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Feds Slam Fiat Chrysler for Lax Safety Efforts

FCA “has not remedied vehicles in a reasonable time,” claims NHTSA.

by on Jun.19, 2015

A fire involving a Jeep Grand Cherokee. The recall for a potential safety problem has gone slowly.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has been dragging its feet when it comes to safety problems, or so claims the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in a new document released ahead of a public hearing on the issue.

The statement by federal regulators follows admissions by the automaker that it has been slow to handle repairs to vehicles covered by a recall linked to numerous vehicle fires. And it appears to be part of a broader crackdown on automotive safety in the wake of record recalls that saw more than 60 million vehicles impacted due to defects last year.

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“NHTSA has tentatively concluded that Fiat Chrysler has not remedied vehicles in a reasonable time and has not adequately remedied vehicles,” the NHTSA said in a document posted on its website ahead of a hearing to determine whether FCA met federal rules on properly reporting defects and then making repairs.

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Chrysler Ordered to Pay $150M due to Jeep Fire

Automaker plans to appeal verdict.

by on Apr.03, 2015

Despite testimony by CEO Sergio Marchionne saying the Jeep's rear-mounted fuel tank is safe, jurors awarded a $150 million to a Georgia family.

A Georgia jury on Thursday awarded $150 million to the family of a boy who burned to death in a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee after a rear-end collision, finding Fiat Chrysler LLC’s rear-positioned fuel tank in the Jeep posed a fire risk and killed the child.

The Decatur County, Georgia, jury reached the verdict just hours after closing arguments concluded the eight-day trial, granting the family’s request for $120 million for the full value of 4-year-old Remington Walden’s life. Jurors found that Fiat Chrysler knew of the potential danger and the jury said Chrysler, the maker of Jeeps, must pay.

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The jury ruled that Chrysler acted with reckless disregard for human life in selling the family of Remington “Remi” Walden a 1999 Jeep with a gas tank mounted behind the rear axle. (more…)

Chrysler Pulling Out of UK

American side of FCA to focus on Jeep brand.

by on Mar.19, 2015

FCA is pulling the Chrysler brand, which basically entails the Ypsilon at this point, from the U.K.

FCA is giving the axe to the Chrysler brand – in the U.K., that is. It plans to pull the iconic brand out of the British market by 2017 due to steadily dwindling sales.

Instead, the Euro-American automaker plans to put the focus on its other brands, most notably Jeep, which has been scoring big sales gains around the world the last several years.

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The Chrysler brand spent years struggling to build a presence outside of the American home market, largely without success. Sales dwindled to 1,982 in the U.K. last year, down 21% from the year before, and barely half the 3,500 vehicles Chrysler sold there in 2012, according to the trade group, the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders. (more…)

FCA Confirms Next-Gen Minivan Gets Plug-in Hybrid

Chrysler’s family haulers expand to include new technology.

by on Feb.13, 2015

Chrysler brand chief, Al Gardner, confirmed that a plug-in hybrid minivan is coming next year.

A key FCA US executive confirmed the new family of Chrysler minivans will include a plug-in hybrid version.

Al Gardner, president and CEO, Chrysler brand – FCA North America , said during an interview at the Chicago Auto Show, the plug-in hybrid is definitely part of the Chrysler brand’s future product plan.

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Last month, Fiat Chrysler Automobile Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne said he hoped to have the new minivan ready for an unveiling at the next North American International Auto Show in January 2016. (more…)

Spy Shots: 2017 Chrysler Town & Country

Down to one.

by on Jan.05, 2015

Chrysler has some big changes in its minivan plans, with a new Town & Country coming for 2017. Photos by Jim Dunne: Autospy.

Chrysler is hard at work preparing an all-new version of the Town & Country van, set for introduction as a 2017 model.

The much-anticipated debut will cap some major changes at Chrysler. At one point, the maker offered a variety of different – though largely badge-engineered – minivans, including not only the T&C but the Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager, as well. From 2017, only the one model will remain, the maker developing a very different sort of “people mover” to replace the Dodge offering.

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The big challenge for FCA US LLC – the new name for the merged Fiat-Chrysler – will be to maintain demand for even its one remaining classic minivan. Once controlling more than two-thirds of the market, it has come under withering assault from a handful of foreign competitors, notably the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna. At the same time, the minivan market itself has shrunk drastically since its mid-1990s peak.

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First Drive: 2015 Chrysler 300

Value and performance in the same package.

by on Dec.23, 2014

The 2015 Chrysler 300 can be had with full-speed forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning with lane keep assist.

The Chrysler 300 isn’t exactly a new car.

It’s been around since the middle of the last decade, but the enduring appeal of its exterior design plus the almost constant attention from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles engineers and product planners has turned the 300 into full-sized sedan that can hold its own against more expensive rivals.

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For one thing, the inside of the 300, initially a wasteland of gray or tan plastic, has been completely rebuilt so the spacious interior with soft-touch materials are presented with artfully selected accents and a variety of textures that serve to create a comfortable ambience throughout the cabin. (more…)

Alphabet Soup as Chrysler Becomes FCA US LLC

Familiar name to remain only on Chrysler brand products.

by on Dec.16, 2014

More changes for the newly merged Fiat Chrysler.

After nearly 90 years, it’s the end of the road for the familiar Chrysler corporate name.

Just two months after the maker completed its merger with Italy’s Fiat, the U.S. side of the company will abandon the familiar Chrysler Group LLC to become FCA US LLC.

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The name is meant to better reflect that of the new parent company, the global Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV.

“FCA US continues to build upon the solid foundations first established by Walter P. Chrysler in 1925 as well as a rich Fiat heritage that dates from 1899,” the company said in a prepared statement.

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Chrysler Expands Takata Recall as 10 Automakers Begin Airbag Probe

Will replacement airbags face a similar problem?

by on Dec.12, 2014

The 2005 Chrysler 300C is included in the latest expansion of Chrysler's airbag recall.

Chrysler is the latest automaker to expand its recall of vehicles equipped with potentially defective airbags provided by the embattled Japanese supplier Takata.

The announcement came hours after the Detroit automaker met with a group of nine rivals in an effort to understand the problems with the airbag systems that have so far been linked to at least five deaths and 46 injuries in the U.S. alone.

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Chrysler will boost its recall of Takata-equipped vehicles by 208,783. It’s the second time in a week that the smallest of the Detroit makers expanded its effort to deal with the airbag problem. Chrysler now has recalled 617,000 vehicles with the suspect Takata safety systems. But the figure jumps to nearly 11 million when other manufacturers are factored in.

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First Look: 2015 Chrysler 300

LA debut for maker's "gold standard."

by on Nov.19, 2014

In your face, the 2015 Chrysler 300 grille is 30% larger than the outgoing model's.

It’s big, bold and in your face. And to fans, that’s the best part of the Chrysler 300 sedan. If anything, the maker may have backed off a bit too much when the full-size model was redesigned several years ago, says Chrysler’s top stylist. It isn’t making that mistake again as it rolls out an updated 2015 Chrysler 300 family at this year’s L.A. Auto Show.

The mid-cycle update picks up on the most critical cues of the 2005 sedan, as well as the original 1955 Chrysler 300, according to design director Ralph Gilles, who says the goal was to give the 2015 Chrysler 300 “the presence and attitude it deserves.”

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It also gets a new model in the mix, the 300C Platinum, which gives the sedan a much more upscale appearance and feel.

“That’s what this car has to go back to,” adds Chrysler President Al Gardner, who concedes the last update was a little too bland to remain the brand’s “gold standard.”

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Fiat Expects to Finish Ferrari Spinoff Next Summer

IPO part of a plan to grow FCA globally.

by on Nov.14, 2014

Sergio Marchionne told reporters in Italy that the Ferrari IPO will now happen in the second or third quarter of 2015.

The Ferrari initial public offering is now expected to be complete between the second and the third quarter of 2015, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne told reporters in Italy.

FCA announced last month it planned to spinoff Ferrari from the group, selling a 10% stake via a public offering and distributing the rest of FCA’s stake in Ferrari to its shareholders. The Ferrari IPO is expected to raise $5 billion to reduce FCA’s debt and bolster the company’s balance sheet.

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The spinoff is part of a bigger capital-raising plan that also includes a $2.5 billion convertible bond issue to help cut debt and fund an ambitious business plan aimed at turning FCA into a global carmaker. (more…)