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In Final Move as FCA CEO, Marchionne Expected to Order Massive Shift in Product, Manufacturing Plans

Small Fiat models likely to be dropped, brand may leave U.S.

by on May.18, 2018

Could FCA pull the Fiat brand out of the U.S.?

As Fiat Chrysler Automobiles prepares for life beyond its founding chief executive, CEO Sergio Marchionne is expected to announce major shifts in the automaker’s product and manufacturing strategy, according to several reports.

During a June 1 meeting meant to reveal FCA’s next five-year plan, the 65-year-old executive reportedly will announce that the Fiat brand will abandon two of its base models, the Punto and Mito, while shifting emphasis to more up-market models. The automaker also will put more emphasis on its Jeep brand which, Marchionne said during the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year, could help Fiat Chrysler double its earnings during the next five years.

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One of the key questions hanging over the Euro-American automaker may not be resolved during a meeting bringing together analysts and journalists from around the world: who will replace Marchionne as CEO? He has dropped hints that his successor will come from FCA’s current top management ranks, which means no women or outsiders are in the running.

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Fiat Chrysler Backs Off Proposed CAFE Rollbacks

Automaker changes tone about move to stifle tougher fuel economy rules.

by on May.15, 2018

FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne amended his position on the rollback of CAFE standards after meeting with President Trump.

This story has been updated with new information.

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne is now adding to the remarks he made after a meeting with President Donald Trump in which he appeared to endorse the Trump administration’s efforts to roll back fuel economy standard and revoke the state of California’s ability to enforce tighter standards.

“I appreciated the opportunity to talk to the President today about our shared commitment to the automotive industry,” Marchionne said in a statement after the White House meeting at which Trump reportedly described Marchionne as his favorite person in the room.

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“Consumer preferences and technological advancements in our business are constantly evolving. Therefore, revisiting and assessing EPA standards, as was originally intended, is the right thing to do. With this process just beginning, it would be a mistake to jump to conclusions and pre-judge the outcome.  (more…)

First Drive: 2019 Jeep Cherokee

New look supported by legendary capability.

by on Jan.29, 2018

The redesigned Jeep Cherokee retains its off-road capability while getting a fresh new look for 2019.

Even though they are made Toledo, Ohio, Jeep is one of Detroit’s great stories of resilience and change at a time when the car business worldwide is going through a huge transformation.

As one of the most famous vehicles born during World War II, Jeep gradually has grown over the years into a one of the industry’s best-known nameplates. Today it has an intensely loyal fan base both in North America and now in other corners of world even as it also spawned all kinds of imitators.

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Having finally emerged as a true global powerhouse, Jeep has been extending its model lines with the addition of vehicles such as Jeep Cherokee, which was given a thorough mid-cycle overhaul for 2019 model year. (more…)

Ten Automakers Earn Perfect Scores LGBTQ Equality

No automakers made the list in 2002.

by on Nov.10, 2017

Fiat Chrysler earned high LGBTQ scores from the Human Rights Campaign.

Carmakers face challenges in recruiting talent in today’s tight market and Detroit has a daunting reputation to live down in many parts of the world.

But the Human Rights Campaign, which monitors how employers treat LGBTQ employees, has given nine automakers a 100% rating on HRC’s 2018 Corporate Equality Index.

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Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Hyundai, Nissan, Rolls-Royce, Subaru, Tesla, Toyota and Volkswagen all made this year’s list with perfect scores. (more…)

First Drive: 2017 Fiat 500 Abarth

Good performance at a good price.

by on Oct.27, 2017

The 2017 Fiat 500 Abarth provides plenty of comfort with even more performance.

The Fiat 500 hasn’t exactly been a smashing commercial success in the U.S. for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.

For one thing, it has been submerged by the wave of utility vehicles, which have become the most popular choice for buyers not only in the United States, but also in other corners of the world such as China. But FCA keeps on adding to the 500′s basic formula.

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With Abarth hatchback version of the Fiat 500, FCA has given the car a distinctive and explosive personality. The Abarth designation, with its distinctive badge, has long been associated with motorsports in Europe and it clearly means this version of the 500 embodies what people talk about when they say a car is fun to drive.   (more…)

Fiat Chrysler Moves Excite Speculation

Automaker attracting interest from Chinese companies.

by on Aug.18, 2017

Sergio Marchionne's continuing search for a partner for Fiat Chrysler has attracted interest from potential buyers and investors.

(CORRECTION: This story has been updated to reflect an error regarding the financial status of Chinese automaker Great Wall Motors. The country’s largest producer of SUVs and light trucks has not undergone a reorganization or a Chapter 11-style filing, as we originally reported. We apologize for that error.)

Even when he fails to consummate a transaction, as he did two years ago, Fiat Chrysler chief Sergio Marchionne still enjoys a reputation as an astute deal maker.

So it’s not exactly a surprise that shares of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. climbed to a record high following reports that FCA was dickering with Chinese companies about a possible deal. Fiat Chrysler’s U.S.-listed shares surged 8.5% to $12.60, the highest close since trading began in October 2014. The stock has risen 38% this year.

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In an e-mail, FCA declined to comment on the rampant speculation of a potential alliance or sale of the company. (more…)

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.”

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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…)

Fiat Chrysler Recalling 1.33m Vehicles for Fire, Airbag Risks

Two separate problems announced Friday.

by on Jul.14, 2017

A 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, one of the models recalled for a fire risk.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced two separate recalls on Friday that will cover 1.33 million vehicles worldwide.

The two issues involve potential fire risks in a variety of Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep models, as well as faulty airbags that have been fitted into Dodge and Fiat models. Most of the recalls involve vehicles sold in the U.S. market.

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The announcement by FCA comes at a time when the auto industry has been running record numbers of recalls, including one earlier in the week involving 2.7 million defective Takata airbags. The FCA airbag issue does not involve Takata devices, however.

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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.

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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…)

FCA, Vin Diesel Partner to Sell Hellcat Muscle Fast & Furious

Action star centerpiece of three new commercials: The Brotherhood of Muscle.

by on May.01, 2017

Vin Diesel is touting Fiat Chrysler's muscle car line-up in a three-commercial campaign called "The Brotherhood of Muscle."

Fiat Chrysler is partnering with action movies star Vin Diesel for three television ads, a series entitled “The Brotherhood of Muscle” that the automaker hopes will move metal fast and furiously.

FCA is hoping some of Diesel’s success will cascade over to their cars after the latest installment of the “Fast & Furious” franchise set all types of box office records. “The Fate of the Furious” currently headlines the No. 1 film on the planet, which just took the spot of the world’s biggest global opening of all time.

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“Dodge and SRT vehicles have an attitude and presence that provide their owners with much more than just transportation,” said Tim Kuniskis, head of Passenger Cars – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and Fiat, FCA-North America. (more…)