Fiat announces management team for Europe

Automotive News Europe is reporting that Gianni Coda, COO for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, has announced his management team.

Twenty-eight Fiat and Chrysler Group executives will report to Coda. Those with additional roles, like Chrysler-Lancia boss Saad Chehab, will report to Coda for European activities and to Sergio Marchionne for North America.

Coda also announced that Fiat has shut down its international division. Lorenzo Sistino, previously head of the division, is now sales chief for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Fiat bosses in Russia, Turkey and Serbia will report directly to Coda.

As reported earlier, Sistino will retain his post as CEO of Fiat Professional.

Here is the full list of Coda’s reports:

Operation Lead Executive
Alfa Romeo Harald Wester
Fiat Passenger Cars Olivier François
Fiat Professional Lorenzo Sistino
Lancia/Chrysler Saad Chehab
Design/Style Lorenzo Ramaciotti
Brand Marketing/Communications Olivier Francois
Purchasing Vilmar Fistarol
Jeep Joe Veltri
Product Planning Sergio Cravero
Business Development Silvia Vernetti
Commercial Operations Lorenzo Sistino
Parts & Service, Supply Chain Diego Pistone
Turkey Ali Pandir
Serbia Antonio Cesare Ferrara
Russia Project Giovanni De Filippis
Vehicle Engineering Mauro Pierallini
Powertrain Engineering Aldo Marangoni
Vehicle Manufacturing Luigi Galante
Powertrain Manufacturing Nicola Di Buono
Quality Mario Astengo
Financial Services Oddone Incisa
Legal Georgio Fossati
Human Resources Livio Milano
Communications Richard Gadeselli
Information Technology Gilberto Ceresa
Finance Andrea Striglio
Compliance Daniele Catasso

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With a nearly 47% year-over-year increase as of the end of September, Ram leads the market in commercial van sales.

Nine months into 2016, Ram has sold 39,214 ProMasters — 26,544 full-size ProMasters and 12,649 compact ProMaster Citys.

In September, monthly sales of Chevrolet and Ford vans fell, while Ram van deliveries were up more than 10%. The big ProMaster outsold every full-size van that didn’t wear a blue oval or a bow tie.

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So far, according to Automotive News’ groundbreaking report, only Jaguar and BMW have been given permission to sell diesels in the US. Others have to wait, pending testing clearance, thanks to Audi-Volkswagen cheats.

Read the full story: What’s behind the 2017 diesel delays?  »

Canadians get cheaper Pacificas

2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivans

Chrysler Canada is now selling a complete line of Pacifica minivans in Canada, with the base LX and Touring models added to Touring-L, Touring-L Plus, and Limited.

All 2017 Chrysler Pacificas are made in Canada at the award-winning Windsor Assembly Plant; the plant built 70% of all full-size minivans sold in Canada last year (including Caravan and Town & Country).

The LX lists for C$37,995,

Read the full story: Canadians get cheaper Pacificas  »

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Ram’s “Ram Commercial” division made its full public debut yesterday with a multidimensional ad campaign, four years after being established.

The campaign covers television, print, digital, video and social media. The first ad, “Time,” showed up on yesterday’s NFL game, showing the “surprise and delight” of small businesses with Ram vans. Print ads will appear in magazines including Forbes, Professional Builder, and Remodeling.

Read the full story: Ram Commercial’s relaunch  »

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The color hasn’t hit the Build & Price system yet. It seems to hearken back to the popular bright blues of the 1970s and 1990s; we have also  seen a 1920s Chrysler in a slightly more aquamarine, but still factory,

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