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  1. FCA US LLC Reports October 2015 U.S. Sales Increased 15 Percent; Best October Sales Since 2001 67th consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, Ram Truck and FIAT brands post sales gains Jeep brand sales increase 33 percent Eight FCA US vehicles post sales records in October Dodge Charger, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Journey, Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Compass, Jeep Patriot, Jeep Wrangler, Ram ProMaster post best October ever November 3, 2015, Auburn Hills, Mich. - FCA US LLC today reported U.S. sales of 195,545 units last month, a 15 percent increase compared with sales in October 2014 (170,480 units), and the company’s best October sales since 2001. The Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, Ram Truck and FIAT brands each posted year-over-year sales gains in October. The Jeep brand’s 33 percent increase was the largest sales gain of any FCA US brand during the month. The company extended its streak of year-over-year sales gains to 67 consecutive months. “October marks our 67th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales growth and our best October since 2001,” said Reid Bigland, Head of U.S. Sales. “Last month’s sales strength continued to be broad based for the company with eight FCA vehicles setting October sales records across three of our brands.” Of the eight FCA US vehicles setting records in October, the Jeep Patriot’s 56 percent increase was the largest sales gain of any FCA US vehicle during the month. In addition, the Dodge Charger, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Journey, Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Compass, Jeep Wrangler and Ram ProMaster each recorded their best October sales ever. FCA US finished October with a 90-day supply of inventory (625,092 units). U.S. industry sales figures for October are internally projected at an estimated 18.5 million units Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR). Jeep® Brand Jeep brand sales increased 33 percent, the brand’s 25th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains – a streak that dates back to November 2013. Four Jeep brand vehicles set records last month. The Patriot’s 56 percent increase was the largest year-over-year percentage gain of any Jeep brand model for the month. In addition, the Cherokee, Compass and Wrangler each posted their best October sales ever. Dodge Brand The Charger, Challenger and Journey all posted their best October sales ever. Charger sales were up 24 percent. Challenger sales were up 31 percent as the muscle car logged its ninth sales record this year. Journey sales increased 37 percent, the mid-size crossover’s seventh sales record this year. Dodge brand sales were up 12 percent in October, compared with the same month a year ago. Ram Truck Brand Ram Truck brand sales, which include the Ram pickup truck lineup, Ram ProMaster, Ram ProMaster City and Ram Cargo Van, were up 3 percent in October, the brand’s best October sales since 2003. Sales of the pickup truck lineup increased 3 percent. ProMaster sales were up 19 percent, its best October sales ever. FIAT Brand Sales of the all-new 2016 Fiat 500X increased 92 percent in October compared with the previous month of September, marking the model’s fourth-consecutive month of sales increase since launch. FIAT dealers sold 2,178 units of the new crossover last month. FIAT brand sales, comprised of the Fiat 500, Fiat 500L and 500X, were up 1 percent in October compared with the same month a year ago. Chrysler Brand Sales of the Chrysler brand, which covers the Chrysler 200, Chrysler 300 full-size sedan, and the Chrysler Town & Country minivan, were up 1 percent compared with the same month a year ago. Town & Country sales were up 4 percent, its best October since 2007. The Chrysler brand continues to celebrate its 90th year by producing a limited run of 90th Anniversary edition vehicles that offer more standard equipment and value for customers. The anniversary packages are being offered on the volume models, adding value for the customer who will most appreciate it.
  2. The next-generation Chrysler Town and Country has been kept under wraps for most part. That was until earlier this week when The Windsor Star was somehow able to get shots of the next-generation van as it was being loaded into a transport truck at the Windsor Assembly line. From the couple of shots published, we can tell that the next-generation van will be using design from the 700C shown at the Detroit Auto Show in 2012. The front looks to have a similar shape the 200 sedan, while parts of the side match up to the 700C concept. Its expected that we'll be seeing the production version of the Town and Country at the Detroit Auto Show. Source: The Windsor Star View full article
  3. The next-generation Chrysler Town and Country has been kept under wraps for most part. That was until earlier this week when The Windsor Star was somehow able to get shots of the next-generation van as it was being loaded into a transport truck at the Windsor Assembly line. From the couple of shots published, we can tell that the next-generation van will be using design from the 700C shown at the Detroit Auto Show in 2012. The front looks to have a similar shape the 200 sedan, while parts of the side match up to the 700C concept. Its expected that we'll be seeing the production version of the Town and Country at the Detroit Auto Show. Source: The Windsor Star
  4. Last night was a tense time for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles as the clock was ticking to a 11:59 PM deadline before the contract extension for 40,000 UAW workers would end. But FCA and the UAW announced this morning they have reached another tentative agreement. The deal now heads to members to be voted on. “We heard from our members, and went back to FCA to strengthen their contract. We’ve reached a proposed tentative agreement that I believe addresses our members’ principal concerns about their jobs and their futures. We have made real gains and I look forward to a full discussion of the terms with our membership,” said UAW President Dennis Williams in a statement. Details of new contract are not being talked about at this time since members have to vote on it. But Bloomberg reports that entry-level workers - second-tier - will now have a top wage of $29 per hour. In the previous contact, second-tier workers had a wage cap of $19.50 per hour. The wage cap increase for entry-level workers addresses was one of main reasons why the first proposed contract for union workers was voted down. Source: The Detroit News, Bloomberg View full article
  5. Last night was a tense time for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles as the clock was ticking to a 11:59 PM deadline before the contract extension for 40,000 UAW workers would end. But FCA and the UAW announced this morning they have reached another tentative agreement. The deal now heads to members to be voted on. “We heard from our members, and went back to FCA to strengthen their contract. We’ve reached a proposed tentative agreement that I believe addresses our members’ principal concerns about their jobs and their futures. We have made real gains and I look forward to a full discussion of the terms with our membership,” said UAW President Dennis Williams in a statement. Details of new contract are not being talked about at this time since members have to vote on it. But Bloomberg reports that entry-level workers - second-tier - will now have a top wage of $29 per hour. In the previous contact, second-tier workers had a wage cap of $19.50 per hour. The wage cap increase for entry-level workers addresses was one of main reasons why the first proposed contract for union workers was voted down. Source: The Detroit News, Bloomberg
  6. FCA US LLC Reports September 2015 U.S. Sales Increased 14 Percent; Best September Sales Since 2000 66th consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains Jeep® brand sales increase 40 percent Dodge Journey sales up 45 percent; best monthly sales ever Jeep Cherokee sales increase 38 percent; best monthly sales ever Chrysler 200, Dodge Challenger, Jeep Compass, Jeep Wrangler, Ram ProMaster post best September ever Seven FCA US vehicles post sales records in September October 1, 2015, Auburn Hills, Mich. - FCA US LLC today reported U.S. sales of 193,019 units last month, a 14 percent increase compared with sales in September 2014 (169,890 units), and the company’s best September sales since 2000. The Dodge, Jeep®, Ram Truck and FIAT brands each posted year-over-year sales gains in September. The Jeep brand’s 40 percent increase was the largest sales gain of any FCA US brand during the month. The company extended its streak of year-over-year sales gains to 66 consecutive months. “On the back of a strong sales industry we were able to achieve our best September sales in 15 years and our 66th consecutive month of year-over-year sales growth,” said Reid Bigland, Head of U.S. Sales. “Last month’s sales strength was broad based with five FCA vehicles setting September sales records and two others posting their best monthly sales ever.” Of the seven FCA US vehicles setting records in September, the Dodge Journey and Jeep Cherokee each logged an all-time sales record last month. Sales of the Journey and Cherokee were up 45 and 38 percent, respectively. In addition, the Chrysler 200, Dodge Challenger, Jeep Compass, Jeep Wrangler and Ram ProMaster each recorded their best September sales ever. FCA US finished September with a 76-day supply of inventory (590,503 units). U.S. industry sales figures for September are internally projected at an estimated 18.4 million units Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR). Jeep Brand Jeep brand sales increased 40 percent, the brand’s third best sales month ever and its 24th consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains. The brand’s September sales were its best since August of this year. The Jeep brand continues to roll, having set a sales record in every month dating back to November 2013. Three Jeep brand vehicles set records last month. The Compass’ 54 percent increase was the largest year-over-year percentage gain of any Jeep brand model for the month. In addition, September was the Cherokee’s best monthly sales ever as sales increased 38 percent and Wrangler posted its best September sales ever with a 26 percent increase. Ram Truck Brand Ram Truck brand sales, which include the Ram pickup truck lineup, Ram ProMaster, Ram ProMaster City and Ram Cargo Van, were up 4 percent in September, the brand’s best September sales since 1996. ProMaster sales were up 76 percent as the cargo van continues to answer the call of businesses everywhere and solidifies its place in Ram Commercial’s popular truck and van lineup. FIAT Brand Sales of the all-new 2016 Fiat 500X increased 10 percent in September compared with the previous month of August, marking the model’s third consecutive month of sales increase since launch. FIAT dealers sold 1,133 units of the new crossover last month as greater numbers reached FIAT studios across the country. FIAT brand sales, which include the Fiat 500, Fiat 500L and 500X, were up 1 percent in September compared with the same month a year ago. Dodge Brand Both the Challenger and Journey posted their best September sales ever. Challenger sales were up 26 percent as the muscle car logged its eighth sales record this year. Journey sales increased 45 percent, the mid-size crossover’s sixth sales record this year and the model’s best month ever. Dodge brand sales were up 3 percent in September, compared with the same month a year ago. Chrysler Brand Sales of the Chrysler 200 were up 3 percent in September, the mid-size sedan’s best September sales ever. Chrysler 300 sales were up 41 percent last month as the brand’s big, bold American sedan posted its best September sales since 2007. Sales of the Chrysler brand, which includes the 200, Chrysler 300 full-size sedan and the Chrysler Town & Country minivan, were down 5 percent compared with the same month a year ago. The Chrysler brand is celebrating its 90th year by producing limited-edition 90th Anniversary editions that offer more standard equipment and value for customers. The anniversary packages are being offered on the volume models, adding value for the customer who will most appreciate it.
  7. Last night, the United Auto Workers (UAW) and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) announced they had reached a tentative agreement. This comes a couple days after the UAW announced FCA would be the lead target for contract negotiations. Details of the new contract are still under wraps as the UAW's executive board need to vet it and members to vote on it. But during a press conference last night, a couple of key details of the new contract did emerge. FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne said the two-tier wage system - an item that many UAW members wanted to be addressed in this go around - will be going away in due time. "The team has crafted together a very thoughtful process, where the issue will go away, go away over time," said Marchionne. One other key part of the contract talks was reducing health care costs. UAW President Dennis Williams has said previously of setting up a co-op where the UAW members of the three automakers are pooled together to give them some clout when dealing with health care providers. Marchionne says he likes this idea, but it remains to be seen whether Ford and GM also like this idea. Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required), Detroit News, Detroit Free Press
  8. Last night, the United Auto Workers (UAW) and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) announced they had reached a tentative agreement. This comes a couple days after the UAW announced FCA would be the lead target for contract negotiations. Details of the new contract are still under wraps as the UAW's executive board need to vet it and members to vote on it. But during a press conference last night, a couple of key details of the new contract did emerge. FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne said the two-tier wage system - an item that many UAW members wanted to be addressed in this go around - will be going away in due time. "The team has crafted together a very thoughtful process, where the issue will go away, go away over time," said Marchionne. One other key part of the contract talks was reducing health care costs. UAW President Dennis Williams has said previously of setting up a co-op where the UAW members of the three automakers are pooled together to give them some clout when dealing with health care providers. Marchionne says he likes this idea, but it remains to be seen whether Ford and GM also like this idea. Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required), Detroit News, Detroit Free Press View full article
  9. Fiat Chrysler Automobile held their annual dealers meeting in Las Vegas and had some surprises in store for the dealers who attended. Automotive News learned from several dealers that FCA would possibly be bringing out up to 30 new or refreshed products within the next two years. Some of the products include the next-generation Dodge Charger which will look more like the 1999 concept designed by Tom Gale, and a Dodge Barracuda convertible. Both models will be underpinned by the Alfa Romeo Giulia's platform. Other models that were shown to dealers include, An Alfa Romeo SUV which is expected to be underpinned by the Giulia's platform The standard and Abarth versions of the Fiat 124 Spyder Next-generation Jeep Wrangler which was described by one dealer as staying "pretty true to its current form' Jeep Grand Wagoneer SUV with seating for eight people Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Trackhawk Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)
  10. Fiat Chrysler Automobile held their annual dealers meeting in Las Vegas and had some surprises in store for the dealers who attended. Automotive News learned from several dealers that FCA would possibly be bringing out up to 30 new or refreshed products within the next two years. Some of the products include the next-generation Dodge Charger which will look more like the 1999 concept designed by Tom Gale, and a Dodge Barracuda convertible. Both models will be underpinned by the Alfa Romeo Giulia's platform. Other models that were shown to dealers include, An Alfa Romeo SUV which is expected to be underpinned by the Giulia's platform The standard and Abarth versions of the Fiat 124 Spyder Next-generation Jeep Wrangler which was described by one dealer as staying "pretty true to its current form' Jeep Grand Wagoneer SUV with seating for eight people Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Trackhawk Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required) View full article
  11. FCA US LLC Reports June 2015 U.S. Sales Increased 8 Percent; Best June Sales Since 2006 63rd-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains Jeep® brand sales up 25 percent; best June sales ever Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Cherokee and Jeep Patriot record their best June sales ever Chrysler 200 sales up 153 percent; best June sales ever Dodge Journey records best monthly sales ever Seven FCA US vehicles post sales records in June July 1, 2015 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - FCA US LLC today reported U.S. sales of 185,035 units, an 8 percent increase compared with sales in June 2014 (171,086 units), and the group’s best June sales since 2006. The Chrysler, Jeep® and Ram Truck brands each posted year-over-year sales gains in June compared with the same month a year ago. The Chrysler brand’s 28 percent increase was the largest sales gain of any FCA US brand during the month. The group extended its streak of year-over-year sales gains to 63-consecutive months. “June represented another strong month for our company with sales up 8 percent and our 63rd-consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases,” said Reid Bigland, Head of U.S. Sales. “Our all-new Jeep Renegade and Fiat 500X inventory started to arrive at dealerships in greater volume during June positioning us well for the summer-selling season.” Seven FCA US vehicles set records in the month of June, including the Chrysler 200, which posted the largest percentage increase of any FCA US vehicle in the month. Sales of the 200 were up 153 percent, the mid-size sedan’s best June sales ever. The Dodge Journey crossover recorded its best monthly sales ever, while the Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Patriot, Dodge Challenger and Ram ProMaster each recorded their best June sales ever. FCA US finished the month of June with a 78-day supply of inventory (577,522 units). U.S. industry sales figures for June are internally projected at an estimated 17.5 million units Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR). Chrysler Brand Chrysler brand sales were up 28 percent, the brand’s best June sales since 2007 and its 12th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains. Sales of the Chrysler 200 were up 153 percent in June, the mid-size sedan’s best June sales ever and the largest year-over-year percentage gain of any FCA US vehicle in the month. It was the 10th-consecutive month that the 200 posted a sales record. Sales of the Chrysler 300 were up 11 percent in June, the flagship sedan’s best June sales since 2013. The 300 ranked the highest in the Large Car segment in J.D. Power’s 2015 U.S. Initial Quality Study (IQS) last month. The study is based on responses from more than 84,000 owners of new 2015 model year vehicles during the first 90 days of ownership. Jeep® Brand Jeep brand sales increased 25 percent, the brand’s best June sales ever and its 21st-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains. The Jeep brand has set a sales record in every month dating back to November 2013. Three Jeep brand vehicles set records in June. The Wrangler, Cherokee, and Patriot each posted their best June sales ever. The Wrangler, with its 17 percent increase, recorded its second-best sales month this year. The Patriot’s 41 percent year-over-year increase was the largest sales percentage gain of any Jeep brand model for the month. The all-new Jeep Renegade, the most capable small sport-utility vehicle (SUV), had sales of 4,858 units in its third full month in the market, up 10 percent compared with sales in the previous month of May. The Wrangler was the winner of the Edmunds.com 2015 Best Retained Value® Awards in the Midsize Traditional SUV category last month. Ram Truck Brand Ram Truck brand sales, which include the Ram pickup truck, Ram ProMaster, Ram ProMaster City, and Ram Cargo Van, were up 2 percent, the brand’s best June sales since 2007. Sales of the Ram pickup truck were up 1 percent in June, the pickup’s best June sales in 11 years. Sales of the Ram ProMaster van increased 97 percent, its best June sales since the full-size van was launched in October 2013. The ProMaster was the winner in the Edmunds.com 2015 Best Retained Value Awards last month. The ProMaster won in the Large Commercial Van segment. Dodge Brand Both the Dodge Challenger and Dodge Journey posted June sales records. Challenger sales were up 56 percent in June, the muscle car’s fifth sales record this year. The Challenger earned the top spot in the Edmunds.com 2015 Best Retained Value Awards in the Entry Sports Car category last month, and was best in the Midsize Sporty Car segment in J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Study. Journey sales were up 32 percent, the full-size crossover’s best monthly sales ever. Dodge brand sales were down 14 percent in June, compared with the same month a year ago. The brand was without minivan production for three months this year during model changeover at the Windsor Assembly Plant in Canada, where the Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country are built. The plant resumed production in late May and minivans are now arriving in larger numbers in dealerships across the country. FIAT Brand FIAT studios began taking their first deliveries last month of the all-new 2016 Fiat 500X. FIAT dealers sold 324 of the all-new crossover in June and will see greater numbers of the new model arriving this month as production is ramped up. FIAT brand sales, which include the Fiat 500, 500L, and 500X were down 30 percent in June, compared with the same month a year ago.
  12. Allpar is reporting that updates are incoming to the HEMI engine lineup, but likely after the 2016 model year according to sources. Details as to what the updates include are unknown at this time, but direct injection is a likely one. The delay is due to resources being somewhat limited. No word as to what vehicle will get the HEMI first. There are also changes in store for the Hellcat as well. Allpar says the Hellcat is being tuned to have a bit more refinement in the Grand Cherokee as to match the character of the SUV and buyer. A reduction in power is possible. The other change is for more power that could be arriving in 2017. Source: Allpar View full article
  13. Allpar is reporting that updates are incoming to the HEMI engine lineup, but likely after the 2016 model year according to sources. Details as to what the updates include are unknown at this time, but direct injection is a likely one. The delay is due to resources being somewhat limited. No word as to what vehicle will get the HEMI first. There are also changes in store for the Hellcat as well. Allpar says the Hellcat is being tuned to have a bit more refinement in the Grand Cherokee as to match the character of the SUV and buyer. A reduction in power is possible. The other change is for more power that could be arriving in 2017. Source: Allpar
  14. FCA US LLC Reports May 2015 U.S. Sales Increased 4 Percent; Best May Sales Since 2005 62nd-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains Sales exceed 200,000 units; first time since March 2007 Jeep® brand sales up 13 percent; best monthly sales ever Jeep Cherokee and Jeep Wrangler record their best monthly sales ever Chrysler 200 sales up 537 percent; best monthly sales ever Dodge Challenger sales increase 29 percent; best monthly sales ever Seven FCA US vehicles post sales records in May June 2, 2015 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - FCA US LLC today reported U.S. sales of 202,227 units, a 4 percent increase compared with sales in May 2014 (194,421 units), and the group’s best May sales since 2005. The Chrysler, Jeep ® and Ram Truck brands each posted year-over-year sales gains in May compared with the same month a year ago. The Chrysler brand’s 32 percent increase was the largest sales gain of any FCA US brand during the month. The group extended its streak of year-over-year sales gains to 62-consecutive months. “Our Jeep brand continues to set records with its best monthly sales ever in May, helping us to achieve our 62nd-consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases,” said Reid Bigland, Head of U.S. Sales. “Despite one less industry selling day this May versus a year ago, we posted a 4 percent sales gain and exceeded the 200,000-unit threshold for the first time since March 2007.” Seven FCA US vehicles set records in the month of May, including the Chrysler 200 which recorded its best monthly sales ever. Sales of the 200 were up 537 percent in May compared with the same month a year ago. The new 200 had the largest percentage increase of any FCA US vehicle in May. Likewise, the all-new Jeep Cherokee and Jeep Wrangler, and the Dodge Challenger each posted their best monthly sales ever. In addition, the Jeep Patriot, Ram ProMaster van, and Dodge Dart logged their best sales in the month of May. FCA US finished the month of May with a 69-day supply of inventory (540,509 units). U.S. industry sales figures for May are internally projected at an estimated 17.9 million units Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR). Chrysler Brand Chrysler brand sales were up 32 percent, the brand’s best May sales since 2008 and its 11th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains. Sales of the Chrysler 200 increased 537 percent in May, the mid-size sedan’s best monthly sales ever and the largest year-over-year percentage gain of any FCA US vehicle in the month. It was the ninth-consecutive month that the 200 logged record sales, topping its previous all-time monthly record in March of this year. Jeep® Brand Jeep brand sales increased 13 percent, the brand’s best monthly sales ever and its 20th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains. The Jeep brand has set a sales record in each month dating back to November 2013. Three Jeep brand vehicles set records in May. The Cherokee and Wrangler each recorded their best sales months ever, while the Patriot logged its best sales in the month of May. With its 16 percent increase, the Wrangler topped 20,000 units for the first time. The Patriot’s 31 percent year-over-year increase was the largest sales percentage gain of any Jeep brand model for the month. The all-new Jeep Renegade, the most capable small sport utility vehicle (SUV), had sales of 4,416 units in its second full month of sales, up 5 percent compared with sales in the previous month of April. The Renegade in May was selected by Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com (www.kbb.com) for its annual list of the “10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000.” The Jeep Grand Cherokee had its best May sales since the year 2000. Ram Truck Brand Ram Truck brand sales, which include the Ram pickup truck, Ram ProMaster, Ram ProMaster City, and Ram Cargo Van, were up 12 percent, the brand’s best May sales since 2005. Sales of the Ram pickup truck increased 8 percent in May, the pickup’s best May sales in 11 years. Sales of the Ram ProMaster van increased 146 percent, its best May sales since the full-size van was launched in October 2013. FIAT Brand Sales of the all-new 2016 Fiat 500X began in May as the first vehicles began to arrive in FIAT studios. The 500X combines iconic Italian style with functionality, performance and available all-wheel-drive confidence. The vehicle is available in five trim levels. The base Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2016 Fiat 500X starts at $20,000 (excluding a destination charge of $900). FIAT brand sales, which include the Fiat 500 and 500L, were down 19 percent in May, compared with the same month a year ago. The 500 was selected in May by Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com as one of its “10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000.” Dodge Brand Sales of the Challenger increased 29 percent in May, the muscle car’s best monthly sales ever. Dart sales were up slightly year-over-year as the compact sedan posted its best ever sales in the month of May. Dodge Durango sales edged up slightly for its best May sales since 2005. Dodge brand sales were down 22 percent in May, compared with the same month a year ago, due in large part to model changeover at the Windsor Assembly Plant in Windsor, Ontario, where the Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country are built. The plant resumed production of Grand Caravans in late May.
  15. FCA US LLC Reports April 2015 U.S. Sales Increased 6 Percent; Best April Sales Since 2007 61st-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains Jeep® brand sales up 20 percent; best monthly sales ever Jeep Cherokee sales increase 27 percent; best monthly sales ever Dodge Challenger sales up 32 percent; best monthly sales ever Nine FCA US vehicles post sales records in April May 1, 2015 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - FCA US LLC today reported U.S. sales of 189,027 units, a 6 percent increase compared with sales in April 2014 (178,652 units), and the group’s best April sales since 2007. The Chrysler, Jeep® and Ram Truck brands each posted year-over-year sales gains in April compared with the same month a year ago. The Chrysler brand’s 26 percent increase was the largest sales gain of any FCA US brand during the month. The group extended its streak of year-over-year sales gains to 61-consecutive months. “We launched the spring selling season with nine vehicle sales records and a 6 percent year-over-year increase that extends our sales streak to 61-consecutive months of sales gains,” said Reid Bigland, Head of U.S. Sales. “Our all-new Jeep Renegade small SUV is off to an exceptional start with more than 4,200 units sold in its first full month in the market helping to propel our Jeep brand to its best monthly sales ever.” Nine FCA US vehicles set records in the month of April, including the Dodge Challenger, which posted its best monthly sales ever. Challenger sales were up 32 percent in April compared with the same month a year ago. Likewise, the all-new Jeep Cherokee had its best monthly sales ever last month with its 27 percent increase. The Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Patriot, Chrysler 200, Dodge Dart, Dodge Journey, Ram pickup truck and Ram ProMaster each recorded their best April sales ever. The 200 mid-size sedan achieved its record with a 348 percent year-over-year increase, the largest percentage increase of any FCA US vehicle in April. FCA US finished the month of April with a 78-day supply of inventory (567,761 units). U.S. industry sales figures for April are internally projected at an estimated 17.0 million units Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR). Chrysler Brand Chrysler brand sales increased 26 percent, the brand’s best April sales since 2013 and its 10th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains. Sales of the Chrysler 200 were up 348 percent in April, the mid-size sedan’s best ever sales in the month of April and the largest year-over-year percentage gain of any FCA US vehicle in the month. It was the eight-consecutive month that the 200 logged record sales, including its all-time sales record in March of this year. The all-new 200 was named “Car of the Year” in April by the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press (RMAP) association. Also in April, the new Chrysler 300C Platinum made Ward’s prestigious 10 Best Interiors List for 2015. Jeep® Brand Jeep brand sales were up 20 percent, the brand’s best monthly sales ever and its 19th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains. The Jeep brand has set a sales record in each month dating back to November 2013. Three Jeep brand vehicles set records in April. The Cherokee’s 27 percent increase resulted in its best monthly sales ever. The Wrangler and Patriot each logged their best ever sales in the month of April. With its 27 percent year-over-year increase, the new Cherokee had the largest sales percentage gain of any Jeep model for the month. The all-new Jeep Renegade, the most capable small sport utility vehicle (SUV), recorded 4,214 units sold in its first full month of sales. The Renegade picked up a major award in its first full month in the market. The Renegade was named to the Ward’s 10 Best Interiors List for 2015 last month by editors of WardsAuto.com. In addition, the Renegade was named Northwest Outdoor Activity Vehicle of the Year and winner of the Compact Utility category in last month’s 21st-annual “Mudfest” competition hosted by the Northwest Automotive Press Association (NWAPA). The Cherokee was voted winner of the Family Utility class in the same competition. Ram Truck Brand Ram Truck brand sales, which include the Ram pickup truck, Ram ProMaster, Ram ProMaster City, and Ram Cargo Van, were up 4 percent, the brand’s best April sales since 2005. Sales of the Ram ProMaster increased 43 percent, the full-size van’s best April sales since the vehicle was launched in October 2013. Sales of the Ram ProMaster City, which went on sale in January, continued to ramp up as greater volumes of the compact van arrived at Ram dealerships. Sales of the Ram pickup truck were up 3 percent in April, the pickup’s best ever sales in the month of April. The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel was named “Truck of the Year” last month by the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press (RMAP) association and was winner in the Pickups category at last month’s “Mudfest” competition hosted by the Northwest Automotive Press Association (NWAPA). The Ram Power Wagon was voted winner of the Extreme Capability category at Mudfest. FIAT Brand Sales of the Fiat 500L were flat in April, compared with the same month a year ago. FIAT brand sales, which include the Fiat 500 and 500L, were down 13 percent in April. Just in time for the spring and summer top-down driving season, the FIAT brand introduced in April the new Fiat 500 1957 Edition Cabrio. This new addition to the FIAT brand product lineup offers vintage Italian styling with open-air driving excitement, starting at $24,700 U.S. MSRP. Dodge Brand Sales of the Challenger were up 32 percent in April, the muscle car’s best monthly sales ever. The Dart posted its best ever sales in the month of April. Sales of the Dart were up 42 percent, the largest percentage sales gain of any Dodge brand vehicle in April. The Charger posted a 12 percent increase for its best April sales in seven years. Dodge brand sales were down 16 percent in April, compared with the same month a year ago, due in large part to model changeover at the Windsor Assembly Plant in Windsor, Ontario, where the Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country are built.
  16. FCA US LLC Reports February 2015 U.S. Sales Increased 6 Percent; Best February Sales Since 2007 59th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains Jeep brand records best February sales ever; Jeep Patriot records best sales month ever Dodge Challenger sales up 42 percent; best February sales ever Chrysler 200 sales up 31 percent; best February sales ever Nine FCA US vehicles achieve their best February sales ever March 3, 2015 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - FCA US LLC today reported U.S. sales of 163,586 units, a 6 percent increase compared with sales in February 2014 (154,866 units), and the group’s best February sales since 2007. The Chrysler, Jeep®, and Ram Truck brands each posted year-over-year sales gains in February compared with the same month a year ago. The Jeep brand’s 21 percent increase was the largest sales gain of any FCA US brand during the month and its best February sales ever. The group extended its streak of year-over-year sales gains to 59-consecutive months. “In spite of snow and bitter cold that slowed auto sales in many regions of the country, FCA US still turned in a 6 percent sales increase and extended our year-over-year sales streak to 59-consecutive months,” said Reid Bigland, Head of U.S. Sales. “Even with tougher year-over-year sales comparisons in 2015, our vehicle lineup continues to produce record sales results.” Nine FCA US vehicles set records in the month of February, including four of the five Jeep brand vehicles. The Jeep Patriot turned in its best sales month ever, while the Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Wrangler, and Jeep Compass each recorded their best ever sales in the month of February. The Dodge Challenger, Fiat 500L, Chrysler 200, Ram ProMaster, and Ram Cargo Van each recorded their best ever sales in the month of February. FCA US finished the month of February with an 85-day supply of inventory (577,277 units). U.S. industry sales figures for February are internally projected at an estimated 16.5 million units Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR). Jeep® Brand Jeep brand sales were up 21 percent, the brand’s best sales performance ever in the month of February and its 17th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains. The Jeep brand has set a sales record in each month dating back to November 2013. Four of the five Jeep brand vehicles turned in sales records during the month. Sales of the Jeep Patriot were up 59 percent in February, the compact SUV’s best sales month ever and largest percentage increase of any Jeep brand model. The Jeep Cherokee, Wrangler, and Compass each recorded their best ever sales in the month of February. Sales of the Jeep Grand Cherokee were up 8 percent for its best February sales in nine years. For a third-consecutive year, the Patriot was named the winner of Kelley Blue Book’s lowest 5-Year Cost to Own award in the Compact SUV/Crossover category, while the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited earned the same award in the Mid-size SUV/Crossover segment. Chrysler Brand Chrysler brand sales increased 13 percent, the brand’s best February sales since 2008 and its eighth-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains. Sales of the Chrysler 200 were up 31 percent, the mid-size sedan’s best ever sales in the month of February. The 200 was recognized as the Best Family Vehicle by the Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA) during last month’s Chicago Auto Show. MAMA is a nonprofit group of more than 200 automotive journalists and industry professionals who developed the award to help consumers make a wise purchase decision when it is time to shop for a family vehicle. Ram Truck Brand Sales of the Ram pickup truck were up 7 percent in February; its 58th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains. It was the pickup truck’s best February sales since 2004. Ram Light Duty pickup sales increased 7 percent in February while Ram Heavy Duty pickups were up 3 percent. The Ram 1500 was named by U.S. News & World Report last month as its Best Full-size Truck for the Money. In the site’s ranking of vehicle choices, Ram 1500 scored the highest among full-size pickups available to U.S. buyers. Within its class, the Ram 1500 took top honors for its outstanding value and critical acclaim. This is the second year in a row Ram’s half-ton entry has won the award. Ram Truck brand sales, which include the Ram ProMaster, Ram ProMaster City, and Ram Cargo Van, were up 12 percent, the brand’s best February sales since 2007. The ProMaster Van and Ram Cargo Van each recorded their best ever sales in the month of February. The ProMaster City, which went on sale in January, is beginning to arrive in Ram Truck dealerships in greater numbers. FIAT Brand Sales of the Fiat 500L were up 19 percent last month, its best sales ever in the month of February. Sales of the 500L have been up year-over-year for four-consecutive months. FIAT brand sales, which include the Fiat 500 and 500L, were down slightly in February compared with the same month a year ago. The 2016 Fiat 500X crossover, the latest addition to the FIAT lineup, will arrive in FIAT studios in the second quarter of 2015. On the heels of the FIAT brand’s return to Super Bowl advertising, FIAT fans can now configure the all-new crossover at www.fiatusa.com. The FIAT brand is coming off of a record year in 2014. The FIAT brand’s full-year sales were up 7 percent in 2014, compared with sales in 2013. It was the FIAT brand’s best annual sales since the brand was re-introduced in the U.S. in 2011. Dodge Brand Sales of the Dart were up 52 percent, the largest percentage sales gain of any Dodge brand vehicle during the month. The Challenger turned in its best ever February sales with a 42 percent year-over-year sales gain. Dodge brand sales were down 15 percent in February, compared with the same month a year ago, due in part to model changeover at the Windsor Assembly Plant in Windsor, Ontario, where the Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country are built. The new 2015 Dodge Charger last month picked up a Driver’s Choice award for “Best Sports Sedan” from MotorWeek, the automotive television magazine program. Charger sales were up 16 percent in February, its best February sales since 2007.
  17. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has made the decision to cut the Chrysler brand in the UK to focus more on Jeep. "We have made a decision to shift our focus away from Chrysler and toward other FCA brands," a Chrysler spokesman told Automotive News. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' deputy UK managing director Karl Howkins told Autocar the decision came down to Chrysler products not being very appealing to UK customers and that the CO2 emissions on their lineup were too high. Chrysler sold the 300, Voyager (Town and Country), and a rebadged versions of the Lancia Delta and Ypsilon. According to the UK’s Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, Chrysler only sold 1,982 vehicles last year, down 21 percent when compared to last year. Most of those models sold were the Ypsilon. Howkins went to say dealers were informed of the decision yesterday and would focus on other brands such as Jeep. "The Jeep Renegade is more important to focus on as the volume is much higher. Plus there are more new Alfa and Fiat products coming that we need to focus on," said Howkins. Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required), Autocar
  18. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has made the decision to cut the Chrysler brand in the UK to focus more on Jeep. "We have made a decision to shift our focus away from Chrysler and toward other FCA brands," a Chrysler spokesman told Automotive News. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' deputy UK managing director Karl Howkins told Autocar the decision came down to Chrysler products not being very appealing to UK customers and that the CO2 emissions on their lineup were too high. Chrysler sold the 300, Voyager (Town and Country), and a rebadged versions of the Lancia Delta and Ypsilon. According to the UK’s Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, Chrysler only sold 1,982 vehicles last year, down 21 percent when compared to last year. Most of those models sold were the Ypsilon. Howkins went to say dealers were informed of the decision yesterday and would focus on other brands such as Jeep. "The Jeep Renegade is more important to focus on as the volume is much higher. Plus there are more new Alfa and Fiat products coming that we need to focus on," said Howkins. Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required), Autocar View full article
  19. The last-generation Chrysler Sebring/200 was the punchline to a bad joke. Whenever you saw one driving around, you could easily assume that it was either a rental car or the person got a smoking deal. Not a good sign when you’re playing in one of the highly-competitive classes in the marketplace; the midsize sedan class. So what do you do? For Chrysler, it was to start with a blank sheet and get some help from Fiat. The result is the 2015 Chrysler 200. So how does new 200 stack up against the midsize class? Well I spent a week in a 200C to find out. The 200’s exterior design appears to be a mishmash of other midsize sedan designs. The front end looks to be borrowed from the Ford Fusion and/or Kia Optima, while the roofline comes from the last-generation Hyundai Sonata. Say what you will about Chrysler’s designers being somewhat unoriginal, you do have to admit that the new 200 is far and away a huge improvement over the old model. My test 200 was wearing a burgundy paint color and sharp 19-inch wheels which make it quite the standout.If the exterior is quite the shock, then you might have your mind blown when stepping into the 200’s interior. Chrysler’s designers threw out the book on how to create a midsize interior and went in their own direction. The results are something you might be more used to in a luxury car, not something a midsize sedan. On the 200C, the interior is lined with leather along the dash and seats, and real wood trim. Designers also went for a knob for to select gears which opens up the center console to allow for a massive storage area. You could fit a small laptop computer in this space. Above the large storage space is Chrysler’s UConnect system with an equally large 8.4-inch touchscreen. The system as ever is easy to use and quick to respond. Space in the 200C is a bit mixed. Front seat passengers are able to find a comfortable position thanks to supportive bucket seats, and power adjustments. On my tester, the seats were ventilated, which only adds to the comfort level. Back seat passengers will find a decent amount of legroom, but headroom is at a premium. Due to the sloping roofline, it cuts the amount of headroom available in the sedan. Thoughts on Power and Handling are on the next page As power, you have the choice of either a 2.4L four-cylinder or a 3.6L V6. My tester was equipped with the latter which produces 295 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque and comes paired with a nine-speed automatic. The V6 is a perfect pairing to the 200 as it offers plenty of punch, along the refinement and smoothness the 3.6 has been hailed for. The nine-speed automatic seems to be a bit more in order from the last time I drove it as most of shuddering and not shifting into 9th gear has gone away. I think its a combination of the V6 engine and number of software updates Chrysler has been doing since 200 was launched. But that doesn’t mean all of the woes have been cured. The shift from 2nd to 3rd in my test car were very harsh. I can’t tell you if this was something with my test car or if it appeared in other 200s at this time. As for fuel economy, the EPA rates the 200C at 19 City/32 Highway/23 Combined. My week saw an average of 23.3 MPG. As for ride and handling, the 200C is more aimed at delivering comfort. Driving on some of the worst roads Michigan has to offer, the 200C’s suspension is able soak up imperfections and bumps with no problem. Road and wind noise is kept down, making this a perfect long-distance cruiser. As for sporty driving, the 200C isn’t really suited for it. The suspension does keep body roll mostly in check. Steering is quick but is a little too light for dicing with corners. Those who want a sporting 200 should look at the S model as it features tuning to the suspension to deliver a fun car in the corners. Calling the 2015 Chrysler 200 a major improvement over the last-generation model would be an understatement. Chrysler has made major strides in erasing the past and bringing in a credible contender with best-in-class interior, smooth performance from the V6, and styling that brings it into the present day. But the nine-speed does spoil the 200 with a harsh 2-3 shift. Chrysler has mostly everything right in 200 to make it a real champ, the nine-speed is holding it back. Disclaimer: Chrysler Provided the 200C, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas Year: 2015 Make: Chrysler Model: 200 Trim: C Engine: 3.6L 24-Valve VVT V6 Driveline: Nine-Speed Automatic, Front-Wheel Drive Horsepower @ RPM: 295 @ 6,350 Torque @ RPM: 262 @ 4,250 Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 19/32/23 Curb Weight: N/A Location of Manufacture: Sterling Heights, MI Base Price: $25,995 As Tested Price: $34,415 (Includes $995.00 Destination Charge) Options: 3.6 Liter V6 24-Valve VVT - $1,950.00 Navigation and Sound Group I - $1,395.00 SafetyTec - $1,295.00 19' x 8' Polished Face w/Painted Pockets Aluminum Wheels - $995.00 Premium Group - $995.00 Premium Lighting Group - $795.00
  20. The last-generation Chrysler Sebring/200 was the punchline to a bad joke. Whenever you saw one driving around, you could easily assume that it was either a rental car or the person got a smoking deal. Not a good sign when you’re playing in one of the highly-competitive classes in the marketplace; the midsize sedan class. So what do you do? For Chrysler, it was to start with a blank sheet and get some help from Fiat. The result is the 2015 Chrysler 200. So how does new 200 stack up against the midsize class? Well I spent a week in a 200C to find out. The 200’s exterior design appears to be a mishmash of other midsize sedan designs. The front end looks to be borrowed from the Ford Fusion and/or Kia Optima, while the roofline comes from the last-generation Hyundai Sonata. Say what you will about Chrysler’s designers being somewhat unoriginal, you do have to admit that the new 200 is far and away a huge improvement over the old model. My test 200 was wearing a burgundy paint color and sharp 19-inch wheels which make it quite the standout.If the exterior is quite the shock, then you might have your mind blown when stepping into the 200’s interior. Chrysler’s designers threw out the book on how to create a midsize interior and went in their own direction. The results are something you might be more used to in a luxury car, not something a midsize sedan. On the 200C, the interior is lined with leather along the dash and seats, and real wood trim. Designers also went for a knob for to select gears which opens up the center console to allow for a massive storage area. You could fit a small laptop computer in this space. Above the large storage space is Chrysler’s UConnect system with an equally large 8.4-inch touchscreen. The system as ever is easy to use and quick to respond. Space in the 200C is a bit mixed. Front seat passengers are able to find a comfortable position thanks to supportive bucket seats, and power adjustments. On my tester, the seats were ventilated, which only adds to the comfort level. Back seat passengers will find a decent amount of legroom, but headroom is at a premium. Due to the sloping roofline, it cuts the amount of headroom available in the sedan. Thoughts on Power and Handling are on the next page As power, you have the choice of either a 2.4L four-cylinder or a 3.6L V6. My tester was equipped with the latter which produces 295 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque and comes paired with a nine-speed automatic. The V6 is a perfect pairing to the 200 as it offers plenty of punch, along the refinement and smoothness the 3.6 has been hailed for. The nine-speed automatic seems to be a bit more in order from the last time I drove it as most of shuddering and not shifting into 9th gear has gone away. I think its a combination of the V6 engine and number of software updates Chrysler has been doing since 200 was launched. But that doesn’t mean all of the woes have been cured. The shift from 2nd to 3rd in my test car were very harsh. I can’t tell you if this was something with my test car or if it appeared in other 200s at this time. As for fuel economy, the EPA rates the 200C at 19 City/32 Highway/23 Combined. My week saw an average of 23.3 MPG. As for ride and handling, the 200C is more aimed at delivering comfort. Driving on some of the worst roads Michigan has to offer, the 200C’s suspension is able soak up imperfections and bumps with no problem. Road and wind noise is kept down, making this a perfect long-distance cruiser. As for sporty driving, the 200C isn’t really suited for it. The suspension does keep body roll mostly in check. Steering is quick but is a little too light for dicing with corners. Those who want a sporting 200 should look at the S model as it features tuning to the suspension to deliver a fun car in the corners. Calling the 2015 Chrysler 200 a major improvement over the last-generation model would be an understatement. Chrysler has made major strides in erasing the past and bringing in a credible contender with best-in-class interior, smooth performance from the V6, and styling that brings it into the present day. But the nine-speed does spoil the 200 with a harsh 2-3 shift. Chrysler has mostly everything right in 200 to make it a real champ, the nine-speed is holding it back. Disclaimer: Chrysler Provided the 200C, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas Year: 2015 Make: Chrysler Model: 200 Trim: C Engine: 3.6L 24-Valve VVT V6 Driveline: Nine-Speed Automatic, Front-Wheel Drive Horsepower @ RPM: 295 @ 6,350 Torque @ RPM: 262 @ 4,250 Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 19/32/23 Curb Weight: N/A Location of Manufacture: Sterling Heights, MI Base Price: $25,995 As Tested Price: $34,415 (Includes $995.00 Destination Charge) Options: 3.6 Liter V6 24-Valve VVT - $1,950.00 Navigation and Sound Group I - $1,395.00 SafetyTec - $1,295.00 19' x 8' Polished Face w/Painted Pockets Aluminum Wheels - $995.00 Premium Group - $995.00 Premium Lighting Group - $795.00 View full article
  21. Chrysler can't seem to catch a break with their nine-speed automatic. Case in point is a recall for around 26,000 Chrysler 200 models equipped with 3.6L V6 and nine-speed because the transmission will not go into park. According to a statement, the problem is due to inconsistent assembly procedures at a supplier's plant. At the time of this writing, five owners have experienced this problem. Dealers will inspect the transmission and replace if necessary. In the meantime, Chrysler is asking owners to put on the parking brake to prevent their vehicle from rolling back. Source: Chrysler Press Release is on Page 2 Statement: Park Engagement February 26, 2015, Auburn Hills, Mich. - FCA US LLC is launching a recall of certain model-year 2015 cars to resolve manufacturing issues that may prevent the vehicles from shifting into park. Inconsistent assembly procedures at a supplier's plant have been linked to five reports involving customers who could not shift their vehicles into park. Without park, a vehicle may be subject to inadvertent movement. FCA US is unaware of any related injuries or accidents. The campaign is limited to the Chrysler 200 equipped with a V-6 engine. There are an estimated 22,107 in the U.S.; 3,600 in Canada and 213 in Mexico. Customers will be advised when they may schedule service. FCA US dealers will inspect and, if required, replace transmissions at no charge. In the interim, customers who own models with V-6 engines are advised to activate the vehicle's parking brake before shutting off its engine, because the shifter may incorrectly indicate park is engaged. Customers with additional concerns may call 1-800-853-1403.
  22. Chrysler can't seem to catch a break with their nine-speed automatic. Case in point is a recall for around 26,000 Chrysler 200 models equipped with 3.6L V6 and nine-speed because the transmission will not go into park. According to a statement, the problem is due to inconsistent assembly procedures at a supplier's plant. At the time of this writing, five owners have experienced this problem. Dealers will inspect the transmission and replace if necessary. In the meantime, Chrysler is asking owners to put on the parking brake to prevent their vehicle from rolling back. Source: Chrysler Press Release is on Page 2 Statement: Park Engagement February 26, 2015, Auburn Hills, Mich. - FCA US LLC is launching a recall of certain model-year 2015 cars to resolve manufacturing issues that may prevent the vehicles from shifting into park. Inconsistent assembly procedures at a supplier's plant have been linked to five reports involving customers who could not shift their vehicles into park. Without park, a vehicle may be subject to inadvertent movement. FCA US is unaware of any related injuries or accidents. The campaign is limited to the Chrysler 200 equipped with a V-6 engine. There are an estimated 22,107 in the U.S.; 3,600 in Canada and 213 in Mexico. Customers will be advised when they may schedule service. FCA US dealers will inspect and, if required, replace transmissions at no charge. In the interim, customers who own models with V-6 engines are advised to activate the vehicle's parking brake before shutting off its engine, because the shifter may incorrectly indicate park is engaged. Customers with additional concerns may call 1-800-853-1403. View full article
  23. Here's a bit of head scratcher. A member of the Allpar.com forum did a bit of poking around Chrysler's secure dealer site, DealerConnect and found an interesting configuration for the 2015 200. The site listed a a 2.2L 16-valve “DeTomaso” turbodiesel four-cylinder engine. Now Automotive News was able to confirm the existence of this engine on the site. So what could this engine be? Well Automotive News has learned that Alfa Romeo is working a 2.2L turbodiesel producing somewhere between 135 and 210 horsepower. If Alfa Romeo was to share this engine, it would give the Volkswagen Passat TDI some much needed competition. But what the “DeTomaso” name? This is speculated to be a red herring to throw people off. Chrysler's powertrain spokesman Eric Mayne denied the existence of the engine when asked about it. Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required) View full article
  24. Here's a bit of head scratcher. A member of the Allpar.com forum did a bit of poking around Chrysler's secure dealer site, DealerConnect and found an interesting configuration for the 2015 200. The site listed a a 2.2L 16-valve “DeTomaso” turbodiesel four-cylinder engine. Now Automotive News was able to confirm the existence of this engine on the site. So what could this engine be? Well Automotive News has learned that Alfa Romeo is working a 2.2L turbodiesel producing somewhere between 135 and 210 horsepower. If Alfa Romeo was to share this engine, it would give the Volkswagen Passat TDI some much needed competition. But what the “DeTomaso” name? This is speculated to be a red herring to throw people off. Chrysler's powertrain spokesman Eric Mayne denied the existence of the engine when asked about it. Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)
  25. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has been working hard on trying to fix the nagging issues with the nine-speed automatic in the Jeep Cherokee and certain Chrysler 200s with constant updates. But those updates aren't making a dent in those issues as a number of complaints of hard shifts, lunging, and unexpected disengagement of the transmission litter the 2014 Jeep Cherokee page on SaferCar.gov. Automotive News has learned that Chrysler will be issuing a new update to 2014 and 2015 model year Jeep Cherokees and certain 2015 Chrysler 200s for the nine-speed transmission. This update only applies for models equipped with the 2.4L four-cylinder. A spokeswoman from FCA says the update is "intended to keep the vehicle performing as intended, and to prevent durability issues from occurring in the future." Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required) View full article

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