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    • By William Maley
      Last week, we brought forth the rumor the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles canceled plans for the upcoming Jeep Grand Wagoneer. The issue dealt with the Grand Cherokee/Durango's unibody platform could not be stretched out to accommodate the size of the vehicle.
      Many of us here at Cheers & Gears along with some other outlets smelled something fishy with rumor. Wouldn't FCA think to consider whether or not the Grand Cherokee/Durango's unibody platform actually work for a larger model?
      Automotive News has done some investigating into this rumor and has learned from supplier sources that the Grand Wagoneer has been put on hold. No reason was given by the sources as to why, but Automotive News has a theory and it comes down to money.
      Fiat Chrysler Automobiles doesn't have enough to work on this project. At the moment, the company is trying to relaunch the Alfa Romeo brand in the U.S., finish work on the redesigned Jeep Wrangler and Ram 1500, and launch a Jeep Wrangler pickup. There is also the retooling of FCA's Sterling Heights, MI and Toledo, OH plants to get them ready to build more SUVs and pickups. 
      FCA could build the Grand Wagoneer at their Jefferson North plant — home to the Grand Cherokee and Durango production. But the plant isn't setup to build a long-wheelbase model, which means more money has to be spent. Money that FCA doesn't have.
      Like our story from last week, Automotive News floats the idea of the Grand Wagoneer possibly using the Ram 1500's platform
      We'll end this piece with the last lines of Automotive News' story as it sums up the choice FCA has to make.
      "If covering FCA for a decade has taught me anything, it is that the company has its own internal Occam’s razor: If there are two choices, and one is cheaper and easier, that’s the choice FCA will make.
      Let’s see if that’s the case with the Jeep Grand Wagoneer."
      Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)

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    • By William Maley
      Last week, we brought forth the rumor the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles canceled plans for the upcoming Jeep Grand Wagoneer. The issue dealt with the Grand Cherokee/Durango's unibody platform could not be stretched out to accommodate the size of the vehicle.
      Many of us here at Cheers & Gears along with some other outlets smelled something fishy with rumor. Wouldn't FCA think to consider whether or not the Grand Cherokee/Durango's unibody platform actually work for a larger model?
      Automotive News has done some investigating into this rumor and has learned from supplier sources that the Grand Wagoneer has been put on hold. No reason was given by the sources as to why, but Automotive News has a theory and it comes down to money.
      Fiat Chrysler Automobiles doesn't have enough to work on this project. At the moment, the company is trying to relaunch the Alfa Romeo brand in the U.S., finish work on the redesigned Jeep Wrangler and Ram 1500, and launch a Jeep Wrangler pickup. There is also the retooling of FCA's Sterling Heights, MI and Toledo, OH plants to get them ready to build more SUVs and pickups. 
      FCA could build the Grand Wagoneer at their Jefferson North plant — home to the Grand Cherokee and Durango production. But the plant isn't setup to build a long-wheelbase model, which means more money has to be spent. Money that FCA doesn't have.
      Like our story from last week, Automotive News floats the idea of the Grand Wagoneer possibly using the Ram 1500's platform
      We'll end this piece with the last lines of Automotive News' story as it sums up the choice FCA has to make.
      "If covering FCA for a decade has taught me anything, it is that the company has its own internal Occam’s razor: If there are two choices, and one is cheaper and easier, that’s the choice FCA will make.
      Let’s see if that’s the case with the Jeep Grand Wagoneer."
      Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)
    • By William Maley
      Porsche Reports November 2016 Retail Sales
      All-time monthly sales record ATLANTA, Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), importer and distributor of Porsche 911, Boxster, and Cayman sports cars, Macan and Cayenne SUVs, and the Panamera four-door sports sedan line-up in the United States, today announced an all-time monthly record with 5,513 vehicle sales in November. This represents a 23.9 percent increase over November 2015.
      Year-to-date retail sales stand at 50,265 vehicles, a 5.1 percent increase over last year. "Congratulations to our team for achieving yet another stellar month of sales. Year-over-year, we continue to outpace ourselves and I am certain this year will close no differently," said Klaus Zellmer, President and Chief Executive Officer, PCNA.
      Model
      November Sales
      Year-to-Date
        2016
      2015
      2016
      2015
      ALL BOXSTER/CAYMAN
      457
      588
      5,887
      6,249
                ALL 911
      699
      884
      8,190
      9,244
                ALL CAYENNE
      1,572
      1,523
      14,284
      15,244
                ALL PANAMERA
      731
      491
      4,367
      4,729
                ALL MACAN
      2,054
      962
      17,536
      12,151
      GRAND TOTALS*
      5,513
      4,450
      50,265
      47,820
      *2015 grand totals include 918 Spyder sales; 2016 grand totals include one 918 Spyder sale
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