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    • By William Maley
      The compact crossover arena has become highly competitive in the past couple of years and automakers are pulling all of the stops to draw customers into their showroom. Volkswagen is no exception.
      According to Automotive News, Volkswagen told its dealers that it would be cutting the price on several trims of Tiguan effective immediately. The price cuts are as followed,
      Tiguan S: $600 Tiguan SE: $2,180 Tiguan SEL: $1,460 This brings the base prices down to $25,495 for the S, $27,650 for the SE, and $31,990 for the SEL. Note: These prices are for the FWD models, AWD models will see the same price cut.
      Hinrich Woebcken, CEO of Volkswagen of America told Automotive News that he wants to see Volkswagen become "more of a mass-market automaker in the U.S." To do this, Volkswagen needed to price their vehicles more competitively. Hence why the Tiguan saw a price cut.
      Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)

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    • By William Maley
      The compact crossover arena has become highly competitive in the past couple of years and automakers are pulling all of the stops to draw customers into their showroom. Volkswagen is no exception.
      According to Automotive News, Volkswagen told its dealers that it would be cutting the price on several trims of Tiguan effective immediately. The price cuts are as followed,
      Tiguan S: $600 Tiguan SE: $2,180 Tiguan SEL: $1,460 This brings the base prices down to $25,495 for the S, $27,650 for the SE, and $31,990 for the SEL. Note: These prices are for the FWD models, AWD models will see the same price cut.
      Hinrich Woebcken, CEO of Volkswagen of America told Automotive News that he wants to see Volkswagen become "more of a mass-market automaker in the U.S." To do this, Volkswagen needed to price their vehicles more competitively. Hence why the Tiguan saw a price cut.
      Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)
    • By William Maley
      FCA US Reports 2017 December and Full-year Sales
      Chrysler Pacifica minivan posts best December sales ever Ram Truck brand records full-year sales increase in 2017 versus 2016 A 42 percent year-over-year decline in fleet sales for December is in line with the FCA US strategy to reduce sales to the daily rental segment January 3, 2018 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - FCA US LLC today reported sales of 171,946 units, an 11 percent decrease compared with sales in December 2016 (192,519 units).
       
      In December, retail sales of 150,772 units were down 3 percent compared with the same month in 2016 and represented 88 percent of total sales. In line with FCA’s strategy to reduce sales to the daily rental segment, fleet sales of 21,174 units were down, as expected, 42 percent year over year. The largest planned volume reduction in December fleet sales came from the Jeep® brand, which reduced its fleet sales number by 75 percent year over year. Fleet sales represented 12 percent of total FCA US December sales.
       
      The Chrysler Pacifica minivan posted an 8 percent year-over-year increase for its best December sales ever. The Fiat 124 Spider recorded its best December sales as well. Other FCA US vehicles posting year-over-year sales increases in the month of December were the Chrysler 300, Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Compass and Ram ProMaster City.
       
      Chrysler Brand
      Chrysler brand sales were up 3 percent in December, compared with the same month a year ago. Both the Chrysler Pacifica minivan and the Chrysler 300 full-size sedan posted sales increases in December. Sales of the 300 were up 60 percent for its best December sales since 2012. For the second-consecutive year, the Pacifica captured both the Minivan and Family Vehicle Best Buy awards from the automotive editors at Consumer Guide Automotive.
       
      Jeep Brand
      Jeep Compass, Jeep Cherokee and Jeep Grand Cherokee delivered year over year increases for December. Sales of the Cherokee were up 18 percent in December, compared with the same month a year ago. The 2018 Jeep Wrangler has earned a Residual Value Award from ALG, the industry benchmark for residual values and depreciation data, in the Off-road Utility segment. 
       
      For the full year, Jeep Grand Cherokee sales increased 13 percent, compared with sales in 2016.
       
      FIAT Brand
      Sales of the Fiat 124 Spider were up 15 percent year over year for its best December sales ever. For the second-consecutive year, the 124 Spider took home a Best Buy award in the Sporty Performance Car category from Consumer Guide Automotive.
       
      Dodge Brand
      The Dodge Durango full-size SUV posted its best full year of sales since 2006. The Durango – for the sixth-consecutive year – earned the Best Buy award in the Large SUV category from Consumer Guide Automotive. In addition, Strategic Vision named the Dodge Charger to its “Most Loved Vehicles in America” list for the fourth-consecutive year. 
        
      Ram Truck Brand
      Ram Truck brand sales were up year over year in 2017 versus 2016. In addition, sales of the Ram pickup truck edged up year over year in 2017 versus the previous year. For the 10th-consecutive year, the Ram pickup captured the Best Buy award for Large Pickup Truck from Consumer Guide Automotive.
       
      Alfa Romeo Brand
      Alfa Romeo brand sales of 2,034 units were up significantly compared with the same month a year ago and recorded its strongest monthly sales of 2017. Furthermore, Motor Trend named the Alfa Romeo Giulia as its 2018 Car of the Year, best representing exceptional value, superiority in its class and impact on the automotive scene.
      FCA US LLC Sales Summary December 2017
                          Month Sales
      Vol %
      CYTD Sales
      Vol %
        Model
      Curr Yr
      Pr Yr
      Change
      Curr Yr
      Pr Yr
      Change
        Compass
      8,743
      7,954
      10%
      83,253
      94,061
      -11%
        Patriot
      240
      7,809
      -97%
      40,735
      121,926
      -67%
        Wrangler
      13,700
      15,721
      -13%
      190,522
      191,774
      -1%
        Cherokee
      19,358
      16,380
      18%
      169,882
      199,736
      -15%
        Grand Cherokee
      23,622
      23,250
      2%
      240,696
      212,273
      13%
        Renegade
      7,542
      12,045
      -37%
      103,434
      106,606
      -3%
        JEEP BRAND
      73,205
      83,159
      -12%
      828,522
      926,376
      -11%
        200
      332
      2,643
      -87%
      18,457
      57,294
      -68%
        300
      5,726
      3,584
      60%
      51,237
      53,241
      -4%
        Town & Country
      6
      266
      -98%
      577
      59,071
      -99%
        Pacifica
      11,144
      10,283
      8%
      118,274
      62,366
      90%
        CHRYSLER BRAND
      17,208
      16,776
      3%
      188,545
      231,972
      -19%
        Dart
      139
      1,525
      -91%
      10,082
      43,402
      -77%
        Charger
      6,830
      7,237
      -6%
      88,351
      95,437
      -7%
        Challenger
      4,508
      5,257
      -14%
      64,537
      64,433
      0%
        Viper
      9
      59
      -85%
      585
      630
      -7%
        Journey
      4,227
      9,768
      -57%
      89,470
      106,759
      -16%
        Caravan
      6,623
      6,687
      -1%
      125,196
      127,678
      -2%
        Durango
      5,547
      5,796
      -4%
      68,761
      68,474
      0%
        DODGE  BRAND
      27,885
      36,329
      -23%
      446,996
      506,858
      -12%
        Ram P/U
      44,907
      47,556
      -6%
      500,723
      489,418
      2%
        ProMaster Van
      3,352
      4,694
      -29%
      40,483
      40,440
      0%
        ProMaster City
      1,617
      1,347
      20%
      15,584
      15,972
      -2%
        RAM BRAND
      49,876
      53,597
      -7%
      556,790
      545,851
      2%
        500
      667
      1,411
      -53%
      12,685
      15,437
      -18%
        500L
      111
      102
      9%
      1,664
      3,118
      -47%
        500X
      673
      843
      -20%
      7,665
      11,712
      -35%
        Spider
      287
      250
      15%
      4,478
      2,475
      81%
        FIAT BRAND
      1,738
      2,606
      -33%
      26,492
      32,742
      -19%
        Giulia
      1,011
      29
      3386%
      8,903
      36
      24631%
        Alfa 4C 
      26
      23
      13%
      407
      480
      -15%
        Stelvio
      997
      0
      New
      2,721
      0
      New
        ALFA ROMEO
      2,034
      52
      3812%
      12,031
      516
      2232%
        FCA US LLC
      171,946
      192,519
      -11%
      2,059,376
      2,244,315
      -8%
                   
    • By William Maley
      Alfa Romeo will soon be adding another SUV to sit alongside the Stelvio. Auto Express has learned that Alfa has approved plans for a mid-size SUV to take on the likes of the Audi A7, BMW X5, and Mercedes-Benz GLE. The new SUV will use a stretched version of Stelvio's platform.
      "The Stelvio for sure is an example of Alfa DNA, why don’t we translate that in a car which is a little big bigger?" said Alfa’s chief technical officer Roberto Fedeli.
      Compared to the Stelvio, the new SUV will weigh about 200 Kg (about 441 pounds) more. But the increased weight could be offset by a mild-hybrid powertrain that will combine a turbocharged four-cylinder and 48-volt electrical system.
      “We have to marry the new car with the right level of electrification. Plug-in hybrid could be a problem for the Alfa DNA point of view, but for instance a 48-volt mild hybrid solution is something that we can do without losing anything,” said Fedeli.
      “I’m quite happy about the result we have obtained coupling a four-cylinder with the 48-volt e-turbo - I think next time we can also use it in production. With a 2.0-litre turbo engine you can achieve around 350 to 400bhp. We are driving on a simulator a car like that, we are working on it, and the result is not so bad.
      Auto Express says the new SUV is two years out from production, meaning we could see it as early as 2019 or 2020.
      Source: Auto Express

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    • By William Maley
      Alfa Romeo will soon be adding another SUV to sit alongside the Stelvio. Auto Express has learned that Alfa has approved plans for a mid-size SUV to take on the likes of the Audi A7, BMW X5, and Mercedes-Benz GLE. The new SUV will use a stretched version of Stelvio's platform.
      "The Stelvio for sure is an example of Alfa DNA, why don’t we translate that in a car which is a little big bigger?" said Alfa’s chief technical officer Roberto Fedeli.
      Compared to the Stelvio, the new SUV will weigh about 200 Kg (about 441 pounds) more. But the increased weight could be offset by a mild-hybrid powertrain that will combine a turbocharged four-cylinder and 48-volt electrical system.
      “We have to marry the new car with the right level of electrification. Plug-in hybrid could be a problem for the Alfa DNA point of view, but for instance a 48-volt mild hybrid solution is something that we can do without losing anything,” said Fedeli.
      “I’m quite happy about the result we have obtained coupling a four-cylinder with the 48-volt e-turbo - I think next time we can also use it in production. With a 2.0-litre turbo engine you can achieve around 350 to 400bhp. We are driving on a simulator a car like that, we are working on it, and the result is not so bad.
      Auto Express says the new SUV is two years out from production, meaning we could see it as early as 2019 or 2020.
      Source: Auto Express
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