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S&P bumps Chrysler up

Automotive News reported that ratings agency Standard & Poor’s has bumped Chrysler’s credit rating up to BB-, a single-notch improvement over its old B+, to match that of Fiat. It remains three levels below “investment grade.” The firm reported that Fiat’s rating would not change, though Moody’s has put Fiat under review for a bump-down.

Auctioning the first Hellcat

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Dodge will auction the very first production 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, the most powerful and fastest muscle car ever built, during the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2014 auction on September 27 in Las Vegas. Proceeds will benefit the not-for-profit Opportunity Village.  The special-edition 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, with a 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI® V-8 engine and 0001 vehicle identification number (VIN), has an NHRA-certified quarter-mile time of 10.8 seconds at 126 mph....

July sales forecasts

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While sales numbers won’t be released until a week from today and even though there’s one more selling weekend in the month, industry analysts have already issued their forecasts for July light vehicle sales. Edmunds.com, Kelley Blue Book’s kbb.com, and TrueCar.com all see Chrysler Group reporting the highest growth of the top automakers with sales more than 20% higher than they were in July 2013, a month where Chrysler temporarily fell to fifth in the volume rankings, outsold by American Honda....

Wrangler: aluminum and/or hybrid?

As government rules get tighter, and to avoid losing customers if/when gas prices rise, automakers are trying to increase gas mileage. At Chrysler, Ram has been slashing fuel consumption by cutting parasitic losses, using eight-speed automatics, and spreading diesels to the 1500 line. Jeep is busily creating the new Wrangler, with an eye towards saving weight, and Chrysler has been advertising for a senior buyer for large aluminum castings....

No FCA-PSA Peugeot merger talks (either)

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The slow week for Fiat news has journalists scrambling again. Thursday’s Financial Times reported that Fiat-Chrysler and PSA Peugeot have discussed a merger. Unlike the story in Manager Magazine about a possible FCA-Volkswagen tieup, the Financial Times said “people familiar with the talks” were fairly straightforward: the automakers did have discussions but nothing progressed beyond that point....

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