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FCA Recalling 300K Ram Pickups for Gas Tank Problem

Automaker's second Ram pickup recall in last month.

by on Mar.16, 2018

FCA is recalling 300,000 Ram pickups due to a problem with the gas tank.

Fiat Chrysler issued another gas tank-related recall, ordering more than 300,000 Ram pickup trucks to head to dealers because the fuel tanks can sag.

The action affects Ram 1500 pickups from 2009–12, mainly in cold-weather U.S. states and Canada where salt is used to clear snow from roads. In the U.S. the trucks are in 20 states and Washington, D.C.

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An investigation found a bracket can corrode, allowing the tanks sag, the company noted. The remaining structure will stop the tanks from falling. Fiat Chrysler says it’s not aware of any crashes, fires, leaks or injuries due to the problem. (more…)

FCA Claims Web Developer Bribed Exec $2.4M to Raise Prices

Website maker denies claims in lawsuit.

by on Mar.16, 2018

Fiat Chrysler claims a website developer bribed an FCA executive to inflate website development costs.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. overpaid for new car dealer websites after the developer bribed Clyde Campbell, who was then the company’s managing director in the country, according a lawsuit now being tried in the United Kingdom.

The UK High Court heard evidence from Robert Olver, a web services expert appointed to come up with a fair price for the contract signed in 2010 between Chrysler and British car industry web developer Motortrak.

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Olver told the court there was no commercial justification for some elements of the contract, and Motortrak charged well above a fair price, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. (more…)

Waymo Lets Folks Peer Behind the Autonomous Curtain

CEO Krafcik promotes self-driving cars with videos at SXSW.

by on Mar.15, 2018

These girls commemorated their ride in Waymo's autonomous minivan with a selfie.

Surveys are showing that a majority of Americans are uncomfortable with the idea of riding in an autonomous, or self-driving vehicle.

In fact, the most recent AAA study shows that 63% of Americans are reticent to get into an autonomous car. That number is down from 78% from the previous year.

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Although the numbers of nays are shrinking, its apparent that it’s going to require some heavy marketing on the part of automakers that are heavily investing in self-driving technology development, and Waymo CEO John Krafcik is helping to lead the charge. (more…)

Feds Charge Fifth Person in UAW-FCA Training Funds Scandal

Holiefield's assistant latest to be charged by investigators.

by on Mar.14, 2018

UAW President Dennis Williams continues to deny that members charged in the FCA-UAW fund scandal impacted negotiations.

The drip, drip, drip of charges in the scandal surrounding the training funds at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. administered jointly by FCA and the United Auto Workers continues as federal prosecutors disclosed they filed charges against another former UAW official.

Keith Mickens, 64, of Detroit, a former senior official in the UAW’s FCA Department, became the fifth person, including two from the UAW and two from FCA, charged in a corruption scandal that has led to four convictions.

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Mickens was charged with using credit cards linked to the joint training fund to purchase luggage, electronics, designer clothes and golf equipment in a criminal investigation, which means a guilty plea is expected. (more…)

Jeep’s Cult-Like Following Officially Rewarded

Brand honored for ability inspired loyalty.

by on Feb.27, 2018

The Jeep Wrangler's history and loyal fans helped the brand secure the 2017 Cult Brand honor.

Jeep has long had some of the most devoted fans in the auto business and their loyalty and attachment to the brand have earned the brand a designation that places it in unique company.

It has been recognized as a 2017 “Cult Brand” Honoree at the annual “The Gathering” by the Society of Cult Brands. Jeep is the first and only automotive brand ever recognized by the association.

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Besides Jeep, the other honorees include Beats by Dr. Dre, Gatorade, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Snickers, PlayStation, Vans and charity water.  (more…)

Fiat Chrysler Said to be Exiting Diesel Business on Car Side

Plan reportedly set to be announced in June.

by on Feb.26, 2018

FCA appears ready phase out diesels in all but pickups and Jeeps.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plans to end production of diesel-powered passenger cars by 2022, according to a newly published report, though it left open the possibility the automaker will continue offering the high-mileage technology in some of its trucks.

The plan is set to be announced in June as part of the broader five-year strategy the carmaker will unveil – about the same time it is expected to outline plans to replace the soon-to-retire CEO Sergio Marchionne.

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A phase-out of diesel production by FCA would not be entirely unexpected in the wake of the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal sales of the technology has slumped in many markets, especially in Europe. And regulators in many places, including the city of Paris, are now considering diesel bans. Porsche last week announced its own plan to phase-out the technology. (more…)

FCA CEO Marchionne Earns Nearly $12 Million in 2017

Last year's compensation package slightly higher than previous year's.

by on Feb.20, 2018

FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne's compensation package for 2017 totaled nearly $12 million.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV enjoyed a profitable 2017 and as a result CEO Sergio Marchionne received a raise to nearly $12 million in compensation. The company’s soon-to-retire leader made $11.5 million in 2016.

In addition, Marchionne also received stock for the first time in the last three years due to the company’s success. He is expected to retire later this year.

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Marchionne’s compensation is a mix of salary, bonuses and other benefits. His base salary in 2017 was $4.3 million and he earned a $7.6 million performance bonus for the company’s results in 2016, according to Securities and Exchange Commission filings. (more…)

Dodge, Mopar Sponsoring NHRA Event

Dodge enhancing racing status with NHRA partnership.

by on Feb.19, 2018

Dodge and Mopar continue to support NHRA racing with the sponsorship of the Mile High Nationals in Denver.

With the releases of the Hellcat and Demon models, it may seem like Dodge is looking to fill the world with street-legal drag racers. Well, now it’s working with the track-only monsters as it has signed on as title sponsor of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series national event at Bandimere Speedway in Denver.

The brand has a long history with the NHRA, including its aftermarket performance brand, Mopar. The 2018 Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Powered by Mopar marks the 30th year that FCA US LLC brands are race sponsors, one of the longest partnerships in all of motorsports.

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“Performance and competition fuel Dodge owners and the Dodge//SRT team every day,” said Steve Beahm, head of Passenger Cars, Dodge//SRT, Chrysler and Fiat, FCA – North America. (more…)

First Drive: 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti

Power. Comfort. Feel. Alfa is back.

by on Feb.19, 2018

The 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia offers an excellent mix of power and distinctive styling.

During its long history, Alfa Romeo has had its share of up and downs.

It had a starring role in “The Graduate,” one of the iconic movies of the late 1960s, but by the time Ronald Reagan was elected president a little more than a decade later Alfa had faded away, eclipsed by the Japanese and European brands with seemingly superior technology if not design.

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But Alfa Romeo is back and a test drive of the Alfa Romeo Giulia left an indelible impression of a stylish, powerful vehicle that fun to drive and had a very different spirit than its German rivals such the BMW 3 Series or the Audi A4 or Mercedes-Benz C Class. (more…)

Waymo Gets the Go to Launch 1st Driverless Ride-Sharing Program

Service set to begin within the year in Phoenix area, then expand to other markets.

by on Feb.19, 2018

Waymo has been testing its ride-sharing program in Phoenix but now has a permit to go fully driverless.

Waymo, the autonomous ride-sharing service spun off by Google, has gotten permission to launch a commercial ride-sharing service that will completely eliminate human drivers.

The company has confirmed receiving a permit from the Arizona Department of Transportation and is now expecting to launch service using a small fleet of modified Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans in the Phoenix area. It has been operating a pilot program in the Phoenix area for the past year using autonomous vehicles that still had a backup “operator” behind the wheel ready to take control in an emergency.

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“As we continue to test-drive our fleet of vehicles in greater Phoenix, we’re taking all the steps necessary to launch our commercial service this year,” a Waymo spokesman told (more…)