Larry P. Vellequette

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Betts leaves Chrysler after another poor quality showing
9:39 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28 | UPDATED: 10/28/14 11:00 am ET -- adds background
Fiat Chrysler's quality chief has left the company, a day after the automaker ranked last in a closely watched scorecard on vehicle reliability in the United States. ...


Next-generation Wrangler will get an aluminum body
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27
It’s looking more and more like the next-generation Jeep Wrangler will have an aluminum body, keep its body-on-frame construction and remain built in Toledo, Ohio. ...


Hellcat, Scat Pack liven up lineup of 2015 Dodge Charger
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27
Dodge bumped the base sticker of the freshened 2015 Charger up $1,000 and added two high-performance trim levels of the large four-door car. ...


Chrysler video games bolster dealership sales staff training
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27
Chrysler Group is about to encourage dealership salespeople to play video games during downtime. The automaker has created four video games to help salespeople learn the ...


Viper plant to reopen next month
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27
Chrysler Group will restart the idled Conner Avenue plant in Detroit in mid-November to build the Dodge Viper. The car's September sales jumped after a $15,000 price cut. ...


Chrysler 200 ads are 'Ready to Take on the World'
10:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 26
The Chrysler brand is expanding the evolution of its "Imported from Detroit" theme with four TV commercials touting the 2015 Chrysler 200. ...


Wrangler will remain body-on-frame, sources say
3:04 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 23
The next-generation Jeep Wrangler will continue to be a body-on-frame vehicle and won't switch to unibody construction, Automotive News has learned. ...


Viper plant to reopen in mid-November
3:05 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 21
Chrysler Group will restart the idled Conner Avenue plant in Detroit in mid-November to build the Dodge Viper. ...


SRT versions of Jeep Grand Cherokee to stay -- for now
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20
When Chrysler Group said in May that the SRT designation would be for Dodge vehicles only, it was silent on the fate of the SRT versions of the Chrysler 300 and Jeep Gran ...


Are railroads snubbing autos?
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20
Automakers frustrated by expensive delays in transporting vehicles to dealerships are about to learn whether railroads give preferential treatment to other shippers. ...


Why Wrangler’s Toledo decision may depend on keeping the money spigot flowing
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 18
It’s been just over two weeks since Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne casually revealed that he might have to move Jeep Wrangler production out of its ...


Dodge 'Scat Pack' trim revival resurrects 1968 trademark dispute
11:33 am U.S. ET | Oct. 17 | UPDATED: 10/17/14 2:07 pm ET - adds Chrysler response
Dodge's attempts to revive its muscle car-era “Scat Pack” trims may have stepped in it in the process. ...


Former Showa exec indicted in U.S. price-fixing probe
12:07 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 16
A former executive of Japanese auto parts supplier Showa has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Cincinnati on a charge of conspiring to fix the prices of parts sold ...


Ounce of prevention keeps employees on the job
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15
When it comes to the health and well-being of its 130 employees, Baker Motor Co. of Charleston closely follows the adage about the relative cost of prevention and cure. ...


Fracking boom sends gushers of cash to rural dealers
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13
An ongoing explosion of domestic energy production — primarily from a highly controversial extraction process commonly called fracking — is transforming rural ...


Fracking spurs debate, energy boom
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13
Hydraulic fracturing is not new. Drilling companies have fractured shale for decades to release and extract trapped hydrocarbons nearby. ...


Fiat Chrysler lags rivals in EPA's mpg report
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13
The automaker that launched a Dodge this year that can burn up to 1.5 gallons of gasoline a minute finished last in the government's annual report on fuel economy gains. ...


Maserati wants to add 20 U.S. rooftops by year end
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 11
The global head of Maserati wants the Italian luxury brand to add 20 dealerships in the United States by year end. Speaking to Automotive News at the Paris auto show, Har ...


Chrysler names Harlow to replace Pino atop NAFTA manufacturing
11:42 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7
Chrysler Group has dispatched its Italian-born head of North American manufacturing, Mauro Pino, to Latin America and replaced him with its head of powertrain manufacturi ...


Hybrid Chrysler minivan will hit market in '15, a year early
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6
Chrysler Group will launch a plug-in hybrid version of the next-generation Chrysler Town & Country minivan late next year. ...


Paris show hits and misses
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6
There were more hits than misses at the Paris auto show, a sign that even with a sluggish European market, automakers are willing to take chances with new designs. ...


Wrangler shock wave hits Toledo
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6
Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, dropped a bomb at the Paris auto show last week, and it landed 4,000 miles west on Toledo, Ohio. ...


Wrangler is so engrained in its DNA, the city should be spelled Toledo, OIIIIIIIO
12:12 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 3
My hometown completely freaked out Thursday. Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne disclosed the next-generation Jeep Wrangler might have to be manufactured somewhere else ...


Jeep ponders switch to aluminum for next Wrangler body, Marchionne says
11:21 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2 | UPDATED: 10/2/14 5:18 pm ET - adds details
The next-generation Jeep Wrangler may be built off a unibody platform, feature smaller and turbocharged engines, and switch to an aluminum body, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles ...


Ford puts refreshed C-Max in the Phantom's spotlight
6:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1
Ford on Wednesday lifted the mask on its next-generation C-Max at a special event at the Opera National de Paris, the setting for the fictional The Phantom of the Opera. ...


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