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FCA nabs three Motor Trend “of the years”

by David Zatz on

FCA has landed Motor Trend’s 2019 SUV, Truck, and Person of the Year awards with the Jeep Wrangler, the Ram 1500, and former CEO Sergio Marchionne.

2019 Ram 1500 North

The “of the year” awards are open to new or substantially upgraded cars and trucks, which are evaluated at three different courses.  Ed Loh, the magazine’s editor, wrote, “For 2019, the Ram 1500 and Jeep Wrangler blew away our Motor Trend editors and judges by not only delivering class-leading capability for work and play, but truly impressive levels of refinement, technology, style and comfort.”

Regarding Marchionne, Loh wrote, “Sergio was a special leader who salvaged troubled Chrysler and Fiat, saving thousands of jobs across the globe. He was a man who did not do something unless he was convinced it would be successful.”

Other Mopar folk in the top 50 list of people were Mike Manley (#12), Mark Allen (#24), Tim Kuniskis (#26), Mike Raymond (#28), Ralph Gilles (#37), and Klauss Busse (#50).

The award’s criteria for vehicles is design advancement, engineering excellence, efficiency, safety, value and performance of intended function.

In addition, the Chrysler 300 was the Edmund’s “most wanted” large car for the second year in a row, and the Dodge Charger and Jeep Wrangler won ALG Residual Value Awards for having low depreciation.

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