Read the August issue of Fixed Ops Journal, the parts,
service and collision magazine from Automotive News.

Larry P. Vellequette

Fiat Chrysler, VW reporter
Address: 1155 Gratiot Ave.
48207 Detroit, Mich.
Follow: Twitter Larry P. Vellequette RSS feed
Phone: 313-446-0478
E-Mail: lvellequette@crain.com
CLICK HERE to see our entire staff list

Recent authored articles

China's Great Wall sets sights on Jeep

UPDATED: 8/21/17 4:13 pm ET - adds closing stock price

China's Great Wall Motor is interested in buying the Jeep brand and has reached out to Fiat Chrysler to see whether a deal can be negotiated.

China's Great Wall sets sights on Jeep

UPDATED: 8/21/17 10:03 am ET - adds early stock trading

China's Great Wall Motor told Automotive News it is interested in buying the Jeep brand and has reached out to FCA to see whether a deal can be negotiated.

Crossover EV coming to U.S. in '20, VW says

Volkswagen has shown three electric concept vehicles built on its new MEB platform — a five-door hatchback, a minivan and a crossover — and the crossover will arrive first in U.S. dealerships.

Chinese automakers covet FCA

UPDATED: 8/14/17 4:15 pm ET - adds stock close

Chinese automakers are facing government pressure to buy foreign companies -- and FCA makes an attractive target. At least one Chinese offer has been made, but FCA rejected it for not being enough.

For Fiat Chrysler, anybody but a Cerberus

Chinese ownership of FCA is far more desirable — in terms of the U.S.

Former FCA analyst Durden pleads guilty to conspiracy

One of two Fiat Chrysler officials so far charged in a conspiracy to embezzle millions from a joint FCA-UAW training fund pleaded guilty this morning in federal court.

Metal 'printing': If you can design it, you can build it

The auto industry has been cautious in considering the prospects of 3-D printing in plastic. But what happens if manufacturers could print parts in metal?

Giving in to Demon temptation

Some, but not all, Dodge dealers are seeking market adjustments that would nearly double the price for the limited-edition drag racer.

Restated FCA sales show some big swings

A review of the data points to a company that either didn't accurately know what it was selling month to month or was playing fast and loose with its fleet sales.

A8's new controls help driver keep eyes on the road

Audi is redesigning its human-machine interfaces across its lineup, beginning with the A8, to incorporate haptic feedback, which the brand views as an added safety measure.

Borderlines keep autonomous Audi contained

It's a case of Audi technology outstripping humans' ability to keep up, and it may be up to the U.S. Congress to resolve it.

Audi dealers may have role in on-demand system

Scott Keogh, CEO of Audi of America says the brand's dealer network, could get involved in the brand's on-demand mobility experiment down the road.

Eric Kinkead

Stepped in when other managers were fleeing one dealership

Semi-autonomous Audi A8 will need to navigate varying U.S. laws

The revamped Audi A8's newest self-driving technology won't become functional until laws are passed in U.S. jurisdictions that enable the Level 3 autonomous technology to operate legally.

FCA resumes Ram 1500 diesel output

Fiat Chrysler has begun assembling diesel-powered Ram 1500 pickups again for the first time in months, workers at the company's Warren Truck Assembly plant in Michigan say, though the automaker and environmental regulators...

Europe vet to run VW N.A. sales, marketing

Volkswagen Group of America named a longtime executive from its parent company's European operations as the new head of sales and marketing.

FCA resumes Ram 1500 diesel output

Despite ongoing disputes over emissions and software in Canada and the United States, FCA has started assembling diesel Ram 1500 pickups again for the first time in months, according to workers in Michigan.

FCA resumes Ram 1500 diesel output

Fiat Chrysler has begun assembling diesel Ram 1500 pickups again for the first time in months, workers at the company's truck assembly plant in Michigan say, though the automaker and environmental regulators haven't resolved...

VW names veteran Europe exec to steer North America sales, marketing

Volkswagen Group of America named a longtime executive from its parent company's European operations as the new head of sales and marketing for the VW brand in North America.

VW: Recovery gains momentum after scandal

Volkswagen brand sales climbed 15 percent in June as the German brand's sales continue to recover from the diesel emissions scandal.

FCA: Ram rises, but overall sales fall 7.4%

Fiat Chrysler sales fell 7.4 percent in June, although the Ram pickup brand was a bright spot.

VW crossovers will do double duty

The Atlas and Tiguan should help VW click with U.S. consumers and meet stiffer CAFE regulations.

Redesigned Ram 1500 may get a longer wheelbase

Spy photographers have caught the redesigned Ram 1500 during testing, and despite heavy camouflage some features of the truck are evident.

Dealership builds loyalty with rebates

Emich Volkswagen gives its customers 10 percent back on their annual service purchases, up to $100 per person, good for future spending at the dealership.

The auto industry's cold pizza

Keeping older vehicle designs in production after their replacements are introduced is becoming an important strategy. It protects market share and keeps budget-conscious customers happy.

Newsletters