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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…)

Alfa Romeo Unleashes the Mechanics of Emotion with New Stelvio

Portfolio of SUVs topped with Quadrifoglio performance model.

by on Apr.10, 2017

Alfa Romeo debuted its first-ever sport-utility vehicle, the Stelvio, at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

The hypercompetitive sport-utility market in the U.S. is getting another entry, or entries, depending upon how much money a buyer is willing to spend as the long-awaited Alfa Romeo Stelvio line-up debuts in New York.

The first-ever SUV from the Italian-based maker debuted last fall, but it was only a brief appearance. The entire portfolio for the U.S. is now being revealed at the New York Auto Show and between the styling and the performance options, it should a player.

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“The 2018 Stelvio lineup marks Alfa Romeo’s venture into the second fastest-growing premium segment and an important next chapter of the brand’s rich 105-year heritage as we continue to grow in North America,” said Reid Bigland, head of Alfa Romeo. (more…)

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…)

FCA, VW, Patching up Differences, Could See Joint Opportunities

Volkswagen CEO opens door to “conversation.”

by on Mar.15, 2017

VW CEO Matthias Mueller has been struggling to dig the maker out of its diesel scandal.

Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller, apparently picking up on recent comments by his counterpart at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, opened the door to “a conversation” on Tuesday, something some observers suggest could lead to merger talks between the two companies.

Mueller’s comment, which was made during a news conference called to discuss VW earnings, came barely a week after CEO Sergio Marchionne said a merger between FCA and some other manufacturer “will happen” in the coming years.

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Talk of mergers, acquisitions and alliances in the global auto industry has escalated in the wake of General Motors’ decision to sell its long-troubled German-based Opel/Vauxhall unit to France’s PSA, the parent of the Peugeot and Citroen brands.

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