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Fiat Chrysler Confidently Pays First-Ever Dividend

Payout marks optimism about rest of 2019 performance.

by on Apr.15, 2019

Fiat Chairman John Elkann told shareholders at the FCA annual meeting that he expected strong results in 2019.

The top executives of Fiat Chrysler Automobile N.V. delivered an upbeat assessment of the company’s future prospects during the company annual shareholder meeting in Amsterdam, agreeing to pay a dividend to shareholders for the first time since Fiat took effective control of the Chrysler Group in 2009 and brought it out of bankruptcy.

In the first shareholders gathering since the death of Sergio Marchionne, FCA’s longtime chief executive, it fell to John Elkann, Fiat’s chairman, to deliver an optimistic forecast for 2019 despite the drop in the company’s business in North America and the slowdown in the sales of Jeep, which has emerged as the company’s principal brand.

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Elkann, the representative of the founding Agnelli family, which has run Fiat for more than 100 years, told investors the Italo-American group was ready to play a part in the “new and exciting” era for the auto industry. (more…)

Jeep Reveals 6 Extreme Concepts for Annual Easter Safari to Moab

Pushing the limits in Jeep style.

by on Apr.08, 2019

The 53rd annual Moab Easter Safari is near and that means six new creations from Jeep designed to tackle everything off-road.

If you’re like most folks, you’ll likely gather with family members to mark the upcoming Easter holiday. Serious Jeep fans may also like to get together with friends and family, but the gathering often takes place out in wide-open spaces.

For the 53th consecutive year, Jeep is hosting its Moab Easter Safari and, along with Fiat Chrysler’s Mopar parts division, it’s come up with an assortment of six customized models that will join in on the fun.

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And for this year’s safari, Jeep will be bringing along something completely new: customized versions of the 2020 Gladiator, the brand’s first new pickup in 27 years. Here’s a look at the six Moab Easter Jeep Safari concept: (more…)

First Drive: 2020 Jeep Gladiator

Far more than just a Wrangler with a bed.

by on Apr.01, 2019

The 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon has 11" ground clearance and can handle 30" of water.

“Sunny California” hasn’t been nearly as bright blue as normal during the last few months, with record rainfall across the state and even some snow down in the Los Angeles hills.

Up here in Healdsburg, in the center of Napa Valley wine country, farm fields are waterlogged, dirt roads turning to gooey mud. While not everyone might be pleased, these are the perfect conditions for testing out the all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator.

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There was a time when pickups were a regular option in the Jeep line-up, starting with a version of the classic, post-World War II CJ model. From 1945 to 1968, in fact, trucks made up about 40% of the CJ’s production run, about 200,000 in all. (more…)

Alfa Romeo Signals Plug-In Plans With Tonale Concept

Jeep Renegade-sized SUV a smaller alternative to current Alfa Stelvio.

by on Mar.05, 2019

The Alfa Romeo Tonale Concept will offer a plug-in hybrid driveline shared with Jeep.

Named after one of the most famous passes through the Italian side of the Alps, the Alfa Romeo Tonale provides a vista into the future of the brand as it both expands its line-up of SUVs and begins rolling out an array of battery-based vehicles.

Though the model that debuted today at the Geneva Motor Show is officially just a concept, the Jeep Renegade-sized crossover will soon join the Alfa line-up as a more compact alternative to the brand’s current Stelvio model.

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Tonale, meanwhile, highlights Alfa’s electrification plans. First outlined by Sergio Marchionne, the late CEO of parent Fiat Chrysler last June, Alfa plans to offer a wide array of battery-based offerings, including two plug-in hybrid halo cars.

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FCA Cuts 1,400 Jobs at Jeep Plant in Illinois

Automaker offers to place employees in other jobs.

by on Feb.27, 2019

FCA cut 1,400 jobs at its Belvidere, Illinois plant, but added it would attempt to find jobs within the company for the laid off employees.

On the heels of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ announcement that it plans to open a new assembly plant in Detroit and adds jobs at another in Warren, Michigan, FCA also confirmed it plans to cut 1,400 jobs at its assembly plant in Belvidere, Illinois, in early May.

“In order to better align production with global demand at its Belvidere Assembly Plant, FCA notified the state of Illinois, the city of Belvidere and the UAW today that it intends to return the plant to a traditional two shift operation, beginning May 6, 2019,” FCA said in a statement.

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“This action will affect 1,371 people. The company will make every effort to place indefinitely laid off hourly employees in open full-time positions as they become available based on seniority,” the statement said. (more…)

Fiat Chrysler to Open New Jeep Plant, Add 6,500 Jobs

Project will see major expansion of electrified models.

by on Feb.26, 2019

FCA CEO Mike Manley revealed the company will invest $4.5 billion in a new plant and upgrades to others to develop two new "white space" Jeeps and other vehicles.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will invest $4.5 billion in a new plant and upgrades to five other factories, in the process creating about 6,500 new jobs.

The project will focus primarily on the fast-growing Jeep and Ram brands which will launch production of two new large SUVs at its Mack Avenue Engine Complex in Detroit. The Euro-American automaker also plans to increase its investment in electrified vehicles, an area where it has fallen well behind key competitors.

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“Three years ago, FCA set a course to grow our profitability based on the strength of the Jeep and Ram brands by realigning our U.S. manufacturing operations,” said FCA Chief Executive Mike Manley. “Today’s announcement represents the next step in that strategy. It allows Jeep to enter two white space segments that offer significant margin opportunities and will enable new electrified Jeep products.” (more…)

FCA’s New Benefit Helps Employees With Big Tuition Bills

Workers find a CommonBond through new program.

by on Jan.29, 2019

Fiat Chrysler is making it easier for employees to manage student debt through its tie-up with CommonBond.

With automakers pressing ahead with new technology manufacturers are eager to bring in new talent to exploit it.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. is adding a new wrinkle to its benefit package to help salaried employees saddled with student loans and help bring in new recruits.

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The new benefit helps FCA employees refinance their student loans through CommonBond. It is in addition to the tuition assistance program offered to employees working on an additional degree while employed by the company, FCA spokesman Michael Palese said in an e-mail. (more…)

Detroit Auto Show Not Ready to Wave Goodbye to Winter

Final January run to see over 30 new models debut.

by on Dec.10, 2018

Toyota showed us a well-camouflaged Supra with chief engineer Tetsuya Tada at the Goodwood Festival.

The Detroit Auto Dealers Association has inked a seven-year deal with the City of Detroit that will ensure that the North American International Auto Show keeps running through at least the latter part of the next decade.

The deal also locks down the move from January to June that DADA, the sponsor of the show, announced earlier this year. That is expected to prove critical if the Detroit Auto Show is to regain its former glory or, at the very least, keep from slipping into second-tier status, something that seemed all too likely in the wake of a painfully quiet 2018 event that saw a single official media day wrap up the new car debuts shortly after noon.

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The 2019 North American International Auto Show will clearly not have the luster of years past. Virtually the entire European contingent – including brands like Audi, BMW, Jaguar and Meredes-Benz – plan to sit it out. But there will still be enough on the calendar to keep the spotlight lit. Among the products set to make their official debut at the Cobo Hall convention center are the long-awaited Toyota Supra and the Lexus RC F which is being hailed as the brand’s fastest and most powerful model ever, save for its limited-edition LFA supercar.

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FCA Set to Open New SUV Plant in Detroit

Move would come as GM prepares to idle three plants.

by on Dec.06, 2018

The converted engine plant will produce a three-row version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plans to open a new assembly plant in Detroit to expand its capacity to produce hot-selling sport-utility vehicles, according to several reports.

The automaker has yet to confirm that it will completely retool an old engine plant on Detroit’s east side, but company officials have, in recent months, indicated that they are strained to the limits of capacity at their existing light truck plants.

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The news comes at an awkward time for FCA’s largest domestic rival, General Motors. GM’s CEO Mary Barra on Thursday spent a second day in Washington trying to minimize criticism of the automaker’s plan to close three assembly plants building slow-selling passenger car models like the Chevrolet Cruze. That would leave what has long been known as the Motor City with only one working assembly plant within its borders, at least unless and until the new FCA truck plant were to come online.

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10 Best of the LA Auto Show

Cars, trucks, crossover and concepts worth a second look.

by on Dec.03, 2018

The long-awaited Jeep Gladiator pickup made for one of the splashiest debuts at the LA Auto Show.

We’ve been to some dud auto shows over the last year. The Paris Motor Show, which kicked off the 2019 model-year, couldn’t even fill up a half day on the media calendar, and the Detroit Auto Show didn’t stretch much further. But this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show delivered some sweet surprises with its mix of cars, trucks, crossovers and concepts.

As we’ve come to expect from the Tinseltown extravaganza, there were plenty of green machines making their first appearance at the Los Angeles Convention Center, but these weren’t the sort of slow and stodgy sedans and quirky hatchbacks of years past, covering a broad swath of territory including electrified SUVs, pickups and sports cars. And there were plenty of promising products that fell into more conventional categories.

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Here’s an alphabetical look at 10 of our favorite debuts at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show:

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