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FCA Sweeps CUV, SUV and Truck of Texas Awards at Texas Auto Writers Truck Rodeo

Photos courtesy Kevin McCauley / Texas Auto Writers Association Record-setting rain couldn’t wash out the Texas Auto Writers Association’s most important event of 2018. Journalists braved freezing rain to evaluate this year’s newest vehicles, with Ram, Alfa Romeo and Maserati capturing top honors. Pastures quickly flooded into mud pits at the ranch serving as a remote test site, necessitating an…

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First Drive: 2019 Ram 1500 Closes the Gap
2019 Ram 1500 First Drive

At the launch of the 2019 Ram 1500, FCA brass christened the new truck with a mission: overtake the Chevrolet Silverado. If RAM were ever to close the roughly 85,000-unit sales gap, the time may be now or never. In terms of product execution itself, however, the new Ram 1500 has already zeroed in on its target. The showdown descends…

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Grand Caravan Production to Continue as Market Warms Up to Pacifica

Speaking at the Detroit auto show, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles chief executive Sergio Marchionne said that production of the Dodge Grand Caravan would likely continue beyond 2017. Reports from suppliers originally indicated that the minivan would be phased out by August 11 of this year. While conceding that the Grand Caravan has limitations and is based on an old architecture, Marchionne…

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North Carolina Dealer Corners Viper Market

Automotive News reports that a dealer in North Carolina has secured a treasure trove of Dodge Vipers in advance of the discontinuation of the sport coupe in 2017. Salisbury-based Gerry Wood Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram ordered 135 2017 model year Vipers from Fiat Chrysler, many of which feature distinctive paint colors offered through the '1 of 1' customization program. Over 130 Viper models…

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In New Marketing Campaign Dodge is Domestic... Not Domesticated

Dodge has unveiled a new marketing campaign with ads which feature the slogan "Domestic. Not Domesticated" with Metallica's song "Fuel" playing in the background. In one of the videos entitled "Warning" Dodge is portrayed as a drug, accompanied by a series of disclaimers similar to those used by pharmaceutical companies. Within the extended version of the video, a "ferocious" mechanical…

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Production of Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 Set to End Without Replacement Plan

When Fiat Chrysler chief executive Sergio Marchionne announced in January that the company would be outsourcing production of its compact and midsize sedans, dealers were told that it would "solidify partnering opportunities" to ensure product availability for the segments. To date, FCA has been unable to secure an arrangement with another manufacturer to produce the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200.…

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FBI, SEC Investigating Fiat Chrysler for U.S. Sales Reporting Practices

Automotive News is claiming that field staff for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles were visited on July 11 by investigators from the FBI and the Securities and Exchange Commission as part of a probe into the company's U.S. sales reporting practices. Sources familiar with the situation indicated that federal staff attorneys also visited the FCA US headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan on…

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FCA Considering Maserati Electric Sportscar to Compete With Tesla

Bloomberg Television reports that Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne is giving consideration to producing an electric version of the Maserati Alfieri sportscar. "I've always thought the economic model that supports Tesla is something that Fiat Chrysler could replicate as we have the brand and the vehicles to do it," Marchionne said. "We need to experiment as we are doing now…

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Mopar To Offer Limited Edition, Accessorized Ram Rebel

Fiat Chrysler Automobile's Mopar brand has announced that it will be offering a limited run of 500 customized versions of its 2016 Ram Rebel. Available beginning this summer, the Mopar '16 Ram Rebel 4x4 will be priced from $53,655. The pickup truck will come equipped with FCA's standard 5.7L V8 and eight speed automatic transmission. The special edition will be…

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Report: New Cars Still Being Sold With Defective Takata Airbags

According to a recent report, new vehicles equipped with defective airbags supplied by Takata continue to be sold by Toyota Motor Corp, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Volkswagen AG and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. The report's author, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, indicates that automakers are relying on the faulty airbags as they work to address engineering and supply challenges. Vehicles that include the…

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