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Jeep Brasileiro?

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The Fiat plan for Brazil shows some vehicles not seen elsewhere.  Render-artist JackRatchett speculated, “How about a Brazilian built A-B segment Jeep geared towards South America and India, called the Jeep Brasileiro in Brazil? It could be made with an open top, or full door/attachable hard top, like Wrangler. With concepts like the  Volkswagen Buggy Up,  Renault’s Kwid, Suzuki’s Crosshiker and X-LANDER, Land Rover Defender DC 100, [and a proposed new Toyota under RAV4], everyone’s circling the target, so it’s only a matter of time.”

Presumably powered by a choice of Fiat diesel and Chrysler-descended Brazilian gasoline/flex engine, the Brasileiro would have a tough, durable, but inexpensive suspension designed to take a pounding but not necessarily do much rock crawling. Transmissions would be six-speed Fiat designs, manual and automatic, and all wheel drive (perhaps even plain 4×4) would be relatively simple — no five-mode traction control.

There’s no way of knowing whether JackRatchett’s speculation is anywhere near Fiat’s plans, but we know Fiat wants Jeep to be worldwide; whether it wants Jeep to play in this segment is another question, as is whether it would be superfluous to the BU, or too damaging to Fiat’s plans for Jeep to be a premium purchase.

Fiat-Chrysler profits plunge in second quarter

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Fiat S.p.A. announced its second-quarter results from Turin this morning for what could be the last time, if shareholders approve the Fiat-Chrysler merger on Friday. Worldwide shipments rose 2%, to 1.2 million, in the second quarter as revenues rose 5% to $31.2 billion NAFTA region shipments grew 10% while Asia Pacific (APAC) region jumped 42%....

Italian action could help Fiat-Chrysler

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According to a report in Italian financial newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore, the government is considering offering tax incentives to boost car sales in the country. “We are thinking of using fiscal levers to encourage a renewal of our car stocks,” Transport Minister Mauritzio Lupi said today. “We are evaluating this project because that is what it means to have an industrial policy for this country.” “We have the oldest fleet in Europe,” Lupi went on to say....

Charger squads: still 5-speeds?

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Allpar’s sources tell us that, despite the clear acceleration and fuel-economy benefits of the eight-speed automatic, the police are demanding that Dodge stick with the old Mercedes five-speed on Charger squad cars. In 2014, both police and civilian Chargers had the five-speed, though civilians got the eight-speed with the V6 — and in 2015, the eight-speed will be the only transmission in any civilian Dodge Charger, including the SRT....

Ford’s towing claims: brag or bluff?

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In today’s print edition of Automotive News, Larry Vellequette wrote about one more facet of the ongoing battle for bragging rights among pickup manufacturers. This time, Ram is engaged in a tussle with Ford over top towing rights. Ford claims the championship over the Ram 3500, saying its 4X4 crew cab heavy-duty pickup can tow 31,200 pounds, 1,200 more than the Ram 3500 regular cab 4X2, which Chrysler maintains has “best-in-class” towing....

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