Larry P. Vellequette

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GM, too, removes parts to weigh pickups, boost payload ratings
7:09 pm U.S. ET | July 30 | UPDATED: 7/31/14 4:04 pm ET - updates Ford practice
GM says it deletes heavy items such as the rear bumper from certain pickups when it weighs them in order to boost the vehicles' maximum payload ratings. ...


Ford, Ram quarrel over heavy-duty pickup towing title
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28 | UPDATED: 7/30/14 5:49 pm ET - correction
Ford Motor Co. is threatening legal action if Ram keeps claiming that its pickups offer "best-in-class" towing. Ram's response? In so many words, it's telling Ford to go ...


Chrysler recalls older Jeep Commanders and Grand Cherokees for ignition switch
4:15 pm U.S. ET | July 22
Chrysler Group will recall as many as 792,300 2006-07 Jeep Commanders and 2005-06 Jeep Grand Cherokees globally to fix ignition switches that could be knocked out of the ...


Muscular Challenger bulks up its interior
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20
The 707-hp SRT Hellcat will generate the most smoke at the drag strip, but it's the rest of the re-engineered Dodge Challenger lineup that likely will fire the interest o ...


Let's hope for a litter of Hellcat kitties
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 19
Spend a few minutes with Chrysler's new monster power plant -- the 707-hp, 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V-8 -- and you will be left, as I was, with one overriding question ...


Chrysler tells supplier to boost hitch output
5:23 pm U.S. ET | July 18
Chrysler Group ordered a supplier of trailer hitches to boost production dramatically a day after the company was accused by federal safety regulators of dragging its fee ...


Minivans: So practical, so maligned
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14
The minivan is simultaneously one of the most practical yet wrongly maligned vehicles on the road today, and therein lies the challenge facing Chrysler Group as it redesi ...


Why fuel economy faces law of diminishing returns
3:02 pm U.S. ET | July 11
In economics, it's known as the law of diminishing returns, the shrinking benefit you get when you pour ever-increasing resources toward achieving a singular goal. ...


Minivans are too practical to have the reputation they have
3:13 pm U.S. ET | July 9
If all vehicles represent compromises to necessity, I would argue that minivans are the least compromised of any segment. ...


Replacing the Wrangler is a puzzler
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7
The Wrangler -- Jeep's own mud-encrusted halo -- is being redesigned for 2017, when it must comply with more stringent fuel economy requirements. ...


Chrysler seeks more diesels
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7
Fiat Group executives are looking at ways to produce more light-duty diesel engines for Chrysler Group vehicles. So far, Chrysler's diesel experiment, which it launched l ...


NHTSA: Why is Jeep fix taking so long?
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7
Federal safety regulators want to know why Chrysler Group has taken more than a year to begin fixing older-model Jeep Grand Cherokees and Libertys to improve their rear c ...


Hellcat Challenger SRT rated at 707 hp
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7
Chrysler Group's new supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 Hellcat engine has been certified at 707 hp and 650 pounds-feet of torque, topping the most powerful versions of the SRT V ...


Jeep aims to boost future Wrangler's fuel economy
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 5
Chrysler Group engineers are striving to improve the Wrangler's fuel economy with lightweight materials, more gears and perhaps a smaller engine. ...


Chrysler faces NHTSA query on delayed Jeep fix
1:48 pm U.S. ET | July 2
Chrysler Group has been placed back in the recall hotseat with federal safety regulators for allegedly dragging its feet in efforts to improve the rear crashworthiness of ...


Chrysler up 9% on strong Jeep, Ram demand
12:07 pm U.S. ET | July 1
Continued strong demand for SUVs and pickups pushed Chrysler Group sales up 9 percent in June. ...


Supercharged Hellcat Challenger SRT rated at 707-hp
4:11 pm U.S. ET | July 1
Chrysler Group’s new supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 Hellcat engine has been certified at 707 hp and 650 pounds-feet of torque, topping the most powerful versions of the ...


Chrysler's 200 rollout plan: Patience pays
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30
Chrysler dealers eager to crank up sales of the redesigned 2015 200 will have to wait a few more months. ...


A diesel Cherokee? Depends on Grand Cherokee
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30
Jeep won't consider offering a diesel-powered version of the Cherokee in the United States unless diesel-powered Grand Cherokee sales take off. ...


ProMaster City to take on Transit Connect
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30
The 2015 Ram ProMaster City will give Chrysler Group dealers a small urban delivery vehicle to sell when it arrives in dealerships early next year. ...


No diesel Cherokee without Grand Cherokee sales boost, Jeep brand chief says
2:07 pm U.S. ET | June 26
Jeep brand head Mike Manley says sales of diesel-powered Jeep Grand Cherokees in the United States would have to nearly double before the brand would consider offering a ...


Ram ProMaster City to take aim at Ford Transit Connect
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 26
When it arrives in dealerships early next year, the 2015 Ram ProMaster City will give Chrysler Group dealers a small commercial van to compete with the Ford Transit Conne ...


Chrysler to spend $63 million on new press line at Warren Stamping
10:48 am U.S. ET | June 25
Chrysler Group says it plans to spend $63 million to expand capacity at its Warren Stamping Plant in suburban Detroit by as many as 3.6 million parts per year. ...


Chrysler names Winter head of product planning for North America
5:16 pm U.S. ET | June 24
Chrysler Group named its former minivan chief engineer to head the automaker’s product planning for North America. ...


Chrysler to make stop-start standard on some 200s, Jeep Cherokees for 2015
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 24
Engine stop-start -- a fuel-saving technology -- will become a standard feature later this year on some 2015 Jeep Cherokee SUVs and Chrysler 200 sedans, Chrysler Group sa ...


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