Larry P. Vellequette

Fiat Chrysler reporter

Address: 1155 Gratiot Ave.
48207 Detroit, Mich.
Follow: Twitter Larry P. Vellequette RSS feed
Phone: 313-446-0478
CLICK HERE to see our entire staff list
Recent articles

Strong Jeep, Dodge rebound push FCA volume up 15%

1:15 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 3
FCA’s US sales climbed 15 percent in October on strong SUV sales from Jeep and resurgent sales of its minivans as well as the Dodge brand. ...

Pickup-based Ram SUV is a 'no-brainer' for FCA chief

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 2
Fiat Chrysler is studying whether to produce a new full-sized SUV based on the Ram pickup. The vehicle is possible because the Ram 1500 is moving to a larger, more modern ...

Fiat Chrysler studies making Suburban/Expedition fighter under Ram

UPDATED: 10/28/15 2:33 pm ET - adds details, comments
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is studying whether to build a large Ram SUV to compete with the Chevrolet Suburban and Ford Expedition. ...

FCA reports $331 million Q3 loss on charge for 'regulatory and recall environment'

UPDATED: 10/28/15 11:36 am ET - adds details
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles reported a net loss of $331 million in the third quarter despite a strong performance in North America and recoveries in Europe and Latin Americ ...

FCA U.S. safety and regulatory chief Scott Kunselman to retire Nov. 30

10:34 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27
The executive who served as the face of Fiat Chrysler in its latest travails with U.S. safety regulators and Congress will retire next month. ...

FCA recalls 66,000 Ram 1500s and 75,000 Jeep Cherokees to fix potential hazards

8:28 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27
Fiat Chrysler said it is recalling more than 140,000 light trucks and SUVs in two voluntary recalls to address potential safety concerns. ...

Fiat Chrysler labor contract ratified with 77 percent support from UAW members

UPDATED: 10/22/15 10:48 am ET - updates with ratification
UAW-represented workers at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles approved a new four-year agreement with the carmaker after negotiators revised a rejected, earlier deal that failed t ...

Demise of Viper by 2017 contained in UAW contract

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 19
The Viper, Dodge's all-American exotic sports car launched nearly a quarter-century ago to much acclaim, will end production in 2017. ...

Fiat Chrysler to end Viper production in 2017, labor deal says

1:19 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 15
The Viper, Dodge's all-American exotic sports car launched nearly a quarter-century ago to much acclaim, will end production in 2017, according to details contained in Fi ...

Motivation? Take me out to the (minor league) ballgame

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14
Taking the team out to the ballgame is a popular theme among dealerships on this year's Best Dealerships To Work For list. ...

FCA interior-design chief Busse heads back to Europe

UPDATED: 10/13/15 11:10 pm EDT - adds successor
Klaus Busse -- the German-born designer who transformed the interiors of Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram vehicles -- is leaving the U.S. to shape Fiat Chrysler's European b ...

Former Fiat N.A. chief Stoicevich leaves FCA

9:23 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12
The Fiat Chrysler executive who, until last week, was overseeing the struggling Fiat brand in North America, has resigned. Jason Stoicevich, 36, resigned Oct. 7, Autom ...

FCA shuffle could cut squabbles, find successor

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12
A shuffling of top executives last week leaves Fiat Chrysler with one champion for cars in the U.S. ...

Chehab: A Super Bowl MVP sidelined

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12
Saad Chehab walked away this month from his post as Maserati's head of marketing for personal reasons. But in the six years he spent with Chrysler and Fiat Chrysler Autom ...

Fiat Chrysler's free degrees score with Fla. dealer

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12
Florida Fiat Chrysler dealer Randy Dye says the automaker's pilot program to offer no-cost college educations to dealership employees has helped with recruiting, employee ...

Revised FCA contract deal boosts newer workers to top-wage status in 8 years

UPDATED: 10/9/15 4:15 pm ET - adds Williams remarks
A new tentative agreement between Fiat Chrysler and the UAW provides a wage progression that will get lower-paid Tier 2 workers to the same rate of pay -- $30 an hour -- ...

Did the UAW pull the old 'Higher Power' gambit on FCA?

3:27 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 9
In Negotiating 101, it's known as the “Higher Power” gambit -- that move toward the end of the negotiation that says “Well, it's OK with me, but I gotta ...

UAW touts 'significant gains' after securing deal with FCA at deadline

UPDATED: 10/8/15 12:32 am ET - adds Williams statement
The UAW and Fiat Chrysler reached another tentative agreement on a new labor contract early this morning, averting a threatened strike that could have sent some or all of ...

Fiat Chrysler targeted with UAW strike deadline

UPDATED: 10/6/15 4:26 pm ET -- adds background
The UAW notified Fiat Chrysler that it will cancel contract extensions under which 40,000 unionized workers have been working since Sept. 14 and could go on strike. The u ...

UAW's Williams calls out outside agitators, says more info coming on FCA talks

UPDATED: 10/5/15 4:07 pm ET - adds FCA comment
UAW President Dennis Williams issued a statement to his members regarding contract negotiations with Fiat Chrysler, taking to task outside groups seeking to “stir p ...

Fiat Chrysler management shuffle boosts Kuniskis, Manley

UPDATED: 10/5/15 1:50 pm ET - corrected
Fiat Chrysler has shuffled its North American upper management, giving more responsibility and brands to Dodge boss Tim Kuniskis and Jeep head Mike Manley. ...

Why Marchionne and his rivals disagree on the need for mass consolidation

Oct. 5, 2015 06:15 CET
Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne says the global auto industry will face “disastrous consequences” if it ignores his call for more large-scale consolidatio ...

Postal Service books big Ram ProMaster order

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5
The U.S. Postal Service's order for 9,133 2016 Ram ProMaster 2500 cargo vans represents the biggest single customer purchase of the front-wheel-drive ProMaster since U.S. ...

Maserati's global marketing chief Chehab resigns

5:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 4
Saad Chehab -- Maserati's global chief marketing officer and the creative force behind several of Fiat Chrysler's celebrated Super Bowl ads -- has resigned. ...

An FCA strike: $1 billion a week in lost revenues

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3
A UAW strike of Fiat Chrysler could cost the Detroit automaker close to $1 billion a week in lost revenue and would quickly lead to a shortage of several hot-selling vehi ...