Larry P. Vellequette

Chrysler Group reporter

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Recent articles
Fiat's cute cartoon characters suggest buying a 500 -- or else
3:38 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 27
Since Fiat was reintroduced to the United States in 2011, the Italian brand has stretched the advertising envelope. ...


Consumer Reports judges Ram 1500 EcoDiesel tops among half-ton pickups
11:44 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26
Consumer Reports says the hot-selling Ram 1500 EcoDiesel outscored competitors from Ford, General Motors, Toyota and Nissan to claim the magazine's top spot among full-si ...


Chrysler fills safety officer position
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18
Scott Kunselman, 51, who had been Chrysler's head of purchasing since 2012, was tapped to lead the company's new Office of Vehicle Safety and Regulatory Compliance. ...


Mopar, 3M team up for Jeep map decals
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17
A consumer looking to personalize a Jeep Grand Cherokee, Wrangler or Cherokee designs a map online that will later be installed by a dealer on the SUV's hood. ...


Dodge drops 707-hp supercharged Hellcat engine into 2015 Charger SRT
10:45 am U.S. ET | Aug. 13 | UPDATED: 8/13/14 3:14 pm ET - adds photo gallery, video
Chrysler Group today unveiled its second car that will be powered by its 707-hp supercharged 6.2-liter Hellcat engine, a 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. ...


Chrysler purchasing chief Kunselman to lead new safety office
9:33 am U.S. ET | Aug. 12 | UPDATED: 8/14/14 9:33 am ET - corrected
Chrysler tapped its head of purchasing, Scott Kunselman, to lead a new office that will oversee safety issues and regulatory compliance as scrutiny over the industry's sa ...


A slap in the face of Chrysler suppliers?
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11
For five years, Chrysler Group has been slowly building its once-tattered relations with suppliers. Then, in about three minutes last week, CEO Sergio Marchionne called t ...


Volt marketing will get redesigned next year with new vehicle
12:42 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7
Chevrolet will overhaul its marketing plan for the Chevy Volt when it launches the second-generation in 2015, using existing Volt owners as product evangelists focusing m ...


Will Marchionne's profits grab come up empty?
5:16 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6
Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne today seemed like a grizzly bear standing amid a stream of happily swimming salmon. ...


Marchionne vows to claw back share of supplier profits
3:25 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6
Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne today fired a shot at his supply base, saying that suppliers' double-digit profit margins were making his blood pressure go up. ...


Chrysler's Q2 profits rise 22% to $619 million on Jeep, pickup gains
10:30 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6 | UPDATED: 8/6/14 12:13 pm ET - adds Marchionne comments
Chrysler reported net income of $619 million in the second quarter on record Jeep sales and strong pickup deliveries. ...


Dana CEO says purchasers are collaborating with suppliers earlier
9:53 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6
Like other Tier 1 suppliers, Dana, a major supplier of axles and driveshafts, has been working to strip weight out of its products, says CEO Roger Wood. ...


N.A. auto market seen outshining other regions, despite threats
1:09 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5
Auto sales will continue to rise in North America through 2020 despite lingering effects of the 2009 recession, economist Jeff Schuster predicted today. ...


Center of North American auto industry moves further southwest, IHS says
2:46 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5
The geographic center point of the North American auto industry, which was located in central Illinois in 2000, has now crossed south into Arkansas from Missouri and movi ...


Auto sales would be higher in 'normal' recovery, researcher says
12:24 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5
If this were a normal recovery, the auto industry should be selling a lot more cars than it is this year, says an economist. ...


Why a squeeze is coming to auto dealers
10:28 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5
Take note: there is a squeeze coming to an auto dealer near you. ...


Ford, GM play with numbers for bragging rights
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4 | UPDATED: 8/814 3:24 pm ET - correction
Ford and GM delete the weight of some heavy parts, such as spare tires and rear bumpers, in calculating the maximum payload of some profitable pickups. The practice is r ...


Why the supplier price-fixing investigation looms large
9:40 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4
There's three dozen people in the auto supply chain who should be on the mind of everyone attending the Management Briefing Seminars here this year. ...


Safety regulators working on cars that can detect drunk drivers
3:40 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4 | UPDATED: 8/4/14 4:43 pm ET - adds details
Federal safety regulators are working on a “seamless” technology that can detect alcohol by touch and breath and can be used to reduce or eliminate alcohol-re ...


Standardized robotic stations can improve quality as lightweight materials gain favor, exec says
1:10 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4
Automakers' rapid embrace of lightweight materials will dramatically increases manufacturing complexity that can be solved with automation and standardization, says Marti ...


Chrysler exec: Recalls strengthen industry ties
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4
This year's long list of automotive recalls is strengthening the bond between suppliers and automakers, Chrysler Group's head of quality says. ...


Mopar, 3M team up for Jeep map decals
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4
It usually takes years to develop an automotive product and get it to market. But, occasionally, a good idea, a few months, a good supplier relationship and a phone call ...


Comau helps automakers meet changing mpg goals
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4
As fuel economy standards grow more stringent, automakers are turning to aluminum and other lightweight materials and more complex manufacturing methods to meet their goa ...


Chrysler Group posts best July since 2005 on 20% gain
11:56 am U.S. ET | Aug. 1
Strong sales of SUVs, pickups and minivans pushed Chrysler Group's volume up 20 percent last month to its highest July U.S. sales in nine years. ...


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. ...


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