executives to North American positions

Volkswagen Group of America has appointed two men to top positions running the company's communications and parts and vehicle logistics.

FCA: Ram tops Silverado again; total falls 6.6%

The Ram pickup kept Fiat Chrysler's sales from sliding further than 6.6 percent in April as Jeep sales continued to tumble.

FCA profits up despite 6% slide in shipments

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles posted record $1.

I damned the Demon

Let the record show: I wrote the Automotive News editorial suggesting a ban on the legal registration of the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. I don't regret it.

Fiat Chrysler Q1 profit increases on Europe rebound, Maserati surge

UPDATED: April 26 18:50 - adds detail

Fiat Chrysler earnings rose 11 percent in the first quarter as the automaker shifted to building more profitable SUVs. In Europe, profit at the group's once-struggling operations almost doubled to 178 million euros.

Fiat Chrysler Q1 profit rises on shift to SUV sales; N.A. results flat

UPDATED: 04/26/17 1:04 pm ET -- new story

Fiat Chrysler earnings rose 11 per cent in the first quarter as the automaker shifted to building more profitable SUVs. In North America, overall results were on par with the same quarter last year.

VW whistleblower was a U.S. executive

A new book on the VW diesel emissions scandal asserts that it was an American VW executive who first disclosed VW's criminal acts to regulators.

VW diesel whistleblower identified in book

UPDATED: 4/21/17 12:03 pm ET - adds hearing conclusion

As Volkswagen's criminal case closed in federal court, a nagging question persists: Who blew the whistle and first admitted to regulators that VW was lying about its dirty diesels?

VW sentenced to pay $4.3 billion in U.S. fines and penalties, cooperate with investigators

UPDATED: 4/21/17 3:34 pm ET - adds NY statement

A federal judge sentenced Volkswagen AG to pay a total of $4.3 billion in fines and penalties and called on the automaker to continue to fully cooperate with federal and state investigators.

Dodge Demon: Devilishly clever or evil incarnate?

The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, unveiled at the New York auto show, traded in the performance brand's halo for horns with performance numbers normally associated with much more expensive brands.

Maserati's U.S. HQ said to be moving to defunct Chrysler museum in Michigan

UPDATED: 4/13/13 5:30 am ET - adds Maserati comment

Fiat Chrysler will move the U.S. headquarters for Maserati from New Jersey to the former Walter P. Chrysler Museum in Auburn Hills, Mich., two sources familiar with the plan said.

FCA pumps up performance cred with Dodge Demon, Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

Dodge created a specialized version of its 8-year-old Challenger coupe specifically for drag racing by cutting weight, increasing horsepower and making other changes to boost acceleration off the line.

VW enhances warranties to draw consumers to new crossovers

Volkswagen is juicing its newly expanded lineup of crossovers with a double-sweet incentive for U.S. consumers: double the bumper-to-bumper warranty of most major competitors.

Tesla more valuable than Ford, GM? Crazy

The stock market is a good banker but a lousy CEO, Staff Reporter Larry P. Vellequette writes.

VW T-Roc spied, heralds styling of smaller crossovers

Spy photographers have caught a 2019 Volkswagen T-Roc in the buff as it was being loaded onto a truck, showing the styling direction VW will take for its smaller crossovers.

Bentley Americas chief Winkler to step down June 1

Michael Winkler will step down from his post on June 1, setting up a shuffling of executives at Audi of America.

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