Dealers that are having their franchises revoked are getting special attention from Toyota, according to an inside source. Toyota personnel are traveling the country and recruiting former Chrylser and soon-to-be-former GM dealerships, offering them the opportunity to switch franchises. They will not be reimbursed for the cars and parts they have, which are to be sold to other dealerships or the public, but may get special deals and financing for carrying the Toyota brand. Other automakers are also likely to take advantage of the opportunity to spread their brands.
While many areas may have had more Chrysler than they could support, given the company’s current sales, they were not within close range of the world’s largest automaker, Toyota, which has far fewer dealerships in the U.S. than Chrysler did.
Months after unconfirmed reports made it to Allpar’s pages, the power of Automotive News, in the person of reporter Larry Vellequette, pried a key fact from Chrysler executives — that they cast and build “Ferrari” engines for Maserati. As our sister site pentastars.com reported, the engines are actually cast in Kokomo, and machined in the Trenton Engine plant, using a mixture of [...]
The 2017 Jeep Wrangler may leave its historic steel body-on-frame construction and Toledo plant behind, according to Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, as quoted by Automotive News’ Larry Vellequette. The current Wrangler has good mileage for rugged four wheel drive vehicles, but poor economy overall, at around 17/21 mpg (depending on model and transmission). Mr. Marchionne said the Wrangler will need to lose weight [...]
Keeping a years-long tradition, Chrysler today released a number of “teaser images” for concepts to be revealed at the SEMA aftermarket show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Each brand is covered, though Chrysler has but one car — the 200S. That can be explained by the status of the brand’s three cars: the 2015 300 has yet to be launched, and the [...]