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Fiat Chrysler Hopes to Redefine, Sharpen Image as it Outlines Global Strategy

Tuesday session could deliver some surprises, sources say.

by on May.05, 2014

FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne completed his long-sought merger - but must now show he can do something with the company.

Almost exactly five years after taking control of the bankrupt automaker, CEO Sergio Marchionne will outline his global strategy for both Detroit-based Chrysler and its Italian partner Fiat during a day-long strategy session this week.

The marathon meeting will be a follow-up to one that Marchionne and his management team staged shortly after Chrysler emerged from Chapter 11 protection in 2009 – a session that saw skeptics question whether the U.S. maker could survive, never mind flourish under Italian control. But five years later, that’s exactly what is happening, Chrysler last week reporting its 49th consecutive monthly sales gain as it continued to outpace the industry’s overall recovery.

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But the smallest of Detroit’s so-called Big Three has plenty of challenges to deal with – as does partner Fiat. Together, the newly merged Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) will need to sharpen and, in some cases, redefine the identity of its various brands, roll out a wave of new products, and expand its presence in key emerging markets. That’s especially true for Chrysler which was pushed out of China after the collapse of its previous marriage to Germany’s Daimler AG.

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Ram Adding New Small Van to Lineup in 2015

New city van to compete with Transit Connect, NV200.

by on Dec.03, 2013

Ram is introducing a new small commercial van, the ProMaster City, to its lineup.

Chrysler Group’s Ram lineup is going to expand next year as the brand is adding an all-new small van in North America: the 2015 Ram ProMaster City.

No official release date has been announced for the new van, but full volume production won’t happen until 2015.

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It joins the Ram ProMaster as an additional van offering for Ram and it’s designed to compete with small commercial and passenger vans, such as the Ford Transit Connect and the Nissan NV200, which will also sell as the Chevrolet City Express. (more…)

Ford Blows Past Last Year’s Truck Sales

Truck giant tracking to hit 2006 sales levels.

by on Nov.19, 2013

Ford has already sold more F-Series trucks than it did all of 2012.

New vehicle sales have been humming along this year, in large part due to the renewed popularity of full-size pickups. Nowhere has it been more evident than at Ford, which gets a reminder every 42 seconds.

The company announced today that it has already sold more F-Series trucks this year than it did last year with six weeks left to go. F-Series sales have now exceeded 645,316 trucks: one every 42 seconds, according to Ford.

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“If our truck business continues at this rate through the end of the year, we will reach 60,000 F-Series sales for eight straight months, putting us on par with 2006, before the economic downturn,” said Erich Merkle, Ford sales analyst, in a release. (more…)

GM’s New App Turns Smartphones into Virtual Key

New app uses OnStar to access vehicle functions.

by on Jul.22, 2010

Well, does this have anything to do with selling cars? Comments requested.

The automotive world is going smartphone app crazy.

The latest to join the fray? General Motors will roll out smartphone apps – specialized apps geared for customers of its four remaining U.S. brands – this fall.

GM will release a new app for smartphones that will allow owners to access all of the functions of a traditional key fob. No longer will the car owner have to be within a certain distance to control vehicle.

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Say you park the car at the mall, but realize you forgot to lock it while shopping at Aeropostale. Just log in and send a remote lock signal to the vehicle.

This could also eliminate many of the calls subscribers make to have their vehicle unlocked by an OnStar advisor. So long as you don’t lock your phone in the car, you could just unlock it yourself.

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Chrysler Smartphone App Coming

Starting with iPhone owners can view manuals and promotions.

by on Jun.17, 2010

Chrysler Group LLC is the first automotive company to introduce vehicle-information apps. The app is free and will be available first on the all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The app will phase into select Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep and Ram Truck vehicles by the end of this year.

The app is free and will be available first on the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The app will phase into select Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep and Ram Truck vehicles by year end.

Chrysler is joining the smartphone craze with an app to help customers learn more about their vehicles and connect with other owners.

The new owner information app, an industry first, will be introduced with the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, then rolled out for the rest of Chrysler’s lineup soon after. Initially, it will be available only for iPhone, but Droid and Blackberry versions will soon follow. It will play on the iPad, but images are not optimized for that platform.

Mopar President and CEO Pietro Golier made the announcement Thursday morning to reporters on a live chat feed.

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Customers can view owner’s manuals, product literature, feature descriptions, instrument panel information, maintenance and service contracts and frequently asked questions. They can browse and buy Mopar parts and accessories. Potential customers will be able to use the app to learn about Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, Jeep and Fiat vehicles.   (more…)

Chrysler Recalls 2010 Models for Ignition Failures

Key can be removed when the vehicle is not in park.

by on May.18, 2010

An electrical switch, but really a mechanical problem as the solenoid binds.

Chrysler Group is recalling more than 40,000 model year 2010 Chrysler 300, Dodge Challenger, Charger, Jeep Commander, Grand Cherokee and Dodge Ram Vehicles. These vehicles may have been built with a defective wireless ignition switch (WIN) module that sticks.

The result could be that the key could be removed from the ignition switch prior to placing the shifter in park. Chrysler says this could result in unintended vehicle movement and could increase the risk of a crash.

Dealers will inspect and, as required by law, replace the WIN module free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during July 2010.

Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov. NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V200000.

Chrysler U.S. Sales Plummet 25% in November

More incentives added as Fiat-controlled maker struggles with product lines that are wildly out of sync with the market.

by on Dec.01, 2009

Bye, bye PentaStar?

It's going to take much more than a new logo.

Chrysler Group today reported a sales decline of 25% in November compared to what was also depressed month last year.

The company pointed out, however, that the Group’s market share increased slightly to 8.4% compared to October, based on a projected 11.0 million Seasonally Adjusted Annual Selling Rate (SAAR).

The Chrysler Sebring Sedan, Dodge Avenger, Dodge Journey and Dodge Grand Caravan all reported year-over-year sales increases.

However, car sales dropped 48% year-to-date and truck declined 24% in an overall market that is down roughly 24%. The flagship Chrysler brand declined 50%

The company has extended its sales incentives in an attempt to stop an industry-leading decline

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