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FCA Plans to Trek into India with Jeep This Year

Wrangler, Grand Cherokee first products to be offered.

by on Feb.04, 2016

FCA will begin selling Jeep Wranglers in India some time later this year, according to the automaker.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV plans to start selling the Jeep brand in India by the middle of this year.

Jeep, which opened a plant in China, the world’s largest vehicle market just year, said it will expand to India with a line-up of three SUVs made in the United States, the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the high performance Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT. Jeep introduced the at the 2016 Auto Expo in New Delhi.

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“Our aggressive expansion in international markets is one of the key drivers behind our current global sales momentum,” said Mike Manley, head of Jeep Brand, FCA, and chief operating officer of the Asia Pacific Regional Operations Group. (more…)

FCA Readying for Operations for New Jeep Pickup

Maker adds new line to Detroit-area stamping plant.

by on Jan.25, 2016

The Comanche was a Jeep Cherokee-based pickup. While Jeep is expected to bring back a pickup, no word yet on the name.

This is a big week for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. as it is scheduled to release its final financial report for 2015 and Sergio Marchionne is expected to announce a re-organization of FCA’s U.S. manufacturing operations that will include production of long-awaited pickup truck from the Jeep brand.

FCA officials said last week that hasn’t detailed the plans yet, but they did confirm the Jeep pickup truck, which Jeep fans have been clamoring for since the old Chrysler Corp. pulled the Jeep Comanche off the market in the mid-1990s so it build additional versions of the very popular Jeep Wrangler, will be added to the Jeep product portfolio in 2017.

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Pickup trucks have been part of Jeep’s product portfolio going back to the late 1940s when Willys-Overland, then the owner of the Jeep brand, introduced the very first Jeep pickup, which remained in production until the mid-1960s. American Motors, which acquired the Jeep brand in 1970 also sold a Jeep pickup truck, starting in the early 1980s when compact trucks were popular. (more…)

Jeep Sets New Sales Records in 2015

Europe, Middle East, Africa bolster global results.

by on Jan.22, 2016

Jeep posted a 25% sales increase in 2015, led by the success of the Renegade in the EMEA markets.

Full-year Jeep brand sales were up 25% in 2015 for its best annual U.S. sales ever. It was the Jeep brand’s sixth-straight year of annual sales growth. In addition, the Wrangler, Cherokee, Compass and Patriot each posted their best annual U.S. sales ever. The Grand Cherokee had its best annual sales in 10 years. Jeep also posted a 41% sales increase in Canada and posted record sales in Mexico.

However, Jeep’s biggest sales gains came beyond North America as overall sales of Jeeps topped 1.1 million units, according to figures released by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. During 2015, the Jeep brand set all-time sales record in Europe, Middle East, Africa with 117,620 units sold and volumes were up by 55.7% in comparison with 2014.

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Since 2009, Jeep sales have tripled in EMEA, with the region currently ranking second in terms of volume after North America, with a share of 10% of the brand’s global sales, compared with 7% in 2014, FCA reported. (more…)

Fiat Chrysler Opens New Jeep Plant in China

Full production expected next month.

by on Oct.20, 2015

Jeep is now building Cherokees in China. The first models rolled off the line this week with full production coming in November.

Amid much fanfare, the first Jeep Cherokee rolled off the assembly line of a new joint-venture plant built by Fiat Chrysler NV and its Chinese partner, Guangzhou Automobile Group in Changsha, China.

The ceremony also marks the return of the Jeep brand, which helped ignite a revolution in what was then China’s rudimentary automobile industry back in the 1980s with the founding of Beijing Jeep, the first joint venture between an American company and a Chinese partner.

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In 2007, what was Beijing Jeep was absorbed by a new joint venture established by Daimler AG after had sold off the Chrysler Group to a group of investment bankers.  Meanwhile, China automotive industry has grown into the largest world with the capacity to build roughly 30 million vehicles annually. (more…)

Jeep Will Keep Wrangler Production in Toledo, Add New Wrangler-Based Picked

But maker will relocate production of popular Cherokee model.

by on Sep.02, 2015

The question has been answered: Jeep is re-entering the truck market with the Wrangler-based truck.

After a long debate that put thousands of jobs at risk, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has decided to retain production of the next-generation Jeep Wrangler in Toledo, Ohio. And CEO Sergio Marchionne confirmed that the maker will add a long-rumored, Wrangler-based pickup to the Jeep line-up.

But Toledo did get one setback in its bid to maintain its long-standing role as Jeep’s ancestral home. FCA will now move production of the Cherokee model to another, as yet-unspecified plant. The compromise follows an intense round of negotiations by Toledo and Ohio officials who struggled to help the automaker reduce costs and update the Toledo plant to handle what will be a radically redesigned version of the ever-popular Wrangler.

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“We found a solution that accommodates a variety of other interests to us because of the way in which we can move some product around,” Marchionne told trade publication Automotive News. “It doesn’t take a rocket scientist (to know) that the only way I can move around the Wrangler is to move it into the other Toledo plant.” (more…)

New Hellraiser? Jeep Grand Cherokee to Get the Hellcat Treatment

Jeep to add 707-hp version of the Grand Cherokee.

by on Aug.27, 2015

Jeep will be adding a 707-hp Hellcat version of the Grand Cherokee it will call Trackhawk.

Things are going to hell at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Which is, apparently, a good thing considering the huge demand for the maker’s two Hellcat muscle cars, 707-horsepower versions of the Dodge Charger sedan and Challenger coupe.

They’ll soon be joined by another Hellcat-powered model. Several FCA insiders have confirmed that the Jeep brand is getting ready to launch a 707-horesepower SUV that will be known as the Grand Cherokee SRT Trackhawk.

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Fiat Chrysler officials this week have been briefing dealers about plans to expand the Hellcat line during their annual retail get-together in Las Vegas. They’re also advising dealers that they’ve boosted production capacity for the Hellcat engine. Demand has been so strong that orders for the 2015 models had to be cut off well before the end of the model-year.

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Jeep Wrangler Gets Divine Intervention

FCA product tabbed as Popemobile for U.S. visit.

by on Aug.24, 2015

Could this be Pope Francis' new ride during his visit to the U.S. in September?

Could it be the Italian connection at work? Could it be he’s an off-roader at heart?

Regardless, Pope Francis will ride in one of this country’s most identifiable vehicles during his upcoming tour of the U.S.: the Jeep Wrangler.

The Vatican confirmed last Friday that the pontiff will use a Wrangler similar to one he rode around in during a trip to Ecuador in July.

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Pope Francis eschewed the traditional, bulletproof “Popemobile” that became the standard after an assassination attempt on John Paul II in 1981. When Benedict XVI succeeded him, he continued to use the bulletproof ride. (more…)

Hackers Take Down a Tesla

High-tech maker poses a tempting target.

by on Aug.07, 2015

The hackers claim they were able to shut down a Tesla Model S driving at low speeds.

Tesla has rushed out a software patch to fix a series of security problems that allowed hackers to take control of one of its Model S sedans.

The announcement is the latest in a swift series of developing involving automotive cybersecurity. While experts have been warning about the potential risks for several years, the issue came to the forefront last month when a pair of hackers remotely gained control of a Jeep Cherokee and were able to send it spinning out of control and into a ditch.

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Tesla presents a particularly tempting target for hackers, several experts have told TheDetroitBureau.com, not only because of its high-tech image but, perhaps more importantly, its use of wireless communications to send software updates to its vehicles. The maker used that path to patch the newly discovered security flaws.

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Supplier Claims Chrysler Hacking Problem Not Widespread

New security issue could leave OnStar-equipped cars vulnerable.

by on Aug.05, 2015

A YouTube video shows a hacker accessing a GM vehicle equipped with OnStar RemoteLink.

Infotainment systems supplier Harman International insists that a security issue that led to the recall of 1.4 million vehicles last month is limited to products sold by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

The problem was discovered by a pair of cybersecurity experts who used the vulnerability to take control of a Jeep Cherokee, at one point sending the vehicle skidding into a ditch. The revelation led to a recall by FCA and has triggered an investigation by federal regulators who have grown concerned about the threat hackers pose to increasingly high-tech automobiles.

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Separately, another security expert has posted a video on YouTube showing how he claims he can hack into General Motors’ OnStar technology.

“We do not believe this problem exists in any other car outside of Fiat Chrysler,” Harman Chief Executive Dinesh Paliwal says, referring to the security hole in some of the maker’s infotainment systems.

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Is Your Car Up for a Buyback?

Sorting through Fiat Chrysler’s massive safety settlement.

by on Jul.30, 2015

The buyback covers a wide range of Ram pickups, including this heavy-duty 4500 model.

As part of a settlement with NHTSA over mishandled recalls, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has agreed to not only pay a record fine but also to buy back a select group of recent truck models with suspension problems while offering discounts to owners who might want to trade in older Jeeps facing recall.

The complex consent order has created plenty of confusion, dealers and factory phone lines – not to mention news outlets – inundated with calls and e-mails from owners wondering if they qualify for one of the deals.

Keeping You Informed!

Here’s some help in figuring out if you qualify for one of these programs, and what to do even if you don’t.

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