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Larry P. Vellequette

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Fiat Chrysler's Ram sports new face for 2019

Fiat Chrysler plans major styling changes to the Ram pickup for 2019 as evidenced by new spy photos of the truck at the company's technical center near Detroit.

Leaked 2018 Jeep Wrangler user guide gives details of off-roader's amenities

The user's guide for the next-generation Jeep Wrangler has been leaked before the start of production, showing some of the off-roader's modern goodies.

What's the secret to success? At Volkswagen of Kearny Mesa, it starts with caring

Being engaged, accessible and caring starts at the top at Volkswagen of Kearny Mesa, the No. 1 medium-size dealership among this year's 100 Best Dealerships To Work For.

FCA rescinds 368-hp rating on 2018 Jeep Wrangler's 4-cylinder

FCA has rescinded the information it filed with NHTSA concerning the power output of the 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 engine it plans to put in some versions of the upcoming 2018 Jeep Wrangler.

'17 diesel Rams are finally on dealer lots

EcoDiesel-powered 2017 Ram 1500s have finally begun to show up on dealership lots after federal regulators approved their sale.

2018 Jeep Wrangler to offer optional 368-hp 4-cylinder engine

The redesigned 2018 Jeep Wrangler will feature an optional turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 engine that produces 368 hp.

VW/AUDI: Crossovers lift VW 33%; Audi up, too

Volkswagen brand sales shot up 33 percent in September, thanks in large part to its new pair of three-row crossovers.

FCA: Another decline as fleets fall

FCA sales dropped 9.7 percent in September on a sharp pullback of fleet sales, while the automaker's sales at retail ticked up slightly.

Jeep workers see what Wrangler can do

In the true spirit of Jeep, workers at FCA's Toledo plant are getting to experience what the Wrangler can do firsthand.

VW boosts 2018 warranties to 6 years/72,000 miles

UPDATED: 9/29/17 2:49 pm ET - adds details

VW, looking to add momentum to a rebound in U.S. sales following emissions violations, is expanding warranties that will be twice the duration of those at most competitors.

In defense of a (paid off) Ford C-Max

I did something this week that I've never done before: I carried an auto loan to its full term and paid off a car. Over the past five years, my Ford C-Max wasn't trouble-free, but damn close.

Maserati updates move in slow lane

Maserati enthusiasts are accustomed to waiting for new models — which is good, because the brand's product plans are running into delays.

Wait for Jeep pickup is almost over

UPDATED: 9/18/17 2:11 pm ET - corrected

A more fuel-efficient Wrangler will debut in early 2018, with a Wrangler-based pickup to follow the next year.

Midsize coupe is next for Alfa

With three nameplates now making up Alfa Romeo's U.S. lineup, Fiat Chrysler's resurrection of the brand gets more complicated given the global decline in sedan and coupe sales.

Fiat is freshening lineup

Fiat's U.S. lineup will be freshened over the next three years, including the 500 minicar.

Dodge cars to get Ghibli platform

Dodge will put the Challenger and Charger through yet another refresh cycle. The next step will be a redesign for both models onto the platform underpinning the Maserati Ghibli.

Jeep, Ram kick off product renewal drive

With the exception of a few major projects for its Jeep and Ram brands, FCA has slowed some product development activities while trying to hit aggressive financial targets for 2018 that the automaker set in 2014.

Crossovers to pad Chrysler's lineup

Chrysler's thin product lineup will be bolstered — eventually — with a pair of crossovers while its only sedan will stay on its current platform for another cycle.

Ram takes aim at Silverado

Ram and Chevy's Silverado are in a horse race for second place in the lucrative full-size pickup segment behind the Ford F series this year.

2017 VW e-Golf with upgraded battery pack starts at $31,315

Volkswagen priced its updated 2017 e-Golf, which now boasts a 125-mile range, at $31,315, including an $820 delivery charge.

Crossovers command Audi's attention

Audi is is busily redesigning, refreshing and expanding its existing lineup, especially its crossovers.

VW Group's EV push gains momentum

Volkswagen Group's massive global electrification strategy, which uses as many as three new EV platforms, will take place alongside the normal cadence of redesigns and freshenings of existing models.

At VW, the subject turns to sedans

Volkswagen has bulked up on crossovers, now it needs to update its core fleet of sedans.

Dodge Avengers Assemble! (And Reassemble! Again!)

UPDATED: 9/8/17 2:55 pm ET - corrected

Forget Cap and Thor and Iron Man, et al.; a real-life Avengers mystery is unfolding in Fiat Chrysler's monthly sales reports.

VW dealers get dibs on fixed diesels

Volkswagen will give its dealers first rights to acquire hundreds of thousands of repaired diesel vehicles returned through their stores under recalls stemming from the company's diesel emissions scandal.