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Big Bird Gets a New Chrysler Pacifica Minivan

Chrysler is newest sponsor for Sesame Street.

by on Jul.17, 2017

Chrysler is now an official sponsor of Sesame Street on PBS. In four ads, the characters talk about how to be safe in a car and the features of the Pacifica.

For decades if you asked any of the characters on Sesame Street, especially one fuzzy blue guy, what the letter “C” stood for the first answer would have been “cookie” or “COOOOOKKIIIEEEE!!!”

However, things have changed on what is perhaps the best known street in America: now “C” stands for “Chrysler.”

News You Can Trust!

Chrysler announced it is now a “Sesame Street” sponsor, which includes a commitment to supporting the show on PBS, original content on Chrysler’s digital platforms and if there are automotive gods, a story line that involves Oscar the Grouch and the new Dodge Demon. (more…)

The End Approaches For Dodge Viper

But demand for “Ultimate Viper ACR” will keep plant busy to the end.

by on Jul.12, 2017

Members of Team Viper ready an engine for installation into a new Dodge Viper. The plant is being shut down and Viper production ended for good.

Barely five years after bringing the Dodge Viper back to life, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will end production and permanently shut down the special Detroit assembly line tasked with building the two-seat sports car.

A total of just 87 workers will be impacted by the closure of the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant on Detroit’s east side, but FCA plans to offer all of them work at some of its other facilities.

Product News!

First introduced in roadster trim in 1992, what fans preferred to call the “Snake” was one of the fastest products the automakers has ever built, but the $85,000 price tag was simply too much for most Dodge buyers, said Tim Kuniskis, head of Dodge and other North American passenger car operations. Ironically he told TheDetroitBureau.com, that sales of the Viper ACR model has actually been picking up as production of the Viper gets ready to shut down. (more…)

Judge Ready to Name Feinberg to Oversee FCA Diesel Settlement

Fiat Chrysler working on software to correct emissions problem.

by on Jul.10, 2017

Kenneth Feinberg is expected to help deliver a settlement in FCA's diesel emission lawsuits.

In an attempt to move lawsuits filed against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV for alleged excess diesel emissions closer to a settlement, a federal judge announced his plan to appoint Kenneth Feinberg settlement master.

Fiat Chrysler hasn’t been found guilty of any charges yet, but that hasn’t stemmed a swell of lawsuits against the company over the matter. The affected vehicles include 104,000 Ram 1500 EcoDiesels and Jeep Grand Cherokees from 2014-2016.

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Feinberg is a well-known compensation expert, especially within the automotive industry as he oversaw General Motors compensation fund for victims and families of owners of GM cars with faulty ignition systems. (more…)

For Ram, Tungsten is the New Gold (or Platinum, For That Matter)

Booming demand for high-line trucks buoys bottom line for Detroit automakers.

by on Jun.28, 2017

Fiat Chrysler is hunting affluent truck buyers with its new Ram Tungsten Limited Edition truck.

Consider it a bright idea: the folks at Ram hope to light up their sales numbers – and bottom line – by adding a new Tungsten Edition to their pickup truck line-up.

The Fiat Chrysler Automobiles truck brand is the latest to try to target extremely affluent motorists who keep demanding more and more upscale features on their SUVs and pickups. The new version of the Ram 1500 will start at $55,120.

2018 Product News!

It’s no surprise that Ram is offering what brand boss Mike Manley notes is “the highest trim level” the brand has ever offered. A quick check of the U.S. sales stats reveals that Detroit’s Big Three actually outsell more traditional brands like Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Lexus when pushing into luxury pricing territory. It just happens that most of those high-line domestic products are trucks. (more…)

Fiat Chrysler Urging Owners to “Check To Protect” Vehicle Recalls

Maker partners with National Safety Council on new website.

by on Jun.28, 2017

Fiat Chrysler is partnering with the National Safety Council to raise awareness of unrepaired recalls through the Check To Protect website.

The National Safety Council and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles have collaborated on a new website that allows consumers to check if their vehicle has an open recall, such as those involving airbags made by now-bankrupt Takata Corp.

It’s estimated that just 35% of vehicles equipped with faulty Takata airbags have been repairs, but the consequences can be catastrophic for not getting the vehicle fixed. The defective inflators have been traced to 16 deaths and 180 injuries.

Safety News!

The “Check To Protect” campaign allows users to enter their vehicle’s 17-digit vehicle identification number – found in the lower left corner of the car windshield or on the inside of the driver side door – at www.checktoprotect.org to obtain a full recall status report on any open recalls for that specific vehicle. (more…)

EPA Suspected Fiat Chrysler of Diesel Emissions Cheating in 2015

New documents reveal long-standing suspicions.

by on Jun.16, 2017

FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne has repeatedly denied claims that the company used a cheat device or software to meet diesel emissions requirements.

The Environmental Protection Agency suspected that Fiat Chrysler was using some sort of cheating device when testing its diesel emissions levels back in 2015, according to news reports.

The revelation came to light through a public records request, Reuters reported, that uncovered emails discussing the possibility in November 2015.

Manufacturing News!

Fiat Chrysler, which has repeatedly denied the accusation, was accused earlier this year by the EPA and the California Air Resources Board of using software to cheat on the emissions test in a manner similar to Volkswagen. The charge applies to 104,000 2014-2016 Dodge Ram 1500 trucks and Jeep Grand Cherokees. (more…)

Faulty Airbags Trigger Major Fiat Chrysler Minivan Recall

Inadvertent deployment injures eight.

by on Jun.15, 2017

FCA will recall 300,000 Dodge Grand Caravans.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced the recall of nearly 300,000 Dodge minivans due to faulty front airbags.

The safety devices have unexpectedly deployed on a number of occasions, resulting in at least eight minor injuries, the automaker reported, a problem that could also have resulted in vehicle crashes. The new recall follows a previous airbag service action by FCA that involved over 1 million vehicles.

Watching Out for Your Safety!

“Wiring may chafe against pieces of steering-wheel trim, potentially causing a short-circuit,” Fiat Chrysler said about the case of the latest airbag recall. “This may lead to a second short-circuit that is potentially capable of producing inadvertent deployment of the driver-side front air bag.”

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Slowing Auto Industry Threatening to Drag Down U.S. Economy

Automakers continue to cut production as sales slow.

by on Jun.15, 2017

GM is extending the summer shutdown at some plants, including this one in Fairfax, KS.

The U.S. auto industry was the little engine that could during the country’s recovery from the Great Recession, but it now may be turning into the anchor on an economy once again starting to sputter.

U.S. factory output slipped by 0.4% last month, a sharp turnaround from the 1.1% increase in April, the Federal Reserve reported on Thursday morning. While some industries continue to show strength, the weak figures for May coincide with growing production cuts by the U.S. auto industry.

Manufacturing News!

And the auto industry is facing still more jobs cuts in the months to come, industry analysts warn, especially if car sales don’t level out. GM, for one, has announced that it will extend its normal, two-week summer shutdown to as much as five weeks at some plants in the Midwest.

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Fiat Chrysler’s Diesel Problems Getting Worse

VW diesel researchers find problems with FCA's diesel emissions.

by on Jun.15, 2017

The Ram 1500 turbodiesel has won a number of awards - but the EPA claims it was rigged to pass emissions tests.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. is facing potentially devastating and expensive Volkswagen-style problems involving its diesel engines.

A new series of tests by researchers from West Virginia, who uncovered the cheating on emission tests by Volkswagen, have yielded significant discrepancies between laboratory tests and road tests of tests of FCA vehicles equipped with diesel engines.

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The company is already facing a civil lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice that claims the company used “defeat devices” to cheat on emissions testing. If the tests hold up, it could undermine that work and lead to a very big fine for FCA, according to observers. (more…)

Inside Story: How Dodge Got the Demon Up to a Hellacious 840 HP

"Kill everything to make the car faster."

by on Jun.02, 2017

Dodge passenger car boss Tim Kuniskis with the Dodge Demon during a background briefing.

When it comes to the Demon, the devil is in the details, or so a select group of Dodge designers and engineers, operating in secrecy, quickly realized as they set out to develop the most powerful V-8 muscle car ever built. While many on the team had already demonstrated their skills with the development of the Dodge Charger and Challenger Hellcat models, going from a daunting 707 horsepower to 800 or more was a task that required them, in many cases, to start all over, rather than building on what they already had.

Power to the People!

The Dodge Demon made its tire-smoking debut at the New York International Auto Show two months ago, and while the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles brand revealed some impressive numbers, it offered few details about what it took to get to 840 horsepower, 808 pound-feet of torque – and a quarter mile time of just 9.65 seconds. On Thursday of this week, several leaders of the team opened the kimono on the project during a background briefing for a handful of media outlets, including TheDetroitBureau.com. (more…)