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Fiat Chrysler Tabs Infiniti’s Meunier to Head Jeep

Manley reaches outside company for top brand's new leader.

by on May.08, 2019

Former Infiniti Chief Christian Meunier is taking charge of Fiat Chrysler's top brand: Jeep.

In a surprise move, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. has gone outside the company to recruit a new chief to head up its most important brand: Jeep.

FCA announced it has tapped Christian Meunier to serve as Global President of the Jeep brand.

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Meunier joins FCA with broad background in the global automotive experience. In his most recent post before joining FCA, he was Chairman and Global President for Infiniti Motor Co. Ltd. at Nissan. (more…)

Product Launches Hammer FCA’s Q1 Earnings

But Ram pickup sales provide a cushion.

by on May.03, 2019

CEO Mike Manley needs to prove he can maintain the pace set by his former boss, Sergio Marchionne.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles reported profits dropped 41% in the first quarter as a slump in sales in key markets cut the company’s revenues by 5 percent.

The automaker attributed the decline to the normal production challenges related to an array of new product launches in North America, as well as pricing pressure in China and South America.

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FCA CEO Mike Manley, however, reaffirmed the company’s guidance for the full year. “We expect earnings to grow in the following quarters,” he said as FCA completes the launch of the new Jeep Gladiator and the Ram Heavy Duty pickup truck.

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Nissan Adds Another Nail to Convertible Coffin with Plans to Kill 370Z Roadster

Choice of ragtops growing increasingly thin.

by on May.02, 2019

Nissan will still offer the Z Roadster overseas, but it's dropping the ragtop in the U.S. due to slow sales.

Nissan is pulling the plug on its 370Z Roadster at the end of the 2019 model-year, the Japanese automaker has confirmed, marking the end of one of the brand’s most iconic offerings.

The good news for roadster fans is that the coupe version of the sports car will remain in production indefinitely – which doesn’t mean it will last forever, just that there are no current plans to once again remove it from the line-up.

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The 370Z Roadster joined the Z Coupe after it was returned to the Nissan family in 2009, part of the automaker’s turnaround program. Its demise comes as automakers rethink their passenger car strategies and, in particular, cull their slow-selling convertible offerings.

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Mitsubishi Could Be Next to Reenter U.S. Pickup Market

As sales surge, more manufacturers look for an opening.

by on Apr.29, 2019

Mitsubishi could be back in the U.S. pickup market with an Americanized version of the Triton.

Mitsubishi could be one of the next manufacturers to target the booming U.S. pickup market, according to the company’s North American chief operating officer.

With truck sales, in general, booming, and pickups, in particular, generating a disproportionate share of industry earnings in the region, an assortment of manufacturers have either gotten back into the game or are looking for ways to join established brands like Chevrolet, Ford, Ram and Toyota.

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The Japanese automaker would “have to have one that’s the right fit for Mitsubishi, for our demographic, and something that’s really competitive in the market,” Mitsubishi North America COO Mark Chaffin told trade publication Ward’s.

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Feds Launch Criminal Probe over Ford Mileage, Emissions

Ford the latest among growing list of automakers accused of misconduct.

by on Apr.26, 2019

A number of different Ford vehicles, like this Ranger, could have mpg and emissions restated.

Ford Motor Co. is facing a criminal investigation as the U.S. Department of Justice probes whether it improperly certified the mileage and emissions ratings on some of its vehicles.

The announcement by the second-largest domestic automaker comes just a day after it released unexpectedly strong earnings that sent its stock soaring past $10 a share for the first time since August 2018. Ford told investors in a statement that it “cannot provide assurance that (the results of the investigation) will not have a material adverse effect on us.”

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Ford becomes the latest automaker to come under scrutiny for reporting inaccurate emissions and fuel economy numbers. Among other manufacturers who have been caught up in similar circumstances are Fiat Chrysler, Hyundai and sibling brand Kia and Volkswagen. The latter company has so far paid out about $30 billion in the U.S. alone through fines and settlements, with two of its former executives being prosecuted for their role in the scandal involving the German maker’s diesel-powered vehicles.

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Fiat Chrysler Confidently Pays First-Ever Dividend

Payout marks optimism about rest of 2019 performance.

by on Apr.15, 2019

Fiat Chairman John Elkann told shareholders at the FCA annual meeting that he expected strong results in 2019.

The top executives of Fiat Chrysler Automobile N.V. delivered an upbeat assessment of the company’s future prospects during the company annual shareholder meeting in Amsterdam, agreeing to pay a dividend to shareholders for the first time since Fiat took effective control of the Chrysler Group in 2009 and brought it out of bankruptcy.

In the first shareholders gathering since the death of Sergio Marchionne, FCA’s longtime chief executive, it fell to John Elkann, Fiat’s chairman, to deliver an optimistic forecast for 2019 despite the drop in the company’s business in North America and the slowdown in the sales of Jeep, which has emerged as the company’s principal brand.

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Elkann, the representative of the founding Agnelli family, which has run Fiat for more than 100 years, told investors the Italo-American group was ready to play a part in the “new and exciting” era for the auto industry. (more…)

Jeep Reveals 6 Extreme Concepts for Annual Easter Safari to Moab

Pushing the limits in Jeep style.

by on Apr.08, 2019

The 53rd annual Moab Easter Safari is near and that means six new creations from Jeep designed to tackle everything off-road.

If you’re like most folks, you’ll likely gather with family members to mark the upcoming Easter holiday. Serious Jeep fans may also like to get together with friends and family, but the gathering often takes place out in wide-open spaces.

For the 53th consecutive year, Jeep is hosting its Moab Easter Safari and, along with Fiat Chrysler’s Mopar parts division, it’s come up with an assortment of six customized models that will join in on the fun.

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And for this year’s safari, Jeep will be bringing along something completely new: customized versions of the 2020 Gladiator, the brand’s first new pickup in 27 years. Here’s a look at the six Moab Easter Jeep Safari concept: (more…)

First Drive: 2020 Jeep Gladiator

Far more than just a Wrangler with a bed.

by on Apr.01, 2019

The 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon has 11" ground clearance and can handle 30" of water.

“Sunny California” hasn’t been nearly as bright blue as normal during the last few months, with record rainfall across the state and even some snow down in the Los Angeles hills.

Up here in Healdsburg, in the center of Napa Valley wine country, farm fields are waterlogged, dirt roads turning to gooey mud. While not everyone might be pleased, these are the perfect conditions for testing out the all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator.

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There was a time when pickups were a regular option in the Jeep line-up, starting with a version of the classic, post-World War II CJ model. From 1945 to 1968, in fact, trucks made up about 40% of the CJ’s production run, about 200,000 in all. (more…)

Alfa Romeo Signals Plug-In Plans With Tonale Concept

Jeep Renegade-sized SUV a smaller alternative to current Alfa Stelvio.

by on Mar.05, 2019

The Alfa Romeo Tonale Concept will offer a plug-in hybrid driveline shared with Jeep.

Named after one of the most famous passes through the Italian side of the Alps, the Alfa Romeo Tonale provides a vista into the future of the brand as it both expands its line-up of SUVs and begins rolling out an array of battery-based vehicles.

Though the model that debuted today at the Geneva Motor Show is officially just a concept, the Jeep Renegade-sized crossover will soon join the Alfa line-up as a more compact alternative to the brand’s current Stelvio model.

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Tonale, meanwhile, highlights Alfa’s electrification plans. First outlined by Sergio Marchionne, the late CEO of parent Fiat Chrysler last June, Alfa plans to offer a wide array of battery-based offerings, including two plug-in hybrid halo cars.

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FCA Cuts 1,400 Jobs at Jeep Plant in Illinois

Automaker offers to place employees in other jobs.

by on Feb.27, 2019

FCA cut 1,400 jobs at its Belvidere, Illinois plant, but added it would attempt to find jobs within the company for the laid off employees.

On the heels of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ announcement that it plans to open a new assembly plant in Detroit and adds jobs at another in Warren, Michigan, FCA also confirmed it plans to cut 1,400 jobs at its assembly plant in Belvidere, Illinois, in early May.

“In order to better align production with global demand at its Belvidere Assembly Plant, FCA notified the state of Illinois, the city of Belvidere and the UAW today that it intends to return the plant to a traditional two shift operation, beginning May 6, 2019,” FCA said in a statement.

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“This action will affect 1,371 people. The company will make every effort to place indefinitely laid off hourly employees in open full-time positions as they become available based on seniority,” the statement said. (more…)

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