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France Investigating FCA for Diesel Emission Violations

Automaker joins Volkswagen, PSA Group and Renault in group of potential violators.

by on Mar.21, 2017

FCA is under investigation by French prosecutors for diesel emissions violations. The company said its vehicles are compliant.

Less than a week after clearing Opel of wrongdoing in diesel emissions testing, French prosecutors are investigating Fiat Chrysler Automobiles over similar allegations, according to Reuters.

“I can confirm that a judicial investigation has been opened into aggravated cheating,” the source told Reuters.

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Recently, four automakers were referred to authorities for further investigation – and possible prosecution – after testing by French authorities revealed higher than allowable diesel emission elvels. The four were Volkswagen, Renault, FCA and PSA Group. (more…)

Automakers Doing Better Job of Satisfying Customers, Finds New JD Power Study

by on Mar.16, 2017

Lexus topped the 2017 CSI, but has growing competition, notably including U.S. brands like Buick.

While consumers have had to suffer through a modest increase in quality and reliability issues in recent years – most in the form of balky electronics – automakers appear to be doing a better job of keeping their owners happy, according to a new study by J.D. Power and Associates.

When it comes to servicing the vehicles they sell, Power shows a “significant” uptick in the 2017 Customer Satisfaction Index. The CSI focuses on how owners feel things went at franchised dealer and independent service facilities. The latest study calls out Lexus as tops among luxury brands, Buick among mainstream marques.

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“The quality of work—doing the job right the first time—can noticeably affect customer satisfaction and loyalty, but it shouldn’t be viewed in a vacuum,” said Chris Sutton, vice president, U.S. automotive retail practice at J.D. Power. “Proactive communication with the customer, especially while the car is being serviced, is one element that has a direct influence on loyalty.”

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Prosecutors Drop Charges Against Fiat Heir for Faking His Own Kidnapping

No reasons given for dropping the charges.

by on Jan.26, 2017

Lapo Elkann is the grandson of the late Gianni Agnelli and brother of FCA Chairman John Elkann.

Lapo Elkann is a free man after the Manhattan District Attorney dropped all charges against the grandson of Fiat family scion Gianni Agnelli for attempting to fake his own kidnapping.

Elkann is the brother of John Elkann, currently the chairman of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

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The flamboyant 39-year-old was rumored to have ran out of money, according to initial news reports, possibly due to involvement with an escort. Authorities were called to a housing complex on New York’s East Side after being told Elkann was being held against his will. They subsequently determined the claim was false. (more…)

Fiat Roadster Key to Brand’s Revival in US

Execs hoping new 124 will light a sales spark.

by on Jun.09, 2016

FCA is hoping the new 2017 Fiat Spider 124 will jump start sales for the brand in the U.S.

Automakers are always looking for ways to attract younger buyers to their brand. But Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is hoping that the introduction of a new two-seat roadster will put a spark into the sales of the Fiat brand in the U.S.

Fiat brand sales were down 19% in May, compared with the same month a year ago. Sales of the Fiat 500, which has been hurt by consumers’ turn towards trucks and utility vehicles, dropped by 49% and sales of the 500L were off by 69%. But sales of the 500X utility vehicle were up in May compared with the same month a year ago, in its first month of year-over-year comparisons.

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Deliveries of the all-new 2017 Fiat 124 Spider are expected to begin arriving this month. The 124 Spider revives the storied nameplate, bringing its classic Italian styling and performance to a new generation of vehicles and buyers. (more…)

Tests Suggest Fiat May Also Have Diesel Emissions Issues

German report raises new concerns about emissions cheating.

by on Apr.25, 2016

The report claims VW was found using software that rolled back emissions controls after 22 minutes.

Fiat may find itself embroiled in the growing scandal surrounding diesel emissions problems.

A report out of Germany suggests the emissions control system on the Italian automaker’s diesel engines may be programmed to allow significantly higher levels of pollution if run for longer than 22 minutes at a time.

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Automakers are coming under increased scrutiny in the wake of the Volkswagen diesel cheating scandal – a crisis that has already cost the German maker at least $18.2 billion and subject it to hundreds of lawsuits and potential criminal charges. Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler AG has launched a probe into its own diesel emissions technology following a request from the U.S. Justice Department. And a number of German automakers have already recalled 630,000 diesels to revise emissions control software.

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Where’s Charlie? Has Fiat Cut Sheen?

Project for Fiat 124 Spider with controversial actor put in the “drawer.”

by on Nov.20, 2015

Charlie Sheen with actress/model Catrinel Menghia in the Fiat Abarth commercial.

Despite generating plenty of buzz with an earlier commercial for the Italian brand, Fiat has decided to put in the “drawer” a commercial it was putting together for the new Fiat 124 Spider that featured legendary Hollywood “bad boy” Charlie Sheen.

The move comes at a time when the controversial actor is back in the news, revealing he is HIV positive. That, in turn, has prompted some former partners to threaten to bring lawsuits against Sheen for allegedly failing to advise them of his health problems.

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A still-incomplete video featuring Sheen driving wildly in the new roadster was played for several dozen reporters during a sneak preview of the new Fiat 124 Spider at parent Fiat Chrysler’s headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan on November 3rd. But it was notably absent from the public unveiling of the 2-seater at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week, prompting speculation there may be a connection to Sheen’s latest troubles.

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Fiat Hopes New 124 Spider Will Catch Buyers in its Web

Bad boy Charlie Sheen to help launch the roadster’s marketing campaign.

by on Nov.18, 2015

The new Fiat 124 Spider picks up on classic cues of the original Italian roadster.

Fiat is driving forward into the past, hoping it can build some much-needed momentum by reviving the once-iconic 124 Spider nameplate.

Nearly a half century after its introduction, an all-new version of the Fiat 124 Spider is making its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The debut also comes five years after the Fiat brand itself formally launched its return to the U.S. market at the annual L.A. show.

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“There’s no better way to celebrate 50 years of the Fiat 124 Spider than to bring back this iconic roadster, pairing its Italian styling of the past with all of the modern performance and technology of today,” said Olivier François, global Fiat brand boss.

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Fiat Ready to Ground and Pound with New Fullback

Could new midsize truck come to U.S. someday?

by on Nov.12, 2015

Could this -- the new Fiat Fullback -- be the basis for a new midsize Ram pickup truck in the U.S.?

The midsize truck’s return to its former glory is something to behold as GM’s trucks rack up awards and accolades and Ford’s plans to bring back the Ranger as a midsize truck are now set in the concrete that is a pact with the UAW, what company is next? Fiat Chrysler?

The maker already sells a Ram 700 in Mexico and built in Brazil. Adding to the rumor mill is the introduction of the Fiat Fullback, which will be sold in Europe, Africa and the Middle East: just like the Ranger.

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However, there might be a little more to it than just the similarities between the Ford Ranger and the Fiat truck. Check out the explanation of the new name from Fiat in the press release. (more…)

Lexus, Toyota Top Latest Consumer Reports Reliability Survey

CR yanks recommendation for Tesla Model S.

by on Oct.20, 2015

Lexus ranked at the top of the CR Automotive Reliability Study thanks to vehicles like the RX450h.

As has been the case consistently over the past few decades, Toyota and its upscale Lexus brand once again topped the 2015 Consumer Reports Automotive Reliability Study; but the annual survey of U.S. motor vehicle owners also revealed a number of surprises.

Among other things, the CR study shows big gaps between the best and worst manufacturers, whether Asian, American or European. And while some of the biggest reliability issues in recent years have involved advanced infotainment technologies, the 2015 study indicates U.S. motorists have also been experiencing serious problems with the latest, high-mileage transmissions.

Another unexpected finding comes as a bit of an embarrassment for Consumer Reports itself. Earlier this year, the magazine gave its highest rating ever to the Tesla Model S. But CR has now withdrawn its sought-after “Recommended Buy” endorsement from the battery car because of significant reliability issues.

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“Tesla has moved from ‘Average’ to ‘Below Average,’ said Jake Fisher, who oversees automotive testing for the non-profit magazine. “Were no longer recommending the Model S,” which suffered from a variety of issues, ranging from squeaks and rattles to drivetrain failures, as well as electric door handles that wouldn’t operate properly, explained Fisher.

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Pope’s Fiat 500L Creating Buzz During U.S. Visit

Small, low-priced car metaphor for Pontiff’s message of humbleness and humility.

by on Sep.28, 2015

Pope Francis has been traveling to venues in the U.S. in a black Fiat 500L.

Thousands, perhaps millions, of people followed the movements of Pope Francis during his six-day visit to the U.S. hanging on every word he uttered and, not surprisingly, the black Fiat 500L that often ferried him from event to event.

The compact car is a marked departure from vehicles used by past leaders of the Roman Catholic church, who have used a variety of high-priced luxury vehicles from Mercedes and other makers to go from place to place.

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However, the 500L, which costs less than $30,000 fully loaded, appears to mirror the pontiff’s image of a man who still attempts to honor his pledge to live a life of poverty he took as a priest in Argentina more than 30 years ago. (more…)